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City of Somerville Head Water Meter in Somerville, Massachusetts

Statement of Duties 

The Head Water Meter Technician is responsible for reading and installing meters, installing and troubleshooting remote devices, and making any necessary repairs. The individual shall have a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of maintaining water systems. Performs all other related duties that may be assigned.

  • Operates a motor vehicle in a safe and proficient manner.

  • Responds to emergencies as directed.

  • Shuts off water service and use whatever methods, tools, and procedures that are necessary to complete the task in a safe, proper, and proficient manner.

  • Sets up appointments for customers related to water meter issues.

  • Performs meter reading and the installation and repair of water meters, remote devices, and any other appurtenances using whatever methods, tools, and procedures are necessary to complete the task in a safe, proper, and proficient manner.

  • Reads and follows specifications on engineering blueprints, sketches and diagrams of the water system.

  • Locates, operates, repairs, and maintains underground water utilities and controls, as related to water meter maintenance.

  • Inputs information into the City’s computer systems applicable to this position.

  • Performs minor maintenance functions on the Water Meter Technician vehicle including but not limited to checking and maintaining air pressure and fluid levels, and routine cleaning of vehicle exterior and interior.

  • Performs vehicle condition inspections and reports as required by law or by Department policy.

  • Takes lead role toward customer response and problem resolution as related to water meter issues and report such issues to a superior.

  • Ensures that all safety practices and measures related to work zone safety, confined space entry, excavation safety, and others are adhered to and that personal protective clothing and equipment are utilized.

  • Manage and use electronic work order system.

  • Assists with cross-departmental Water and Sewer emergencies as required.

  • Supervise the safe collection and transport of water samples in compliance with all Environmental Protection Agency and State DEP safe drinking water regulations, and may perform these functions as needed.

  • Reports any emergencies to a superior.

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and the general public.

  • Reports staff conduct and performance issues to Water and Sewer Director and/or their designee.

  • Trains personnel as necessary.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Working knowledge of the following:

  • Principles and practices pertaining to the correct, proficient, and safe operation of equipment and assigned vehicles.

  •  Applicable Municipal, and Department rules and regulations pertaining to safe operation of assigned motor equipment.

  • Rules, regulations, and applicable laws relative to job-related safety

  • Principles and practices for the operation and maintenance of drinking water systems.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Recognize conditions requiring maintenance and repair of water meters; manage personnel toward these repairs as necessary.

  • Exercise proper professional and technical judgment.

  • Operate equipment with a high degree of skill and efficiency.

  • Read and follows the specifications on engineering blueprints and specifications as they pertain to municipal water and sewer systems.

  • Regularly enter and make observations in manholes and other confined spaces.

  • Work alone without close supervision.

  • Comply with all related Federal, State, City, and Department policies and provisions.

  • Frequently lift, move, push, pull, and/or carry up to 50 lbs.

  • Occasionally lift, move, push, pull, and/or carry up to 100 lbs.

  • Balance, stoop, bend, and crouch.

  • Reach and handle tools with both hands.

  • Work under varying weather conditions.

  • Work scheduled and unscheduled overtime.

Entrance Requirements:

  • Graduation from a high school or vocational school, or equivalent degree.

  • Minimum of one year of experience in the operation and maintenance of a public water supply or related construction experience.

  • Must possess a valid Commonwealth of Massachusetts Class D license.

  • Must obtain a D1 Water Distribution license issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure within 6 months of hire.

  • Must have a responsible driving record.

Work Environment:

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, and also exposure to outside elements. Work requires agility and physical strength, ability to function in close quarters, and is subject to outside environmental conditions, including wet, hot and cold weather. Worker is subject to noise, vibrations, hazards and atmospheric conditions including fumes, dust and air contaminants.

Physical and Mental Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

Physical Skills

Position requires standing/walking most of the day, lifting, moving, pushing, pulling, and/or carrying up to 50 pounds frequently and up to 100 pounds occasionally. The position also requires climbing, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, crouching and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position requires near and far vision and acute hearing, the ability to maintain physical exertion for long periods of time, operate hand and power tools, navigate rough terrain, move in or about construction sites.

Motor Skills

While performing the duties, employees are regularly required to record information and use oral communication skills. The position requires balancing, pushing, pulling, grasping, feeling and repetitive motion to complete tasks, in addition to minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone system, computer and other office equipment.

Visual Skills

Visual acuity is required to read meters, operate motor vehicles, and read documents for general understanding and for analytical purposes.

Hours: Full-Time

Union: SMEA B

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Salary: $1,030.40 weekly, plus benefits

Date Posted: May 10th, 2024

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request. Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or

Pre-Employment Requirements for All Employees:

  • MA Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) clearance

  • Completition of Conflict-of-Interest Law Education training for municipal employees

    Overview of Total Rewards:

  • 4 weeks annual vacation (for non-union positions) union positions vary by contract

  • Medical insurance through the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) - 80% of premium costs paid by City

  • Dental coverage low and high plans through Cigna

  • Vision care through Vision Service Plan (VSP)

  • Long term disability through Sun Life

  • Group and voluntary life insurance through Boston Mutual

  • Health Care and Dependent Care flexible spending through Benefit Strategies

  • Deferred compensation plans through a choice of three vendors

  • Free, confidential services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by E4Health

  • Annual cancer screening & wellness release

  • Somerville Retirement Pension System

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • MBTA pass program

  • FREE Blue Bikes membership

  • Eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)

Benefits listed are for benefits-eligible positions and the above information is meant to be a general overview of the benefit programs offered by the City of Somerville and not a binding contract.

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