Valve Maintenance Technician I.II.III

  • Mechanical/Utility
  • Mission Support Positions
  • El Cajon, CA
  • $26.35 - $40.88 hourly USD / Year
  • Salary: $26.35 - $40.88 hourly

Website helixwater Helix Water District

OPEN UNTIL FILLED:  Any applications received after Sunday, March 27, 2022, will only be considered if the position is not filled.

HELIX WATER DISTRICT, El Cajon, CA (located in East San Diego County) is seeking a Valve Maintenance Technician.  Helix prides itself in being a progressive industry leader.  Our work makes a difference, and we are passionate about our technical professions and the customer experience we provide.  We would love for you to consider joining our team!

Placement in the position is dependent on experience.

Valve Maintenance Technician I: $4,568 – $5,830/monthly
Valve Maintenance Technician II: $5,036 – $6,427/monthly
Valve Maintenance Technician III: $5,552 – $7,086/monthly

Valve Maintenance Technician I/II/III is a non-exempt, entry through advanced journey-level technical class. Under close to general supervision, participates and may lead in the work of a small crew engaged in the maintenance, service and repair of a wide variety of valves, meters and fire hydrants; responds to a wide variety of water transmission and distribution system emergencies, determines nature and extent of the situation, takes immediate steps to contain and escalate to the appropriate individual or section for repairs; performs coordination of district construction, maintenance and repair projects with other utilities, local government agencies and contractors and performs related duties as assigned.

Valve Maintenance Technician I is the entry-level class and is flexibly staffed with the full journey-level Valve Maintenance Technician II class.  Typically, proficiency criteria are met within a 6- to 24-month period, depending on an individual’s prior experience.  Valve Maintenance Technician III class is considered advanced journey-level and requires proficiency in the most complex valve and meter maintenance work, along with the ability to train and evaluate others, coordinate the work of and lead a small crew, and demonstrate sustained proficiency in the majority of Helix Water District’s competencies required of a senior-level staff member.


Will be required to work flexible hours and/or extended work shifts including weekends and holidays.  Will be required to work a rotating standby shift unless the employee performs the duties of a regular standby shift such as duty response.

Lays out, coordinates, leads and participates in the maintenance, service, repair and rebuilding of pressure-reducing valves, pressure-relief valves, altitude valves, plug valves, air valves, gate valves, butterfly valves, meters and temporary meters/backflow devices; locates and exercises small and large water main valves, fire hydrants, blow offs and air valves as part of an ongoing valve maintenance program.

Provides on-the-job training in the proper and safe performance of the crew’s work and in the use of tools, equipment and safety devices; inspects and evaluates the work of assigned personnel; provides input to the supervisor on individual crew member performance and assists in the preparation of employee performance evaluations; counsels and advises regarding individual performance and development needs.

Responds to emergency calls as necessary, including those occurring outside normal work hours and determines the nature and extent of the emergency; makes emergency repairs, when possible, to mains, service lines, meters, valves, pumps, hydrants and related facilities and appurtenances; notifies appropriate authorities, individuals or crews responsible for making repairs.

Performs scheduled and emergency shutdowns; notifies customers affected by shutdowns; when necessary, sets up temporary water services for affected customers; responds to pipeline breaks in residences and businesses; determines the cause of damage and potential district responsibility; advises customers on needed repairs.

Reactivates mains; flushes mains; monitors, tests and samples in accordance with the Regional Water Quality Control Board National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and Best Management Practices procedures; takes bacteriological samples to the laboratory for testing.

May attend prebid and preconstruction meetings; discusses conflicts and concerns regarding the protection of district facilities; performs standby duties to protect district facilities while contractors are working on or near district facilities; checks progress of jobs as requested.

Performs or arranges for facility locations and location mark outs.

Repairs and replaces damaged fire hydrants.

Performs meter and lateral maintenance, repairs and replacements.

Responds to all field-related customer service inquiries and complaints; evaluates all district appurtenances; makes repairs or replaces equipment and devices as necessary. Able to analyze and update electronic customer billing system.

Coordinates contractor or customer requests for the relocation of laterals, meters, curb stops and valves.  Coordinates, schedules and performs duties associated with the asphalt/slurry overlay program with city and county agencies.

Ensures proper safety procedures while working in dangerous situations, including confined spaces and road/street traffic.  Notifies appropriate agencies for street closures.  Arranges for required traffic control; assists crews with traffic control.

Updates GIS with pertinent information and assures that the maps are true and correct with what is observed in the field.

Operates the computer, tablet or smartphone for GIS and processing of the electronic documentation associated with the workflow processes for time entry, scheduled and emergency shutdown notifications, performed maintenance or infrastructure replacements, leak and damage reporting and all other necessary recordkeeping.

Ensures job procedures follow accepted standard practices and meet all OSHA, federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of one year of work experience in construction, maintenance, mechanical or technical related field.  Training and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from high school or GED equivalent.

Must hold or have the ability to obtain a valid Class B California driver’s license with tanker endorsement within 12 months of employment and continue to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance policy.

Possession of or ability to obtain valid CPR/AED and First Aid certification within six months and maintain valid certification thereafter.
Valve Maintenance Technician I

Must obtain a valid State of California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Certificate, Grade 2 (D2) within two years and prior to attaining Valve Maintenance Technician II classification.

Valve Maintenance Technician II/III

A valid State of California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Certificate, Grade 2 (D2)

To be considered for the Valve Maintenance Technician I.II, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.

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