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EMERGENCY VALVE OPERATOR
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for opening and closing valves of different size, type and use in a municipal water system. This is repetitive manual labor involving responsibility in locating water valves, exposing and removing valve box covers, accessing valves and operating the valves as needed. The position requires considerable responsibility and independent judgment in the selection and operation of the valves, especially in emergency situations and requires emergency responses to system breaks and leaks to make corrections to keep overall damage to a minimum. Employees in this class operate under the direction of the Principal Emergency Valve Operator. Department managers provide additional training and supervision as required. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Locates valves in the water system.
Excavates, opens and cleans valve boxes, vaults and bilco doors in order to access the valves.
Inspects vehicle to verify that the proper equipment needed to perform the work has been loaded.
Investigates and locates water leaks and breaks using proper equipment provided.
Investigates water complaints and/or frozen services.
Marks out water lines in response to requests from outside agencies.
Opens and runs hydrants to clear mains and/or flush system as directed.
Operates valves to shut off and turn on water.
Raises valve boxes to required grade.
Removes broken meters and installs temporary hook-ups.
Reports problems, damage or loss of equipment to superiors.
Verifies all air relief equipment is open and operating.
Maintains shift logs and other reports as required.
Drives emergency truck when assigned.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the safety precautions and proper use of the departmentís equipment assigned to the valve operation.
Good knowledge of the practices, tools and terminology used in water distribution system repair and maintenance.
Good knowledge of the order in which valves need to be operated in an emergency.
Good knowledge of the location and function of water supply valve system.
Good knowledge of the geography of the local road network that cover the departmentís conduits and water lines.
Ability to lead a group of subordinate employees.
Ability to work calmly in emergency situations.
Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
Ability to read and use the departments various maps and files to locate valves.
Ability to prioritize emergency repair work.
Ability to do heavy labor work.
Ability to communicate clearly.
Ability to act in a courteous and effective manner with the public.
A) One (1) year of full time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in the maintenance of a municipal water supply system that involved activities such as hydrant repair, pipeline repair, valve operation and/or repair; OR,
B) Five (5) years of full time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, as a plumber servicing a water supply system.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT
Possession of a valid New York State Non-CDL or CDL, including any special endorsements required for the type of vehicle being operated.