Correctional Officer/Physical Plant Maintenance/Trades Technician (#MCCH08)
$56,321.47 Yearly Min / $60,648.00 Yearly Mid / $75,810.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

A class incumbent performs at the advanced level and carries out preventative maintenance, electrical work, HVAC maintenance and repair, and/or restoration activities in one or more of the traditional trades fields on structures, systems and equipment to help ensure efficient operation of a physical plant.

Nature and Scope

An incumbent reports to a technical or administrative supervisor and is responsible for carrying out assignments of a diverse and complex nature. A class incumbent is involved in maintaining maintenance schedules in areas such as fixtures, appurtenances, water treatment and sewage systems, electrical systems, HVAC, heavy duty structural and mechanical equipment repair. Concurrently, an incumbent may design layouts, read sketches/plans, renovate structures, furniture and equipment to meet specific needs and recommends referral of jobs beyond financial or capacity limits to private contractors. Significant aspect of work in this class may include performing structural repairs on interior and exterior of buildings, building partitions, add and modify electrical service and controls including maintenance, installation and repair, as well as installation and maintenance of water lines, maintaining water chemical and sewage pumps and other related activities. Work in this class may require working at heights using ladders or scaffolds. Employees in this class are responsible for the supervision, training, custody and control of inmate workers.

Essential Functions

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

  • Performs preventative routine and complex maintenance repairs on interior and exterior building structures, fixtures and appurtenances; heavy duty structural and mechanical equipment or HVAC and other systems.
  • Performs restoration and renovation on facilities, builds partitions, shelving from sketches, plans or instructions, renovates furniture and equipment and designs layout to ensure most efficient use of space.
  • Recommends referral of jobs beyond financial or capability limits to private contractors.
  • Maintains and repairs compressor, pumps, hydraulic lifts, treatment and disposal plants and operates and maintains HVAC systems, and complex electrical and plumbing projects.
  • Operates and maintains life safety devices such as auxiliary generators, sprinkler systems and emergency lighting.
  • Makes necessary sketches and recommends changes to blue prints on any renovation or new installation to meet applicable class.
  • Oversees the work of skilled, semi-skilled maintenance, labor and inmate work force in performing specific assignments or in a training situation.
  • Maintains records of work performed, materials used and time spent on assignments and secures through established procedures, materials and supplies.
  • Maintains security of all tools, supplies, equipment and assigned inmates, participates in cell, building and grounds searches for contraband, weapons and escapees as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques used in performing electrical work.
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques used in the maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment/systems and/or related systems.
  • Knowledge of advanced and comprehensive methods and techniques used in the traditional building and/or mechanical trades.
  • Knowledge of tools and their common use in building or mechanical trades and their accountability in compliance with security regulations.
  • Skill in monitoring and adjustment of heating and cooling systems, and repair of complex facilities and equipment.
  • Skill in determining cause of equipment malfunction, appropriate course of action and taking corrective action.
  • Ability to maintain records of time, manpower and materials required per project.
  • Ability to estimate time and materials for maintenance and repair projects.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, superior, inmates and vendors/contractors.
  • Ability to supervise and control an inmate work crew on specific projects.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for CO/Physical Plant Maintenance/Trades Technician
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Delaware Journeyperson or higher Electrician license OR possession of a Journeyperson or higher Electrician license from another state which meets Delaware license requirements or equivalent requirements as determined by the State Board of Electrical Examiners.
  2. Six months experience in performing work in a variety of trades fields such as plumbing, carpentry, painting or HVAC.
  3. Six months experience in record keeping.
  4. Knowledge of interpreting blueprints, schematics or technical drawings.
  5. Knowledge of estimating cost, time and materials for projects.
  6. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).