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An employee in this class performs semi-skilled plumbing work in the maintenance and repair of plumbing systems, equipment, and fixtures.  Work involves performing a variety of repair or replacement functions related to plumbing, minor electrical work related to hot water heaters, wiring of well pumps and disposals.  Simple problems are resolved by the employee with more complex problems referred to superiors.  Employee must exercise independent judgment and initiative in performing assigned duties.  Tact and courtesy are required with frequent contacts with co-workers and school officials and department heads. 



Assists in repairing and replacing broken water lines; un-stops sewer lines and drains; clears commode and sink drains.

Assists in performing maintenance and installation functions associated with all water system equipment.

Measures, cuts, threads, and assists in assembling and installing pipes and tubing.

Replaces and repairs hot water tanks; repairs garbage disposal; repairs circulating pumps; replaces booster heaters, gas hot water heaters, and gas pipes.

Repairs shower valves, shutoff valves, fountain coolers, and mixing valves.

Ensures the safe and efficient operation of fixtures, apparatus, and other elements of water distribution.

Maintains and repairs water wells and water towers, including obtaining water readings; files all necessary reports with the State.

Maintains and repairs wastewater facilities, including sand filter systems and lift stations; provides all necessary reports required by the State.

Performs other related work as required.



Graduation from high school, preferably supplemented by vocational training in plumbing and utility work, and some experience in water utility maintenance; or any equivalent training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.



Possession of valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina.  Must maintain a safe driving record.  Employees assigned to this position must follow specific drug testing requirements, procedures and consequences of positive alcohol or drug tests.



Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment and machinery including ditchers, jack hammers, hammer drills, saws, shovels, probing rods, and various plumbing tools, etc.  Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle.  Must be able to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 75 pounds of force frequently, and/or 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Requires the ability to climb and maneuver on ladders, scaffolding, and/or in tight spaces.

Requires the ability to read work orders, logs, diagrams, blueprints, schematics, etc.  Requires the ability to prepare activity logs and reports according to prescribed formats. 

Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists, to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.

Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using hand tools.



General knowledge of plumbing systems, equipment, and fixtures.

General knowledge of approved plumbing methods, practices, code requirements and safety standards.

Working knowledge of the tools and equipment used in the installation and repair of plumbing systems and equipment.

Some knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of plumbing work and other trades required of the position.

Some knowledge of the maintenance requirements of plumbing and related equipment.

Ability to use and care for hand and power tools and equipment necessary to perform plumbing installation and repair tasks.

Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to perform manual labor for extended periods of time as required by work assignments.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.


REPORTS TO:      Director of Maintenance

FSLA STATUS:    Non-Exempt


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this job.