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Colorado Springs Utilities Water Distribution System Operator in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Water Distribution System Operator

Job Type: Skilled Trades & Craft

Pay Range $37.96

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 5/17/23

Water Distribution System Operator

Who We Are

Colorado Springs Utilities offers a 100-year reputation for providing electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater services to the Pikes Peak Region. As a municipal utility, our mission is to provide safe, reliable, and competitively priced utilities to our customers. Our organizational values of Safety, People, Trust, Responsibility, Collaboration, and Continuous Improvement, serve as our guiding principles and are the foundation of our culture.

Our Water Distribution Operations team is seeking a Water Distribution System Operator to perform a wide variety of skilled activities related to operating, inspecting, maintaining, and troubleshooting systems and equipment that support the reliability and performance of our potable, non-potable, and raw water distribution systems. Your expert mechanical/operational knowledge and skill will be utilized to ensure the effective operation of these water distribution systems and their associated components. This work is essential to the successful transmission of water to over 500,000 people in the Colorado Springs community.

Please note that the starting rate of pay for this position is set at $36.15/hour, followed by an increase to $37.96/hour after completion of the probationary period.

Some of the additional ways in which you will make an impact include:

  • Maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting water systems and pipelines

  • Operating and maintaining gravity and high-pressure pipelines

  • Performing preventative and corrective maintenance of pressure-reducing and pressure-relief valves

  • Troubleshooting, analyzing, and correcting pressure zone irregularities

  • Inspecting and maintaining water tanks

  • Coordinating water system outages

  • Shutting down and isolating water distribution and transmission mains

  • Responding to customer issues regarding water flow and pressure

  • Performing fire hydrant flow testing; inspection maintenance and repair of water, air, and vacuum valves; and preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of water pump station equipment

  • Researching, identifying, and ordering spare or replacement parts for pumping equipment system components

  • Provide operational readiness and support of our infrastructure and services by participating in a week-long on-call rotation every nine weeks (subject to change)

Who You Are...

  • Relevant and progressively responsible experience in the operations and maintenance of water distribution or collection systems

  • Level 1 State Water Distribution Certification Required; Ability to obtain a Level 4 Colorado State Water Distribution Certification within four years of hire

  • Possession of a valid, unrestricted driver's license is required

  • CDL Class A with manual transmission endorsement is valued

The following knowledge, skills, and experience are highly valued:

  • In-depth understanding of and experience with water distribution/collection systems including Raw Water, Potable Water, & Non-potable Water Systems

  • Water distribution/collection systems troubleshooting techniques, maintenance, and repair skills

  • Water distribution/collection systems operations skills

  • Strong leadership, mentoring, and collaboration skills

  • Strong planning and work prioritization skills

  • Ability to provide technical guidance to personnel and contractors

  • Knowledge of pump operations and understanding of pump curves, efficiencies, and technology

  • Ability to read and understand maps, construction drawings, specifications, and as-builds

  • Knowledge of and commitment to safety practices and processes

Our Commitment to Our Employees...

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.

  • Time Off – Because everybody needs time off to rechargeVacation – New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year

  • Personal Leave –3 days per year of personal leave

  • Paid Holidays –10 paid holidays per year

  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $5.00 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in

  • Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network PPO preventive care covered at 100% and access to orthodontia coverage

  • Vision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth

  • IRA and 457 plans

  • Disability Coverage – Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Long-Term Care Insurance (LTC) – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones

  • Life Insurance – Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage availableCurious about joining our team? Learn more at


  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined within the posted pay range based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate; if there is a single pay rate posted, the job starts at that rate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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E-Verify and Right to Work Notice . Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Colorado Springs Utilities participates in E-Verify. For more information on your rights and responsibilities as an applicant, please visit: . If you have a legal right to work in the United States, there are laws to protect you against discrimination in the workplace. You should know that no employer can deny you a job or fire you because of your national origin. Unless mandated by law or government contract, employers cannot require you to be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident or refuse any legally acceptable documents. If any of these things have happened to you, you may have a valid charge of discrimination that can be filed with the OSC. Contact the OSC for assistance in your own language. Call 1-800-255-7688. TDD for the hearing impaired is 1-800-237-2515. In the Washington, D.C., area, please call 202-616-5594, TDD 202-616-5525 Or write to: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel NYA 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20530.

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Job Type: Skilled Trades & Craft