Skilled Maintainer (37.5 Hour)


Recruitment #240326-0427TC-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is seeking applications from agency employees to fill the position of Skilled Maintainer in Wethersfield.

  • A competitive salary.
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform an article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 holidays.
  • Retirement plan options.
  • A culture that encourages work-life balance.
  • Working for a Forbes top company: State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
  • Full Time, 37.5 hours per week 
  • First Shift
  • Location: Wethersfield
  • Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday, 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Office/On-Site
The Skilled Maintainer will be responsible for landscaping, building repairs, and branch coverage that involves maintenance and custodial work. Branch coverage includes the Skilled Maintainer traveling to other DMV locations based on agency need. The successful candidate will typically start the day by checking work orders assigned to them. In the summer months, the work will largely focus on landscaping, while during other times of the year, it will include more building repairs, deliveries and pick ups from branch locations, office moves, furniture installs, carpentry, painting, and assisting in other trades as needed. The ideal candidate will be dependable, responsible, and consistent in their work, motivated to complete tasks and willing to adapt to constant changes in work assignments which is dependent on agency needs. 

At the State of Connecticut, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), we are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of the motoring public through education, outreach and enforcement in the areas of vehicle weight and safety inspections, heavy duty diesel emission testing, traffic enforcement and investigations of any motor vehicle related complaints.

Selection Plan

  • In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited.  If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting. 
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
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  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. 
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In a state agency this class is accountable for performing one or more tasks of a skilled nature (requiring prior experience or training, below the level of a specialized trades worker which would give the incumbent proficiency in required knowledges, skills and abilities on the first day of the job) in addition to performing lower level duties. Only complex tasks should be learned on the job. Tasks performed will be in one or several of the following areas:

  • Building and equipment maintenance (operational and remedial) including the operation of trucks of five (5) ton or greater capacity or complex motorized equipment;
  • Grounds care as a supervisor and/or specialized landscaping functions;
  • Assists Qualified Craft Workers or other higher level employees in the trades areas.




Incumbents in this area perform in one of the following ways:

1. Working supervisor: 

    • Directs a crew of subordinate maintainers in such areas as planting and maintenance of lawns, shrubs, trees and flower beds (including planning and scheduling); 
    • Maintenance and installation of fencing; 
    • Cleaning of grounds, service areas and sidewalks (including snow and ice removal); 
    • Operation and maintenance of grounds equipment; 
    • Planting, cultivating, harvesting and storage of vegetables (including a vegetable growing program); 
    • Weed, disease and pest control; 
    • Performs other grounds tasks listed in the specification for lower level maintainers;
    • Supervisory tasks can include such things as planning and scheduling work;
      • Completing service ratings; Performance appraisal; 
      • Handling disciplinary problems; 
      • Staff training; 
      • Making certain work standards are being met; 
      • Maintaining necessary supplies and equipment; 
      • Submitting requisitions when needed;
    • An incumbent in this position should be considered a working supervisor.

2. Substantial amount of time (75%) operates and makes minor and emergency repairs on complex equipment such as front end loaders, very large tractors and the like.

3. Performs specialized landscaping tasks such as flower garden landscaping, athletic field preparation and maintenance, and other non-routine landscaping functions.


    • May perform custodial functions as required.


In addition to trades tasks performed by lower level maintainers performs the following skilled tasks as an assistant to a trades person: 

    • Construction, maintenance and repair as a painter, plasterer, carpenter, electrician, mason, plumber and/or steamfitter, tinsmith or comparable trades person.

These are only examples of types of tasks a Skilled Maintainer may be expected to perform. Incumbents in this class will also be expected to perform related duties as required. Tasks should only be assigned if they are of the appropriate skill level (as defined in the Purpose of Class).


  • Considerable knowledge of methods, tools, equipment, materials and procedures of specific trade or work area concerned; 
  • Knowledge of maintenance problems and their proper handling; 
  • Skills
    • manual and machine operations of trade or work area skills; 
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to
    • follow written and oral instructions; 
    • utilize computer software.


Two (2) years of experience in one of the following areas:

  • One of the skilled trades;
  • Landscape maintenance or vegetable gardening;
  • Operation of motor trucks or large buses.

The experience area should reflect the needs of the position.


Graduation from a vocational or technical school with a diploma designating completion of subject requirements in a maintenance trade area may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience with general maintenance of commercial buildings.
  • Experience using power tools for general maintenance work.
  • Experience using equipment for landscaping (Zero Turn mowers, String trimmers, Blowers, Hedge trimmers).
  • Experience using computer software (Data Entry, Work orders).


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


  • 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.
  • A physical examination may be required.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights and may be exposed to significant levels of dust, heat, noise, extreme weather conditions and risk of injury from equipment and assaultive and/or abusive individuals.
  • 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.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.