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Utility Piping Specialist, Lead Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Leads and participates in the installation, repair, and maintenance of utility distribution systems, including the performance of complex and precision work related to utility piping and other distribution 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 second in a series of two classifications. 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:

  • Assigns and participates in the installation, inspection, and maintenance of chilled water, steam and condensate return, water, gas, sewers, and other piping systems as related to the production and distribution of utilities.
  • Initiates corrective action to secure satisfactory standards and timely project completion.
  • Directs and schedules the work of other Utility Piping Specialists and coordinates projects with other trades.
  • 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.
  • Develops and studies plans, drawings, specifications, and work orders to determine work requirements and sequence of repairs or replacement as requires.

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 utility piping systems.
  • Skill in the design, fabrication, joining, and repair of metals, piping, equipment, and structures.
  • Skill in estimating time and material requirements for work projects.
  • Skill in leading the work of others.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.

Minimum Qualifications:

Eight 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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