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Job Open: Gas Service Technician City of Charlottesville Department of Public Utilities, VA

By General Inquiries posted 03-11-2024 02:46 PM

Application Deadline updated to Open Until Filled. Apply at

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 preferred hiring amount will be between $21.63 to $24.99 an hour ($44,990.40 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.