Correctional Plumber And Steamfitter

Recruitment #240702-2252CO-001


Do you have a valid P1 or P2 License in Connecticut?  If so, we have a terrific opportunity for you!

The Connecticut Department of Correction is recruiting for current and upcoming vacancies for the position of Correctional Plumber and Steamfitter. This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies throughout State at the following correctional facilities as openings occur within the next year:

  • Osborn Correctional Institution- Somers
  • Robinson Correctional Institution - Enfield
  • District 1 Maintenance - Somers
  • MacDougall Walker Correctional Institution - Suffield
  • York Correctional Institution - East Lyme
Selected candidates will be required to attend a paid 14-week hazardous duty training at the Maloney Center for Training & Staff Development located in Cheshire, Connecticut.

These positions are full time on first shift, Monday through Friday, from 7:45 AM until 3:00 PM.

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Repair of critical systems such as:
      1. Drinking (potable) piping distribution/pumping;
      2. Hot water heating;
      3. Steam distribution piping;
      4. Drain (sanitary) piping, macerator (grinding, and pumping;
      5. Cross connection (back flow prevention);
      6. Cell fixtures (toilets, sinks and showers).
  • Supervising assigned inmates at a Correctional Institution
  • Keeping record of tool/inventory control;
  • Protecting the health and safety of the public, staff and inmates;
  • Snow and ice removal to maintain safe access for the police, medical, staff and public;
  • Maintaining mandated compliances with Federal & State statute and agency directives and policies by assuring humane conditions of confinement in the facility through repair and maintenance;
  • More detail can be found in the class specification.
Since 1968, the Connecticut Department of Correction has proudly served and protected the citizens of the State of Connecticut, by daily ensuring the safety, security and order of our 13 correctional facilities in a manner which is widely viewed as a national model. The Department endeavors to provide the programming, education and treatment which willing inmates may utilize to improve themselves and the success of their eventual reintegration into society. Our staff of dedicated correctional professionals takes great PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dignity, Excellence) in the daily performance of their duty to our state.

The State of Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) shall strive to be a global leader in progressive correctional practices and partnered re-entry initiatives to support responsive evidence-based practices aligned to law-abiding and accountable behaviors. Safe and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.


Selection Plan

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • 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.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.

For technical questions regarding the filling of your application, please contact Benjamin Beaudry at


In a Department of Correction facility or district this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the repair, monitoring and installation of plumbing, heating and steam-fitting activities.


  • Plans, lays out and schedules work; 
  • Instructs inmates in methods and techniques of measuring, cutting, threading and installing pipes, valves, gauges, and other fixtures involving the use of hand tools, pipe cutters, and pipe threading and bending machines; 
  • Determines defects and maintains piping system for steam, gas, water, air and pressure; 
  • Trains inmates in reading blueprints and schematic drawings to determine work aids required and sequence of installations; 
  • Performs preventative maintenance; 
  • Utilizes troubleshooting techniques to address problems with plumbing and steam-fitting systems; 
  • Repairs fire protection systems; 
  • Performs air quality testing; 
  • Acts as liaison with outside vendors, contractors and agency staff; 
  • Works on specialized equipment relating to trade area; 
  • Performs work on high-pressure steam equipment; 
  • Tests and monitors pumps, boilers and heating systems; 
  • Keeps records and makes necessary reports; 
  • Maintains custody and discipline and evaluates the performance of each inmate assigned to work area; 
  • May perform supplemental duties related to other trade disciplines based on experience, knowledge, skills and agency needs; 
  • May purchase equipment; 
  • May physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist security forces in emergencies; 
  • May be required to operate a motor vehicle; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of materials, methods, tools and equipment involved in plumbing and steam-fitting trades; 
  • Knowledge of
    • building codes; 
    • maintenance and repair of sprinkler systems; 
    • operation of institutional steam boilers and heating systems; 
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to
    • plan, layout and schedule maintenance assignments; 
    • operate and interpret computerized and automated control systems; 
    • maintain records and prepare reports; 
    • read blueprints and schematics; 
    • work in confined spaces; 
    • troubleshoot issues relating to plumbing and steam-fitting; 
    • instruct inmates or other employees in techniques and skills of plumbing and steam-fitting; 
    • perform under stress and remain stable in pressure situations; 
  • Supervisory ability.


Three (3) years of experience as a plumber and/or steamfitter.

NOTE: Based on an individual’s technical experience, the length of credited service will be determined at the discretion of facility management.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at a highly skilled level.


  • Graduation from a vocational or technical school in the trade may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
  • Experience performing technical duties within the maintenance trade area on a military base, aircraft carrier or large compound may be substituted for the General and Special Experience on a year-for-year basis.


  • Experience with repair and maintenance of commercial plumbing systems and associated controls;
  • Valid P1 (Unlimited Plumbing Contractor) or P2 (Unlimited Journeyperson Plumber) License.


  • Incumbents in this class must have reached their 18th birthday.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to successfully complete a formal training course in correctional work to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the class.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to respond to after-hour emergencies as requested by facility supervisors.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


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.


  • Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required to perform all the duties of the class.
  • A comprehensive medical examination, including a controlled substance screening, will be required of all applicants upon a conditional offer of employment.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to danger of injury or assault by inmates who have access to tools of the trade as weapons and may be exposed to the danger and discomfort associated with tools and machinery used in the trade.



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.

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