Trades Specialist

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General Function

Performs moderately complex repair or construction of university facilities or property which require specialized training in a skilled trade

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities—Essential Functions

  • Reviews job orders and blueprints or drawings; inspects site and consults with client; determines best method to complete project.
  • Estimates amount of materials and equipment needed to complete project; arranges for materials to be at job site.
  • Performs comlex repair or installation on University facilities and property using expertise acquired through specialized training in a skilled trade.
  • Assists outside contractors as needed; assists craftspersons from other trades as needed.
  • Maintains and cleans tools and equipment; maintains work area in a clean and orderly manner.
  • May prepare some paperwork; may maintain files.

Reporting Relationships

Direction Received: Reports to Trades Shop-Assistant Supervisor, Manager of Physical Facilities, or other Manager of Trades/Maintenance unit

Direction Given: May provide occasional training and instruction of classified staff

Minimum Requirements

Requires nine months training beyond high school in a skilled trade and two years of experience in that trade, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Driver's license required. For AQT positions EPA Universal Certification required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Worker Characteristics

  • Knowledge of the procedures and equpiment of a particular skilled trade
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to read and understand blueprints and/or mechanical diagrams

Working Conditions

Frequent standing and walking with some climbing and lifting of materials weighing 50 to 75 pounds. Frequent operation of equpiment. Somewhat unpleasant working conditions. Some exposure to several unpleasant elements which are particularly disagreeable. Some element of personal risk and exposure to accidents.

Please note: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular positions. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. For jobs occupied by more than one employee, the identification of non-essential functions shall be determined from the individual’s position description.

Functional Title

Trades Specialist

Job Code


Classification Series







Non exempt

Last Updated

September 2013