Gas Service Technician

City of Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA 22905

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

Gas Service Technician

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Gas Service Technician


$34,342.77 - $51,979.20 Annually


Charlottesville, VA

Job Type

Regular Full-Time


Public Utilities

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General Summary

*Application Deadline updated to Open Until Filled.*

Support the Charlottesville Department of Utilities in fulfilling its service to provide efficient and safe utilities to all in our community. The Charlottesville Department of Utilities - Gas Division is seeking a qualified candidate to join our team as a Gas Service Technician who is highly motivated and who strives for success by demonstrating Charlottesville's Core Values of Leadership, Trust, Creativity, Respect, and Excellence.

Charlottesville Gas is a natural gas utility owned and operated by the City of Charlottesville and provides residents of Charlottesville and urban areas of Albemarle County with safe, efficient, reliable and economical service. We currently have approximately 21,000 customers in the area and are committed to excellence in service to the community, the City and our neighbors. The Gas Service Technician performs skilled work in the installation and relocation of gas service lines, meters, regulators, and related devices; does related work as required.

The hiring amount will be between $16.51 to $24.99 an hour ($34,342.77 to $51,979.20 annually). Starting offer is based on applicable education, experience, and internal equity. This is a full-time, non-exempt, position which provides excellent benefits including 13 paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance options with employer contribution, employer-paid life insurance, City's retirement options, gym membership reimbursement, and continuing education/training opportunities.

+ For a general summary of benefits offered by the City, please click the 'benefits' tab on this posting, or visit

+ The City of Charlottesville manages its own retirement system and does not participate in VRS, however the City has a Portability Agreement with VRS and there are certain provisions that must be met. For questions pertaining to the Portability Agreement, please contact the City's Benefits Administrator at 434-970-3462.

NOTE: This job opportunity is advertised with a closing date of "Continuous." If interested in being considered, an application should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted as soon as possible during the recruitment with candidates who are best qualified. Applications may no longer be considered once a candidate to fill the position is identified. This job announcement will close when the position(s) have been filled and may close at any time.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

+ Installing and relocating domestic and commercial meters and regulators;

+ Restoring and disconnecting gas service;

+ Turning gas and water meters on/off;

+ Investigating, locating, and repairing gas leaks;

+ Recording meter readings and identifying and logging meter numbers;

+ Installs pressure clocks on gas equipment to monitor problems;

+ Installs, adjusts, and repairs regulators as well as pressure gauges;

+ Sizes gas services, lines, and regulators for customer BIU needs;

+ Investigates, locates, and repairs gas leaks;

+ Red tags appliances if a hazard to property or life exists;

+ Conducts a yearly business leak survey and/or weekly sampling of odorant readings;

+ Performs related tasks as required.

Education, Experience and Skills

Minimum Requirements:

+ Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school supplemented by training.

+ Some experience in pipefitting and gas distribution or general construction work.

+ Position is subject to emergency call; must be able to be contacted by phone in case of emergency and reside within 30 minutes response time to the City Yard.

+ Possession of a valid appropriate driver's permit. (To view our driving eligibility requirements visit ).

+ Maintain all certifications as required by applicable federal, state and local regulations.

Skills: Ability to use specialized tools and equipment used in gas pipefitting; ability to obtain certification for Hilti-Gun and for plastic fusion; ability to deal courteously and effectively with the public. Thorough knowledge of the safe methods and practices used when working with gas lines, meters, regulators, appliances, and related devices. General knowledge of the equipment and materials used in gas work. Knowledge of local fire codes, plumbing, and mechanic codes; knowledge of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to test for safe level as required by OSHA.

Physical Conditions & Additional Information

Works independently to assess customers' problems, inspect gas infrastructure conditions, note abnormal operating conditions, and make decisions about corrective actions. Makes judgments about city work versus plumber work. Responds to emergencies that could involve escaping natural gas and carbon monoxide. Works both outside and inside under all weather conditions. Must be able to lift heavy objects and perform manual labor during the execution of duties. Deals directly with gas customers at their homes. Works on private property both inside and outside customers' homes.

This position in the Charlottesville Department of Utilities is subject to emergency and stand by call and is subject to Federal DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations.


Updated July 27, 2021

Benefits cited represent those for regular 40-hour employees and may differ for Management Level, Part-Time, and/or Library positions. Long-term temporary employees are eligible for all benefits except retirement. Interns, temporary, seasonal, substitute, and relief employees are not eligible for benefits.


+ Vacation:

+ 3.09 hours accrued biweekly -- 0 - lt;3 years

+ 3.85 hours accrued biweekly -- 3 - lt;5 years

+ 4.62 hours accrued biweekly -- 5 - lt;10 years

+ 5.40 hours accrued biweekly -- 10 - lt;15 years

+ 6.16 hours accrued biweekly -- 15 - lt;20 years

+ 6.93 hours accrued biweekly -- 20 - lt;25 years

+ 7.70 hours accrued biweekly -- 25+ years

+ Sick:

+ 4.62 hours per biweekly pay period, approximately 120 hours a years, no limit on accumulation

+ Holidays:

+ 14 paid holidays per calendar year (13 observed and 1 floating)


+ Aetna Medical –

+ Choose from three options with different premiums and levels of coverage and coverage is effective on the first of the month following date of hire:

+ HMO: $0 premium for employee only coverage

+ POS 1: Employee-only premium of $36.28 per biweekly pay

+ POS 2: Employee-only premium of $13.02 per biweekly pay

+ (Dependent coverage is available but the cost of the premium is not subsidized.)

+ Prescription Card ($10 generic, $30 lower cost name brand, $55 higher cost name brand)

+ Mail Order Maintenance Prescription Drug Program ($20 generic, $60 lower cost name brand, $110 higher cost brand)

+ Dental (Delta Dental)

+ No cost for employee only coverage. Dependent coverage is available but the cost of the premium is not subsidized.

+ Diagnosis and Preventive -- 100% of allowable charge; Basic Dental Care - 80%; Major Dental Care - 50%

+ Primary -- $50 deductible, 80/20

+ Prosthetic & Complex Restorative -- $50 deductible, 50/50

+ $1,500 maximum annual benefit

+ $1,000 Orthodontic Benefit

+ MetLife Vision Plan: Optional

+ Employee only coverage: $2.77 bi-weekly; Dependent coverage also available at differing rates.

+ Eye health exam, dilatation, prescription and refraction of glasses covered after $10 co-pay;

+ $130 allowance for frames, after co-pay, plus additional discounts where accepted.

+ Life:

+ Two times annual salary (paid by the City)

+ Optional supplemental life available for employee, spouse, dependents (paid by employee)

+ AFLAC: Optional

+ Cancer/accident/short term disability/intensive care insurance (paid by employee)

+ Long Term Disability

+ Protection from income loss due to long-term illness or injury (paid by the City)

3. RETIREMENT: The City of Charlottesville manages its own retirement system and does not participate in VRS, however the City has a Portability Agreement with VRS. There are certain provisions that must be met and the portability request must be executed within 18 months of vesting in the City's Plan.

+ Pension:

+ Choose from two options:

+ A Defined Benefit Pension plan pays a monthly benefit in retirement using a defined formula based on the employee's earnings history, tenure of service, and age. Our plan has a 5 year vesting period and an employee contribution of 5% of salary.

+ A Defined Contribution 401a plan in which fixed contributions are paid into an individual's account by the employer, the contributions are invested, returns (positive or negative) are credited to the account, and the account balance is used to provide retirement benefits. The vesting schedule for our 401a plan is 33% after one year of service, 67% after two years of service, and 100% after three years of service. There is no required contribution from salary. (Note that: the Defined Contribution retirement plan is the only plan available for Library employees)

+ Supplemental:

+ Deferred Compensation (457) - employee contribution


+ Flexible Spending Accounts:

+ Health Care Expenses

+ Dependent Care Expenses

+ Parking/Mass Transit Expenses

+ Parking Subsidy of $50 per month

+ Wellness Programs:

+ Gym Reimbursement Program

+ Monthly On-Site Nurse and Annual Flu Shots

+ Health Screenings and Fairs, Education Sessions, & Weekly Fitness Classes

+ Weight Watchers at Work

+ Bike Commuter Program:

+ Reimbursement of up to $20 per month for reasonable bike commuting expenses

+ Employee Assistance Program:

+ A variety of confidential, personal professional services for you and your family available 24 hours a day.

+ Tuition Reimbursement Program:

+ Up to $1,200 for undergraduate OR Up to $2,000 for graduate level tuition per fiscal year per employee.


I have reviewed the job posting and understand that the starting hiring amount for this position will be between $16.51 to $24.99 an hour, and an offer within this range will be based on applicable education, experience, and internal equity.

+ Yes

+ No


Do you have any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school supplemented by training?

+ Yes

+ No


Do you have some experience in pipefitting and gas distribution or general construction work?

+ Yes

+ No


Do you currently reside, OR will you reside by employment start date, within a 30 minute response time to the City Yard, located on 4th Street NW in Charlottesville, VA?

+ Yes; I currently reside within a 30 minute response time.

+ Yes; I am willing and able to reside within a 30 minute response time by employment start date, if hired.

+ No; nor am I willing or able to by employment start date.


This position requires driving to perform essential job duties and requires a valid driver's license. The candidate selected for this position must meet the driver eligibility requirements of the City and must provide a certified copy of their DMV driving record. Do you possess a valid driver's license and are you willing to provide a certified copy of your DMV driving record, if selected as a finalist, for the City to confirm your driving eligibility?

+ Yes; I possess a valid driver's license and am willing to provide a certified copy of my DMV driving record.

+ No; However, I am willing and able to obtain a valid driver's license and am willing to provide a certified copy of my DMV driving record.

+ No; I do not have a valid driver's license, nor am I willing or able to obtain one, and/or am not willing to provide a certified copy of my DMV driving record.


To be considered, qualifying education and experience, including City of Charlottesville employment, must be clearly documented in the education, work history, and additional information sections of the employment application. Resumes can be attached but should not be used as a substitute for the required information on the application. I understand that an attached resume may not be accepted in place of a completed employment application and that my qualifications should be stated on the employment application itself.

+ Yes

+ No


I certify that the information above is true and correct, and I certify that it can be verified with reference to the information in my basic application. I understand that my application may be rejected if the responses to supplemental questions do not match my basic application.

+ Yes

+ No

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City of Charlottesville


P. O. Box 911 605 East Main Street Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902


(434) 970-3490


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