Job Listing - Washington City Utah

Water Op​​erator 3

Department: Public Works

Division: Operations

Effective Date: 07/20/21 | Closing Date:Upon HIre

Salary:$36,734 -$45,917(Lateral Pay Considered Depending on Experience)

General Purpose:

Performs a variety of “restricted” journey level skilled duties related to the construction, installation, maintenance and repair of city water systems, including lines and connections, wells, springs, hydrants, pump stations, etc.

Supervision Received:

Works under general supervision of the Water System Supervisor.

Supervision Exercised:

Provides close to general supervision to Water Systems Operator II and I while in training or on a project-by-project basis.

Essential Functions:


Water:  Operates various types of heavy equipment such as operates six or ten wheel transport trucks, backhoe, rollers and trenching equipment; performs installation or repair of water service connections, water lines and meters; flushes, repairs or replaces fire hydrants and water meters; repairs water mains; cleans and maintains storage tanks, cleans reservoirs; connects and disconnects service; searches out shut off valves; water line leaks; assists in placement of pipe and water regulators; removes, disassembles, cleans or replaces defective parts of regulators, adjusts pilot valves as needed to assure efficient water line service.


Installs new and maintains existing water lines using backhoe, pipe threader, tapping machine, welder, pipe cutting saw, pipe and cable locator old water lines; tears out and repairs curb, gutter and street in locating and uncovering broken lines; builds meter boxes; builds extensions to raise or lower existing boxes as needed.


Operates a variety of hand tools and small power equipment such as jack hammers, roller, compressors, packing machine,  tamper, tapping machine; cleans tools and equipment to assure proper working order.


Maintains pump house; repairs water/booster pumps; removes and disassembles pumps; cleans and replaces defective parts, grease bearing, adjusts packing and reinstalls in pump housing.


Installs water meters for new services; performs field and shop repairs on water meters, removes meters, disassembles, cleans and/or replaces defective parts, reassembles and tests to assure proper working order; sets blue stake markers.


Participates in work zone safety procedures; flags oncoming vehicles to protect the public and workers; sets up warning signs and signalization equipment.


Performs general maintenance in the upkeep of facilities and equipment; paints water tanks, well buildings, floors, etc.; assures clean and functional work areas; operates high pressure steam cleaning equipment as needed.


Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Education and Experience:
  1. Graduation from high school;

  2. Five (5) years’ experience in construction, maintenance or repair of water distribution systems;


  1. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  1. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of  operating basic manual and power tools;  the standard practices, methods, materials and tools necessary for pipeline construction and repair activities; pipe fitting procedures, pipe classifications and type;  the occupational hazards and safety precautions of trench work construction and pipeline maintenance work;  hazards common to heavy equipment operation;  drain system construction methods etc.;  water supply and distribution systems;   construction requirements for water distribution and pumping systems;  hazards associated with water treatment chemicals;  sewer line chemical cleaning procedures and associated hazards;  state or federal regulations governing installation and maintenance of water systems;  water quality laws;   interpersonal communication skills.


Ability to operate heavy equipment of various kinds under varying conditions; make minor repairs on assigned vehicles, perform heavy physical labor; develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, elected officials, local agencies and the general public; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; work from blueprints;  tolerate weather extremes in the work environment;  ability to perform basic mathematical computations in reading and using various meters, gauges and related devices.

  1. Special Qualifications:
    Must possess a Water System Operator I, II, III or IV certification.  Must be a certified flagger. Must be Backflow certified. Must possess a valid commercial drivers license.  Must be able to lift 50-75 pounds.  Must be willing to work on-call duty and 24 hour standby.

  1. Work Environment:
    Tasks require a variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching.   Talking, hearing and seeing are essential to performing required job functions.   Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking.  Daily local travel required in the normal course of job performance.


Washington City provides full time employees with an excellent benefit package including a healthcare plan (no out of pocket expense for employee/dependent coverage), dental plan (no out of pocket expense for employee, out of pocket expense for dependents only), and a vision plan (no out of pocket expense for employee/dependent coverage). In addition, the City provides a $50,000 life insurance policy, AD&D, LTD, and an impressive retirement plan. Washington City also contributes 4.5% into 401(K) plans for all eligible employees that are in the public employee fund. All benefits are effective on the1st day of work. The City also provides 12 paid holidays, 12 paid sick days per year plus vacation accruals.

It is the policy of Washington City to comply with Equal Employment Opportunity standards in all phases of personnel administration: job structuring, recruitment, examination, selection, appointment, placement, training, upward mobility, discipline, discharge, etc, without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin or veteran status.

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