Meter Service Technician I

  • 001946

SUMMARY: Under close supervision, performs a variety of routine manual labor regarding water distribution activities, including but not limited to, reading meters manually and via AMR performing uploads and downloads of handheld device, meter service inspections to determine and perform maintenance requirements, clean & grade meter boxes, replace lids, test and repair meters, generate and complete work orders manually and/or with the assistance of a computerized hand held device, perform manual labor and related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  • Reads and records meter reading for assigned routes manually/via AMR; maintains accurate readings.
  • Performs maintenance at meter service area (cleans & grades meter boxes, replace lids, etc.); maintains & clears meter service area of obstructions and debris; dig and backfills trenches; clears and restores job site to original condition.
  • Inspects meter boxes for illegal connections, damage or other relevant maintenance requirements.
  • Test meters using specialized equipment
  • Assists in installing meters at meter service areas; test water meters for accuracy
  • Create and complete work orders
  • Recognize and support all safety rules
  • Operates vehicles and job related equipment (tools): air compressors, paving breakers, pipe saws, drills, hand power tools, forklifts, and any other related equipment; transport workers, equipment, & material to worksite; maintain and assist work group with cleaning vehicles
  • Assist with the assembly of directional signage, signals, markers, and flags regarding work site protection; acts as flagman when necessary.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge of geographical layout and street location of service areas
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions
  • Knowledge of machinery, equipment and tools necessary for the maintenance of public utilities
  • Knowledge of common hand and power tools
  • Knowledge of basic preventive maintenance on assigned equipment
  • Knowledge of personal computer application and use
  • Skill in reading street and general mathematical computations
  • Skill in following oral and written instructions
  • Skill in reading street maps, street signs, and meters accurately and entering information into a computer or handheld device accurately
  • Skill in operating and working around traffic and moving equipment
  • Skill in interpersonal relationships and effectively communicating with customers
  • Ability to take direction
  • Ability to adhere to safety precautions, maintain a safe working area; while recognizing occupational hazards
  • Ability to locate meter direction (north, south, east, west) by abbreviation
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor for extended periods in adverse weather conditions
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and/or handheld device
  • Ability to perform data entry functions
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate to heavy physical activity in a primarily outdoor setting under all types of weather conditions with the added exposure to insects, animals and other hazards. There is a frequent need to walk, sit, talk, hear, use hands, fingers, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, balance, crawl lift heavy object (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. This position requires the use of City vehicles on City business. Individual must be physically capable of operating a vehicle safely and have an acceptable driving history. The City of West Palm Beach promotes and maintains a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing for certain employees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma, GED, and one (1) year experience preferred, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Ability to obtain forklift certification within one year of employment. Ability to obtain confined space OSHA certification within one year of employment. Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license, and Commercial Driver’s License, Class B may be required upon assignment.

FLSA Code: Non Exempt
Last revision date: April 2011
Overtime: Yes
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