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Water Distribution Technician I


Second 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) plumbing level one 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 hands-on training and education curriculum (delivered by a certified instructor) for level one plumbing through NCCER program and demonstrate competency therein
  • Assist in installing, maintaining, and repairing pipes and valves
  • Inspect, maintain, test, repair, paint, and grease fire hydrants
  • Assist in water meter installations
  • 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 support for installing, maintaining, and repairing pipes
  • Assist in jetting to clear lines of 4” and above
  • Test the piping system and equipment, including manholes
  • Repair pipefittings; maintains valves and underground pipes
  • Transport, mix, and handle chemicals or uses 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
  • Provide support in troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing lift stations, including mechanical equipment
  • Provides 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
  • Assist in responding to lift station alarms for detecting and troubleshooting issues
  • Operate University of Florida (UF) vehicles
  • Perform related duties (as assigned)

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma (or equivalent)
  • Completion of NCCER Core and Plumbing Level One

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.