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This is responsible administrative and technical work in directing water distribution, central heating plant operation, heating and gas distribution, sheetmetal, welding and machine shops, and sewer lines repair, maintenance, and construction activities of the university.

An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the work activities of a staff of foremen and journeymen of several different trades. Day to day operations of the organizational unit are largely carried on through immediate staff supervisors who are charged with responsibility for specific areas of operation and with whom the superintendent confers in coordinating the organization's activities. The employee is also responsible for reviewing and suggesting changes in preliminary building mechanical plans for proposed heating, gas and water utilities distribution systems; and working with consulting engineers on preparing sewer distribution systems. Work also includes the preparation of complex reports and the maintenance of complex records. Work is performed under general direction of an administrative superior and is reviewed primarily through the evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, review of reports, and consultation.


Directs and coordinates the maintenance, repair, and construction operations of the university's water and sewer distribution lines and appurtenances; coordinates the activities of the systems with the development of long term expansion and reconstruction programs.

Plans and directs the operation, repair, and maintenance of the central steam heating plant and other heating units owned and operated by the university and the heating and gas distribution lines and appurtenances; coordinates the activities of the heating and gas systems with the development of long term expansion and reconstruction programs.

Directs the operations of the sheetmetal, welding, and machine shops.

Assists in designing various specialized metal equipment, fixtures, and apparatus used in kitchens, classrooms, science and research laboratories, and other university facilities.

Prepares cost estimates for major repair and alteration projects by labor, equipment, and materials needs.

Reviews preliminary architectural plans for adequacy of heating, gas, water distribution and facilities, and sewer needs; suggests changes and alterations.

Works with consulting and resident engineers on contract and force account construction projects.

Recruits and trains supervisory subordinates and counsels with subordinate foremen in the recruitment and training of journeymen and trades helpers.

Establishes work and safety standards.

Prepares complex reports and maintains complex records.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school, supplemented with mechanical courses from a technical school, college or university and considerable experience in the heating and plumbing mechanical trades including supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of the methods, techniques, equipment, tools, and material used in the mechanical trades.

Thorough knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.

Ability to plan, organize, lay out, and direct a variety of mechanical work projects.

Ability to supervise the work of others.

Ability to understand and efficiently carry out written and oral instructions including the interpretation of drawings and blue prints.

Ability to estimate the amounts of labor, material, and equipment required for future projects and prepare cost estimates.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other division and university personnel.

Ability to prepare complex reports and maintain complex records.



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