Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

General Trades Worker (37.5 Hour)

Recruitment #201116-0382TC-001


Are you an experienced tradesperson looking to continue your career in state service? If so, we invite you to apply to this exciting opportunity as a General Trades Worker!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS), along with our partners, provide person-centered programs and services to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

The General Trades Worker assists in the maintenance of owned residential facilities, 14 Community Living Arrangements, two summer camps and 3 office facilities. We play a crucial role in the upkeep of state owned properties and insuring compliance with fire and safety codes at these locations. In this role we entrust our workers to play an important part in maintaining the health and safety conditions of DDS facilities!

This position is part of the Facilities Operations Division, based out of Norwich, CT, and is a full-time 37.5 hour per week position. The work schedule is Monday through Friday 7:00am - 3:00pm. However, must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.

  • This will include snow removal duties during both regular time and after hours as required.

We offer competitive benefits which includes health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals.

Selection Plan

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

  • Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
  • Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Snow removal duties are required.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

At any point later in the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, attendance, supervisor references, college transcripts, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status updates during the recruitment process. Please note that not all applicants will be contacted for interview and are encouraged to apply for future postings.

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Renee LaBarge, DDS EEO Director at 860-418-6022 or

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Kelly Paul


This class is accountable for performing highly skilled trades duties in various trade areas.


This position performs highly skilled maintenance and/or construction work requiring the application of trade skills, codes, and standard trade practices in a variety of trade areas including but not limited to: electrical, plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, glazing, masonry, and painting. This position also keeps records as necessary. Preforms snow and ice duties and lawn mowing. This position provides highly skilled maintenance for up to 14 of the residential waivered group homes and three administrative facilities.  Performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply the standard tools, materials, methods, and practices of a variety of trade areas; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare estimates and keep shop records; some ability to utilize computer software.


Four (4) years of experience in one or more trade areas.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been performing skilled trade functions in one or more trade areas.
Note: For State Employees this is interpreted at or above the level of Skilled Maintainer or Transportation Maintainer 2. Housekeeping, custodial, and food services duties will not be considered as qualifying experience.


1. Graduation from a vocational or technical school with a diploma designating completion of subject requirements in a maintenance trade area may be substituted for two (2) years of the General Experience.
2. Two (2) years of experience as a Qualified Craft Worker Intern may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  1. The availability to respond to emergency needs and provide snow removal duties as may be required.
  2. Experience operating lawn and garden equipment.
  3. Experience driving small dump truck with trailer.
  4. Enough familiarity with computers to use Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. and be able to use internet Work Order systems.
  5. Experience working in facilities occupied by persons with intellectual disabilities.


Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.


At State Airports: In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility, and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
2. A physical examination may be required.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights; may be exposed to extreme weather conditions and to risk of injury from equipment.
2. The appointing authority may require completion of an asbestos removal program consistent with EPA guidelines for operations and maintenance during employment in this class. Incumbents may be required to use protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.