Utility Worker - City of Meridian

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Utility Worker - City of Meridian

Utility Worker - City of Meridian

November 16, 2022

$18,720 beginning annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $30,294.50



OPENING DATE:  Nov. 9, 2022

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Noon on Nov. 9, 2023


Pursuant to Article 5, Section 5.04, of the Civil Service Code of Rules and Regulations (attached), the Commission may reject, or cause to be rejected the application of any person for admission to a test, or may, after examination, decline to certify, or may remove from an eligible list, an applicant who is deemed disqualified. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Maintains water and sewer meters; turns water meters on an off as required; raises and lowers meter boxes; repairs existing and/or replaces lids and meters as necessary; removes dirt, water, insects, amphibians and debris from boxes; uses pad locks and meter locks to secure meters when needed.  Operates various equipment, tools and vehicles used in the installation and/or repair of sewer and water lines such as city truck, fork lift, back hoe, cement mixer, smoke machine, hydraulic hammer, tapping machine, dirt packer and other machinery as needed; follows all safety guidelines and regulations to ensure safe and efficient operation of machinery.  Prepares for sewer and water tapping.  Preforms road and street maintenance such as asphalt paving, repairing holes in streets and roadways, installing and/or repairing manholes and caskets, and installing and/or repairing fire hydrants.  Performs other related duties as required. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  High school diploma or GED; supplemented by 5 months previous experience and/or training involving general utility and/or maintenance work; water and sewer line installation and maintenance; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of application.

EXAMINATION:   The examination shall consist of a Career Readiness Assessment test consisting of 70% of the final score. The assessment test shall be conducted by appointment in the Career Development Testing Center located in the Webb Hall Building at Meridian Community College, 910 Highway 19 North, Meridian, Mississippi. Upon return of Civil Service application, applicants will be given instructions for scheduling an appointment to take the Career Readiness Assessment test.  Applicants must attain a Bronze level certificate in order to be deemed eligible for the oral interview representing 30% of the final score. Applicants will be able to take the Career Readiness Assessment test from Aug. 10, 2022 – Sept. 16, 2022. Candidates passing the Career Readiness Test will be notified by the Civil Service Secretary. Passing candidates will be required to pick written notification of the oral interview which will start at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday September 27, 2022 by appointment only. Only one (1) attempt to take the assessment test for this position will be permitted.  Eligibility shall be for a period of up to one (1) year from the date of certification. No test will be rescheduled regardless of circumstances, EXCEPT those conducted at Meridian Community College.  Persons should not apply unless they clearly meet the qualifications set forth in this announcement.  False statements are grounds for rejection or discharge from employment.  All position classifications will require criminal background report and work history.  Failure to complete the background investigation phase shall constitute a failure in the examination.  Certification of Eligibility for this position is contingent upon verification of information submitted on Civil Service Application.  The Civil Service Examining Board reserves the right to curve the test and results may be curved in accordance with the guidelines provided by the test provider and based upon the needs of the department. As a prerequisite for employment with the City of Meridian, all job applicants offered employment must submit to a drug and alcohol test.  Any job applicant who tests positive for drugs or alcohol will not be considered for employment. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  The City of Meridian does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age and disability in employment or the provision of services.  THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT PROHIBITS EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE DISABLED.  However, as a legitimate business necessity applicants must be capable of performing all essential functions of this position, which are considered as bona fide occupational qualifications.  Indicate special needs.


For Civil Service Application and further information contact:

Civil  Service  Commission,  First  Floor,  City  Hall,  Meridian,  Mississippi,  or  telephone  601-485-1931.