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Utility Piping Specialist Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Installs, repairs, and maintains plumbing systems, including performing complex and precision work related to utility piping systems. Performs precision welding techniques in the design, layout, fabrication joining, and repair of metals, piping, and pressure vessels consistent with journey level skills.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized and highly skilled journey level classification and is the first in a series of two classifications. This level reports to the Plumbing Supervisor. Working conditions include inadequate lighting, extreme noise, dirty environment, restricted movement, extreme temperatures, hazardous materials, and lifting and carrying heavy objects up to 100 pounds.

Examples of Duties:

  • Installs, repairs, and maintains chilled water, steam and condensate return, water, gas, sewers, and other piping systems as related to the production and distribution of utilities.
  • Inspects joints, valves, pumps, boilers, and other utility mechanical system components to locate malfunctions, repairs or replacements as necessary.
  • Designs, fabricates, joins, and/or repairs equipment, piping, and various types of metals and structures using oxygen-acetylene, electric arc, MIG and TIG welding techniques.
  • Studies plans, drawings, specifications, and work orders to determine work requirements and sequence of repairs or replacement as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated skill in applying welding standards as defined by current trade practice. Examples include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) or American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.
  • Knowledge of the mechanical operation of equipment such as pumps, boilers, cooling towers, and chillers.
  • Knowledge of the tools, equipment, and materials common to the plumbing and welding trades.
  • Knowledge of applicable codes.
  • Skill in the installation, repair, and maintenance of plumbing and utility piping systems.
  • Skill in the design, fabrication, joining, and repair of metals, piping, equipment, and structures.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Seven years of plumbing and/or mechanical-pipefitting systems experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.


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