PAY RANGE: 11
This is emergency water distribution field work responding to emergency equipment breakdowns and customer complaints on a rotating shift. Employees in this class investigate complaints, perform routine distribution repairs and in emergency situations perform either temporary or preliminary repair work until permanent repairs can be initiated. Employees have the additional responsibility for hydrant and valve repair and water main pressure checks when not engaged in emergency repairs. Work is performed under the close supervision of a technical superior. Work involves the exertion of moderate physical effort under conditions which can be only partially controlled.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
Receives emergency complaints of broken water distribution mains and equipment via written work order or municipal radio; drives to location and investigates situation to determine appropriate action; reads plates, plans, or blueprints as necessary to locate valves; closes valves to secure a complete or partial shutdown of service.
Informs residents deprived of water, as the result of water main breaks, the cause of such inconvenience and estimates down time; investigates complaints of rusty or dirty water resulting from main breaks; flushes distribution system by turning on fire hydrants to rid system of rusty or dirty water; pumps water from basements flooded by breaks in water mains or backed up sewers; participates in dechlorination of water flowing into sewers that drain directly into rivers.
Discusses complaints with residents to determine nature, extent and responsibility; issues notice of violation of plumbing code to resident whose plumbing connection does not meet water code and ordinances; may refer work order to another department or unit or may resolve problem at time of inspection; collects checks or money orders and/or restores water service by operating curb stop in water bill delinquency cases.
Determines source of water in transit tunnels and on active rail lines; identifies water source as a water main leak or a weather-related occurrence.
Takes readings on discharge and suction gauges at fires of two alarms or above; takes action to maintain adequate hydrant pressures.
Removes and replaces, during night and weekend emergency situations, leaking or otherwise seriously malfunctioning water meters; determines property owner water code violations.
Inspects and makes minor repairs to valves, such as packing or replacing stems; ensures all valves are operational after construction projects; closes valves in preparation for building demolitions; remains onsite during demolitions.
Services truck with water, gasoline and oil; observes instruments while vehicle is in operation, and takes routine corrective measures if malfunction is indicated.
Maintains records pertaining to valve operations, water meters and assigned vehicle mileage accumulation.
Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
· the practices governing the operation of water distribution systems and their component parts
· the methods, materials, tools and practices used in the installation, repair and maintenance of water mains and equipment
· the hazards and safety precautions involved in water distribution repair work
· the care and use of tools used in water distribution repair work
· detect and locate breaks and other flaws in water distribution systems and to determine proper actions
· read and interpret plans, plates, and blueprints appropriate to water distribution systems
· learn to utilize mobile computer devices to complete work orders
· understand and follow oral and written instructions.
· maintain records
· communicate effectively both orally and in writing
· establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 10/17.)
Education equivalent to completion of the eighth school grade.
Two years of experience in the installation, repair or maintenance of water mains and appurtenances.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience to be determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as an Emergency Water Distribution Repair Worker.
Class Established: 5/60
Spec. Revision: 4/86
Latest Spec. Revision: CSC – 9/17; Ad. Board – 10/17