Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 4121


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Salary Range 17 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887 $4072


The TRADES/MAINTENANCE WORKER 2 performs skilled and semiskilled work in any of several trades such as plumbing, carpentry, painting, building maintenance, and automotive repair and maintenance. The work is usually performed independently without direct guidance of a skilled tradesperson.


This is the second level of a two-level series. It is distinguished from the lower level by responsibility for performing tasks independently without guidance of a skilled tradesperson. At this level employees are expected to determine the best methods and sequence of tasks to accomplish assigned duties efficiently and effectively. Employees in this class may assist a variety of journey level tradespeople and may be considered a jack-of-all-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. For all tasks listed employees in this class receive general instructions which may contain only desired results. The employee determines methods and sequence of tasks to accomplish the assignment.

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: installs new plumbing including pipes, drains, tubs, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures and equipment; makes repairs on old plumbing such as replacing breaks and renewing washers and valves; cleans and opens drains and other water lines.
  2. Carpentry Activities. Typical tasks: performs general maintenance and construction work such as building fences, repairing barns and similar structures; installs shelves; hangs doors; frames walls; uses power tools such as drill presses and radial arm saws.
  3. Painting Activities. Typical tasks: cleans surfaces to be painted by use of scrapers and dusters, mixes and applies paints to surfaces such as walls, beams, and girders; mixes and applies plaster.
  4. Electrical Activities. Typical tasks: installs, alteration, maintenance, and repair of wiring systems and electrical fixtures and equipment; replaces fuses; assists in stringing wires; replaces bulbs and globes.
  5. Mechanical Repair Activities. Typical tasks: services vehicles by checking and changing oil, grease, and coolants; replaces minor components such as batteries, headlights, and mufflers; changes, repairs, and balances tires, may perform minor tune-ups; makes repairs to small motors such as lawnmowers, water pumps, sewing machines, and fans; may perform maintenance and repair of larger equipment such as refrigeration systems.
  6. Miscellaneous Activities. Typical tasks: performs various other journey level trades work such asin installing and repairing steampipes, valves, fittings, stovepipes, grates, chimney caps, cafe equipment, and other sheetmetal articles; uses tools and equipment of various trades such as pipecutters, saws, drills, planes, sanders, shears, and acetylene and heliarc welding equipment; drives truck to run errands and deliver supplies; may coordinate work of lower level employees, students and other helpers; coordinates preventive maintenance program through scheduled inspection and servicing of equipment and facilities; reads and works from blueprints, shop drawings and sketches as needed to complete assigned tasks.


Employees in this class have regular, in-person, contact with agency staff and clients in order to minimize disruption of work unit. They also have 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 upon completion for quality, timeliness, and compliance to fire codes, building codes, and agency regulations, policies, and guidelines. Employees in this class exercise independence in judgment and action to complete assigned tasks.


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 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.


  • Three years of general building maintenance experience in one or more of the following trade areas:  carpentry, electrical, mechanical, painting, plumbing, and welding.

NOTE:  Some positions may require licensure or certification in a specific trade area.