City of Tampa

Certified Water Technician (#340710) 028

$27.40-$38.96 Hourly / $4,749.33-$6,753.07 Monthly / $56,992.00-$81,036.80 Yearly


This is lead semi-skilled construction, valve maintenance and repair work. Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing and/or overseeing semi-skilled and skilled tasks of more than average difficulty in construction, valve maintenance and repair at Water Distribution. Employee may train and mentor utility technicians in the construction and valve operations as well as perform the work themselves. Under occasional supervision, the employee exercises initiative and independent judgment in performing assigned tasks. Some positions might require the employee to perform tasks of a hazardous nature and to work shifts which would include afterhours, weekends, and holidays. Work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion through observations, reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Plans and participates in constructing moderate to complex system shut downs; maintains all related paperwork; handles all boiled water related notices; participation in the on-call coverage rotation.

Performs and/ or oversees semi-skilled and skilled tasks related to construction, repair and valve maintenance; conducts compliance inspections of utility construction projects; modifies repair procedures or material due to circumstances.

In conjunction with support groups, may plan work activities for work teams; may evaluate reactive maintenance; maintains continuous forecasts of resources and projects; observes and reports on training needs to team leaders, training coordinator, support groups and leadership.

Plans and performs and/or oversees new construction, repairs, and asset replacements; uses electronic device to determine underground utility locations; oversees multiple crews involved in moderate to complex repair and construction projects.

Completes online ticket for utility location; compiles necessary reports; investigates citizen complaints and initiates complaint repair tickets/triage/work orders; coordinate crews responding to all water emergencies.

Performs as the lead role in the preparation of construction plans and specifications; reads and interprets plans and specifications.

Operates the following: track backhoes; commercial vehicles; jet/vacuum units; directional drilling equipment; valve operating equipment.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of: proper safety practices; valves and keys; emergency response procedures and proper contacts; project and construction management skills; distribution system design; computer skills; leadership skills; ability to train others; conflict resolution; problem identification and resolution skills; utility construction means and methods; disinfection practices on a distribution system.

Ability to: understand and follow oral and written instructions; read and interpret plans and specifications; drive and work safely; perform work requiring physical strength; work in confined spaces; operate small, medium and heavy equipment; work in a team atmosphere; lead team members; train other personnel; plan/schedule short-term work; assign and review work of others; be a self-starter, try new ideas, and acquire and maintain skill flexibility; communicate effectively orally and in writing; maintain records and write reports; deal with and resolve conflict within a team; be courteous under pressure; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and general public. Skill in: the use of basic hand and power tools; the operation of light, medium and heavy equipment.


Graduation from an accredited high school, technical or vocational school and seven (7) years of experience in water distribution pipeline (e.g. pipeline repairs, valve operations, hydrants or other related preventive maintenance). [ten (10) years of experience preferred.]

Licenses or Certifications

  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Level II Water Distribution System Operator License within (6) months of employment.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Backflow Tester certification within (6) months of employment. 
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Florida Commercial driver’s license, Class “B” within (6) months of employment.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

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CLASS: 340710; EST: 3/3/2022;