Building Trades, #79030
Concept of Work
This Career Group Description provides career tracks for trades technicians and managers performing manual maintenance, construction and grounds tasks in, around or on buildings. Positions range from entry level to management. HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Gas Piping, Fire Sprinkler, Fire Suppression, and Fire Alarm work has to be performed by, or under the supervision, of tradesmen certified by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. Licensure or Certification may be required for specific positions.
Roles Comprising This Group
These roles describe the collective characteristics of the work performed by employees in the Building Trades Career Group. The roles define the typical career paths for trades technicians, who pursue careers, such as carpenters, electricians, groundskeepers, welders, HVAC installers and repairers, exterminators, locksmiths, masons, painters, plumbing steam fitters, and others listed in the Trades Descriptors.
Although all of these occupations are trades technicians, each warrants a separate career track. Each of these career paths requires different knowledge, skills, and abilities and would not naturally lead to the other for career progression. However, a role for each of these occupations represents different levels of work, or career progression. Career paths may exist within a single role, extend to other roles in this Career Group, or to roles in other occupationally related Career Groups.
These roles are distinguished based upon the Compensable Factors of Complexity, Results, and Accountability and are used for position classification. These factors should be used for classification and compensation analysis. Recruitment and selection standards must be based on knowledge, skills, and abilities as indicated in the Employee Work Profile.
The Trades Technician I role provides career tracks for trades technicians, such as grounds workers or trades/utilities workers, that perform a variety of tasks ranging from routine and unskilled to semi-skilled tasks. Duties are incidental and/or preparatory to grounds keeping, trades and/or maintenance tasks. May assist higher-level trades technicians or higher-level craft personnel who are performing a combination of trades assignments.
Trades Technician I
The Trades Technician II role provides career tracks for employees acting as assistants to other highly skilled trades technicians in a variety of trades’ specialty areas or performing entry to journey level trades work as a quarry worker or upholsterer.
Trades Technician II
The Trades Technician III role provides career tracks for trade technicians performing a skilled trade in a specialty area whose work ranges from journey level technician to lead. Some employees may supervise a small crew/staff.
Trades Technician III
The Trades Technician IV role provides career tracks for the trades technicians whose responsibilities range from the expert technicians to first line supervisors of trades technicians in one or more specialty areas. The expert trades technician provides guidance to other technicians or works on a "multi-trade" team requiring specialized skills and knowledge in several trades areas.
Trades Technician IV
The Trades Manager I role provides career tracks for managers who responsibilities range from assisting in the planning and direction of a buildings and grounds program to managing a comprehensive building and grounds program for facilities such as a training center, rehabilitation center, or hospital. Areas managed may include a power plant, buildings and mechanical maintenance, ground maintenance, housekeeping and related services.
Trades Manager I
The Trades Manager II role provides career tracks for managers who plan and direct a buildings and grounds program at a state agency or institution having multiple facilities characterized by a large total resident and staff population engaged in highly diversified and decentralized activities.
Trades Manager II
Building Stone Quarryman
Positions perform journey-level work in the quarrying and cutting of building stone. Valid driver’s license.
Buildings and Grounds
Positions lead a buildings and grounds program in a state institution or agency. Considerable knowledge of physical plant maintenance and methods of construction; general knowledge of the various trades; ability to work from plans for improvement or alteration of buildings and equipment; ability to plan, assign and lead the work of a varied group of skilled and semi-skilled workers.
Positions range from performing a wide range of semi-skilled carpentry tasks and related duties while working closely with a skilled carpenter, including upholstery work, to providing direction and work expertise to other trades technicians or serving as a trades specialist performing highly skilled carpentry work such as cabinet making. Responsibilities range from assisting technicians to modifying and repairing a variety of structures from initial layout to final assembly. Skill in the use of hand and power tools. Ability to perform heavy manual labor and work from heights.
Positions range from performing tasks in support of, or preparatory to, the work of Electricians in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment to performing complex electrical work in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment to supervising the work of other electricians and technicians. Skill in the use of electrician’s tools and instruments used to install and maintain complex, high and standard voltage, electrical equipment and systems. Knowledge of the standard practices of the electrical trade, installation and maintenance of complex high and standard voltage electrical equipment and systems, and the national electric code. Tradesman Certification may be required.
Positions perform journey level work and are responsible for a pest control program for an institution of higher education, hospital, or a local health department. Performs routine pest control preventive measures; conducting inspections; investigating complaints from citizens or agency staff; mixing and maintaining records of chemicals; and using various methods to exterminate rodents, mosquitoes, termites, bats, roaches and other pests. Knowledge of chemicals and the application methods used in the pest control industry; pest habitats; and diverse pests and the appropriate treatment for control. Skill in use of chemical applicators and other pest control equipment. Certification is required.
Positions range from planning to directing the day-to-day work of employees to performing grounds planting and/or ground maintenance duties at an agency or institution. Considerable knowledge of technical and supervisory grounds keeping and horticulture functions and of related safety procedures and techniques. Working knowledge of various types of plant diseases; grounds care chemicals; mechanical operation and maintenance of various types of grounds keeping equipment; and budgeting principles.
HVAC Installation and Repair
Positions range from journey level work of repairing, installing, and maintaining heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems to highly skilled advanced specialized repair, maintenance, and installation of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems while leading a group of HVAC Installation and Repair Technicians and other skilled or semi-skilled trades workers. Knowledge of the principles and methods associated with HVAC installation, repair, maintenance, installation and the operation and maintenance of HVAC equipment, controls, auxiliary equipment and systems. Skill in the operation and use of test and diagnostic equipment as well as hand and power tools. Tradesman and/or CFC Certification may be required.
Positions develop and maintain master landscaping plans, write specifications for goods and services; and coordinate and direct landscape maintenance and improvement projects to include procurement of contract personnel and preparation of cost estimates. Work includes producing master landscape plans and the design and layout of large-scale projects, which place considerable emphasis on appearance and aesthetic value. Considerable knowledge of plans and specifications for landscaping; horticulture, landscape construction, pesticides, and turf management. Working knowledge of the operation/use of tools and equipment associated with landscaping and grounds maintenance; irrigation design and maintenance, budgetary principles, and bid and service contract administration. Demonstrated ability to effectively direct the work of other personnel.
Positions are responsible for developing and maintaining lock systems and sub-systems for an agency, institution or facility. Maintain equipment inventories, keep records of service calls, and assist in the installation or repair of the more complex lock or security systems. Considerable knowledge of lock and lock system construction and operation. Working knowledge of agency programs and related regulations; principles and practices of financial management; policy development; data systems; and procurement policy; mechanical, electrical and electronic security systems; blueprints; and record retention data systems. Locksmith and carpentry skills.
Positions range from performing a wide range of semi-skilled mason plasterer tasks or related duties while working closely with a skilled mason plasterer to determining work methods to be used in accomplishing tasks to planning and scheduling work assignments and inspecting ongoing and completed work of Masonry personnel. Knowledge of the practices and methods of the bricklaying and/or plastering/masonry trade and skill in the use of hand tools and portable power tools relating to the trade.
Positions perform a variety of skilled painting and other related trade tasks. Plans, schedules, and leads a crew of painters and other skilled and semi-skilled trades workers or inmate crews. Responsible for all phases of painting, glazing and furniture refinishing; and fundamental color combinations in order to mix paint. Skill in the use of brushes, rollers and spray equipment and other hand tools or equipment related to surface preparation and painting. Valid driver’s license.
Plumbing Steam Fitting
Positions range from assisting Plumbers/Steam Fitters by performing a variety of routine, unskilled or semi-skilled tasks to leading others to performing a wide variety of skilled repair, installation and maintenance tasks on steam distribution lines with hot water, cold water, boilers and diverse institutional plumbing fixtures and related equipment. Knowledge of the installation, repair and maintenance practices, equipment, and materials used in heating and plumbing operations, including steam distribution systems; of the agency’s procurement procedures and applicable building codes and compliance requirements. Skills in the use of plumbing tools. Tradesman Certification may be required.
Positions range from performing tasks that are incidental or preparatory to the work of skilled sheet metal positions and assisting with all aspects of sheet metal and roofing work to project planning, procurement of equipment and materials, interpretation and application of specifications and codes, and staff leadership. Knowledge of the sheet metal trade and roofing; agency procurement policies; departmental policies, project planning requirements and overall physical plant operation. Skill in the use of electric hand and shop tools. Ability to interpret blueprints, plan work assignments, calculate cost estimates and direct the work of others. Ability to perform sheet metal and roofing duties.
Positions range from performing journey repair and maintenance work in a trades/utilities area to performing advanced skilled repair and maintenance tasks in one or more specialized trades or utilities areas and general repair and maintenance tasks in other trades/utilities areas, while leading a crew of other skilled and semi-skilled trades workers or inmate crews. Typically work as member of "multi-trade" teams responsible for providing all repair and maintenance service required in an assigned area of buildings and facilities of a college, university campus, or the grounds of state agencies. Each team includes the capability of performing electrical, carpentry, plumbing/steam fitting, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) repairs, or some similar combination. Knowledge of the building trades and use of associated tools, equipment and materials. Skill in the use of hand and power tools, gauges, and equipment used in electrical, carpentry, plumbing/steam fitting, and HVAC work. Ability to troubleshoot, test, diagnose, and repair a wide variety of electrical, structural, mechanical, plumbing, and HVAC equipment, read and interpret blueprints, diagrams, drawings, specifications, and operating manuals; instruct and inspect the work of others engaged in trades/utilities work; communicate with various levels of users and occupants of buildings and facilities. Master Mechanic Certification in a skill trade (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, etc.) may be required. HVAC vocational training certification, HVAC control certification, pneumatic controls certification, boiler safety certification may be required.
Positions perform welding on equipment and structures such as bridges, buildings, or high-pressure vessels using advanced welding techniques and equipment. Develops conceptual designs and fabricate equipment and components to meet specific agency needs. Knowledge of welding techniques, materials and equipment, and metallurgical properties and structural principles. Skill in the operation of a variety of welding tools and equipment which may include MIG, TIG, electronic/carbon arc, oxyacetylene torch, plasma torch, wire, stick, and other welding equipment. Ability to read and interpret blueprints and sketches. Valid driver’s license.
This Career Group includes, but is not limited to, those in the following Standard Occupational Classifications:
New Effective Date: 11/01/01
Previous class titles (listed by new role title).
Trades Technician I
Trades Technician II
Trades Technician III
Trades Technician IV
Trades Manager I
Trades Manager II