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Plumber II
The fundamental reason this classification exists is to perform skilled plumbing work installing, repairing and maintaining water and waste systems in City of Montgomery facilities. Employees in this class are responsible for laying out work details, assigning duties and inspecting the work of a Plumber I or Service Maintenance Workers. In addition to supervising, the incumbent performs plumbing tasks. Assignments are made by written or oral instructions. The essential functions are: troubleshoots and repairs plumbing and/or fixtures; supervises and trains Plumber Is (i.e., serves as crew leader); installs new plumbing (water and waste systems) in small-scale construction projects and renovations (parks, ball fields, break rooms, etc.); replaces/installs new plumbing fixtures; and maintains City fountains and swimming pools. Daily supervision is received from the Mechanical Trades Supervisor. On large projects, supervision may be received on the job site by a Plumber III.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Troubleshoots and repairs plumbing and/or fixtures in City of Montgomery facilities to include analyzing and locating source of problem, making adjustments, replacing worn parts, replacing pipes, pumps on water systems and swimming pools and unclogging drainage systems using plumbing tools, sewer rods, high pressure water jet system, and hand tools following Maintenance Department procedures and National Plumbing Code in order to maintain proper operation of all plumbing in City of Montgomery buildings and facilities in the most cost effective manner.

Isolates source of malfunction through visual inspection and operation of fixture.
Solicits information regarding plumbing problems from employees in facility.
Visually inspects and reviews building plans/blueprints to isolate source of leaks.
Finds source of leaks by tearing holes in ceilings, floors and walls, breaking concrete and digging up underground pipes.
Determines and gathers tools and equipment needed for job.
Determines materials/parts needed for job and purchases at supply house.
Determines most appropriate and cost effective way to repair problem.
Shuts off water supply.
Disassembles plumbing to isolate problem area and/or repair.
Removes section of water or sewer pipe with leak and replaces with new pipe (if necessary, cuts and threads pipe using pipe cutters, cutting torch and pipe-threading machine).
Joins pipes by use of screws, bolts, fittings, rubber adapters or solder.
Caulks joints.
Visually inspects new joints/connections to ensure they are not leaking and checks fixtures for proper operation after replacing pipe.
Makes adjustments to fixtures such as tightening nuts and screws, adjusting water pressure and cleaning out filters and diaphragms.
Replaces worn parts such as washers, seals, diaphragms and handles.
Unclogs drainage systems using sewer rod, plunger and/or high pressure water jet system.
Operates fixtures to determine whether problem has been fixed.
Replaces pumps on water systems or swimming pools (determines if motor is burned out or seals leaking, disconnects motor, and installs new or rebuilt motor).
Adjusts float on water pumps (to determine when pump cuts on).
Disassembles and repairs water heaters which includes replacing parts such as thermocoupling, heating elements, gas valves, pop-off valves, and thermostats, adjusting thermostat, lighting pilot light and determining why it will not stay lit, cleaning burners and checking dip tube for proper operation.
Performs routine checks of plumbing and/or fixtures in City of Montgomery facilities.
Maintains supply of commonly used parts on truck.
Determines feasibility of repairing versus replacing plumbing and/or fixtures and advises Mechanical Trades Supervisor when replacement is necessary.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Supervises and trains Plumber Is (i.e., serves as crew leader) using plumber tools, hand tools, plumbing fixtures, pipes, fittings, valves and plumbing parts following departmental policies and procedures in order to ensure subordinates are capable of performing in a safe and efficient manner, monitor quality and timely completion of work and ensure proper operation of plumbing in City of Montgomery buildings and facilities.

Prioritizes work orders by considering the importance of work and time needed to complete the work.
Demonstrates plumbing repairs and installations.
Instructs and trains subordinate on proper plumbing repair techniques.
Assigns duties based on skill level and experience (gives progressively advanced assignments as skill level increases).
Observes subordinate performing duties and provides instruction and feedback.
Reports subordinate progress and performance to Mechanical Trades Supervisor.
Provides input to Mechanical Trades Supervisor (as requested) on promotion (to Plumber I) and probationary status.
Reports performance or discipline problems to Mechanical Trades Supervisor.
Oversees and inspects work performed by subordinate and provides feedback.
Corrects/redirects subordinate when necessary.
Advises subordinate on job schedule and work plans.
Provides technical support to subordinate by responding to requests for help troubleshooting plumbing problems and offering assistance as needed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Installs new plumbing (water and waste systems) in small-scale construction projects and renovations (parks, ball fields, break rooms, etc.) using blueprints, working drawings, specifications, hand tools, cast iron cutters, cutting torch, pipe-threading machine, hand or electric saw, soldering torch, PVC pipe, pipe glue, primers, ruler, level and plumb bob following City of Montgomery and Water Works codes and ordinances; State and National Plumbing and Gas codes; ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines and Alabama Health Department requirements in order to ensure safe and efficient operation and drainage in City facilities.

Coordinates with contractors and other trades such as masonry, carpentry, sheetrock, electrical and duct work to schedule completion of various tasks.
Reviews blueprint, building plan and/or working drawing of project/building to determine cost estimate of materials, equipment and manpower needed and sequence of work.
Determines pipe sizes and type of pipe appropriate for job (based on usage and number of fixtures).
Orders materials needed for job and follows up to ensure prompt delivery.
Locates and marks position of pipe and pipe connections and passage holes for pipes in walls and floors using ruler, plumb bob and level.
Cuts openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings using hand tools and saws.
Calculates proper slope of sewer line to be installed following rule of thumb (one inch per twenty feet of pipe).
Calculates proper depth of floor drains.
Assembles and installs valves, pipe fittings and pipes.
Joins pipes by use of screws, bolts, fittings, glue or solder.
Fills pipe system with water or air and reads pressure gauges to determine whether system is leaking.
Installs water and gas lines to proper location for installation of plumbing fixtures.
Installs rough-ins at appropriate location for fixtures using manufacturer's rough-in guidelines.
Connects vents for fixtures to ensure proper air flow.
Installs wall clean out for easy access for unclogging sewer system.
Installs water and gas supply lines for HVAC systems.
Assists in installing septic tanks and connecting to sewer system following State Health Department specifications on equipment and installations.
Moves and relocates sewer lines to accommodate new construction.
Installs and moves water mains to include digging and cutting water main, installing tapping valve, and relocating main to different location using tapping machine.
Builds invert in manhole with concrete to direct water flow of sanitary water.
Installs manholes, stacks and seals with waterproof material, and brings to proper elevation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Replaces/installs new plumbing fixtures (such as toilets, sinks, urinals, hot water heaters, water coolers, fountains, dishwashers and ice machines) in City of Montgomery facilities using pipe wrenches, hand tools, power saw, drill, tubing cutters, and soldering torch, pipe fittings, pipe, new product manuals and catalogs following ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines and State and National Plumbing Codes in order to upgrade existing fixtures, replace defective fixtures that are not cost effective to repair, and provide new fixtures as requested in City facilities.

Determines required features/attributes of product to be purchased and researches available products (price, model number, features, etc.).
Requests purchase of new fixture best suited for purpose (from Mechanical Trades Supervisor).
Calls Mechanical Trades Supervisor for purchase order number and purchases fixture at supply house.
Removes defective plumbing fixture by cutting off water supply and using hand tools to disconnect from plumbing.
Loads defective plumbing fixture on truck and disposes at City Lot.
Replaces worn fittings, valves and pipes before installing new fixture.
Adds/removes pipe as needed to connect properly with new fixture (previous fixture was higher or lower than new fixture, etc.).
Ties in to main water supply and installs pipe to point of connection with fixture.
Installs new plumbing fixture by connecting to drain, water and gas supply lines.
Operates new fixture or observes operation to ensure it works properly.
Checks for gas and water leaks following installation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Maintains City fountains and swimming pools using chemicals such as chlorine, alkaline, calcium, and bromine, chemical test kits, computers (that control chemicals in pools) valves, chemical lines, handtools, pressure gauges and chlorine charts following pool manufacturer's specifications and handbook on Health Department regulations on maintaining public pools in order to ensure the appropriate and sanitary balance of chemicals in City facilities, repair problems and malfunctions, ensure the proper operation of the fountains, pools and ensure the safety of the public using these facilities.

Tests water (ph, alkaline, chlorine) daily using test kits.
Adds chemicals as required by chlorine charts and Health Department regulations.
Checks (visually and by checking pressure gauges) and cleans filters.
Adds water to appropriate level.
Checks computer-operated pools for alarms indicating problems such as clogged filters and chemical problems.
Replaces leaky or burst chemical lines.
Replaces faulty pump motors.
Repairs structural problems with pools such as steps, diving board or lifeguard stands.
Replaces valves and filters that are not working properly.
Attends training conducted by chemical supply company.
Drains and refills fountains that contain algae.
Reads pressure gauges and adjusts water flow valves as necessary to ensure gallons per minute flow meets pool manufacturer specifications.
Knowledge of plumbing procedures and techniques to include common plumbing problems and remedies, function and purpose of parts within plumbing fixtures, standard pipe dimensions, types of pipe to use in particular situations (plastic, cast iron, copper), how to solder joints and fittings, replacing parts such as gaskets, seals, valves, valve seats and valve stems, required water temperature for hot water, proper operating pressures, pipe pressure limits and how to clear drains and security flush valves as needed to troubleshoot and repair plumbing problems, install new plumbing and train and supervise work of subordinates.

Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions of plumbing trade to include proper use and connection of various plumbing equipment, proper handling and storage of hazardous materials and chemicals used in swimming pools, use of proper scaffolding or lifting equipment and gas and electrical safety as needed to maintain a safe working environment for self and others.

Knowledge of National and State Plumbing Codes to include recognizing when codes may apply to situations, proper venting for water heaters, proper fittings for pipe drainage, use of proper solder and proper pipe sizing for sewer, air, water and gas as needed to ensure proper installation and repairs of City plumbing systems.

Knowledge of HVAC systems to include how they operate and proper plumbing pipe connections (drain and supply) as needed to supply water and gas to new systems; train and supervise subordinates and assist in repairing systems.

Knowledge of public pool maintenance procedures to include relevant Health Department regulations, chemicals used and general purpose of each, understanding the operation of the pool (functions of parts), how to add chemicals, how much chemical to add, how to clean filters, how to check computer-operated pools and how often to check chemicals as needed to maintain a safe and healthy swimming environment in City pools.

Knowledge of departmental policies and procedures to include work order priorities and processing, purchase orders and billing procedures as needed to properly plan, procure and track materials, tools, equipment and manpower required to complete assigned projects.

Knowledge of City of Montgomery buildings and facilities to include geographic location, and location of water mains, main water shut-off, isolation valves, clean outs for sewer, and main circuit electrical box as needed to repair, maintain and install plumbing.

Ability to use hand and power tools such as hand saws, demolition saws, air hammers, pipe cutters, ratchet cutters, cutting torches, soldering torches, pipe threading machine, wrenches, sewer rods and channel locks to include proper operation, appropriate tool for the job, functions of the tools, capabilities and limitations of tools as needed to install, maintain and repair plumbing systems.

Ability to use a tape measure as needed to calculate materials needed for jobs, install new plumbing, isolate leaks, and determine location of plumbing and plumbing fixtures.

Ability to read and interpret mechanical drawings, blueprints and building/site plans to include symbols, scale, structural dimensions and location of sewer, water and gas lines as needed to train and direct subordinates; determine location of existing plumbing and other building systems and determine location for installing plumbing fixtures and pipes.

Ability to communicate orally with subordinates, supervisors, other City employees and outside contractors to include breaking down technical information into layperson's terms, soliciting information regarding plumbing malfunctions, assigning and explaining work duties, delegating work, and explaining details of repair problems to contractors or supervisor as needed to supervise employees, coordinate work, gather appropriate information to repair plumbing problem and ensure work is completed with quality and timeliness.

Ability to interact with subordinates, supervisors, other City employees and outside contractors to include courtesy, tact, patience and resolving conflicts as needed to relay and exchange information, maintain effective working relationships, schedule various trade tasks for completion of plumbing projects, assign work tasks, train subordinates and explain work assignments.

Ability to supervise personnel to include leading by example, evaluating performance, providing feedback, scheduling work, observing/inspecting work performance and communicating expectations as needed to ensure work is completed in a timely and efficient manner and ensure quality of work is maintained.

Ability to train personnel in the installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems to include demonstrating how to complete a job, breaking down jobs into distinct elements, explaining steps involved in work, recognizing when others do not understand and adjusting explanation, recognizing capabilities and limitation of personnel, assigning work tasks of progressing level of difficulty, observing performance and providing feedback and determining most effective training method to use with individual employees as needed to ensure jobs are completed correctly and in a timely manner and ensure employees know how to properly complete job assignments.

Ability to work independently with limited supervision to include scheduling work crews, ordering materials, making decisions, responding to emergencies, time management and prioritization as needed to ensure plumbing installation, repair and maintenance are completed timely and work is distributed efficiently and fairly.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals and fractions as needed to compute the quantities of supplies, materials and labor needed to complete plumbing projects and determine slope and depth of pipes and drains.

Ability to use levels for determining elevations (such as laser and hand levels and transits) as needed to determine pipe slope as needed for proper drainage and distance.

Ability to solder pipes to include ensuring pipe is clean before soldering, using acid to make fitting stick, where to apply heat, proper level of heat and using soldering material efficiently as needed to install new plumbing or repair leaks in existing plumbing.

Ability to thread pipe to include length of threads needed on types of pipe, visually inspecting threads to ensure they are thick enough and not cracked and referring to charts to determine the number of threads needed according to the size of pipe used as needed to replace plumbing and ensure plumbing does not leak.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES: Physical abilities to include digging, walking, climbing, lifting objects over 50 pounds assisted and unassisted, squatting, bending and crawling as needed to perform installations, repairs and maintenance of plumbing systems in City buildings and facilities.
Three (3) years of experience in installing, maintaining and repairing plumbing systems or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must possess and maintain a valid Alabama driver's license. Must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays and be on call 24 hours as needed.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Works outside for long periods of time in small confined spaces, on unstable ground, in high areas or deep underground spaces.
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