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Utility Mechanic- Water & Sewer, Meters and Backflow



Location: Department of Public Works, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Department: Public Works
Division: Water & Sewer
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Hour Per Week: 40
Status: Accepting Applications
Details: Pay rate is $22.60-$24.92 an hour per the 1386A Working Agreement
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Job Advertisement

Pay rate is $22.60-$24.92 per the AFSCME 1386A Working Agreement.

Detailed information about the AFSCME 1386A Working Agreement including salary schedule and benefits can be found here: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/hr/employment-contracts 

The City offers a generous compensation and benefits package that includes retirement, paid time off including vacation, holidays, medical & dental insurance, flexible spending account, professional development, career growth, longevity incentives, and more!

The purpose of this position is to fulfill one or more of the operational work objectives of maintaining, inspecting, repairing and constructing City buildings and property, water distribution and wastewater collection facilities, storm drain system, and street related facilities or controls requiring the application of specialized skills such as carpentry, plumbing, electricity, masonry, automotive, painting, utility line inspection, and other general trades and performing skilled and semi-skilled work as required.  Employees in this position are expected to understand project or task objectives, identify and execute the appropriate tasks, use tools correctly and to successfully complete assigned work with minimal instruction.    Performance is subject to review according to the City's personnel plan through observation, reports and the results achieved.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension of, the position.

  1. Reads water meters directly and/or utilizing AMR reading system with/without a handheld device, according to billing cycles or otherwise as directed. Enters private property according to established procedures to inspect plumbing and read meters where ever they may be located. Inspects and tests water backflow prevention devices. Accurately records and reports collected information into computer systems and to supervisors as appropriate.

  2. Performs maintenance and repair work on municipal buildings such as repairing roofs, steps, fences, doors; maintaining and repairing plumbing and heating systems; painting interior and exterior surfaces. Reads instructions, plans and specifications.

  3. Performs all types of maintenance and repair work for which the individual is trained.

  4. Maintains and repairs damaged or inoperative water meters, hydrants and valves. Flushes and cleans water or sewer mains or piping, swimming pool filter systems, chlorination devices and pumps. Appropriately adjusts regulating equipment.

  5. Repairs and maintains a variety of tractors, lawn mowers, rototillers and other small motor or engine driven equipment. May perform minor automotive mechanic work on small and large trucks and other vehicles. Welds, fabricates and performs body work incidental to these functions.

  6. Repairs and maintains outdoor and enclosed facilities such as playing fields, playgrounds, ice rinks and picnic areas. Cuts and grooms grassed areas. Spreads, rolls and seeds loam. Shapes and maintains sports or play areas. Floods ice rinks and controls snow and ice. Operates heavy equipment as required.

  7. Lays cement sidewalks, floors, brickwork, manholes, catch basins and stone work. Plasters and lays block. Maintains traffic control devices such as pavement striping, signs and replacing light bulbs in signals. Performs street and parking garage repairs.

  8. Responds to and investigates customer problems or complaints about high water usage, stopped meters, leaks and other issues. Advises supervisors and the customer of his/her findings and the recommended corrective actions.

  9. Is subject to call out to respond to emergencies after normal working hours.

Qualifications

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS -

Applicants for this position must have graduated from high school or have earned a graduate equivalent diploma (GED), have a working knowledge of one or more trades and not less than three years experience in construction or maintenance work.  An incumbent must possess a valid commercial driver’s license, class B and have no offenses which would prohibit or restrict insurability by any insurance carrier providing coverage to the City.  Must possess a Water Distribution License Grade I and a Backflow Prevention Device Tester Certification or the ability to acquire appropriate licensing within eighteen (18) months from the date of original appointment.  Obtaining additional certification or licensing may be required.  

 


Full Job Description

UM- Water- Sewer- Meters- Backflow 2022.pdf

Disclaimer

The essential functions and duties described herein are normal for this position. They are intended as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension, of the position. Other duties may be required and assigned by the supervisor.

The City of Portsmouth is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. The City is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodations, contact our Human Resources Director by phone 603-610-4478.

Application Special Instructions

Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing, & background check.