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Job Specification



 Under direction, performs the more difficult and responsible
 work involved in the installation, maintenance, and repair of
 water mains, valves, pumps, hydrants, pipes, and other water
 service equipment and/or performs routine, repetitive, and 
 noncomplex field and office work involved in recording and 
 disseminating data concerning the water distribution system; 
 does other related duties.

 NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only.  A particular position using this title may not
 perform all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely,
 all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

 Installs, maintains, and repairs water mains, pipes, valves,
 pumps, hydrants, and other equipment.

 Ensures that water taps are closed in work areas.

 Answers questions of other workers regarding procedures,
 policies, regulations, and instructions, and instructs them in
 specific tasks and job techniques.

 Sets drilling machines and taps water mains to the size
 required by placing needed sleeves and properly setting 

 Disassembles fire hydrants, removes defective parts, installs 
 new parts, and reassembles hydrants.

 Replaces water valves.

 Operates an air compressor and pneumatic drill or other

 Digs trenches to remove defective pipes and to install 
 new pipes and mains.

 Yarns, pours, and caulks joints.

 Loads and unloads pipes and fittings.

 Obtains, safeguards, and properly uses equipment, tools,
 materials and supplies.

 May perform fire flow tests using portable pressure 
 gauges to measure water flow at a given point.

 May locate curb stop boxes, using an electronic or magnetic 
 device, that provide access to the water valve to the customer's 
 home and line valve roadway boxes that provide access to water 
 main control valves.

 May locate customer service lines and water mains, using an 
 electronic pipe locating device.

 May operate curb stop valves and line valves.

 May measure in the field the locations of valves and other 
 water system appurtenances, and plots and inks additions 
 and corrections to water distribution system maps.

 May determine the presence and location of leaks, using a 
 mechanical or electronic device.

 May perform routine drafting and tracing work relating to the
 distribution system such as plotting detailed sheets showing 
 size and location of valves and hydrants to be installed.

 May prepare sketches of areas subject to street openings 
 for repair work by public and private agencies indicative of 
 the location of water fixtures.

 May act as liaison with contractors during installation of water 
 main extensions by verifying exact location of installation and 
 advising on needed materials such as length of pipe and type 
 of valves and fittings.

 May coordinate in the field, water system shutdowns between 
 maintenance crews and private contractors, and determines 
 what valves must be closed so as to cause minimum disturbance 
 to water users.

 May determine, exercising independent judgment, whether valve 
 can be closed and reopened without breaking and what fire 
 hydrants should be opened to most efficiently flush the system.

 May perform mathematical computations to determine volume 
 of water flow involving a mathematical formula based on pipe 
 diameter and water velocity.

 May organize  effective work methods in order to locate leaks 
 or blockages in the water distribution system.

 May use appropriate devices in order to locate underground 

 May inspect  the plumbing in buildings in order to locate leaks 
 due to faulty plumbing.

 May test fire hydrants with appropriate devices in order to locate

 May trace water leakage into buildings in order to determine source.

 May calibrate the inside of water main in order to determine the
 exact inside diameter.

 May use a Pito Rod, Pito Recorder and U Tube in order to
 calculate the quantity of flow in the main.

 May use a portable standard tester or the Pito Rod and U tube 
 in order to test meters of two inches and larger sizes.

 May set up, test and adjust recording pressure gauges.

 May use proper equipment in order to locate underground water 
 mains, various water services, curb  stops,  maingates, and
 manhole covers.

 May perform more difficult work involved in making external 
 and internal examinations of water valves and fire hydrants.  

 May remove defective parts, install new parts, and reassemble 
 valves and hydrants.

 May repair leaking gates and main.  
 May maintain hydrants by properly packing each unit with the 
 proper types of grease and oil.

 Will be required to utilize various types of electronic and/or
 manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
 office or related units.


 Two (2) years of experience in the installation, repair, and
 maintenance of water mains, pipes, valves, hydrants, and
 other water service equipment and/or in the operation of 
 water treatment plant apparatus and/or in varied plumbing 


 Appointees may be required to possess a valid Commercial 
 Driver's License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the 
 class and type of vehicle being operated.

 Appointees may be required to possess a valid Public Water
 Distribution License issued by the New Jersey Department 
 of Environmental Protection.

 The following depicts the various classes and required licenses:

  W1 - 101 or more connections and less than 1501 people
  W2 - 1501 to 15000 people
  W3 - 15001 to 50000 people
  W4 - 50001 or more people

 NOTE:  Appointees who possess a higher level Water Distribution
 License than required by the facility are considered qualified.
 NOTE: The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess the
 required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class and 
 type of vehicles they operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.

 Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
 in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than  
 employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties
 of the position.


 Knowledge of procedures used in making routine and complex
 repairs to water mains, pipes, and appurtenances.

 Knowledge of tools used in the maintenance and repair of water
 installations and of the proper use of these tools.

 Knowledge of the function of a public water distribution system.

 Knowledge of processes involved in making repairs to or extending
 water distribution systems.

 Knowledge of types and operation of various fire hydrants.

 Knowledge of types of water service installations.

 Knowledge of operation of water pressure and flow measuring 

 Knowledge of methods used in preparing sketches and charts.

 Knowledge of methods used in reducing, enlarging, tracing, and
 lettering maps and plans.

 Knowledge of the function of a municipal water system.

 Knowledge of the equipment and processes in making inspections
 for water leaks.

 Knowledge of the proper methods of reading water pressure

 Knowledge of the proper procedure used in making routine 
 repairs of valves and hydrants.

 Knowledge of various types of materials used in the construction,
 maintenance and repair of water distribution systems.

 Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written

 Ability to find and detect water leaks using proper equipment.

 Ability to find and detect underground water mains using proper

 Ability to learn quickly from oral and written explanations and
 from demonstrations.

 Ability to work harmoniously with others.

 Ability to work for long periods in emergency situations,
 complete all repairs, and use specialized tools and equipment.

 Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
 recording and information systems used by the agency, 
 office, or related units.

 Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate
 in English sufficiently to perform duties of this position. American
 Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable 
 forms of communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long 
 as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without 
 reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made
 because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons 
 may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of
03643@LC N/A04-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.