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Utility Mechanic III (Equipment Operator)

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), Carrboro-Chapel Hill’s not-for-profit public service agency delivering high-quality water, wastewater, and reclaimed water services seeks a highly responsible, detail-oriented individual to join our Water Distribution and Sewer Collection teams as a Utility Mechanic III.

This position maintains, repairs, and installs, water, sewer, reclaimed water lines, and associated infrastructure. This includes water services, meters, valves, hydrants, manholes, and maintaining easements. This position is also responsible for transporting material and equipment to job site; repairing leaks; locating underground utilities; repairing roadways and performing landscaping duties. Position uses a wide variety of equipment and tools including, but not limited to, hand tools, air compressors, jack hammers, pavement saw, dump trucks, excavators, backhoes, loaders, tractors, compact rollers and tapping machines. Other duties include performing inspections, communicating with customers, and providing lead on-call duties for after hour work on a rotating basis. In the absence of the Crew Leader, directs crew members. Must be comfortable using e-mail and computerized work order systems.

Six-months to one year of advanced study or training at a community college or technical school with one to three years of relevant experience.  Position requires a valid NC Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and a Water Distribution Grade B and/or Collection System Grade II certificate.  Prior experience using City Works and a Geographic Information System (GIS) is highly preferred. 

Candidates must have the ability to work outdoors in all kinds of weather and respond to after-hour situations, as necessary. Position requires exerting 20 – 50 pounds constantly, 50 – 100 pounds frequently and walking/standing to a significant degree. Typical hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
OWASA provides excellent benefits to include membership in the NC Local Government Employees Retirement System, employer 457 plan contribution and retirement health savings account.  Paid Health, Dental, Vision and Life insurances.  Additional benefits include:  Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave, Bereavement and Parental Leave, Educational Reimbursement, Bonus Pay for Additional Certifications and/or Education.
Ideal candidates should be self-motivated team players with proven leadership abilities and excellent communication skills. Candidates must have an exceptional work ethic with the ability to assist the team in fulfilling the mission and goals of OWASA while ensuring safe work practices are always followed.

OWASA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to continuous improvement, sustainability, creativity, diversity, and inclusion. OWASA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, or sex in administration of its programs or activities, or employment decisions.

Salary Range is $45,412 - $69,934

Certified Orange County Living Wage Employer

To complete an application visit www.owasa.org.

Closing date is February 24, 2022.

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