Mechanical Superintendent Duties
This is responsible administrative and technical work in
directing water distribution, central heating plant operation,
heating and gas distribution, sheetmetal, welding and machine
shops, and sewer lines repair, maintenance, and construction
activities of the university.
An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for
planning, directing, and coordinating the work activities of a
staff of foremen and journeymen of several different trades. Day
to day operations of the organizational unit are largely carried
on through immediate staff supervisors who are charged with
responsibility for specific areas of operation and with whom the
superintendent confers in coordinating the organization's
activities. The employee is also responsible for reviewing and
suggesting changes in preliminary building mechanical plans for
proposed heating, gas and water utilities distribution systems;
and working with consulting engineers on preparing sewer
distribution systems. Work also includes the preparation of
complex reports and the maintenance of complex records. Work is
performed under general direction of an administrative superior
and is reviewed primarily through the evaluation of the
effectiveness and efficiency of operations, review of reports,
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Directs and coordinates the maintenance, repair, and
construction operations of the university's water and sewer
distribution lines and appurtenances; coordinates the activities
of the systems with the development of long term expansion and
Plans and directs the operation, repair, and maintenance of the
central steam heating plant and other heating units owned and
operated by the university and the heating and gas distribution
lines and appurtenances; coordinates the activities of the
heating and gas systems with the development of long term
expansion and reconstruction programs.
Directs the operations of the sheetmetal, welding, and machine
Assists in designing various specialized metal equipment,
fixtures, and apparatus used in kitchens, classrooms, science
and research laboratories, and other university facilities.
Prepares cost estimates for major repair and alteration projects
by labor, equipment, and materials needs.
Reviews preliminary architectural plans for adequacy of heating,
gas, water distribution and facilities, and sewer needs;
suggests changes and alterations.
Works with consulting and resident engineers on contract and
force account construction projects.
Recruits and trains supervisory subordinates and counsels with
subordinate foremen in the recruitment and training of
journeymen and trades helpers.
Establishes work and safety standards.
Prepares complex reports and maintains complex records.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school,
supplemented with mechanical courses from a technical school,
college or university and considerable experience in the heating
and plumbing mechanical trades including supervisory experience;
or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the methods, techniques, equipment, tools,
and material used in the mechanical trades.
Thorough knowledge of occupational hazards and safety
precautions of the work.
Ability to plan, organize, lay out, and direct a variety of
mechanical work projects.
Ability to supervise the work of others.
Ability to understand and efficiently carry out written and oral
instructions including the interpretation of drawings and blue
Ability to estimate the amounts of labor, material, and
equipment required for future projects and prepare cost
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with other division and university personnel.
Ability to prepare complex reports and maintain complex records.