The Irrigation Technician oversees and/or performs technical installation and repairs of underground lawn sprinkler systems on the University campus; Maps systems for campus-wide master plan; Installs new drip and sprinkler systems in collaboration with contractors/vendors; Reviews or recommends changes to contract specifications; Prepares layouts; installs, cuts and joins piping and water delivery components; backflow prevention controls; mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical irrigation controls; and other irrigation system components; Removes old systems and recovers re-usable equipment; Troubleshoots and repairs irrigation components and systems; Instructs others in minor irrigation repairs; Uses hand or power tools or equipment; Operates mowers, tractors and trenchers to install/repair lines; and Coordinates with other departments, project managers, and/or outside contractors.
In addition, this position monitors irrigation lines from a computer and ensures all equipment is functioning properly by performing regular testing; Sets and maintains times on computer and electronic valve clocks; troubleshoots computerized electronic systems, irrigation controllers, solenoid valves, and heads of all types; Troubleshoots and resolves problems like overwatering, underground leaking and water shortages; acts quickly and efficiently to mitigate problem(s) as fast as possible; Analyzes historical rainfall data and irrigation water usage to estimate or predict seasonal irrigation needs; Maintains essential metrics regarding irrigation water usage; irrigation management activities; and completed orders for decisive and recordkeeping purposes; and Ensures compliance with University Records Retention Requirements. The Irrigation Technician also performs general groundskeeping and maintenance duties as needed or requested by the Grounds Department Management, and may be assigned to various teams to assist in maintaining an area of land for aesthetic or functional purposes.
MS Windows/Office; KRONOS; Irrigation Information System
Knowledge of underground sprinkler system installation and repair; and computerized electronic monitoring systems.
Adept at operating different kinds of heavy machinery such as mowers, tractors, or trenchers.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification
Associates + 2 Years in installing, repairing, and troubleshooting underground irrigation systems
Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT) — Preferred
Driver's License — Preferred
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Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.