Natural Gas Technician
The City of Bessemer City is seeking a highly qualified professional and motivated candidate to work for the City. The Public Works Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Natural Gas Technician. Candidates should be tactful, respectful, and demonstrate the City’s core values while performing duties and responsibilities.
Open Until Filled
Grade 11 (non-exempt): $34,773.99.00-$52,161.54 (depending on qualifications)
Anyone who feels they meet the minimum requirements and are interested in the position may apply online complete the application and submit to Hydeia Hayes–Human Resources.
All applications must be submitted online.
Hydeia Hayes—Human Resources
General Statement of Duties
An employee in this class performs a variety of work servicing gas distribution system needs and responding to customer requests. Work involves valve maintenance, meter installation, line locations, and cathodic protection inspections. Work also includes considerable construction and maintenance work in installing and repairing gas main and service lines, meters, excavating to proper depth, fusing pipes and related tasks. Work also includes responsibilities for making stoppels and taps on pressurized steel gas lines. Employees are subject 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. Employees are also subject to on-call and call-back work. Work is performed under general supervision and is evaluated through observation and review of records for adherence to standard trade and safety practices and customer satisfaction.
Essential Duties and Tasks
Participates as part of a crew to construct, repair and maintain gas main and service lines; fuses gas pipes, installs cathodic protection, odorizes lines, inspects valves, locates underground lines, paints meters, and wraps above ground lines for protection from rust. Installs stoppels and makes taps on pressurized steel gas lines. Operates back hoes, trenchers, boring equipment, tapping machines, electro-fusion equipment, cathodic protection meters, and various meters and gauges.
Installs, services and tests gas meters; responds to customer requests regarding odors or high consumption; connects and disconnects customer service; locates and repairs small leaks; completes work orders.
Connects gas service; re-lights pilot lights or re-starts furnaces.
Conducts surveys to determine cathodic protection readings.
Locates City gas lines for contractors, utility crews and property owners.
Exercises, greases, and inspects gas valves; makes drawings of valve and other system appurtenance locations.
Reads and records charts at meter stations; sets regulator pressures and relief valves on regulator stations.
Inspects contractor installations of gas pipes and fusion joints for adherence to trade standards; completes records of work and inspection activities.
Sets up safe work zones; flags traffic.
Additional Job Duties
Performs other tasks as required.
Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities
Considerable knowledge of the tools, materials and equipment used in the installation, replacement, maintenance and repair of natural gas utility lines.
Considerable knowledge of a variety of maintenance and manual methods and tasks involved in the installation, maintenance, repair, location, and replacement of gas lines and appurtenances.
Working knowledge of city engineering standards and specifications related to gas system installation methods and materials.
Working knowledge of the safe use and operation and preventive maintenance of common automotive and mechanical equipment.
Working knowledge of the municipal gas service policies and procedures.
Skill in the use of construction equipment including back hoes, trenchers, electric fusion machines, and related equipment.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers and the public.
Ability to recognize abnormal operating conditions and mitigate the related hazards.
Ability to read utility maps and operation and service manuals and to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to keep simple records of work activities.
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently; and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Must possess the visual acuity to inspect fusions joints, read utility maps and diagrams, read measurement devices, and prepare records and calculations.
Desirable Education and Experience
Graduation from high school and experience in gas system construction and/or maintenance, including some experience in heavy equipment operation; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Possession of valid North Carolina commercial driver’s license.
Certification to perform gas line fusion and taps on pressurized steel gas lines.
City of Bessemer City is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
The City of Bessemer City is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)