Job Title: AW Pipeline Technician Worker or Associate

(also known as Water or Wastewater - Pipeline Technician)

Location: Austin, Texas

Please apply directly on the Austin Water, City of Austin career website.

When completing the City of Austin employment application: A detailed, complete employment application helps us to better evaluate your qualifications, and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.

Please detail on the application any previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications. Provide each job title and employment dates for all jobs included on the application. Your work history should include the duties you performed, any supervisory or lead responsibilities, and any equipment and computer software used.

If you are selected to interview:

  • Your skill level in General Maintenance, Basic Industrial Math, and Safety in the Workplace will be assessed, with a required minimum passing score of 70%.
  • If you are selected as a top candidate:Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED, undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution.
  • And are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.

Pay Rate is based on past work experience that is both verifiable and directly related to the position. 

Associate Pay Range is $16.48 to $20.60 per hour

Purpose: Under close supervision, apply a working knowledge of practices and established procedures in the maintenance, repair, and reconstruction of the drinking water and reclaimed water distribution and wastewater collection systems.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities: Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Assists in investigation and inspection of water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
  2. Performs labor-intensive work and assists in excavation, repair, and replacement of water and wastewater infrastructure.
  3. Assists in the basic operation, inspection, and maintenance of a variety of vehicles and heavy equipment, including heavy equipment requiring a CDL.
  4. Operates, calibrates, troubleshoots, maintains, and repairs a variety of electronics, power tools, and equipment.
  5. Assists and performs the setup, operation, and maintenance of a variety of safety-related equipment according to utility safety procedures and SOPs.
  6. Assists in reading and interpreting maps, plans, drawings, meters, gauges, and videos.
  7. Responds to citizen questions, concerns, and complaints.
  8. Acts as a member of a confined space entry team and may serve as entrant, attendant, or team lead.
  9. Assists and performs asset control and inventory activities.
  10. Assists in the completion of paperwork, forms, and reports.

Responsibilities - Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised: None.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of City of Austin (COA) policies and procedures related to pipeline operations.
  • Knowledge of COA safety policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimalized numbers, fractions, and percentages.
  • Skill in using computers and related software.
  • Skill in reading maps, plans, drawings, and electrical equipment.
  • Skill at using hand tools and power tools.
  • Skill at operating a motor vehicle and motorized equipment.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces up to 100 feet deep requiring the use of SRL Body Harness that supports up to 283 pounds.
  • Ability to climb to heights of thirty (30) feet on ladders that support up to 300 pounds.
  • Ability to use SCBSA and operate other breathing apparatus and respirators.
  • Ability to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to fifty (50) pounds, unassisted.
  • Ability to work in hazardous environments with exposure to hazardous chemicals, solvents, and adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to work various shifts, on-call and/or call back hours.
  • Ability to meet and maintain driver eligibility standards detailed in the COA Driver Safety Program.
  • Minimum Qualifications: Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent.
  • One (1) year of experience in general construction maintenance, general underground utility construction maintenance, or plumbing activities.
  • Licenses and Certifications Required: Valid Texas Class "C" Driver's License. Must be able to obtain the appropriate Commercial Driver's License with endorsements within ninety (90) days of employment.
  • Must obtain and maintain certification for Respiratory Protection and Confined Space Entry.
  • Positions in water distribution require a Class D Water Operator License from TCEQ within one (1) year of hire. Must obtain a Class C Water Distribution License from TCEQ before Class D expires.
  • Positions in wastewater collection require a Class I Wastewater Collection License from TCEQ within one (1) year of hire.

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