Posted: 01/15/2023


--- The hourly rate advertised represents Step 1 on the pay table. Additional steps may be available depending on qualifications. ---

Under general supervision, performs daily work assignments for the Utility Maintenance Division of the Utilities Department, in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.



  • High school graduation or GED equivalent;
  • One (1) year of increasingly responsible experience in utilities and/or public works construction engineering, technical inspections, or a related field; 
  • APWA Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector Certification or the ability to obtain within five (5) years from the date of hire (or upon five [5] years of construction inspection field experience);
  • Traffic Control Supervisor Certification or ability to obtain within two (2) years from the date of hire (or upon two [2] year’s work zone experience);
  • Certified backflow prevention assembly tester or ability to obtain within one (1) year from date of hire;
  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo (valid out-of-state license may be considered);
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Experience with the technical and administrative aspects of utility inspections.
  • Reviews plans and serves as the inspector for utilities and subdivision projects, including but not limited to dirt work, storm sewers, concrete structures, paving, and franchised utility work, to ensure compliance with approved plans and specifications and enforces the currently adopted edition of the American Public Works Association (APWA);
  • Records general and detailed conditions through reports, photography, and videography; 
  • Monitors and records construction activity including testing, results of phasing, and equipment and safety standards; 
  • Reviews and evaluates plans, specifications, and shop submittals for compliance with federal, state,  and city requirements prior to project construction;  
  • Reviews residential and commercial building site plans and specifications for compliance with adopted codes and city ordinances;
  • Refers discrepancies to appropriate project staff members; 
  • Attends and participates in a variety of project meetings including pre-bid, pre-construction, and post-construction;  
  • Provides responsible and complex technical support to the Utility Maintenance Division; 
  • Investigates complaints and recommends corrective action as necessary for resolution;
  • Answers questions in person and on the telephone regarding compliance;
  • Monitors and records a variety of construction activities including testing and safety standards; 
  • Ensures correct and accurate installation of equipment and construction materials;
  • Reviews and approves backflow assembly initial and annual tests performed by private contractors;
  • Enforces City Ordinances relating to cross-connection prevention, excavation, permits, and curb cuts;
  • Prepares, reviews, and updates standard operating procedures;
  • Prepares, reviews, and updates a variety of reports including daily project reports, monthly pay estimates, and project status reports;
  • Maintains accurate recordkeeping by entering notes and closing out jobs on the computer;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety-related training and skills;
  • Interacts professionally and provides excellent customer service to all levels of City staff and citizens, to ensure high operational and service standards; and
  • Performs duties in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.


  • Assists the Utility Line Locate Technician with technical field work involving and documenting utility locate requests from NM 811 One Call Center (NMOC). Accurately locates and marks the City’s underground fiber, potable water, reclaimed water, stormwater, and wastewater utilities at various locations throughout the City’s service areas and within regulated time limits specified in NMAC;
  • Must obtain and maintain all required licenses and/or certifications;
  • Maintains the confidentiality of information obtained during the performance of duties;
  • Safely operates a City vehicle; and
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. 


Knowledge of:  

  • City Public Works code, City Ordinances, building codes, contractor licenses, and regulations and guidelines prepared by federal, state, and City entities;
  • The currently adopted edition of the American Public Works Association (APWA);
  • The technical and administrative aspects of utility inspections and line locating;
  • Basic principles of utilities and public works construction including standard procedures, materials, inspection, and construction management;
  • Underground facilities such as pipes, valves, fittings, meters, manholes, services, etc.; and
  • Basic mathematics and field survey, including the ability to calculate slopes, elevations, and depths.

Skill/Ability to

  • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; understand and follow instructions;
  • Perform tasks and other daily activities in a positive and professional manner alongside employees of varied backgrounds and personalities;
  • Attend work, as scheduled and on a regular basis, to effectively perform the position’s essential duties and responsibilities;
  • Exercise common sense and good judgment in the performance of essential duties;
  • Operate standard office equipment, personal computers, Internet, and Microsoft Office software products;
  • Read and interpret detailed blueprints, utility maps, and construction drawings and determine dimensions from scaled drawings;
  • Verify grades and volumes as they pertain to utilities and construction projects;
  • Demonstrate independent judgment to be exercised within the framework of established departmental procedures;
  • Establish and maintain working contact with project staff and contractors regarding project progress and changes including testing, engineering, planning, and established parameters;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other city employees, commissions and boards, state and local government agencies, contractors, builders, and the public;
  • Participate in the collection of various utility information including current and proposed locations; and
  • Properly use, care for, and adjust electronic or manual utility locate equipment.
  • Regularly works in outside weather conditions which require standing, walking, or sitting for extended periods of time, and may involve exposure to inclement weather, including extreme temperatures;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud;
  • Some work will be performed in an office environment where the noise level is typically quiet;
  • May be exposed to water hazards and hazardous traffic conditions, as well as hazardous chemicals, contaminants, and toxins;
  • Frequently works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places; 
  • Lift and/or move items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds; the lifting of any object greater than fifty (50) pounds by a single individual is prohibited. Lifting objects, materials, or equipment weighing more than fifty (50) pounds require the buddy system or the use of devices designed to assist with lifting or moving. Proper lifting techniques shall be used when lifting items of any weight;
  • Inspect a variety of elevated and sub-surface locations including utility trenches, concrete structures, and storm sewers which may require squatting, stooping, kneeling, crawling, or crouching; pushing, pulling, swinging, or lifting equipment or supplies used in inspecting and locating for construction activities; 
  • Terrain may be uneven or undeveloped; and
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for job assignments including protective footwear, marked by the manufacturer, with a minimum standard of M/F I/75/C75, 6" ankle height work boots, per current ASTM F2413 standard.

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