The City of Idaho Falls is now accepting applications for the position of Water Distribution Operator. Under the direction of the Foreman and/or Lead Distribution Operator, this position performs working level skilled plumbing and pipe fitting duties related to the installation, maintenance, and repair of City Water Distribution Systems.
Installs, renews, or repairs water service lines; clamp leaks on existing service lines; installs copper tubing, curb and corporation stops, and fittings for renewed or new service lines; restores property damaged as result of construction.
Installs, renews, or repairs water mains; taps mains to make service connections; installs, reads, and repairs water meters and meter pits; repairs leaks in water system; raises or lowers valve boxes, curb stops, manholes, or fire hydrants when necessary for changes of grade on streets, sidewalks, etc.; replaces or repairs non-functioning water meters, fire hydrants, fittings, and broken pipe sections.
Inspects water system construction within City right-of-way to verify compliance with City standards and requirements.
Conducts fire flow testing for fire hydrants using specialized flow and pressure testing equipment; performs system flushing for water quality control; locates water mains and service lines; performs leak detection.
Uses hand shovel and pick to complete fine grading or bedding of pipe; operates thawing machine to free frozen pipes and restores water service; operates service truck, light and heavy equipment to accomplish required tasks.
Operates pick-up or light truck to transport personnel, materials, or equipment to and from job site.
Responds to afterhours emergency and customer service calls while serving on 24 hour standby shift, including weekends, and holidays.
Performs related duties as required.
1. Education and Experience: A. Graduation from high school or GED and three (3) to six (6) months of specialized training obtained through in-service vocational or technical trade school; OR B. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of hazards and safety procedures associated with water line construction; working knowledge of typical water line problems; working knowledge of plumbing or pipe fitting methods and procedures typical to water distribution systems; working knowledge of tools and equipment required to lay and repair sewer or water lines; working knowledge in use and care of required tools and equipment.
Ability to adapt to emergency or unusual situations; ability to perform manual tasks for a sustained period of time; ability to tolerate extremes in the work environment; ability to perform strenuous labor; ability to operate tools typical to plumbing and pipe fitting; ability to carry out work assignments with minimal instructions; ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to work effectively with fellow employees, Supervisors, and the public; ability to interpret maps and construction drawings.
3. Special Qualifications:
Must possess an Idaho OIC (Operator-In-Training) status; Class I Idaho Water Operator Certification preferable.
Must possess a valid Idaho State Driver's License.
Must obtain a Class A Commercial Drivers License within six (6) months of date of employment.
Must work on twenty-four (24) hour stand-by or "on call".
Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and lifting (moving up to 50 pounds and occasionally moving up to 80 pounds). Talking, hearing and seeing essential to performing required job functions. Frequent exposure to changing weather conditions. Employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to vibration. The employee frequently works in precarious places and is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk from moving traffic. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking. Daily local travel required in normal course of job performance.