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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3125 - Senior Plumber

Job Description

UNION: Local 399

Under general supervision; performs work of considerable difficulty working as a lead licensed journeyman plumber; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is responsible for performing highly skilled plumbing work at a licensed journeyman level to support the maintenance and repair of County buildings and facilities. This position acts as a lead worker overseeing the work of other maintenance staff and plumbers. Work is performed under the general supervision of a higher level position in accordance with applicable codes and standard trade practices.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Performs lead worker responsibilities including training new employees on job skills, operations and procedures
• Directs the work of staff assisting with plumbing tasks
• Inspects work of subordinates for completion, adherence to standards and compliance with specifications
• Installs, alters, maintains, repairs or replaces plumbing systems or fixtures in the County buildings and facilities
• Installs, alters and maintains steam, air and hot/cold water lines
• Works from building plans and drawings
• Estimates required labor and material on plumbing installation and repair jobs and schedules work
• Requisitions and maintains tools, equipment, and related materials
• Provides back-up assistance for other labor trades classifications
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Practices, tools and terminology of the plumbing trade regarding facility maintenance and complicated plumbing systems
• Plumbing codes, hazards and safety precautions
• Plumbing theory
• Trouble shooting and testing techniques
• Reading plans and specifications and following sketches
• Leadership principles
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Coordinating and performing journeyman level plumbing tasks
• Working from plans and specifications and in following rough sketches and verbal instructions
• Planning, assigning and directing the work of employees performing plumbing duties
• Estimating time and material needed for a job
• Maintaining inventory and keeping records
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Using applicable tools and equipment related to area of assignment
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; Completion of plumbing trade courses and eight years of experience in industrial plumbing work, or four years of experience as a Journeyman Plumber, in addition to one year of experience as a lead worker; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Light Work: Exerting up to 25 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Use of arm and /or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for sedentary work.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and field environment. While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee may be exposed to loud noise, noxious odors, unsanitary conditions, chemicals, electricity, moving mechanical parts, varying weather conditions, high or precarious places and other related conditions and situations.

This position requires a plumber’s license with certification to test and service RPZ Backflow Prevention Devices. In addition, a valid Illinois driver’s license is required.