Backflow Prevention Technician Trainee

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority | Pensacola, FL

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Posted Date 7/24/2019

Reports to the Cross-Connection Control Supervisor. This is an entry-level trainee job performed under close supervision and established procedures for a period of no more than two years.  Incumbents are required to complete backflow prevention training and certification within this time period.

This position is primarily responsible for completing surveys and inspecting a wide range of facilities (e.g. stores, restaurants, churches, schools, apartment buildings, etc.) for proper installation of backflow prevention assemblies.

The person in this position determines the proper backflow prevention assembly; informs customers of Federal Laws and State of Florida Administrative Codes requiring the installation, testing and repair of Backflow Protection Assemblies. Reports to the Environmental Programs Coordinator those customers who are not in compliance in order to initiate correspondence specifying the required location of backflow prevention devices and applicable installation standards including deadlines for completing the installation.

Upon completing one year of satisfactory performance in this position, acquisition of Backflow Preventer Tester Certification and completion of required training, employee will progress to a Backflow Prevention Technician.
Reviews proposed residential connections to determine if a backflow prevention assembly is required. Communicates requirements to Cross-Connection Control Supervisor.
Inspects customer premises for the presence and/or proper installation of backflow prevention assemblies.

Reviews engineering drawings to determine the need for backflow prevention assemblies.
Surveys new construction sites to ensure that customers and contractors have properly installed backflow prevention assemblies.

Communicates clearly, logically, concisely and persuasively, both orally and in writing. 
Under direct supervision of Backflow Prevention Technician, frequently interacts directly with customers to request entry onto the property and/or home or into the facility, and explains the purpose of the inspection.
Under direct supervision of Backflow Prevention Technician, advises customers of their responsibility for the installation, testing and repair of backflow prevention assemblies, citing applicable laws, codes and ECUA policies.

Under direct supervision of Backflow Prevention Technician, notifies customers who are out of compliance with ECUA's Cross-Connection Control (CCC) Program by letter, phone calls, and door hangers.
Determines or recommends the proper backflow prevention assembly at each point of service or metered service connection.
Identifies possible cross-connections which consist of any arrangement of pipes, fittings, fixtures, or assemblies that connect a non-potable water system to a potable system through which backflow could occur and reports potential or actual cross connections to Cross-Connection Control Supervisor. Using computer resources, looks up history of buildings and facilities to research notifications and deadlines given to install proper assemblies.
May perform annual testing of the ECUA backflow prevention assemblies.

Inspects dedicated residential irrigation and fire line service connections to ensure proper backflow prevention assembly installation and testing is completed.

Identifies residential properties with auxiliary water sources to determine if backflow prevention assembly (BPA) is required and if so, what type of BPA is needed. 

Uses office and field computers and related software for written communications and record-keeping.

Learns and utilizes the Tokay software program.
Safely operates and drives an ECUA vehicle while performing job duties.

Studies and follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the CCC Division.

All other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications


High school diploma or equivalent. (Educational documentation will be requested upon offer of employment.)
Must have a minimum of two (2) years' experience in performing the essential functions of this job description; or demonstrated knowledge and skills in performing closely related work involving plumbing assemblies, meters, gauges, and mechanical installations.

Any combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Basic level of computer knowledge and skills required.

A written test may be administered prior to an interview and/or job offer to determine mechanical aptitude, understanding and interpreting written material, and basic mathematics.  Testing scores may be used as a contributing factor for selection.

Licenses and Certifications:
Possession of a valid Driver's License upon offer of employment.

Certification as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester within 24 months. Failure to obtain certification within 24 months will result in termination.

Employment offers to all new hires are contingent upon the job candidates successfully passing background, motor vehicle and reference checks, nicotine screening, drug screening, and post job offer physicals (that may include pulmonary testing). Offers of transfers or promotion to current ECUA employees are not subject to nicotine screening. All applicants are subject to physical assessments as required by job. 


Physical Requirements/Working Environment

The employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk, use hands to reach, bend body downward and forward by bending legs and spine, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper assistance.
The job requires employee vision sufficient to read maps, blueprints, diagrams, computer screens and printouts, and to see the parts of backflow assemblies to determine level of operation.
The job requires employee hearing sufficient to hear conversational levels in person, over the telephone and radio.
The employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions.
The employee drives an ECUA vehicle to travel to and from inspection sites.

The employee may occasionally be required to work overtime.

As a disaster team member, the employee is required to be available to work before, during, and after disaster as directed.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities/Supplemental Information


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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