Applying To: Water Maintenance Technician

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Dear applicants, in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Recruitment and Examination Section is suspending all written tests, performance tests and oral interviews until further notice. These examination components are being replaced with experience and training evaluations, which do not require physical contact. Please fully describe all of your qualifying education, training and experience on your applications. Thank you. The safety of all of our staff and applicants is our priority as we continue with our efforts to conduct merit based testing for staffing the City's Civil Service.


  • Minimum: $33,020.00
  • Maximum: $51,610.00

Nature of Work

Incumbents in this position maintain and repair Water Division production and distribution systems, equipment and grounds for the purposes of maintaining the City’s water distribution system.  Duties include: cutting, caulking and replacing pipes; excavating; operating pumps, trucks, tractors, and mowers; pavement breaking; pouring concrete; replacing asphalt and cleaning water settling basins.

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Water Maintenance Technician

Minimum Qualifications

Two years of experience in construction.  Experience in water or sewer line construction is preferred. Qualifying experience should indicate skill in the use of equipment such as engine driven pumps, power saws, jack hammers, air compressors and related construction equipment.  OR an equivalent combination of training and experience. 

License:  Must possess and maintain a valid Missouri driver’s license while employed by the City of St. Louis.  Must be able to present license at the time of the Performance Test. Please note type of license, number, class and expiration date on the Employment Application.  Applicants who do not possess a Missouri driver’s license will be required to present a “Driving Record Check” from their State’s Department of Motor Vehicles.  Some positions may require incumbents to obtain a valid Class B CDL as a condition of successfully completing their working test period.

Positions require shift, weekend and holiday assignments, mandatory overtime and 24-hour emergency call.  Candidates must provide their availability for shift and weekend assignments on the Availability Section of the Employment Application.

Applicants will be called for the Performance Test based on an evaluation of experience and training as listed on the Employment Application.  Be as detailed as possible when describing your qualifying experience, including equipment, materials and tools used.  Include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment.  Incomplete and/or carelessly completed applications will not be considered.  Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute to a fully completed application.

The Performance Test will take approximately two hours.  Applicants must demonstrate their skill with all of the following:

  • Excavation: Layout, excavate, and backfill an excavation 3'x2'x1'.
  • Pavement Breaker: Operate a Pavement breaker (Air tool).
  • Measurement: Measure and appropriately match various size pipes.

MEDICAL:  Candidates will be required to pass a "Drug Screen" as part of the medical examination.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of his/her DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application or at the time of the Performance Test.  The Director of Personnel may, in his discretion, accept alternate documentation.

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible.  Applications can be submitted on the Internet.  Visit the City web site at

Examination Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: Pass/Fail
  • Performance Test: 100%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail

No waiver of the Residency Requirement will be granted.

O.C. 2930
April 01, 2019
3518-12G (No Wav)

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