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Utilities Technician I #2110-101510-01

Date Opened
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 11:00 AM
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Charlotte Water
  • $18.31 an hour


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


This position works in the field to ensure the pipes keep the water flowing for our citizens. Utility Technicians work as part of a crew to respond to sites located throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to install, remove or repair drinking water or wastewater (sewer) pipes. 


This is a physical job that requires performing manual labor and operating light to heavy equipment. No experience necessary but we are looking for individuals who want to work outside in all weather conditions performing physical work. 

Some positions might require the employee to perform tasks of a hazardous nature such as working in confined spaces or near traffic. This position is essential to our operations and the community and may require overtime, holidays, call-back or on-call outside of normal scheduled hours. 

This is an entry level position in our Utility Technician career path.

We want employees who will:
  • Be on time & ready to work as scheduled
  • Embrace learning & on-the-job training
  • Take initiative
  • Take direction & feedback
  • Be honest
  • Stay until job is done
  • Work in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow or other severe weather)
  • Take pride in their work
  • Be a team player
  • Focus on safety
  • Be career focused

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Performs tasks of physical nature
Use machines or tools to cut out streets & driveways
Digs out pipes or other underground equipment manually or with equipment
Locates underground utilities on job
Performs simple measurements
Interprets meter readings
Performs routine safety inspections
Receives parts & materials from warehouse personnel
Interacts with our customers in positive & helpful manner
Transports materials / tools / equipment to & from job sites in vehicle
Sets up & removes warning signs / traffic control devices
Operates various equipment such as:  
o electronic utility locators
o hand & power tools
o jackhammers
o tampers
o fire hydrants
o gas monitors 
o air compressors
o pneumatic tools
o generators
Maintains clean & safe work area
Performs other related work 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Follow safety guidelines
  • Read & write
  • Understand / follow oral & written instructions
  • Read & interpret maps
  • Drive & work safely
  • Perform work requiring physical strength
  • Work in confined spaces
  • Operate small & large equipment
  • Work in team atmosphere & resolve conflict
  • Be a self-starter
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • Be courteous under pressure
  • Establish & maintain effective working relationships with co-workers / citizens
  • Use & care of tools / equipment
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Obtain & maintain City driving permit
  • Obtain Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL with tanker endorsement) within 12 months of hire

Preferred Qualification

  • Two years construction and/or utility experience
  • Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL with tanker endorsement)

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

As of October 1, 2021:

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for all new City of Charlotte employees. 

The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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