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Utility Technician I - 7 Month Assignment #2305-003400-07

Training Team Intern

Date Opened
Monday, May 15, 2023 12:49 PM
Close Date
Wednesday, June 07, 2023 7:00 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.


This position works as part of the Field Operations Training Team to support training of Utility Technicians new to Charlotte Water. This includes, assisting with the two-week orientation of new hires, assisting with the Skills Matrix and the CDL training process.  Additionally, this position supports work 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. 

The Career Training Academy participant must be able to commit to the full seven-month assignment and be available to work 40hours per week, Monday- Friday, between the hours of 7am-3:30pm . The training will include exposure to Charlotte Water Field Operations Division in addition to gaining job readiness skills.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Applicants for this position learn the following tasks as it pertains to the Field Operations Utility Technician Training Program 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) 

Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma/GED 

Licenses, Certifications or Registrations: 
Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license
Requires ability to obtain a Class A-CDL with tankers endorsement

Temporary/ Internship. Participant  must be available to work a minimum of 30 hours per week between the hours of 7:00am-3:30pm.

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 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.

In Conclusion

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