City of Ann Arbor
  • Water Treatment Plant
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • $23.15
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Water Utility Technician II - Water Treatment Plant

Pay Rate Information

This position is represented by the AFSCME union and starting pay is $23.15 per hour. This position is eligible for step pay increases and potential progression increases. The top end of the current progression increase for this position is $35.52 per hour. Please reference AFSCME's collective bargaining agreement located at:

Job progressions serve as a way for union employees to demonstrate additional technical competencies, knowledge and skills to enhance their benefit to the City.  The progression allows employees to enhance their job responsibilities and pay through demonstration of increased competencies.

Benefits offered with this position include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401a with City match
  • Optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement $5000, must be employed 1 year to be eligible
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

Role Summary: To operate, maintain, inspect, install and repair water treatment and waste water treatment

facilities and associated collection and distribution equipment, systems and components.


Incumbent may be responsible for, but not limited to,  performing at acceptable levels the following duties:

Essential Duties:

  • Manually operating water utility components, including filters, pumps, valves, sludge systems and chemical feed systems
  • Planning and performing preventive maintenance on mechanical equipment including engines, motors, pumps, controls and chemical feed systems
  • Fabricating parts and modifications and fixing broken equipment
  • Monitoring system operations to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and regulatory compliance
  • Monitoring raw water supply to detect chemical and biological contaminants
  • Preparing written procedures for troubleshooting system maintenance and malfunctions
  • Lubricating, adjusting and maintaining plant equipment
  • Installing, inspecting and repairing pumps and piping systems
  • Performing laboratory tests for process and water quality
  • Ordering, receiving, issuing and maintaining record of maintenance parts, machinery, equipment and materials
  • Ensuring compliance with safety and environmental regulations including, but not limited to, hazardous materials
  • Following the safe and proper use of various hand, power tools and test instruments and obtaining any necessary certification(s)
  • Following City of Ann Arbor written policies, procedures and programs and, proper safety practices for, but not limited to, confined space entry, storing, handling and transporting compressed gases, chemicals and lubricants, and using correct lock-out and tag-out procedures
  • Assist in moving or placement of heavy machinery

Related Work:

  • Completing work process demonstration and documentation
  • Performing related work as assigned

Knowledge of: 

  • Machines and tools, including their design, use, benefit and maintenance
  • General operating principles, practices and procedures of a water utilities plant
  • General production and processing procedures (input, output, quality control, waste)
  • General chemistry and mathematics
  • General mechanic practices, procedures, tools, and equipment
  • General preventive maintenance practices and adjustment of water utility equipment
  • General maintenance management, inventory control and City purchasing procedures
  • General computer hardware and software applications 
  • Basic hazard, work safety and water safety precautions for the water utilities industry

Skills and Ability to:

  • Communicate through oral and written instruction
  • Function as part of a Self-Directed Work Team
  • Repair machines, equipment and systems using necessary tools
  • Read, interpret, and follow manuals, plans and technical drawings
  • Operate laboratory and plant system equipment and record analytical results
  • Monitor operational controls, gauges, dials and meters
  • Identify problems and find solutions as an individual and a member of a team
  • Conduct tests to determine functionality of water utility components
  • Install equipment, machines or wiring to meet specifications

Equipment:  Basic hand tools, laboratory and field testing equipment, safety and personal protective equipment (PPE), forklift, personnel lift, power tools, shop equipment and computer and miscellaneous office equipment and motor vehicle

Training and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Mechanical aptitude

Licensing Requirements

  • Valid driver's license
  • Michigan F4 Operating License and must complete in plant competency certification within 2 years of hire

Physical Requirements The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Human & Kinematic Factors:

1) The position requires constant walking, climbing, standing, pushing and pulling.

2) The position requires periods of exposure to extreme weather conditions dependent upon the season, while performing critical work related duties.    (a) The position will experience exposure for extended periods of time with winter temperatures as low as (10O degrees) with additional elemental factors such as snow and high winds.    (b) In reverse, the position will experience summer exposures in excess of (90 degrees) with additional elemental factors of being exposed on rooftops or having to function in a confined space.

3) The position requires frequent bending and lifting with a "per lift weight" in excess of 50 pounds.

4) The position requires physical movement of equipment, material, parts, and supplies well in excess of 50 pounds "per lift".

5) The position requires loading and unloading of equipment, material, parts, and supplies from city vehicles to perform work in the field well in excess of 50 pounds per lift.

6) The position requires the movement of equipment, material, parts, and supplies at work sites in the field by having to gain vertical access through the use of fixed ladders systems. (a) In certain instances, a single upward climb and decent may be upwards of 150 200 feet each direction.

7) The position requires regular pushing and pulling activities of wheel carts that are loaded with product with a cumulative weight of 450 pounds and greater.

8) The position requires the use of harnesses for purposes of confined space entry and fall protection.

9) The position requires driving a forklift to unload and move material.


We are proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, familial status, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. The City of Ann Arbor has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.

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