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Water Distribution Technician IV


Fifth (final) level in a five-level career progression.  Installs and maintains water distribution infrastructure.  Performs a variety of complicated tasks.  Begins/completes the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) level four plumbing curriculum.  Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.  Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Works under general supervision.  Exercises a certain degree of creativity and latitude.  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.

  • Begins/complete hands-on training and education curriculum for level four plumbing (delivered by a certified instructor) through NCCER and demonstrate competency therein
  • Install, maintain, and repair lift stations, including related electrical and mechanical equipment and drain-waste-vent (DWV)  piping for testing and installing
  • Maintain and pull sewer and sump pumps
  • Troubleshoot and maintain lift station control panels (programmable logic controllers (PLCs))
  • Coordinate the pump outs at the lift stations with external vendors
  • Analyze chemical needs at the lift stations for controlling odor and grease based on lift station application
  • Respond to lift station alarms for detecting and troubleshooting issues
  • Install, maintain, and repair pipes, which includes operating jetter to clear lines of 4” and above
  • Analyze underground pipes with video equipment by running a camera up or down the pipe
  • Test piping systems 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
  • Monitor grease traps and septic tanks for compliance
  • Locate and correct sewer and storm distribution line breaks
  • Install, maintain, and repair pipes, valves, air reliefs, and backflow preventers
  • Inspect, maintain, test, repair, paint, and greases fire hydrants
  • Install temporary meters and backflow assemblies for construction projects
  • Coordinate permanent water meters and installing and testing backflow preventers 2.5” and above
  • Trace water and irrigation lines for determining service
  • Inspect, install, maintain, and repair water pump stations, including all mechanical equipment (ex: booster pumps, wells, valves, gauges)
  • Locate and correct water and irrigation distribution line breaks
  • Test and sample water quality
  • Work as shift or crew leader in the absence of supervisor
  • Perform as a lead for more complex operations
  • Inspect and approves/disapproves contractors’ work
  • Ensure lower-level personnel and vendors comply with safety guidelines
  • Participate in making work assignments, ensuring compliance with standards, career development of lower level technicians, and providing feedback on performance evaluations
  • Complete requisitions and assists in developing scopes of work for vendors to bid on
  • Operate UF vehicles
  • Perform related duties (as assigned)

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma (or equivalent)
  • Completion of NCCER Core and Plumbing Level One, Two, Three and Four
  • NCCER Certified Plus in trade, and within six months pass a trade specific Critical Task Assessment

Licensure and Certification

  • Backflow preventer repair certification
  • Backflow preventer testing certification
  • Florida Class E operator (driver) license


This position may 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.