Los Angeles Community College District

Plumber (#3343)

$47.62-$47.62 hourly / $8,285.88-$8,285.88 monthly / $99,430.56-$99,430.56 annual


Performs journey-level plumbing work in the installation, maintenance, alteration, and repair of plumbing systems and related equipment at a college.

Typical Duties

Installs, replaces, maintains, and repairs plumbing systems, equipment, appliances, controls and fixtures such as dish and clothes washing machines, vacuum breakers, backflow devices, gas appliance safety controls, steam tables, plumbing fixtures, drains, sinks, sumps, circulatory pumps, water heaters, and showers including water, gas, and waste system installations.

Installs, maintains, and repairs gas piping systems for space heating.

Installs, maintains, and repairs lawn-sprinkler systems, including automatic, semi-automatic, and manually operated types.

Installs, maintains, and repairs air and gas welding systems.

Surveys gas safety devices and other plumbing equipment which may need repair or replacement.

Maintains and repairs automatic fire-sprinkler systems.

Reviews plans, blueprints, and specifications for plumbing projects to understand scope of projects, complete assigned work orders, and recommend potential changes to supervisor.

Attends to trouble calls for emergency repairs to plumbing systems and equipment.

Safely operates tools and equipment used in the plumbing trade.

Maintains plumbing hand and power tools and equipment to ensure their safe and efficient operation.

Maintains shop area and supplies in a safe, clean, and orderly condition.

May assist in estimating job costs, preparing material lists and job records, and maintaining an inventory of supplies and tools for assigned area/projects.

May assist in planning and developing modifications to existing plumbing systems.

May inspect facilities for maintenance and safety problems related to plumbing materials.

May assist in inspecting plumbing work performed by outside contractors.

May assist in developing job specifications, diagrams, and blueprints related to plumbing work.

May provide work direction to staff assigned to the plumbing unit.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Plumber performs journey-level plumbing work in the installation, maintenance, alteration, and repair of plumbing systems and related equipment at a college.

A General Foreman plans, coordinates, and supervises the work of skilled journey-level workers of at least three building trades and other staff assigned to work projects at a college, and has job site responsibility for various building trades projects.

A Lead Plumber acts as a lead over a small group of journey-level workers of the plumbing trade and other assigned staff and performs the more complex work related to the installation, maintenance, alteration, and repair of plumbing systems and related equipment at a college. Lead responsibilities include guidance and instruction on techniques, methods, and procedures for accomplishing assigned tasks and solving problems. A small group of employees typically consists of at least three people, two of whom must be at the journey-level.


General supervision is received from a General Foreman or Director of College Facilities. May provide work direction to Maintenance Assistants.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Water, gas, waste, lawn- and fire-sprinkler systems and air and gas welding and other related systems

Current practices, materials, hand and power tools, and equipment used in the plumbing trade Installation, maintenance, alteration, and repair of plumbing systems and related equipment

Testing and inspection methods for plumbing systems and related equipment

State and local regulations pertaining to plumbing standards

Harmful effects of hazardous or toxic materials and the protection and safeguards required when working with or controlling such materials

Basic recordkeeping procedures

Capabilities of computer applications, systems, and hardware used in the plumbing trade

Skill in:

Using tools and operating equipment of the trade

Ability to:

Install, maintain, modify, diagnose malfunctions, and repair plumbing systems and related equipment

Make accurate measurements and computations

Read, interpret, and work from drawings, sketches, plans, and blueprints

Effectively use test equipment

Safely operate tools and machines of the plumbing trade

Safely lift heavy materials and equipment

Follow oral and written instructions

Keep accurate records

Work effectively and cooperatively with District staff, students, and outside contractors

Effectively utilize computer systems and software applicable to the plumbing trade

Learn characteristics of new systems and equipment of the plumbing trade and update skills to adapt to changing technology

Learn general and specialized software applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A.  Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND completion of a recognized apprentice training program of at least four years’ duration in the plumbing trade AND one year of recent, full-time, paid, journey-level experience in the plumbing trade.


B.  Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND five years of recent, full-time, paid experience in plumbing work under the supervision of a journeyman or crafts supervisor. One year of the required experience must have been at the journey-level.


A valid Class "C" California driver's license may be required for some positions.

Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.

A valid backflow prevention tester certification issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health must be obtained within six months of employment. Every two years, an incumbent shall be required to renew the aforementioned certification.


Prior to employment, all successful candidates will be required to pass an asbestos medical examination in compliance with the General Industry Safety Orders, Section 5208, Title 8 of the California Administrative Codes.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 3343; EST: ; REV: 6/27/2018;