City of Binghamton, New York

Water Meter Repairer

April 25, 2019 - 3:02pm -- jlallen
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Water & Sewer Department
$13.76 per hour
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Distinguishing Features Of The Class: 

The work involves responsibility for semi-skilled mechanical work in the installation, testing and repair of residential and commercial water meters.  Standard hand and power tools are used in this work.  The work is performed under the general supervision of the Water Meter Supervisor and employees are permitted considerable freedom for independent action in planning and carrying out assignments.  Does related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and

           (a)        Two years of experience in working as a licensed plumbers helper or

           (b)        Graduation from a plumbing vocational/trade school or

           (c)        5 years of experience working in a mechanical repair position or

           (d)        An equivalent combination of training with experience within the limits of a, b, & c above.


Possession of a valid New York State Drivers license appropriate to the vehicle and/or equipment to be operated and maintain the license during the entire length of appointment.

Typical Work Activities: 

Replaces old, defective or non-working meters in residential homes or commercial properties; Installs and tests meters on new services; May search for illegal and/or unauthorized connections to water systems in residential/commercial properties and reports violations to supervising personnel; Meets with water consumers to investigate complaints and inspect water meters and/or internal plumbing for excessive water consumption; Locates and shuts off, curb boxes to residential/commercial properties;   Removes meters from vacant residential/commercial properties; May maintain records on services and meters connected and replaced;  General housekeeping of city own vehicles and work areas;  May read residential/commercial meters during read cycle, if required.


Good knowledge of the tools and equipment required in water meter installation, maintenance, testing and reading of meter reading equipment; Good knowledge of the municipal water transmission/distribution/geography systems which includes above and below ground control valves; Ability to read all kinds of water meters, either manual or thru the use of hand held electronic/radio devices; Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs; Mechanical and basic wiring aptitude; Skill in mechanical/plumbing repairs; Ability to maintain records; Manual dexterity; Good eyesight; Dependability; Ability to communicate with the general public;  Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; Physical condition commensurate with the demand of the position.