Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Pipefitter Foreman (#20007779)

General Statement

Under general supervision, has charge of the installation, modification, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of piping systems and associated appurtenances for steam, condensate, hot water associated with heating systems, process water, fuel oil, gas, air and process chemicals.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here. 

  • Performs first-line supervision of assigned Pipefitters and Pipefitter Leadmen.  Plans, schedules, directs and inspects the work of subordinates according to the approved instructions, standards, plans and specifications of the job.  
  • Makes estimates of material and labor required for work; checks material and equipment received for projects; requisitions material, supplies, tools and equipment required for the work and maintains accurate records of time spent on jobs.
  • Ensures shop equipment is up-to-date with current technology and in good working condition, either by purchasing new equipment, or facilitating repair and certification of existing equipment. 
  • Oversees a safe, efficient repair shop utilizing good housekeeping procedures.

Other Job Functions

  • Is responsible for the care and custody of all the tools of the trade in performing pipefitting work.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

May involve exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors.  May include working in all types of weather conditions and in confined space environments throughout the plant facility, and collection systems.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge in the methods and materials necessary to install and maintain piping systems of all materials and types.  
  • Considerable knowledge of pneumatic process control and HVAC systems. 
  • Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.
  • Ability to use an oxyacetylene torch.   
  • Ability to do electric arc welding, soldering and brazing.
  • Ability to interpret and work from sketches and blueprints. 
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate well orally and in writing in the dissemination of information and instructions. 
  • Skill in the use and care of the tools and equipment of the trade.
  • Skill in the operation of computers necessary to plan, schedule, and coordinate work at several work locations, and perform record keeping, and communication reports in a manner conducive to the best possible use of District resources.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Two years of experience as a pipefitter leadman or an equivalent combination of experience and training.



Promotional Requirement

  • One year of service with the District as a Pipefitter Leadman or two years of service as a Pipefitter.
  • Civil service status in one of the foregoing classifications.

CLASS: 20007779; EST: 1/1/1900;