Public Works Technician

Date Posted:

Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Public Works


Hiring Rate: $41558.22/annually


F/T, 40 hours/week


Friday, June 14, 2024 at 11:55 PM

Position Objectives:


General Statement of Duties


Performs a variety of responsible unskilled and semi-skilled duties in the operation, maintenance and repair of public works infrastructure and assets.


Distinguishing Features of the Class


An employee in this class performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks in the operation, maintenance, and repair of buildings, grounds, streets and sidewalks, street signs, vehicles, equipment, water distribution system, wastewater collection system, and other public facilities and areas. Work also involves collecting yard waste and leaves, landscape maintenance, and related work. Work involves operating light and medium construction equipment and a variety of power and hand tools. Employees are subject to working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as loud noises, vibration, moving mechanical parts, electrical current, chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation, and oils. Work is also subject to the final standards of OSHA on blood borne pathogens. Employees are also subject to on-call and call-back work. Work is performed under regular supervision and is evaluated through observation and inspection for adherence to instructions and standard trade and safety practices.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participates the construction, maintenance and repair of water and sewer lines; performs taps; repairs leaks; installs lines; cleans and maintains sewer lines and manholes; smokes sewer lines to check for cracks and connections; maintains sewer pump stations and outfall areas.
  • Operates a variety of light and medium equipment such as a dump truck, tamper, trencher, chainsaw, mower, backpack blower, weed eater, equipment lift and other related equipment.
  • Makes rounds to inspect pump stations; cleans, deodorizes and de-greases pump stations; diagnoses and trouble-shoots issues that arise; participates in plumbing and mechanical repairs; performs annual sewer line jetting; performs sewer right-of-way inspections.
  • Responds to citizen concerns about water quality; performs water quality sampling and reporting, assuring compliance with state standards; performs daily reading of water supply meters and logs water lost; reads meters monthly; locates and sets meters; approves installation of meters by contractors; orders and maintains parts for a variety of meter sets; performs backflow testing and certification; performs 811 locates of water and sewer lines; serves as ORC for Cross Connection/Backflow and back-up ORC for the water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
  • Participates in cold patch and asphalt repair to streets; rakes and smooths asphalt; participates in erection, maintenance and repair of street signs and painting street markings.
  • Participates in mowing, edging, mulching, planting, seeding, fertilizing, irrigating, and other landscape maintenance tasks; plants and maintains flower beds; participates in clearing right of ways and leaf and limb removal; removes fallen limbs from streets; applies pesticides/herbicides.
  • Provides traffic flagging and control and ensures safe work zone when working around traffic.
  • Performs general and preventive maintenance on Town vehicles and on a variety of equipment; makes minor repairs; tracks scheduled maintenance; keeps vehicles clean.
  • Prepares records and reports of work activities.
  • Performs start up, set up and clean up responsibilities for Town festivals and parades; decorates for various holidays.


Additional Job Duties

  • Performs related tasks as required.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Knowledge of materials and equipment used in municipal maintenance and construction, including some knowledge of water and sewer, street, fleet, and/or grounds maintenance work.
  • Knowledge of the local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to water distribution and/or wastewater collection system operations, installation and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.         
  • Knowledge of traffic laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to operations of motorized equipment.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, supervisors, and other employees.
  • Ability to deal courteously with the general public.
  • Ability to use tools and operate construction and maintenance equipment with skill and safely.
  • Ability to prepare simple written records of work activities.


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally; 50 pounds of force frequently; and 20 pounds constantly.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to operate mobile equipment such as the loader and dump truck in a safe manner, perform mechanical tasks, and to visually inspect the work performed.

Desirable Training and Experience:

  • Graduation from high school and experience in semi-skilled maintenance, utility, or construction work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Special Requirements

  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.
  • Possession of required certifications as designated by the Town, such as distribution and/or collection system certifications, pesticide/herbicide certifications, and ASE certifications.


  • Employee will receive a 5% salary increase upon successful completion of a 6-month probationary period.
  • Employer-paid health, vision, and dental insurance along with life insurance. Insurance goes into effect 30 days from first date of employment.
  • North Carolina Local Government Retirement System
  • NC 401k

More Information:

Applications and resumes can be dropped off or mailed to the address below, or emailed to Human Resources at:
Town of Troutman
Attn: Lou Borek
400 North Eastway Drive
Troutman, NC 28166