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Class Specification Title:  Trades/Maintenance Specialist

Series: Facilities/Maintenance/Trades - Trades

Levels in series:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4










The Trades/Maintenance Specialist is the second level of a four level facilities/trades - trades series. Incumbents are responsible for performing various skilled trades and journey-level duties related to the maintenance and repair of commercial facilities, such as HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing systems, automotive, groundskeeping, central heating/cooling plant equipment, systems and auxiliary machinery.  The position is flexibly configured to allow for reclassification within the specification as additional knowledge, skills and abilities are demonstrated.  The Trades/Maintenance Specialist is distinguished from the Trades Technician by its responsibility for skilled trades and journey-level duties. The Trades/Maintenance Specialist is distinguished from the Trades/Maintenance Specialist, Advanced that has additional crew lead responsibility.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Responding to work orders for repair of College buildings and facilities by making skilled trades and journey-level repairs or installations depending on area of assignment/expertise; responding to emergency calls for repair on a 24-hour basis, to include serving on a rotating on-call roster; responding to customer complaints or concerns. Daily 70%
  2. Estimating work hours and job materials. Daily 5%
  3. Overseeing inventory of supplies and equipment and obtaining as necessary to ensure adequate stock and functionality are maintained. Daily 5%
  4. Inspecting facilities, systems, and fixtures and ensuring periodic servicing. Daily 10%
  5. Operating, maintaining and cleaning equipment associated with assigned areas of responsibility, to include wheeled vehicles. Daily 5%
  6. Performing data entry input on the computerized maintenance management system as required.  Daily 5%
  7. Performing other duties of a similar nature or level. As Required


B21 level positions are associated with a skilled trade, performed above the entry-level and less than journey-level.  Incumbents operate under the technical leadership of journey-level or lead personnel and under the general supervision of the appropriate supervisor or manager.

B22 level positions are associated with journey-level or full-performance work.  Incumbents operate semi-independently within their assigned areas of responsibility under the technical leadership of lead personnel and/or the general supervision of the appropriate supervisor or manager.  Completion of an approved apprenticeship program or equivalent educational course work is required.

B23 level positions are associated with journey-level or full performance work in the assigned skilled trades area, plus at least one additional skilled trade not associated with the primary area of responsibility.  Incumbents operate semi-independently within their assigned areas of responsibility and under the technical leadership of journey-level or lead personnel for the other skilled trade(s) in which they have knowledge, skills or abilities.  Completion of an approved apprenticeship program or equivalent educational course work is required, as well as demonstrated knowledge, skills or abilities in at least one additional trade not associated with the primary area of responsibility. 

Incumbents assigned to crafts may be responsible for:

  • Installing, replacing, or removing bulletin, chalk, and dry erase boards, doors, locksets and windows;
  • Installing and finishing sheet rock, to include taping and texturing;
  • Installing and/or constructing cabinets and other items associated with commercial building maintenance.

Incumbents assigned to plumbing may be responsible for:

  • Testing fire prevention and other systems to ensure they are in good, working order;
  • Installing, repairing, and maintaining heat, water, gas, drainage, sewer, and other plumbing systems;
  • Conducting backflow prevention and cross connection control activities.

Incumbents assigned to electrical may be responsible for:

  • Maintaining emergency power generators and fire and other alarms;
  • Installing, repairing, and maintaining generators, transformers, circuits, wiring, and other electrical systems and equipment in accordance with electrical codes, standards, and regulations;
  • Serving as an electrical consultant to faculty, staff, administrators, and contractors.

Incumbents assigned to roofing may be responsible for:

  • Sealing ducts on exterior air conditioning units;
  • Installing and repairing roof drains, counter flashings, and pitch pockets;
  • Installing and repairing shingles and tile on roofs.

Incumbents assigned to mechanical systems maintenance may be responsible for:

  • Performing preventative maintenance and repair on HVAC and refrigeration equipment, including energy management control system (EMCS) controls and programming;
  • Setting up recovery units, gauges, and refrigeration cylinders;
  • Performing routine cleaning of pumps, motors, chillers, boilers, and other related equipment.

Incumbents assigned to groundskeeping may be responsible for:

  • Trimming trees and shrubs, pulling or eliminating weeds with herbicides to clear walkways and roadways;
  • Repairing and maintaining irrigation system;
  • Coordinating or performing concrete and masonry construction duties.

Incumbents assigned to painting may be responsible for:

  • Applying protective and decorative coats of paint, varnish, lacquer, and stain to interior and exterior buildings, furniture, and equipment;
  • Dry wall finishing;
  • Brushing, scraping, and sanding surfaces prior to painting.

Incumbents assigned to locksmithing may be responsible for:

  • Making, distributing, and collecting door keys;
  • Installing, re-keying, and repairing door locksets, deadbolts, and exit devices;
  • Maintaining electronic locks and controls.

Incumbents assigned to automotive may be responsible for:

  • Inspecting vehicles and off road equipment;
  • Troubleshooting problems with brakes, hydraulic and electrical systems;
  • Scheduling of preventive maintenance and major repairs.

Incumbents assigned to machinery maintenance may be responsible for:

  • Maintaining workstations and associated equipment utilized in industrial/technology training, to include skills in plumbing, machinery, electrical, automotive, carpentry or welding;
  • Maintaining a safe and clean learning environment.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):
High School Diploma, or General Equivalency Degree and completion of an approved technical/vocational/apprenticeship program and: two years skilled-level trades experience for assignment at B21; three years journey-level trades experience for assignment in a single skill for assignment at B22; four years journey-level trades experience in a single skill and demonstrated knowledge, skills or abilities in another skill not associated with the primary skill for assignment at B23; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):

Some positions may require:

  • Arizona Driver's License, to include a commercial driver's license;
  • Certification in area of discipline, such as EPA Certification.

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Procedures and methods related to area of assignment;
  • Tools, equipment, and materials relevant to area of assignment;
  • Safety procedures, to include interpreting Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS);
  • Inventory principles;
  • Applicable driving laws and regulations;
  • Customer service principles;
  • Record keeping principles.

  Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Using applicable tools and equipment related to area of assignment, including wheeled vehicles;
  • Skilled or journey-level trades activities, depending on grade assignment;
  • Reading blueprints, schematic drawings, and/or construction drawings.
  • Troubleshooting systems related to area of assignment;
  • Preparing and maintaining a variety of reports and records including estimating work hours and materials and data entry;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, dusts, poor ventilation, chemicals, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noises and travel.

NOTE:  The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM)
Date: 03/01
Updated by Pima Community College : 05/07