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This is semi-skilled work assisting skilled workers in the performance of duties related to electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, heating, and other building trades work.

Work involves routine helper and semi-skilled work performed under close supervision while participating in repair work with a skilled tradesman. As experience is gained, an employee progressively becomes more skilled and uses more independent judgement as to method of repair. Work is ordinarily checks in progress and after completion.


Assists and participates in the repair and preventive maintenance of electric motors, switches, compressors, transformers, valves, water lines, and related equipment.

Installs electric wiring, plumbing ducts, pipes, and fixtures; checks and tests meters, relays, and heating and air conditioning equipment.

Assists electricians in installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical wiring and apparatus.

Assists auto mechanics, painters, carpenters, roofers, plumbers, plasterers, and masons by carrying materials and equipment and performing manual duties, such as mixing mortar, building scaffolds, repairing furniture, and applying asphalt tar on roofs.

Operates pipe-cutting and threading machines, asphalt kettles, air compressors, drills, shears, welders, and other equipment.

Drives trucks; supplies tools, equipment, and materials to skilled tradesmen; cleans up shop.

Digs ditches; builds forms; pours concrete.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard vocational or high school and some experience as a trades helper; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Some knowledge of the practices, methods, tools, materials, and equipment of the building trades.

Some knowledge of the occupational hazards of building trades and of necessary safety precautions.

Ability to develop skill in locating and correcting defects in building installations, fixtures, and equipment.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Skill in the use and care of tools and equipment of the building trades.

Skill in operating trucks.



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