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Water Distribution Technician 0


First level in a five-level career progression.  Assists senior workers with installing and maintaining the water distribution infrastructure.  Begins/completes the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) core curriculum.  Has knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within the field.  Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.  Works under immediate supervision.  Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment.  Typically reports to a supervisor/manager.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Begin/complete the NCCER core curriculum training program (delivered by a certified instructor) and demonstrate competency therein
  • Assist in installing, maintaining, and repairing pipes, valves, air reliefs, and backflow preventers
  • Assist in inspecting, maintaining, testing, repairing, painting, and greasing fire hydrants
  • Assist in coordinating permanent water meters and installing and testing backflow preventers 2.5” and above
  • Assist in tracing water and irrigation lines for determining service
  • Assist in inspecting, installing, maintaining, and repairing water pump stations, including all mechanical equipment (ex: booster pumps, wells, valves, gauges)
  • Assist in locating and correcting water and irrigation distribution line breaks.
  • Provide maintenance support for installing, maintaining, and repairing pipes
  • Assist in jetting to clear lines of 4” and above
  • Assist higher-level technicians in testing the piping system and equipment, including manholes
  • Assist in repairing pipefittings and maintaining valves and underground pipes
  • Help with transporting, mixing, and handling chemicals or using hazardous materials (other than cans of gasoline, batteries, pumping fuel, or access to normal janitorial cleaning materials)
  • Responsible for facilities or equipment carrying current fluids or gas that could endanger the public or other employees
  • Assist in locating and correcting sewer and storm distribution line breaks
  • Operate University of Florida (UF) vehicles
  • Provide support in troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing lift stations, including mechanical equipment
  • Provide support in maintaining and pulling the sewer and sump pumps
  • Receive mentoring from supervisor and/or lead technician for determining the pump outs at the lift stations
  • Perform related duties (as assigned)

Education and Experience

High school diploma (or equivalent)

Licensure and Certification

Florida Class E operator (driver) license


This position does not typically include supervisory responsibility.

To see common career pathways for each position at the University of Florida please visit the Career Paths section of the UFHR website.