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Water Distribution Heavy Equipment Operator Apprentice


Department(s): Public Works and Utilities

Location: Pittsburg, KS

Pay Range: $14.00 – $17.69


The Apprentice will assist Water Distribution Operators I or II with performing manual labor accomplishing all tasks associated with the installation, inspection, repair, general maintenance, and metering of the water distribution system and its related components. The Apprentice’s primary duties are for work associated with water distribution systems. This position is a probationary position to assess the employee’s ability to receive and follow instructions, and master skills. This position reports to the Water Distribution Superintendent.

Duties include, but are not limited to, performing daily required service checks on equipment to be used for the day including checking and filling; fluids, pressures, and grease points. Cleaning machinery as necessary. Ensuring that equipment is operating correctly and reports any suspected malfunctions or safety issues.

The primary duties of work are performed outdoors and may include working in adverse weather conditions.

Work may involve 24-hour availability during emergency situations. This will include overtime and call back situations as required.

Work in confined spaces and trench excavations as required.

The job position summary, duties and responsibilities are not intended to be, nor should they be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills or competencies with this job. Performs other duties as assigned.

Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check, drug screen and physical.


On the job training will be provided for the right candidate to learn operation and maintenance of a variety of heavy construction equipment. A probationary period will allow the right employee time to complete necessary certifications and trainings before being classified as a Water Distribution Operator I.

Education & Qualifications
1. High school graduation or equivalent required

2. Work to obtain Kansas Commercial Driver’s License Class A – (6 months from hire date)
a. Air Brake Endorsement
b. Tanker Endorsement – may be optionally required
c. Automatic Transmission
d. Standard Transmission – may be optionally required

3. Obtain OSHA 10 hour certification (1 year from hire date)

4. Will complete one year of on the job training minimum

5. Work to obtain certifications in: (max 3 years from date of hire)
a. Water Distribution Class I certification issued by Association of Boards of Certification. Equivalent – Kansas Department of Health and Environment Water Treatment Class I Operator Certification or another States recognized certification of equivalency
b. National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Certification: Core Curriculum
c. National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Certification: Pipelayer – Level 1

6. Basic competencies using Microsoft products such as Outlook, Word, and Excel

7. Basic competencies to utilize smart phones, tablets, and computers for communicating, corresponding, and processing work orders