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 Subject : City of Ames - Water Meter Technician.. 12/02/2022 03:05:22 PM 
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Employer Name: City of Ames
Position/Title: Water Meter Technician
Job Location: 515 Clark Ave, Ames, IA 50010
Recruitment Period: Specific Closing Date (indicate below)
Recruitment Closing Date: 12/19/2022 12:00 PM

SALARY: $26.20 - $34.97 Hourly; $54,496.00 - $72,737.60 Annually

Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than 66,000 residents providing an excellent quality of life. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers year-round recreation opportunities, diverse cultural offerings, a stable economy, safe neighborhoods, and a high-achieving school district.

The City of Ames is conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

Under general supervision of the Water Meter Supervisor, the Technician performs work in the installation, replacement, inspection, testing, and repair of water meters, and any other related work as required.

In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must submit their online application by the deadline listed on this posting. Your application includes complete responses to the supplemental questions. Please keep in mind that submission of a resume in lieu of work history on your application or answering the supplemental questions is not sufficient.

Work Schedule:
Typical hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm.

This position is governed by a bargaining unit agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), which specifies steps in pay, until June 30, 2023 as follows:
  • Step A $26.20/hr or $54,496 annually
  • Step B $29.74/hr or $61,859.20 annually (After 18 months of employment)
  • Step C $34.97/hr or $72,737.60 annually (After 48 months of employment)

Our comprehensive benefits package can be viewed at: City of Ames Benefits

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program: The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans. To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer. For more information, please visit: PSLF Program

Installs, replaces, inspects, tests, cleans, and repairs all types and sizes of water meters; reassembles and calibrates meters; keeps work records of repairs and tests of meters, meter locations, parts and meter inventories; inspects and makes repairs to meters in the field; installs and programs digital/electronic meter registers and displays; tests and repairs backflow prevention assemblies used for hydrant meters; investigates, reports, and follows up on consumer complaints of noisy water meters or pipes, rusty/discolored water, low or high water pressure; high and low water use; makes minor piping corrections in the field; installs and checks outdoor registers and associated wiring for proper installation and verifies operation; has daily contact with the public and responds to citizen requests for information; maintains and repairs test equipment; performs monthly safety inspection of equipment and facilities; participates in safety training and other employee development/training activities; locates curb stops for service disconnects and reconnects as necessary. Must be willing to work an assigned work schedule or other shift as determined. Responds to after-hours call back requests.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement; inspiring creativity and innovation; being customer driven; making data-driven decisions; committing to diversity, equity and inclusion; championing employee involvement; striving for excellence; having fiscal stewardship; acting with honesty and integrity; exhibiting leadership; choosing a positive attitude; respecting one another; promoting safety and wellness; and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Education and Experience: Successful completion of high school, HiSet, or GED and three years of experience in mechanical repair work, preferably with small mechanisms. General knowledge of plumbing systems and materials.

Licenses and Certificates: Valid Driver's License. Completion of Backflow Tester Training Course and registration as a Certified Backflow Tester with the State of Iowa within 12 months of employment. Valid State of Iowa Grade I Water Distribution System License within 24 months of employment. Must be able to maintain both licenses/certifications once obtain.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills: Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the replacement, repair and testing of water meters; knowledge of the mechanical and operating principals of all types of water meters; knowledge of methods, tools, and practices in the maintenance and repair of all types of water meters. Knowledge of methods, tools, and practices in the maintenance and repair of water lines and appurtenances. Knowledge of the principals of backflow and cross-connection prevention. Knowledge of the functions of a water distribution system as it relates to the installation, maintenance, and testing of water meters.

Ability to work from mechanical diagrams and to detect defects in the operating mechanisms of meters; ability to make routine arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately; ability to keep records of work performed; ability to deal courteously and tactfully with the public; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with department heads, managers, supervisors, employees, external public, vendors, suppliers, and contractors; and applying safe work practices; ability to work independently and to take responsibility for following previously outlined procedures; ability to operate light vehicles; ability to identify problems in the water distribution system; ability to express written and verbal information clearly and concisely.

Skill in the use of standard and specialized hand and bench tools.

General Physical Requirements: The work involves sitting 40% of the time, standing (but not walking) 50% of the time, standing and walking 10% of the time, frequently lifting objects under 10 pounds, routinely lifting objects from 10 to 50 pounds, routinely lifting objects over 50 pounds.

Vision Requirements: The standard for use with those whose work deals with preparing and analyzing data and figures, extensive reading, and the use of a personal computer and/or tablet.

Required Physical Activities: Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, finger dexterity, talking, hearing, limited repetitive motions. Ability to climb up and down stairs and ladders and work in and around meter vaults, crawl spaces, and other confined spaces.

Environmental Conditions: The worker is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions; may be required to work in areas where mechanical, electrical, chemical, and/or biohazards exist; may be subject to atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin; may be required to work in confined spaces and/or in darkness or poor light conditions; works independently 75% of the time.

Equipment Essential to the Job: General office equipment; personal computer and/or tablet; telephone; cellular smartphone; street maps; a variety of printed materials; gas monitor; drill press; abrasive grinder; sandblast cabinet; paint booth; pallet lift; a variety of general-purpose maintenance equipment; a variety of general-purpose power and hand tools; a variety of safety equipment and clothing; scale; portable flow testing equipment; stationary water meter test stand; differential pressure gauge; flow and pressure data-loggers; various light vehicles.

Selection Process:
The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, written exam, phone interview, hiring assessment, on-site interview which will include a manager, and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

**Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.**

Depending on the number of qualified candidates, the City may forego phone interviews.

Written Exam
The written exam will be held on December 22nd at 5:30pm.
All qualifying candidates will receive email notification inviting them to self-schedule for this event. No alternative testing dates or times will be made available with the City of Ames proctoring. Candidates are responsible for their own transportation and any lodging costs to attend the exam.

Veteran’s Preference Points
The City of Ames provides Veteran's Preference Points for Civil Service positions. A copy of yourDD214 and, if applicable, proof of disability, must be attached with your application (or faxed to515-239-5297) prior to the close date of the posting in order to receive Veteran's Preference Points.

Residency Requirement
All employees governed by the IUOE Blue Collar contract (which includes Water Meter Technicians) are required to reside within an area bordered by the Boone and Story County lines on the north and south, State Highway 65 on the east; and on the west, County Road R27 north of Boone, and the Des Moines River south of Highway 30 to the Boone County line. Communities intersected by the borderlines, and Zearing, shall be considered within the area. The permitted residency area is that area inside the borderlines. The area adjacent to, but outside the borderlines, is not included. For further details of what area this includes, please view the Ames Employee Residency Map link here: MAP

E-Verify Process:
The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA)and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

NOTE: Applicants with disabilities may submit requests for ADA testing or interview accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the test or interview.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.


515 Clark Ave Ames, IA 50010

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Required Water Meter Technician Supplemental Questionnaire
  1. Please describe your experience with mechanical repair work, including repairing small mechanisms, and indicate for which employer listed in the Work History on your application. If you need more space to provide your response, you may attach a separate document to your application.
  2. Please describe your knowledge and experience of plumbing systems and materials.
  3. Please describe any experience you have in dealing with the public and providing exceptional customer service.
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