Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 4120


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Salary Range 13 $2379 $2464 $2557 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382


The TRADES/MAINTENANCE WORKER 1 performs semiskilled work assisting journeylevel and skilled tradespeople and mechanics in trades such as plumbing, carpentry, painting, building maintenance and automotive maintenance. The work is usually routine in nature, limited in difficulty, and is performed under guidance of the skilled tradesperson being assisted.


This is the first level of a two-level series. It is distinguished from the higher level by the absence of working independently. At this level, employees are performing tasks under the guidance of a skilled or journeylevel tradesperson. (As employees in this class increase their proficiency, they may perform routine, minor repairs and other tasks independently.) Employees at this level perform tasks concentrated, predominantly, in one or two trades.


Examples of duties and responsibilities, listed below, are typical of those assigned to the class. It is not intended to be exclusive. It is intended to describe the level of work performed regardless of the trade area being assisted.

Allocation of positions to this class will depend on the total work performed which may include one or a combination of the duties or tasks listed below.

  1. Plumbing Activities. Typical tasks: under guidance of a journeylevel plumber assists in installation of new plumbing including pipes, drains, tubs, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures and equipment; makes simple repairs on old plumbing such as renewing washers and valves; cleans and opens drains and other water lines.
  2. Carpentry Activities. Typical tasks: under guidance of a journeylevel carpenter assists in general maintenance and construction work of a simple nature such as building fences, repairing sheds and similar structures; installs shelves; hangs doors; frames walls, use simple power tools such as drills, saws, and planes.
  3. Painting Activities. Typical tasks: under guidance of a journeylevel painter assists in cleaning surfaces to be painted by use of scrapers and dusters, applies previously mixed paints to surfaces such as walls, beams, and girders; mixes and applies plaster.
  4. Electrical Activities. Typical tasks: under guidance of a journeylevel electrician assists in installation and maintenance of wiring systems and electrical fixtures and equipment; replaces fuses; assists in stringing wires; replaces bulbs and globes.
  5. Mechanical Repair Activities. Typical tasks: under guidance of an auto mechanic services vehicles by checking and changing oil, grease, and coolants; makes simple repairs such as: replacing minor components such as batteries, headlights, and mufflers; changes, repairs, and balances tires; inspects and performs minor repairs to automotive lighting systems, windshield wipers and washers, parking brakes and safety belt system. Under guidance of skilled mechanic makes minor repairs to smallmotors such as lawn mowers, water pumps, sewing machines, and fans.
  6. Miscellaneous Activities. Typical tasks: under guidance assists various other journeylevel tradespeople in installing and repairing steampipes, valves, fittings, stovepipes, grates, chimney caps, cafe equipment and other sheetmetal articles; assists in janitorial and grounds keeping duties such as sweeping, mopping, and removing trash and snow, mowing lawns, digging ditches; uses tools and equipment of various trades such as pipe cutters, saws, drills, planes, sanders, and shears, drives truck to run errands and deliver supplies. Cleans interior and exterior of vehicles; inspects condition of supplies and materials used in performing tasks, reports problems or concerns to superior; acts as security guard for facilities, properties, and supplies.


Employees in this class have regular, in-person contact with agency staff and clients in order to minimize disruption of work unit. The Trades/Maintenance Worker 1 also has regular, in-person contact with members of other trades in order to prioritize and coordinate work assignments.


Employees in this class receive general supervision from the unit supervisor or other administrative superior. Work is assigned verbally or through written work orders. Work is reviewed in progress and at completion by a skilled tradesperson for quality, timeliness, and compliance to fire codes, building codes, and agency regulations, policies, and guidelines.


Positions are found in central and remote locations throughout State government (e.g., general government agencies, human or natural resource agencies, correctional, mental health, or higher education institutions, hospitals, etc.). They require the willingness to work within the environment associated with the position's location. They require the willingness to work outdoors in inclement weather. They require the willingness to walk, stand, and work while bending and stooping for extended periods. They require the willingness to work from ladders, scaffolds, and other above ground locations such as on roofs. They require the willingness to work in an environment containing dust, odor, and high levels of noise. They require the willingness to lift and carry heavy objects.


  • Minimum Qualifications are not established for this classification.  The appointing authority is responsible for recruitment and selection.  Refer to Personnel Rule 105-43-005.