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Trades Specialist
 
JOB CODE:151265
 
PAY GRADE:1150
 
SALARY RANGE:$28,646 - $39,653
 
LOCATION OF WORK
Various City-Parish Departments
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the supervision of an employee of a higher classification, performs journeyman level work in construction, maintenance, and repair activities in one or more of the building trades. Work may involve performing skilled installation and maintenance on air conditioning and heating, electrical, locks and electronic access, and plumbing systems; and construction, alteration, and repair of wooden structures and equipment. Assignments received are usually oral or written, but may be accompanied by sketches or blueprints. Supervision may be exercised over semiskilled and lower level skilled workers. Work is performed independently, with considerable latitude for determining materials and work methods, and is subject to inspection during progress and upon completion. Employees of this classification are distinguished from other skilled building trade classifications by a greater level of experience, as well as a greater degree of authority and responsibility exercised. An employee in this class is subject to unusual working hours, as well as twenty-four hour call for situations needing immediate attention. Performs other work as requested.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
ALL TRADES: Studies blueprints and sketches for large scale projects; estimates time and material for projects and keeps records of cost involved. Supervises and coordinates the work of semiskilled and lower level skilled workers; trains apprentice workers and skilled workers in one or more of the building trades. Makes periodic checks of all equipment to ensure proper working conditions; performs preventive maintenance. Investigates complaints in regard to improper operation of equipment and recommends corrective measures. Maintains complete and accurate records of work assignments. Operates City-Parish vehicles. AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING AND REFRIGERATION: Repairs, maintains and adjusts air conditioning, heating, and related equipment; inspects, adjusts, maintains, and repairs boilers, pumps, refrigeration equipment, laundry equipment, elevators, generators, and other mechanical and pneumatic equipment. Treats and cleans water towers; changes filters; oils and greases bearings; cleans air ducts; cleans mechanical and control equipment; takes water samples from boiler water, condenser water, and cooling tower water; performs routine analysis and administers proper chemical treatment. Operates a computer control panel to monitor mechanical and electrical operations; performs minor electrical work on air conditioning and heating equipment and plumbing installation and repair. CARPENTRY: Builds small frame buildings; installs partitions, ceilings, and doors; sets door frames; lays flooring; applies roofing and shingles; hangs sheet rock. Builds cabinets, counters, bookcases, desks, and other wooden articles; builds replacement pieces for the repair of furniture, restores antique furniture, repairs stairways, replaces siding, adjusts and repairs doors, and cuts holes for duct work and ventilators. Performs skilled bench work operating power saws, planers, and other standard carpentry and cabinet-making tools, and power-driven woodworking equipment. ELECTRICAL: Installs and repairs wiring, lighting systems, power appliances, and electrical devices, machinery and equipment. Tests, locates and repairs trouble in electrical circuits and equipment. Installs and maintains fan motors and emergency generators; seats and replaces brushes; rewinds and replaces coils and armatures, and performs other electrical work and some mechanical work in repairing and replacing parts. Works on high voltage lines and equipment. LOCKSMITH: Sets or resets lock cylinders to provide a key system to ensure security of buildings or rooms; selects and specifies the lock systems to be used in new buildings; installs new locks or replaces an entire lock system. Removes worn or pitted parts from locks, builds them up by welding and dresses them to exact size; repairs or replaces springs, tumblers, and other parts; changes lock combinations. Selects key blanks, cuts keys, fits keys to locks; makes master keys; unlocks doors when keys are lost or broken in the lock, when locks are defective, or when combinations are unknown. Repairs pneumatic door closure devices.
PLUMBING: Installs plumbing fixtures, specialized kitchen, laundry, and laboratory equipment; installs water, low pressure steam, sewer, and gas systems. Bends, cuts, reams, and threads pipe; makes lead joints; sweats fittings on copper pipe; taps water and gas mains; greases and packs expansion joints on steam lines. Maintains piping systems by opening clogged pipes and traps; tests for leaks by filling pipe with water under pressure and checking with a gauge for full pressure. Makes layouts and sketches of plumbing to be installed; prepares estimates of materials, trade, and labor necessary to complete the job. Repairs condensate and circulating pumps, sump pumps, steam traps, air control and pressure regulating valves, and pneumatic temperature controls; replaces thermocouples, safety valves, and boiler tubes.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, materials and equipment in one or more of the building trades. Knowledge of local, national and City-Parish codes and standards in one or more of the building trades. Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary in the construction, mechanical and electrical trades. Skill in the use of construction, repair, and maintenance of hand and power tools. Skill in the operation of light motor vehicles. Ability to make cost estimates of time and materials. Ability to read, interpret and work from sketches, blueprints, and specifications, and to understand and carry out oral and written instructions. Ability to supervise and train apprentice workers and skilled workers in one or more of the building trades. Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with coworkers, superiors, and others. Ability to physically perform assigned tasks. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent certificate of competency, successful completion of an apprenticeship or training program and two years journeyman level experience in one of the following building trades: air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration, carpentry, electrical, locksmith or plumbing.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES
Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license. If license is required, must maintain throughout employment in this position. Position(s) of this classification may require at the time of application, possession of the appropriate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refrigerant recycling and recovery certification (Type I, II, III or Universal) for technicians (as required under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, 1990). Position(s) of this classification may require at the time of application, possession of a Journeyman or Master Plumber License from the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana.
 
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
For security reasons, as per TSA provision 1542; all applicant/employees of the Greater Baton Rouge Airport District who have access to restricted areas will be required to have a ten (10) year criminal background check to the extent allowable by the law. Employees found to have an excessive criminal record or other misrepresentations of employment will not be eligible for employment.
 
NOTE:
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the job.