Construction/Maintenance Technician I

Website Valley Center Municipal Water District

$62,593.44 - $83,882.24 Annually

OPENING DATE: Tuesday, August 8, 2023

CLOSING DATE: Thursday, September 7, 2023


The District is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Construction/Maintenance Technician I. Under supervision of the Construction/Maintenance Supervisor, incumbents are responsible for performing routine activities while acquiring knowledge and skills to perform higher-level work to include: installing meters; locating, maintaining and repairing water system components; maintaining roads and easements; operating heavy equipment such as backhoes and dozers; and maintain and repairing pipelines.


Performs a variety of field customer service functions related to assisting customers with service inquiries and requests dealing with the inspection, maintenance, repair, servicing, and installation of water meters. Performs meter repairs and reports illegal water usage. Performs basic troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, installation and adjustments to a variety of District appurtenances which includes the use of oxyacetylene, torch and arc welding equipment; performs welding and brazing, cuts and preheats metals, straightens and does pipeline layouts. Inspects meters and water lines for damage or leaks; installs and exchanges water meters; repairs minor leaks; prepares a variety of records and reports.

Operates and assists in maintaining a variety of heavy construction equipment, vehicles, machinery, power and hand tools including, but not limited to: dump trucks, backhoes, skip-loaders, bulldozers, graders, forklifts, asphalt and concrete saw cutters, pipeline tapping tools, trenchers, rollers, hydraulic shoring equipment, jackhammer/digging spades, pneumatic tampers/pompoms, whackers, welding equipment, oxyacetylene torches, and grinders in the installation, construction, maintenance, and repair of water distribution components, District facilities, properties, equipment, roads, and easements. Locates, tests, operates, repairs, maintains, and installs mechanical equipment and components including valves, air vacs, blow-offs, fire hydrants, underground piping systems and related appurtenances; fabricates, repairs and installs a wide variety of equipment, including welding dissimilar materials. Responds to emergency calls from the public, taking appropriate action such as placing barricades, repairing leaks, and shutting off main lines. (A more detailed job description can be found on the District’s website


Knowledge of: Preventative maintenance practices and procedures as applied to water meters, pressure regulators and pipelines; methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the installation, maintenance, repair and operations of water meters and pressure regulating valves; principles of meter operation testing; methods and techniques of troubleshooting, repairing and testing pressure reducing devices, installing and replacing meters and repairing leaks; operation and maintenance of a wide variety of equipment, hand and power tools and machinery used in the work; telephone and radio communications; principles, practices and equipment used in arc and oxyacetylene welding; safe work conditions, methods and safety practices and precautions pertaining to the work; using computers and related software applications; basic first aid and CPR techniques; record keeping practices pertaining to the work; and, shop mathematics.

Ability to: Troubleshoot, repair and maintain water meters, pressure reducing valves and clay valves; read and accurately record water meter readings; write clearly and legibly; inspect, operate, diagnose problems, and perform preventive maintenance and repair work on meters, backflow devices, valves, and related equipment; read and interpret charts and gauges; install and exchange meters and repair backflow devices; deal tactfully and courteously with the public; maintain accurate records; understand and carry out oral and written directions; keep accurate records and preparing reports; reading “as-built” valve books and district maps for locating components; determining correct shut down procedures, valve operations and re-activation procedures; communicate clearly and concisely and be understood while using the District’s radio communication system; and, establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.


Education: Equivalent to a High School Diploma.

Experience: A minimum of one year of equivalent experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements: California Class C Driver’s License. Ability to pass certification exam within two years as condition of employment: State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Water Distribution Operator’s Certificate, Grade D2; Completion of one semester of college level welding.


Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to use hands and fingers to grasp and feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The incumbent frequently is required to walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, balance, stand, talk and hear. The incumbent is occasionally required to sit. The incumbent must frequently lift and/or move from 10 to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move from 50 up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. May be required to medically qualify and wear a District approved respirator.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent regularly works in outside weather conditions. The incumbent frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The incumbent occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals or airborne particles. The noise level will range from moderate to very loud.


A District Application is required for consideration for this position and is available online at or at our District office located at 29300 Valley Center Road, Valley Center. Office hours are 7:00am to 4:30pm Monday – Thursday and 7:30am to 4:00pm on Friday. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed District application. Please direct any questions to John Marchetta at (760) 735-4525.

The provisions of this notice do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision in this notice may be modified or revoked without notice. Persons selected for employment will be required to take, and pass, a pre-employment physical, drug screen and background check. They will also be required to present documents establishing qualifications, personal identity and the legal right to work in the United States. The District makes reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If candidates require special arrangements to participate in the interview process, they should state their needs when invited to participate in an oral panel interview. Valley Center Municipal Water District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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