8715 Construction Technician


TITLE Construction Technician





MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Construction Manager


The Construction Technician performs a wide range of skilled construction tasks including maintenance of plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilating, and/or air conditioning facilities and equipment at a level not requiring formal licensure. The Construction Technician may be required to perform tasks of other unlicensed trades, such as operating light equipment, carpentry, and painting. The Construction Technician practices preventive maintenance of tools and equipment and complies with federal regulations governing safety, environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal, and the use of chemical substances and materials common to construction.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required. Certification from a vocational or technical training program in one or more trades is preferred.

Experience: At least four years of successful experience in a plumbing, electrical, mechanical, or carpentry building trade is required.

Skills: Plumbing, electrical, HVAC, or carpentry abilities are required, including the ability to use small hand and power tools, precision measuring and testing devices, mechanical equipment, and various building trades materials. The ability to understand and interpret blueprints and schematics is required. The ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures is required. The ability to read understand, follow specific instructions and procedures is required. The ability to understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures is required. Computer literacy is required.  The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. The ability to repair and maintain commercial appliances and heating and cooling equipment is preferred.

Effort: Incumbents in this position frequently lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis; prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching occur on a daily basis. Mobility and dexterity sufficient to operate manual and electrically-powered tools and related carpentry shop equipment is required. The work performed by incumbents in this position occurs throughout campus and often involves climbing stairs in University buildings and working at heights from ladders or scaffolding. The work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards. Vision sufficient to inspect and perform repairs and maintenance and read blueprints and building code manuals and other similar documents is required. Some positions in this job classification (job title) are designated as essential employees who must report to work as scheduled when University offices are closed due to severe weather; the supervisor will communicate whether the particular position is considered essential and under what situations.

Other: The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, cleaners, and lubricants common to mechanical work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed. A valid Missouri driver’s license is required.


1. Performs plumbing, electrical, HVAC and/or carpentry work in the construction, maintenance, repair, remodeling and alteration of building structures and facilities according to work orders or verbal instructions by using hand and power tools such as saws, hammers, chisels, levels, drills, presses, sanders, table saws, joiners, planers, wood lathes, and mortising machines to repair doors, windows, window frames, floors, walls, ceilings, partitions, and office furniture, installs, repairs, and finishes sheetrock/drywall, paints interior and exterior finishes, installs finished hardware such as door locks, hinges, door checks, installs floor coverings such as linoleum tile, constructs minor buildings or small additions to existing structures and makes minor roofing repairs.

2. Installs plumbing fixtures and connects them to outlet and inlet pipes by fitting with gaskets, couplings, traps, and valves, soldering connections to seal joints, installs new electrical conduit, wiring, switches, lights, and outlets, removes or relocates existing lights, switches and/or outlets, and does concrete work.

3. Completes assigned project tasks with quality workmanship by inspecting the work site to determine the materials, equipment, tool requirements, and method to be used, developing a plan or layout for the project or following a blueprint, wiring diagram, sketch or schematic, assembling, fabricating or building and installing materials, equipment, or fixtures as required by the scope of work, providing an estimate of repair or replacement costs beyond the capability to perform, and recommending the use of additional departmental personnel or contract personnel to meet assigned completion targets.

4. Protects University property and equipment from damage during projects by removing furniture, wall fixtures, and equipment from work sites if possible or covering immoveable items with protective cloths, covering floors with cloths or tarpaulins as necessary, and erecting safe scaffolding in a manner that prevents damage.

5. Restores office areas and facilities to their original condition at the completion of work by removing debris, scaffolding, and equipment used during the project, returning furniture and equipment to their proper location, and setting up equipment that had been dismantled.

6. Assists with documenting the cost of repairs by keeping records of time and materials to be charged to each job, and providing periodic status reports to the Construction Foreman and/or Construction Manager regarding the status of work projects, material consumed, and man-hours utilized.

7. Practices preventive maintenance of tools and equipment by performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, oiling moving parts, cleaning and servicing tools and equipment as directed or specified in the operator's manual, and returning damaged tools and equipment for repair or replacement.

8. Provides technical assistance in the purchase of new or replacement shop equipment by being knowledgeable of the capabilities of various types of equipment and recommending the purchase of shop tools and equipment that meet the needs of the shop.

9. Reduces the likelihood for liability regarding the University's compliance with federal regulations by complying with policies, laws, and regulations governing environmental protection, safety, hazardous waste disposal, and the use of chemical substances and materials common to construction and maintenance work.

10. Contributes to an accident-free work environment by complying with operator's instructions for the use of power tools, wearing protective equipment such as goggles, hearing protectors, back supports, and work gloves, reporting incidents of unsafe work activity to supervisors, and following standard safety precautions during work.

11. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

12. Contributes to the overall success of the Campus Construction Team by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Construction Technician is supervised by the Construction Foreman, however generally operates independently within established guidelines and policies. The Construction Technician may instruct or direct others who are assisting in project work.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 4 - 750 Points: Knowledge of an extensive set of operations and procedures, specific skills and demonstrated ability, that requires considerable creativity or mechanical aptitude. Skills at this level normally require more than two and as much as five years of experience and previous training.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 75 Points: Irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 2 - 50 Points: Specific guidelines and established routines exist, but some judgment in applying guidelines and deviating from standards must be exercised. The number and similarity of guidelines and work situations requires the employee to use judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines, references, and procedures for application and in making minor deviations to adapt guidelines in specific cases. At this level, the employee may also determine which of several alternatives to use. Situations to which the existing guidelines cannot be applied or significant proposed deviations from the guidelines are referred to a supervisor.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 2 - 50 Points: The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchange of information. Contacts at this level might include discussing a work order with individuals in a departmental office to more clearly define the problem, or providing directions or information to students or the general public.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 3 - 70 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as operating heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or frequent exposure to hazardous materials. Alternatively, the work area may be subject to environmental discomfort such as poor ventilation. Loud noises, and/or extremes of heat or cold. The work often requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable. The nature of the work environment may produce moderate levels of stress.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 4 - 150 Points: Work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as climbing ladders, frequent lifting of objects over 50 pounds, crawling or crouching in restricted areas. Occasional lifting of heavy objects weighing 75 pounds or more is required.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 3 - 70 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has considerable ongoing responsibility for building security and public safety.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 3 - 450 Points: The work includes various duties involving different and unrelated processes and methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done depend upon knowledge of the duties, priorities, commitments, policies, and program goals of the supervisor and the department and involve the analysis of the subject, phase, or issues involved in each project or assignment, and the course of action may have to be selected from many alternatives. The work involves elements that must be identified and analyzed to discern interrelationships.