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Natural Gas Technician Apprentice , Gas Technician I, II, or III
Type: Full Time
Compensation/Pay Rate: $13.41 - $19.77 per hour plus excellent benefits
Posted Date: 7/10/2018 3:00 PM

**THREE VACANCIES AVAILABLE FOR THIS POSITION**  This position provides a vertical career ladder opportunity that may allow the selected candidate to advance to a higher job title and pay with obtaining of additional knowledge, skills, abilities, responsibilities and experience during the course of employment.  Determination of initial job title (Natural Gas Apprentice, Gas Technician I, Gas Technician II, or Gas Technician III) will be based upon qualifications

Summary
Performs (as a member of a crew) responsible semi-skilled and skilled work in the construction, installation, maintenance and repair of the City’s natural gas facilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Natural Gas Apprentice
• Graduation from high school or equivalent;
• Ability to work regularly and to perform manual labor in all weather conditions;
• Some knowledge of the use of common hand and power tools required in the work;
• Valid NC driver’s license and good driving record.

Gas Technician I
• Graduation from high school or equivalent;
• One year verifiable experience in common work situations of the occupational field;
• Ability to work regularly and to perform manual labor in all weather conditions;
• General  knowledge of the use of common hand and power tools required in the work;
• Valid NC driver’s license and good driving record.

Gas Technician II
• Graduation from high school or equivalent;
• Three years’ verifiable experience  in common work situations of the occupational field;
• Ability to work regularly and to perform manual labor in all weather conditions;
• General knowledge of the use of common hand and power tools required in the work;
• Valid NC driver’s license and good driving record.

Gas Technician III
• Graduation from high school or equivalent;
• Six years’ verifiable experience  in skilled gas utility work;
• Ability to work regularly and to perform manual labor in all weather conditions;
• Thorough knowledge of the use of common hand and power tools required in the work;
• Class A Commercial Driver’s License and good driving record.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Natural Gas Apprentice
• Ability to understand and follow specific oral instructions;
• Ability to make arithmetic calculations using whole numbers, fractions and decimals;
• General knowledge of the safe use, operation and preventive maintenance of equipment to which assigned;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public.

Gas Technician I
• Ability to understand and follow specific oral instructions;
• Ability to make arithmetic calculations using whole numbers, fractions and decimals;
• General knowledge of the safe use, operation and preventive maintenance of equipment to which assigned;
• Proven ability to take written tests and perform required hands-on qualification tasks;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public.

Gas Technician II
• Ability to make arithmetic calculations using whole numbers, fractions and decimals;
• Thorough knowledge of the safe use, operation and preventive maintenance of equipment to which assigned;
• Thorough 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;
• Certification for gas line fusion;
• Thorough knowledge of the hazards and associated safety precautions associated with working around heavy equipment and in trenches;
• Ability to read utility maps and operation and service manuals and to understand and follow oral and written instructions;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public.

Gas Technician III
• Comprehensive 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;
• Certification for gas line fusion;
• Thorough knowledge of  the municipal gas service policies and procedures;
• Comprehensive knowledge of the hazards and associated safety precautions associated with working around heavy equipment and in trenches;
• Ability to read utility maps and operation and service manuals and to understand and follow oral and written instructions;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public.

Essential Functions

Natural Gas Apprentice
• Assists in the repair, replacement and installation of gas utility lines, meters, outlets, regulators and related facilities;
• Uses shovels to finish grading trenches for construction of gas lines;
• Fits pipe;
• Uses hand tools and operates equipment to back fill trenches;
• Operates construction equipment such as dump trucks, loaders, tampers, trenchers, air compression driving equipment and other related light and medium equipment;
• Performs and assists in making gas taps, fusing gas lines, installing or replacing gas meters and locating gas lines;
• Assisting with checking for and repairing leaking lines;
• Assists in performing maintenance and repairs on valves and meters;
• Participates in setting up protective cones and signs and flagging traffic around construction sites;
• Mows, trims and paints;
• Stocks truck with materials and supplies.

Gas Technician I
• Operates construction equipment in excavation, backfilling and compacting the work site;
• Performs other covered tasks as qualified through Operation Qualification and on-the-job training;
• Assists or makes taps on gas mains, installing regulators, meters and valves;
• Performs repairs to the natural gas facility;
• Connects and disconnects gas service;
• Inspects and exercises valves;
• Changes and resets meters;
• Applies pipe coating in the field;
• Checks and replaced electrical isolation couplings on existing pipelines as needed;
• Inspects for atmosphere corrosion, then cleans and coats pipe as needed;
• Investigates leak and odor complaints;
• Monitors gas pressures and flows;
• Purges pipeline;
• Repairs non-leaking damaged pipe;
• Restores gas service after an outage.

Gas Technician II
• Makes taps on gas mains, installing regulators, meter, valves and making repairs to the natural gas facility;
• Visually inspects pipes for internal corrosion;
• Inspects electrical components of cathodic protection system;
• Installs anode on existing pipeline;
• Performs installation of Polyethylene gas pipefitting and fuses PE pipe;
• Performs in service line installation;
• Purge and tests new pipelines;
• Connects newly installed pipeline to existing pipeline;
• Assists or installs large commercial meters;
• Taps and stops off steel pipe;
• Inspects contractor installations;
• Fabricates and installs small gas meters;
• Operates roadway/driveway-boring equipment;
• Creates as-built drawings and updates gas maps.

Gas Technician III
• Troubleshoots and repairs gas leaks on mains and services;
• Locates and repairs leaking underground gas main and service;
• Layout and perform service line installation;
• Fuses PE gas pipe;
• Taps and stops off steel pipe using Mueller equipment;
• Performs maintenance on gas valves;
• Relocates gas main with the use of bypass without interrupting service;
• Creates as-built drawings and updates gas maps;
• Fabricates and install meters including large commercial meters;
• Performs testing of large meters;
• Assists or performs regulator station testing;
• Trains subordinate on various Operator Qualification tasks;
• Operates boring equipment.

Physical Demands
This job requires the physical ability to lift 30-55 pounds from floor to crown height and up to 100 pounds from waist height and carry 20 feet. In standing position, the employee must be able to generate at least 165 pounds of downward push force from a height below 36 inches and at least 115 pounds of horizontal push force at a height between 42-52 inches. Pulling is required of at least 165 pounds upward at a height below 36 inches and at least 115 horizontal pull from a height between 42-52 inches. Forward bending is required to at least 30 degrees for a total of 5 minutes. Work requires climbing, crouching, kneeling, and crawling on hands and knees. Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels. Visual acuity is required for visual inspection of small parts, use of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at or within arms’ length, operation of machines and motor vehicles, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities.

Work Environment
The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions including extremes of heat and cold. Noise is sufficient to require the worker to shout in order to be heard. Work involves exposure to hazards including vibration, fumes, odors, gases, cutting fluids and working in proximity to moving traffic. The work involves considerable stress which could result in discomfort and ineffectiveness.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
24 hour, on-call duty once every five to six weeks

Special Requirements
Employees in this job classification will be required to perform covered tasks under the direct supervision of a qualified employee as listed in the City’s written Operator Qualification Plan and required by the Gas Pipeline Operator Qualification Rule (49 CFR 192-800 subpart N). This position is subject to on-call rotation with the department. The worker is subject to final OSHA regulations on Blood-borne Pathogens. This position is subject to drug and alcohol tests under the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and may be considered safety sensitive under the Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Policy. Worker is subject to WorkFit and PreWork policies and screening.

Closing Date

Application and instructions are available here. Submit City of Lexington Employment Application and resume to jobs@lexingtonnc.gov, by mail to City of Lexington, P.O. Box 1615, Lexington, NC 27293 or in person at 711 South Talbert Blvd., Lexington, NC. This position will remain open until filled. Applications are also taken until 5:00pm at the NC Works Career Center, 220 E. 1st Ave., Ext, Lexington, NC 27295.

Applicants offered employment will be asked to participate in a drug screening.

The City of Lexington does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, non-disqualifying disability, or genetic information in employment or the provision of services.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the position. All employees may have other duties assigned at any time.

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