Maintenance Repair Technician Job Description

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Under general supervision of the Water Distribution Maintenance Foreman and/or Supervisor, performs skilled work in the maintenance, repair, and replacement of City utility fire hydrants & valves, water mains and services.  Employees in this class must be proficient in the operation and maintenance of the following equipment: valve exercising equipment, line stopping and valve insertion equipment, tapping machines up to 12”, gas and hydraulic powered cutting saws, mechanical trenchers, mini excavators, trenching machines, asphalt/concrete wheel cutters and other such small to medium size equipment as used in the repair of water distribution systems.  Employees are expected to work overtime as required. Must participate in a rotational stand-by crew to respond to emergencies after normal working hours and on weekends.

Due to the nature of water distribution systems, it may be necessary at times to work through normal lunch and break periods if system customers are without water service.  However, these periods will be allowed either after water service is restored or within an acceptable time frame as determined by job foreman.  It may also be required at times to work unscheduled overtime in order to restore water service.  Performs other tasks as requested.




Safely lead a crew and maintain control over their respective worksite to install, repair and/or replace fire hydrants, water valves up to 36", water mains, water services and meters,

Operates and maintains tapping machines, line stoppers, valve exercising equipment, trenchers, line locators, and other related equipment as required.




Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Class “B” commercial driver’s license with airbrake endorsement. Applicants who possess a valid out of state class “B” commercial driver’s license with airbrake endorsement must obtain the Florida driver’s license within 10 days of employment. At least two years of progressive experience in the installation and repair of fire hydrants & valves, water mains and services.  Level 3 Water Distribution System Operators License as issued by Florida Department of Environmental Protection is required.  High School Diploma or G.E.D. is required.


Knowledge and skills to effectively maintain, repair and replace fire hydrants of all manufactures utilized by City utilities.

Knowledge and skills to maintain, repair, replace, and operate valves utilizing truck or trailer mounted hydraulic powered valve exerciser.

Knowledge and skills to effectively install line stops on water mains up to 12” in order to facilitate the repair or replacement of fire hydrants or valves.

Knowledge of principles and skilled in the practices of water main construction and repair techniques.

Knowledge and skill to operate computers, work order and preventative maintenance software and web based GIS mapping system to include Word, Excel, email, and internet.

Ability to perform strenuous work in a variety of outdoor weather conditions.

Knowledge of occupational and safety rules and practices as they relate to the maintenance, repair and/or construction of water distribution systems.

Skill to interpret and work from blueprints, sketches, and maps.

Ability to both understand and communicate oral and written instructions.  Ability to both interpret and complete work order forms.

Ability to control a work site and direct subordinates in their duties to achieve desired goals of the project.

Ability to deal with the public and fellow employees in a polite and effective manner.

Ability to perform strenuous work in a variety of outdoor weather conditions.

Knowledge of hand and power operated tools as required in the maintenance, repair, and construction of water distribution systems.

Ability and skill to safely operate on and two-ton dump trucks and other light equipment.

Knowledge of the general geographic area.

Upon interview, applicant may be required to demonstrate skill and familiarity with actual equipment listed under Characteristics of the Class.


Ability to read and comprehend work orders, equipment/tool manuals, safety manuals, and other printed and/or written material as it relates to the job.

Ability to understand and comprehend area maps as they relate to the location of water mains, valves, fire hydrants and services.

Ability to understand and comprehend basic math.  Read, understand and utilize tape measure.

Ability to identify and comprehend colors as they relate to traffic and/or road signs, safety equipment, utility markings, and other utility related materials.       

Ability to mix concrete and work in areas with dust, dirt and other unpleasant conditions.

Ability to verbally communicate with co-workers and others in the English language both face-to-face and over cellular phone.

Ability to assist in the loading and unloading of water pipe and fittings up to 30" in diameter.

Ability to hear and understand instructions given in the English language and spoken in a normal tone of voice.      

Ability to hear approaching heavy equipment and/or verbal warnings given by co-workers while working in immediate vicinity of heavy equipment that is in operation or other noisy environments. 

Ability to write up work orders, , and vehicle service forms in a legible and understandable manner.

Ability to manually use shovel, wrenches, pick, rake, and other related hand tools in the efficient excavation, repair, back-filling, and subsequent area restoration of water mains, valves, fire hydrants, and services.

Ability to set up and operate pneumatic drive jackhammer, gas and/or hydraulic powered portable says, pumps, and other associated tools that weigh between 25 lbs. and 100 lbs.

Ability to work in and efficiently move between standing, bending, kneeling, sitting, and/or squatting positions.  May be required at times to move laterally and/or work in such positions for extended periods.

Ability to lift and carry (up to 100 yds.) items weighing up to 50 lbs.  Carry such items over uneven terrain.  Load into and unload such items from vehicles.  Carry and/or lower into and remove such items from ditch and/or manhole.

Ability to lift and carry items which are considered hard to grasp and or hold on to weighing up to 20 lbs. for extended periods. 

Ability to walk up to one mile in distance during line location. 

Ability to walk over and around cluttered work areas and uneven surfaces. 

Ability to work while standing on uneven and/or wet surfaces.

Ability to work and perform manual labor for extended periods in all weather conditions.       

Ability to frequently enter and leave ditches by way of incline or ladder.

Ability and willingness to work in confined spaces such as meter vaults and excavated ditches/holes.

Ability and willingness to work during night and early morning hours or for extended periods of time when required.

Ability to work in and around such damp, wet and muddy conditions that are created by water main and water service leaks and breaks.  Perform periodic heavy labor as required.

Ability to receive directions and constructive criticism from departmental management.



This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position.  While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Revised - 8/10/17