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Class Specification Title:  Trades/Maintenance Specialist

Series: Facilities/Maintenance/Trades - Trades

Levels in series:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5










The Trades/Maintenance Specialist is the second level of a five 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, grounds keeping, 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, automobiles, equipment 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  55%
  2. Inspecting facilities, systems, and fixtures and ensuring periodic servicing. Daily 15%
  3. Performing data entry input on the computerized maintenance management system as required.  Daily  10%
  4. Estimating work hours and job materials required for assignment.  Daily 5%
  5. Overseeing inventory of supplies and equipment and obtaining as necessary to ensure adequate stock and functionality are maintained. Daily 5%
  6. Operating, maintaining and cleaning equipment associated with assigned areas of responsibility, to include wheeled vehicles. Daily 5%
  7. Responsible for keeping abreast of changes in equipment, materials and techniques to perform assigned duties. Monthly 5%
  8. 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 crew lead 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 a crew lead 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 journey level skilled trade not associated with the primary area of responsibility.  Incumbents operate semi-independently within their assigned areas of responsibility under the technical leadership crew lead 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 at the journey level 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 grounds keeping 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 off road equipment, and gasoline powered equipment
  • Preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of brakes, lubrication, powertrain, drivetrain, suspension, emission, heating, air conditioning, fuel systems and  hydraulic and electrical systems
  • Scheduling of preventive maintenance and major repairs
  • Repair of interior/exterior aesthetics

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/Certification Requirements for some positions in this class may require):

  • Valid Arizona driver's license
  • Certification in area of discipline, such as EPA Certification.
  • Refrigerant Chemical Handling

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Procedures and methods related to area of assignment
  • Tools, equipment, and materials relevant to area of assignment
  • Current techniques used in area(s) of assignment
  • Safety procedures, to include interpreting Safety Data Sheets
  • Inventory principles
  • Applicable driving laws and regulations
  • Customer service principles
  • Record keeping principles

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • 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, crawling, crouching, lifting, reaching, balancing, stooping, grasping, manual dexterity,  kneeling, standing for prolonged periods, walking, pushing, pulling, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Heavy Work: Exerting force up to 100 pounds occasionally, 50 pounds frequently, and 20 pounds constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects including the human body.

Incumbents may be working in areas with moving mechanical parts, electrified equipment, vibrations, fumes, dusts, poor ventilation, chemicals, extreme temperatures, low lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noises and travel.

NOTE: Employees would never be subjected to some of these parameters however, they would need to be aware of their surroundings and be required to take proper precautions.

Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as required for job, i.e. safety shoes, respirator.

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, 10/2013, 05/2014