Utility Worker I/I CDL - Water Distribution

Water Distribution, 701 E. Hwy 80, Abilene, Texas, United States of America Req #654
Thursday, May 25, 2023


Under the immediate or general supervision of a Lead Supervisor or higher; to perform, either alone or within a team, required construction, maintenance and operational duties in the assigned Division/Branch of the water and sewer system. The Water Distribution Utility Worker may also assist with accomplishing some Wastewater Collection-related tasks.


These positions do not exercise supervision.


Utility Worker I

Inspect, maintain, repair, install and/or replace damaged water distribution and sewage collection lines, valves, fire hydrants, pumps, meters and meter assemblies.

Assist with cleanup and periodic maintenance of water utility property and easements.

Operate at least one of the following: backhoe, loader, dump truck, air compressor, vacuum truck/machine.

Utility Worker II

Maintain a safe and productive work site at all times.

Operate all of the following: backhoe, loader, dump truck, air compressor, vacuum truck/machine.

Investigate customer complaints related to leaks, low pressure, outages and other issues related to water distribution.

Contact and coordinate with required personnel/agencies to make repairs.

Communicate effectively with other employees, customers and supervisors the nature and status of work being performed.


Perform other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Safe driving and heavy equipment operating principles and practices.

All approved methods, materials, tools, equipment, and practices used to safely repair and maintain water and sewerage systems.

The different jobs and tasks in the assigned Division/Branch and how they generally impact the operations of the City’s water and sewerage systems.

The use of general Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.

City of Abilene Policies and Procedures within six (6) months of employment.

Skill to:

Safely operate and care for all tools, vehicles, equipment and materials.

Safeguard and effectively use assigned information technology equipment in the field.

Ability to:

Pay attention-to-detail when performing general maintenance work.

Accomplish required tasks at the minimum acceptable rate for this position.

Communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in written reports.

Read and understand street maps displayed on paper and electronic devices.     

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.

Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Perform as a team member in a manner that accomplishes the Division’s mission and treats team members with dignity, courtesy, and respect.       

Experience and Training Guidelines:

For positions with more than one level, all listed requirements at the lower levels are required at the higher levels. Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying.  Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:

Utility Worker I


Six (6) months of experience as a Laborer, Utility Worker, or other related work is required.


A high school diploma or GED is required.

License or Certificate:

Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid Texas Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) within 120 days of employment is required.

Possession of or the ability to obtain a TCEQ D Water License within one (1) year of employment is required.

Utility Worker II


Two (2) years of experience comparable to that of a Utility Worker I with the City of Abilene is required.

License or Certificate:

A Texas Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is required.

A TCEQ Class C Water Distribution License is required.

A TCEQ Class B Water Distribution License is highly desired.          

Special Requirements:

Working outside or in a confined work space with exposure to cold, heat, noise, chemicals, and hazardous materials.

Ability to travel to different sites.

Availability to work an 8-hour shift during normal business hours, and be on standby (on call) to work outside normal business hours, as needed.

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

With or without accommodation, the “X” indicates the overall strength demand of the position during a typical workday:

___     Sedentary – lifting of no more than 10 pounds

___     Light – lifting no more than 20 pounds; carrying up to 10 pounds

___     Medium – lifting no more than 50 pounds; carrying up to 25 pounds

_X_     Heavy – lifting no more than 100 pounds; carrying up to 50 pounds

___     Very Heavy – team lifting over 100 pounds; carrying more than 50 pounds

Physical Demand Codes:  The following describes whether or not the position is expected to exert the physical demands listed during a typical workday as well as the overall frequency of the task:

Codes for how often:

N         =          No

E         =          Extensive (100 – 70% of the time)

M         =          Moderate (60 – 30% of the time)

I           =          Infrequent (20 – 10% of the time)

A         =          Almost Never (<10% of the time)

Code / Task

_E_     Standing

  I_      Sitting

_E_     Walking

_E_     Lifting

_M_    Carrying

_E_     Pushing/Pulling

_A_     Overhead Work

_M_    Fine Dexterity

_E_     Kneeling

_E_     Crouching

_A_     Crawling

_M_    Bending

_M_    Twisting

_E_     Climbing

   I_     Balancing

_M_    Vision

_M_    Hearing

   I_     Talking

___     Other:  _____________________


Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $17.18
  • Max Hiring Rate $21.67
Location on Google Maps
  • Water Distribution, 701 E. Hwy 80, Abilene, Texas, United States of America