NATURE OF WORK
This is skilled water meter maintenance and servicing work.
Work involves testing, repairing and maintaining water meters, and making installations in the field.
Work includes responsibility for making repairs to and testing large and small meters used for accurately measuring water consumption. Work requires adjusting the above equipment to prescribed limits of accuracy and providing emergency repair services, field adjustments, and installation or removal of same.
Work involves the application of standard trade practices in maintaining and installing meter related plumbing systems and fixtures. Employees are responsible for determining materials and work methods used. Assignments come in oral and written form and are sometimes accompanied by blueprints or schematics.
Work is inspected during process and upon completion for workmanship, compliance with instructions and specifications, and for maintenance of established standards.
Removes water meters and replaces them with new or properly serviced units either for periodic shop inspection or at the termination of service.
Replaces broken small pipes; digs out, cleans and raises meter boxes; replaces broken boxes or lids; makes field repairs on the larger meters; changes defective registers and replaces broken glass.
Reads large meters not normally accessible to regular meter reading personnel.
Makes field investigations on complaints of poor water pressure; sets recording meters in the field to check leaks and complaints of excessive charges.
Investigates possibility of leaks in the county system; notifies property owners when leaks are found in private lines.
Explain and interpret test and investigation results to customers.
Inspects, repairs, and reassembles domestic and commercial service water meters; replaces defective parts and makes necessary adjustments to secure conformity with prescribed standards of accuracy; conducts accuracy tests on meters before and after repairs.
Keeps records of meter performance, and of shop and field work carried out; assists in preparing replacement parts inventories.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS – REQUIRED AT TIME OF HIRE
(Applicants are expected to possess the required Knowledge, Abilities, and/or Skills listed below prior to being hired for positions in this job class).
Some Knowledge of plumbing techniques applicable to working on water meter pipes and valves.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs unassisted.
Ability to read water meters.
Ability to maintain accurate written and electronic records related to work orders and test results.
Ability to work from written and oral instructions.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of the County’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or political affiliation.
Skill in the use of tools and equipment used in maintaining or installing water meters.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS – NOT REQUIRED AT TIME OF HIRE BUT EXPECTED TO BE DEVELOPED ON THE JOB
(The following Knowledge, Abilities, and/or Skills listed below, although considered to be necessary in order to perform the work of this job title, are not required at time of hire).
Knowledge of the use of pressure gauges, pressure recorders, portable flow meters, Meter Master, and electronic recording devices.
Knowledge of the construction and principles of operation of various types of domestic and commercial water meters and gauges.
Knowledge of OSHA safety regulations related to confined spaces.
Knowledge of the practices, methods and materials used in the maintenance, repair, and testing of water meters.
Ability to determine repair and adjustment needs to water meters and associated piping and valves.
Ability to perform basic field maintenance on meters of all sizes.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from an accredited high school or other equivalent certification and one (1) year of experience in the servicing, maintaining, and installing of meters, and/or basic plumbing, or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
Bargaining Unit: Blue Collar
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Code of Ethics Certification: No
Class Spec.: Estab./Revised: E10/76; R01/91; R05/05