Under general supervision, performs specialty and/or complex plumbing
and pipe-fitting work at the journey level, includes inspections,
maintenance, repair and some installation of underground piping
systems, low and medium pressure steam lines and associated
valve/control devices, laboratory/research equipment, sprinkler
systems, hot water generators, pumps, water coolers and industrial
equipment producing and/or using hot water (i.e. coils, converters,
water jackets). Serves as a lead technician and trains less-skilled
1. NOTE: Reference to specific equipment and duties will vary from
institution to institution.
2. Independently, installs, diagnosis problems, repairs and
maintains pipes, fittings, and control devices of water, gas,
sewer, and drainage systems according to blueprints,
specifications, and plumbing codes.
3. Performs repairs and maintenance to all underground piping --
sewer, storm, water, hot and chilled water, steam lines and gas
4. Performs repairs on high pressure water lines.
5. Repairs and maintains low and medium pressure steam lines, traps,
heat exchangers, pressure reducing devices, control devices, and
equipment. Descales clean steam generators.
6. Installs, inspects and tests back-flow preventers; ensures that
there are no cross connections between water and sewer lines.
7. Repairs, replaces, and tests fire hydrants.
8. Installs, repairs water coolers and drinking fountains, including
9. Repairs condensate return systems.
10. Maintains and repairs instantaneous steam fired hot water
11. Maintains and repairs building boilers.
12. Operates specialized video camera equipment to inspect sewer and
13. Specifies, installs, tests, troubleshoots, maintains and repairs
domestic and laboratory piping including glass, stainless steel,
and sani-tech systems.
14. Specifies, installs, tests, troubleshoots, maintains and repairs
specialized laboratory equipment, including distilled water
equipment, autoclaves, sterilizers, cage/equipment, washers,
dechlorinators, softners, UV light systems,
15. Performs maintenance on electrical/electronic gauges, controls,
solenoids. Equipment can be gas, steam, or water fed.
16. Troubleshoots and maintains dental oral evacuation system/saliva
holding tanks, associated biohazard-type equipment and domestic
water filtration and backwash equipment.
17. Performs underground pipe repair work in ditches and manholes up
to 20' deep, requiring trenching and shoring in accordance with
18. Locates underground piping for contractors, diagnosis water flow
problems, determines connection requirements, updates
19. Performs and records (using computer based systems) maintenance
of emergency eyewash, fire pumps, shower, and sprinkler systems.
Determines maintenance requirements, schedules.
20. Performs testing of fire suppression sprinkler systems.
21. Overhauls pumps including circulators, sumps, boosters, air,
vacuum, and gas. Troubleshoots and repairs pump controls and
22. Lays out and assembles pipe systems and supports. Pipe systems to
include sanitary, hot water, low and medium pressure steam,
storm; hydraulic, pneumatic, gas and oil fired water boilers,
heating and radiating, lubricating, and sprinkler systems.
23. Inspects work site to determine presence of obstruction. Plans
installation and repairs to avoid obstructions. Cuts, bends,
welds, solders, braises, grooves, and threads pipes.
24. Oversees and performs repair and replacement of toilets, sinks,
drain lines, and faucets. Cleans obstruction from waste and
25. Prepares estimates of time, labor, and materials. Prepares
reports reflecting daily operations and project status. Uses
computer-based estimating, scheduling, and costing programs.
Develops and uses automated equipment preventive maintenance
26. Operates and maintains tools and equipment of the plumbing and
steamfitting trades. Cleans work area upon completion of
27. Provides guidance and training in plumbing work to other
maintenance personnel. Has lead responsibility on projects; may
review work of lower level mechanics.
28. Maintains understanding of current trends, codes, safety,
practices and technologies related to the trade and associated
29. Reads, interprets and performs work from complex blueprints,
drawings and specifications.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: High School Diploma/GED
EXPERIENCE: Six years progressively responsible experience in the
plumbing and pipe fitting trade, experience with maintenance of hot
OTHER: Maryland State certification as a licensed plumber
required; Master plumbing license required.
Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in the theory, principles,
methods and techniques used in the pipe fitting and plumbing trade,
including water valves, sewer, storm drain systems, steam and hot and
chilled water systems. Thorough knowledge of and skill in basic
mathematics including area, volume, weights, and the practical
application of fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions; of
OSHA regulations related to the plumbing trade; of plumbing codes, the
requirements for domestic water and waste disposal systems. Skill in
the use and maintenance of the tools and equipment of the pipe fitting
and plumbing trade; in the installation and repair of sanitary
plumbing and appliances; in welding, soldering, and threading pipe.
Working knowledge of computer based maintenance/cost estimating
programs. Knowledge of electronic and direct digital control devices
in the operation of specialized laboratory equipment. Ability to
provide leadership to lower level mechanics; ability to read,
interpret, and work from complex blueprints, drawings, and
specifications; to prepare summaries and reports; to communicate
effectively and follow directions; to work in, on, around, over and
under fixed equipment and machinery; to work at heights up to 20 feet;
to manipulate heavy equipment, tools, and supplies and/or exert force
up to 50 lbs. regularly and 75 lbs. occasionally; to work at depths of
20'; to shore and trench according to OSHA/MOSH regulations; to
concurrently manipulate multiple controls on equipment and machinery;
to work in hazardous or irritating environments, confined spaces, and
adverse weather or temperature conditions; to wear and work in
personal protective equipment. Working knowledge of electric motors,
controls, pumps, and wiring.
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Candidates selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries
and/or medical examinations to determine ability to perform the job.
Valid Maryland Non-commercial Class C or equivalent driver's license
is required. Candidates selected for employment may be required to be
trained to work with asbestos and must be available for emergencies on
an as needed basis. Employees assigned to work with CFC refrigerants
must maintain valid certification in accordance with federal law.