Utility Repairman I


St. James Parish Government is hiring a Utility Repairman I for our Public Utilities Division under the Operations Department. 

This position is responsible for the maintenance, repair, and installation tasks for the public Gas and Water Distribution System. This position is classified as essential during declared emergencies or natural disasters. This is a nonexempt position, forty hours per week. This position is “Safety Sensitive” and subject to random drug testing as per the St. James Parish Government Employee Handbook. Individuals in this class are able to complete the majority of their work with a minimum amount of supervision. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Includes any combination of the following illustrative examples of duties and responsibilities including but not limited to:

·         Performs maintenance, repairs, and installation tasks for the public gas and water distribution system

·         Reads and records current usage data from gas/water meters

·         Uses equipment or visually checks for gas and water leaks

·         May assist with the installation of wet taps on water and gas lines

·         Classifies, codes, and posts various information and data into computer systems

·         Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skills and/or ability required. St. James Parish Government is an equal opportunity employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  High School diploma or general education diploma (GED) with 3 months of Public Utility experience. Must successfully complete all training requirements as per the Operations & Maintenance Plan and the Emergency Plan for natural gas systems.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to add, subtract, and divide in all units of measurement using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to define common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:  Must possess a valid Louisiana Driver’s License, (class “E”) and have an acceptable driving record. Must be part of the Parish Utilities weekend and nights callout roster.         


·         Knowledge of the operating procedures and maintenance of equipment operated

·         Ability to clean and perform minor maintenance and repair of equipment operated

·         Ability to perform physical labor as required of the position.

·         Operate various types of office equipment (e.g. copy machine, calculator, word processor, computer terminal, etc.)

·         Have excellent public relations skills

·         General knowledge of the hazards and applicable safety rules and regulations in vehicle and equipment operation

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools, controls, and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to sit, stand, walk, stoop kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may from time to time work in conditions of extreme heat and cold, near moving mechanical parts, and is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee frequently works in high, precarious places and is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes and airborne particles.

The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.

St. James Parish is committed to providing equal employment opportunities.  The parish will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to veteran status, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, agree or political affiliations.


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