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Pipeline Academy Manhole Inspector #2210-005010-01

Date Opened
Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:51 PM
Close Date
Monday, February 06, 2023 11:59 AM
Charlotte Water
  • $18.00/hour
Employment Type
  • Internship


Charlotte’s local government, with more than 7,000 employees and a $2.39 billion budget, works hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play.

Charlotte Water is an enterprise department of the City of Charlotte and one of the largest public water and sewer service providers in the southeast with 300,000 customer accounts and over 1000 employees. Our service area includes the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Mint Hill, Matthews and Pineville. Charlotte Water’s FY 23 budget is $535M and a five-year capital program of $2.5 billion.  We enjoy the highest credit ratings from all three major credit rating agencies as a result of sound financial planning and management and strong support from our City Council.  We value competent, skilled candidates with a customer service focus to work in a team environment.


The intern must be able to commit to the full seven-month assignment and be available to work a designated weekly/hourly schedule. The training will include exposure to Charlotte Water customer service division in addition to gaining job readiness skills.

This internship position tests the sewer systems of Charlotte Water for blockages using acoustics. Work involves reading maps to determine manhole locations; manually digging out utilities; performing acoustic testing as a team to determine manhole condition; conducting inspections; entering data into the system; and making sure safety signage is properly used. This internship position ensures equipment and vehicles are in good operating order; maintains inventory; receives and takes parts and materials to work sites as needed; and makes sure vehicles are kept clean.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Applicants for this internship position learn the following tasks as it pertains to the daily work:
Performs manual and semi-skilled labor tasks related to the inspection and general assessment of the sewer gravity system 
Drives to/from work sites.
Reads maps to locate manholes. 
Locates utilities on the job; digs out utilities manually. 
Opens/closes manholes. 
Tests wastewater mains for blockages using the SL-RAT equipment; performs acoustic testing as a team. 
Performs simple measurements and performs routine safety inspections. 
Documents on maps and updates information in work order system. 
Receives parts and materials from warehouse personnel; interacts with utility customers.
Transports materials, tools, and equipment to and from job sites; sets up and removes warning signs and traffic control devices. 
Operates the following: electronic utility locators; small hand and power tools; gas monitors; and computer systems. 
Maintains utility vehicles in clean, good operating condition as assigned. 
Maintains truck inventory; maintains clean and safe work area. 
Performs other related job duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or GED
Valid North Carolina Drivers’ License 

The work is heavy work and requires applying up to 20 pounds of force constantly; applying 30 pounds of force frequently; and exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: balancing, climbing, crawling, grasping, handling, perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, distinguishing among sounds, kneeling, lifting, mental acuity, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, expressing ideas by spoken word, shouting above noises, visual acuity in data/color/observations/equipment, and walking. 

Work is performed regularly where decisions are made that could lead to major community or organizational consequences if there is a failure to make the appropriate decision at the time. Requires working in confined spaces.

Assigned mentor/trainer; workplace-ready certification, financial literacy, career pathing, OSHA – 10 certification, wellness programs, on-site gym


$18.00 Hour

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.

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law. 

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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