Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Z1015 / Water Systems Tech,Pre-Cert
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 08

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under direct supervision and guidance from designated qualified and certified technicians, assists as assigned in the operation and maintenance of the University's potable water system, ensuring compliance with relevant Environmental Protection Agency other regulations applicable to a large-scale drinking water system. Performs water sampling, testing, analysis, and chemical treatment of a comprehensive range of water treatment systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists with operating, maintaining, monitoring, and analyzing potable water systems to ensure compliance with governmental regulations.
  2. Assists with operating chemical treatment equipment for chemical feed, based on calculations of systems requirements to maintain control parameters on boiler water, chilled water, cooling towers, potable water systems, and related equipment.
  3. Assists with maintaining chemical inventories; monitors chemical injection and transport points for all hazardous chemicals.
  4. Ensures proper water treatment of boilers, chillers, cooling towers, and conditioned water, under direction of the immediate supervisor and with the assistance of water treatment consultants.
  5. Inspects and monitors chemical feed equipment and identifies reasons for malfunctions; performs minor maintenance and repairs, as necessary.
  6. Performs and/or coordinates the timely execution of domestic water work orders; participates in an on-call program for response and support of emergency situations involving the potable water system.
  7. Assists with the creation and editing of technical documents and/or administrative correspondence, using personal computers and relevant software applications.
  8. Attends staff training in water chemistry and/or potable water sampling, as appropriate; assists staff in plant water systems operation.
  9. Supports, promotes, and utilizes computerized maintenance management systems.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; no previous experience required.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to follow routine verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to monitor and/or maintain quality control standards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to interpret potable water operational data and make service decisions.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
  • Skill in the use of computer for technical and communication applications.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to perform tests and analyses to determine non-potable water condition.
  • Ability to operate mechanical and electronic chemical treatment equipment.
  • Technical problem solving skills within area of specialty.
  • Ability to utilize mathematical formulae to resolve technical problems in area of specialty.
  • Ability to discern colors for colorimetric testing of water samples and/or reading of color-coded plan instrumentation.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • CPR and Basic First Aid Certificate within 12 months of date of hire.
  • Must obtain a New Mexico Environmental Division (NMED) Backflow Certificate and Water Systems Operator Level I Certificate within 18 months of date of hire.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/28/2021