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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5541

Class Designation: Civil Service

November 1983
(Revised)

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)

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Building Maintainer

Definition

Under general supervision, performs skilled plumbing, carpentry, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning work as part of the general alteration, repair and occasional new construction of equipment and structures; and does other general building maintenance work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics (Subclassification - Building Maintainer/Plumbing)

Distinguished from Senior Utility Maintainer in that the incumbent does not supervise other Building Maintainers. Distinguished from a Semi- Skilled Laborer in that the incumbent is assigned to the more skilled tasks associated with plumbing.

Examples Of Duties (Subclassification - Building Maintainer/Plumbing)

Installs water piping; repairs and replaces pipes, valves, fittings, ballcocks, and other fixtures; packs faucets (i.e. leaking faucets); wipes and flushes joints; cleans out drains and obstructions in water systems; may provide guidance to helpers as necessary; and performs other Building Maintainer work as required (i.e. carpentry, heating and air conditioning work).

Distinguishing Characteristics (Subclassification - Building Maintainer/Carpentry)

Distinguished from Senior Utility Maintainer in that the incumbent does not supervise other Building Maintainers. Distinguished from a Semi-Skilled Laborer in that the incumbent is assigned to the more skilled tasks associated with carpentry.

Examples Of Duties (Subclassification - Building Maintainer/Carpentry)

Alters, repairs, or constructs articles and structures of wood, such as room additions, partitions, counters, benches, tables, forms and fences; maintains and repairs woodwork of buildings; lays and repairs floors and roofs, including work with cork, asphalt tile and other composition materials; fits doors, windows and sashes; operates power saws, jointers, and other woodworking machinery; does cement, brick or plaster work; may provide guidance to helpers as necessary; and does other Building Maintainer work as required (i.e. plumbing, heating and air conditioning work).

Distinguishing Characteristics (Subclassification - Building Maintainer/Mechanical Systems

Distinguished from Senior Utility Maintainer in that the incumbent does not supervise other Building Maintainers. Distinguished from the Air Conditioning and Heating Maintainer in that the incumbent does not act in a lead capacity and the repair and maintenance of air conditioning units greater than 10 ton or gas heating equipment greater than 200,000 btu input is not a primary work assignment.
Distinguished from Semi-Skilled Laborer in that the incumbent is assigned to the more skilled tasks associated with mechanical systems.

Examples Of Duties (Subclassification - Building Maintainer/Mechanical Systems)

Inspects, tests, repairs, maintains and services heating (200,000 btu input and less), ventilation and air conditioning (10 ton & less) units; replaces valves, fans, motors, gaskets, filters, and belts; pumps down units; adds refrigerants and oil; uses various testing devices to locate defective parts; adjusts and installs switches, gauges, thermostats, valves, tubing, fans, controllers and other parts as needed; makes pipe connections and electrical repairs; checks and tests before installation HVAC components and makes necessary gas line connections, makes condensate line connections; may provide guidance to helpers as necessary; and performs a variety of Building Maintainer work as required (i.e. plumbing and carpentry).

Minimum Qualifications (Subclassification - Building Maintainer/Plumbing)

Knowledge of

  • Standard methods, materials and equipment used in plumbing work and in other building trades.
  • Ability to

  • Use the required tools and equipment skillfully and safely, such as pipe threader, plumber's snake, acetylene and map gas torch, pipe vise, and pipe wrenches;
  • Read and interpret blueprints and schematics;
  • Follow oral and written instructions;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.
  • Minimum Qualifications (Subclassification - Building Maintainer/Carpentry)

    Knowledge of

  • Standard methods, materials and equipment used in carpentry and cement work and in the other building trades.
  • Ability to

  • Use the required tools and equipment skillfully and safely, such as circular, hand, table and miter saws; cement finishing tools, sledge and claw hammers, drills and wrenches;
  • Read and interpret blueprints and schematics;
  • Follow oral and written instructions;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees.
  • Minimum Qualifications (Subclassification - Building Maintainer/Mechanical Systems)

    Knowledge of

  • Standard methods, materials and equipment used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning work and in the other building trades.
  • Ability to:

  • Use the required tools and equipment skillfully and safely, such as, volt-ohm ampere test meter, gauge manifold, refrigerant leak detectors, sling psychometer and air velocity meter;
  • Read and interpret blueprints and schematics;
  • Follow oral and written instructions;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with fellow employees.
  • License

    A valid Class 3 California Drivers License.

    Experience

    Four years of work in general building maintenance and construction.

    Education

    No specific minimum.