Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

General Trades Worker (37.5 Hour)

Recruitment #211108-0382TC-001



The State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut's Facilities Operations Department, Avery Point Campus, has a job opening for a General Trades Worker. This is a permanent, full-time, 1st shift position with work schedule of Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an unpaid half an hour for lunch.  The hourly salary will be determined at the time of job offer based on the employee's employment history and is non-negotiable.  

This position is categorized as Emergency Support Services/Essential Staff.  The incumbent in this role must be willing and able to work during emergency closures/delayed openings due to inclement weather or for significant events that effect campus operations.  Applicants must also be willing to respond to emergencies on overtime (nights, weekends or holidays). 

Selection Plan

This position is categorized as “Open to State Agencies” and current, qualified UConn NP-2 employees will be given preference in the hiring process.

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify your qualifications on your application. Application materials will be evaluated to ensure that the Knowledge, Skill and Ability, Minimum Qualifications and Special Requirement sections of the position have been met. Please also be sure to demonstrate how you meet any of the preferred qualifications that you may have.

If applicable, applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate on their application (under the Job-Related Academic, Technical or Vocational Training section of the application) the name(s) of any Educational Institution(s) attended in trade related subjects and to indicate the (in person and/or online) course(s) studies, Address, City, State where the Educational Institution(s) are located, the years attended and the number of Credits earned or Diploma Earned. 

If selected for an interview, you will be asked to provide the names, titles and phone numbers of three professional references. In addition, current State of Connecticut employees at UConn or other State Agencies, may be asked to provide copies of their last two (2) performance appraisals and CORE attendance records. 

Terms and Conditions of Employment 

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination, including drug testing, as well as a criminal background check. 

Applicants must possess and retain a current motor vehicle operator license throughout employment with the University. 

Questions pertaining to this position should be directed to UConn HR's Services Unit phone number, 860-486-3034.


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


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, HVACR, glazing, masonry, painting work, etc; makes estimates of time, personnel, and material required on assigned tasks; keeps necessary records; in smaller trade areas, may be the sole worker running a skilled trade area; performs duties related to the trade or trade areas as required; at State owned airports may be required to stand by for and respond to fire and/or crash emergency situations; may operate and maintain heavy earth moving equipment; performs related duties as required.

Under general supervision of the Facility Manager, and the Maintenance Supervisor 2, the General Trades Worker (GTW) is responsible for following detailed instructions and completing assignments pertaining to the maintenance and repair of building facilities, systems, utilities and equipment at the Avery Point Campus.  The GTW may independently perform highly skilled maintenance assignments and/or construction work in areas such as carpentry, locksmith, masonry, painting, plumbing, HVAC equipment repair and basic electrical repair.  The GTW conducts routine, periodic work site assessments, as directed, to determine maintenance work necessary to prevent breakdowns of facilities, building systems and equipment. There are many tasks performed on a daily basis that require the use of ladders up to 14’.  This position may be required to perform tasks associated with set up, break down, and clean-up of special events.  The GTW estimates time, labor and material and maintains records as needed.

Responsibilities include a variety of tasks including but not limited to: changing hardware, replacing/repairing electrical receptacles, tie-in wires, switches, fixtures, and motors; using plaster or compound to patch minor holes and cracks in walls and ceilings; repairing or replacing sinks, water coolers, and toilets; painting structures and equipment; replacing damaged paneling, counters and floor tiles; hanging doors and installing door locks; may assist in the replacement of broken window panes; performs landscaping and snow removal duties and other related duties as required.

The UConn Avery Point Campus currently consists of 15 buildings of over 400,000 sq./ft. and over 100 acres of land sitting on the edge of Long Island Sound.


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.


  • Experience working at a college campus or similar setting.
  • Knowledge and ability to work with a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) such as AiM.
  • Knowledge and ability to work with a computerized building control management system such as JCI Metasys.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering/architectural drawings, specifications, maintenance manuals and contract documents.
  • Knowledge and ability in troubleshooting & repairing/replacing door hardware.
  • Experience operating small construction equipment including skid steers, backhoes, lifts and hoists to perform landscaping, site work and snow removal tasks.
  • Graduation from a vocational or technical school, or experience performing technical duties within a maintenance trade area on a military base.


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.


All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

Information concerning the University’s policies regarding the Cleary Act Statement, Non-Discrimination Policy, Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities and Recruiting Veterans can be found on UConn’s Job page at:

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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