City of Athens, Texas
Line Maintenance Technician
City of Athens, Texas
City of Athens, Texas
508 E Tyler Street
75751 Athens , TX
Job Description: 

Under direct supervision, performs various routine and repetitive tasks to construct, repair and maintain the City's water distribution system, wastewater collection system, and other water and sewer utility operations.

Responsibilities Include: 

Constructs maintains and replaces water or sewer mains and/or service lines; inspects, diagnoses, and repairs failures in water and sewer mains; operates various construction equipment; constructs and adjusts manholes and clean-outs; installs and repairs fire hydrants and valves; prepares trenches; and jet flushes and cleans sewer lines.  Excavates trenches and ditches for the repair and/or construction of new pipelines and/or service laterals.  Operates sewer cleaning equipment, as needed, to clean main pipelines, service laterals, manholes and spills.  Disassembles, cleans, repairs, replaces and tests defective or worn parts on water meters.  Repairs water and sewer main breaks, installs and changes water meters and reading devices; and performances other water and sewer pipeline operation tasks.  Completes work orders in paper or electronic format, as appropriates, to document all equipment/labor/material information and details related to the work performed.  Operates various light to heavy construction equipment and tools to include tractors, backhoes, dump trucks, sewer cleaners, jack hammers, water main tapping machine, air compressors, trailers, compactors, line trimmers, mowers, welders, cut off saws, vehicles, power tools, and handheld tools.  Works safely within high speed vehicle traffic areas, along medians, right of ways, etc.  Conducts daily inspections and preventative maintenance tasks of vehicles and equipment, such as washing, checking fluid levels, lubrication, tire pressure check, cleaning filters and screens, cleaning of wind shields; insuring road worthiness by checking the operation of presence of all lights, horns, braking systems, wipers, road hazard equipment; and securing loads and other items required by the Dept. of Transportation before allowing equipment onto public roads.  Identifies and informs supervisor of potential hazards, liability exposures, problem areas, public inquires of the general public, and the status of work activities.  Adheres to the personnel, safety, and department policies and procedures.  Assist other coworkers as needed.  Performs other duties as assigned.


Must have a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED).  Two or more years of experience in water distribution and collection pipeline repair is preferred.  A Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Class "C" Water Distruction, or a Class II Wastewater Collection Certification of Competency is preferred. Must have a valid Texas driver's license and driving record must be in compliance with city policy.  Must submit to and pass a post-offer, non-regulated drug test and thorough background checks (including criminal history).             

Special Skills/Abilities/Knowledge: 

 Must have a good working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of light and heavy construction equipment; water and sewer utility operations; and generally accepted work safety procedures.  Related utility operation or equipment operation work experience is preferred. To perform the essential functions of the job, must be able to talk, read, see, walk, and hear; have good hand/foot/eye coordination to operate and repair equipment and vehicles; follow verbal and written directives; perform strenuous physical activities to include, exerting up to 100 pounds of pressure; lift, push, bend; kneel; climb on an doff equipment.  Must work extensive hours and respond within 30 minutes to an on-call or emergency callback.

Work Environment: 

Work is performed primarily outdoors where exporusre includes, but may not be limited to, dust, dirt, fumes, confined spaces, in trenches, on level, slippery, sloping, unstable and muddy terrain, and under constantly noisy conditions and in inclement weather conditions.  Work in adverse environmental conditions to include inclement weather such as rain, sleet, snow, heat, sun exposure and hazardous conditions such as street traffic, fume odor, dust/mist, hazardous chemicals, and other solid waste substances; and exposure to insects and noxious plants.