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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5719

Class Designation: Civil Service

March 2009

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)


Irrigation Systems Technician


Under general supervision, inspects, tests, maintains, repairs and installs irrigation systems and backflow prevention devices on City properties; diagnoses and troubleshoots problems with field units within the irrigation system including controllers, valves and related systems; provides training and functional guidance to maintenance personnel on the calibration, maintenance and repair of the City's irrigation systems; and performs related work as required or assigned. 

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Irrigation Systems Technician is a specialist in the testing, installation, maintenance and repair of irrigation systems and backflow prevention devices.  The classification is distinguished form the Maintenance Worker in that the incumbent does not routinely perform construction, maintenance or landscape work.  The classification is distinguished from the Lead Maintenance Worker in that the incumbent does not supervise a crew engaged in the performance of construction, maintenance or landscape work.
Supervision Exercised/Received
Receives general supervision from the Public Works Supervisor or Park Services Supervisor; provides technical or functional supervision to Maintenance Workers.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principle job duties however; they may vary depending upon actual assignment and are not all-inclusive.
  • Inspects, tests, repairs and replaces backflow prevention devices on City properties;
  • Inspects, repairs, maintains and modifies existing irrigation systems;
  • Inspects irrigation system contract sites for compliance with contractual requirements and city codes;
  • Diagnoses, troubleshoots and repairs field units including controllers, sprinkler heads, valves and related systems;
  • Effectively applies regulations, policies and procedures related to area of assignment;
  • Provides functional training and guidance to maintain workers on the diagnoses and repair of various components of the City's irrigation systems;
  • Supervises the work of others and provides training in a lead capacity on assigned projects;
  • Interfaces with other City departments to implement irrigation system projects;
  • Develops and maintains a variety of activity, time and parts records; develops and submits scheduled reports to State and local regulatory agencies;
  • Conducts cross-connection tests to assess and report on the City's reclaimed water supply;
  • Safely operates vehicle, equipment and hand tools required for work assignment;
  • Researches and orders parts needed for the maintenance, repair and/or installation of irrigation system components and/or installation of irrigation system components and/or backflow devices.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Minimum Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Testing, operation and installation requirements of backflow prevention devices;
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations, laws and reporting requirements;
  • Principles of soils; drainage systems;
  • Hydraulics and water flow, including valves, pumps and controllers;
  • Plumbing as related to cross connections and water purity;
  • Potential impacts related to the us of reclaimed water;
  • Tools and equipment related to duties of work assignment;
  • Safe work practices and procedures; basic first aid. 
  • Ability to
  • Perform skilled work in the testing, diagnoses, maintenance, repair and installation of backflow prevention devices and the City irrigation systems;
  • Read, interpret and apply information from blueprints or drawings related to irrigation systems installation, maintenance and repair;
  • Work independently in the absence of immediate supervision;
  • Effectively supervise the work of others in a lead capacity, as assigned;
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing;
  • Maintain accurate records; prepare reports in a timely and accurate manner;
  • Safely and skillfully operate tools and equipment related to work assignments;
  • Understand and follow work safety procedures and practices;
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with the general public, co-workers, and those contacted during the course of work.
  • License/Certification Required 

    Possess and maintain a valid California class C driver's license; possess and maintain a valid certification as a Backflow Prevention Device Tester from Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Formal or informal education which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance, and a minimum of three (3) years of responsible experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of sprinkler systems or two (2) years of experience successfully performing landscape maintenance work. 

    Special Requirements 

    Physical RequirementsOn a daily basis, the essential duties of this classification require the ability to stoop, kneel and crouch, reach, stand for long periods of time, walk, lift, push, pull and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds; to use finger dexterity and hand strength to operate and grasp tools and equipment; the repetitive use of feet and hands to operate vehicles and/or equipment; to feel attributes of objects by touch; to verbally exchange ideas and information; to hear and receive verbal detailed information an instruction; to see from one to twenty feet with a good field of vision and the ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; and to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking,standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or moving surfaces.
    Work EnvironmentEssential duties of this classification are performed primarily in a field environment in various weather conditions.  Work is performed on a daily basis around moving objects and vehicles; around machinery with moving parts; on slippery and uneven surfaces; and with hands in water.  Incumbents are frequently subject to vibration, exposed to smoke, fumes, gas, dust, grease, oil, pesticides, chemicals, treated water and untreated sewage and may occasionally work in confined spaces, perform duties with hands in water and may be exposed to to electrical energy.
    Career Ladder Information
    Experience gained in the classification of Irrigation Systems Technician may serve to meet minimum qualifications for promotion to Park Services Supervisor or Public Works Supervisor.