8732 Physical Plant Foreman, Mountain Grove


TITLE Physical Plant Foreman, Mountain Grove




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Maintenance Supervisor

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Superintendent of Facilities Maintenance


The Physical Plant Foreman at Mountain Grove supervises the provision of custodial and grounds services, performs security services, and performs skilled work in the installation, operation, maintenance, modification, service and repair of mechanical, electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing and structural systems. The Physical Plant Foreman uses hand and power tools and precision measuring and testing devices, remodels existing structures according to work orders or verbal instructions, and performs routine carpentry, painting, plumbing, and electrical work. The Maintenance General Mechanic at Mountain Grove also evaluates the need for automotive services and repairs on University vehicles and farm machinery.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent plus completion of a technical training program in mechanical maintenance or an apprenticeship in a mechanical maintenance trade is required. However, significant work experience beyond that required for the position may be substituted for the required technical training or apprenticeship.

Experience: At least six years of progressively responsible experience is required in the installation, repair, and maintenance of industrial or commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, plumbing and refrigeration systems. At least 2 years of supervisory experience is required.

Skills: Must be highly skilled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, as well as skills in plumbing. Skills in the proper use of test equipment, hand and power tools, diagnosing and trouble-shooting equipment malfunctions and systems failures are required. The ability to read and interpret blueprints, schematics, and wiring diagrams is required. Supervisory skills and administrative ability are 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.

Effort: Must be able to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis; prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis; and working in confined spaces. Requires a full range of physical motion in order to operate manual and electrically-powered tools and electrical test equipment, to move throughout campus, including climbing stairs in all University buildings, and to work at heights. Work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards. 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.

License: Certification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for handling Type I and Type II refrigerants is preferred.


1. Performs skilled mechanical maintenance work in the installation, operation, maintenance, modification, service and repair of electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing and refrigeration control systems by inspecting and testing elements of those systems to locate and diagnose faults and malfunctions, troubleshooting and/or performing required repairs using hand and power tools and precision measuring and testing devices, and providing an estimate of repair (and/or replacement) costs beyond the capability to perform.

2. Assure the proper operation of a wide variety of mechanical machines and devices including pumps, engines, motors, conveyors, compressors, and laboratory equipment by observing mechanical machines in operation and listening to them to locate the source of malfunctions, lubricating and cleaning mechanical machines, dismantling the machines in order to repair or replace inoperative parts such as belts, fans, motors, and pumps, and adjusting the machines to prescribed operating standards or performance rates.

3. Supervises the activities of full time and temporary Custodians and Groundskeepers by following established guidelines and using independent judgment in instances not covered by guidelines.

4. Ensures that custodial and grounds services meet the needs of the campus and are in compliance with established guidelines by scheduling work activities and adjusting workloads to compensate for scheduled and unscheduled absences, changing priorities, and special projects.

5. Develops an effective team of custodial and grounds staff by participating in the interview process and making recommendations regarding the employment of applicants, instructing all employees in the proper methods and use of materials and equipment for safe and efficient work performance, evaluating individual performance to meet established standards, providing required performance evaluations on custodial and grounds staff, making recommendations regarding the retention of new employees, advising custodial and grounds staff of the University’s rules and policies on employee conduct, issuing verbal warnings and written reprimands for violations, and recommending progressive disciplinary action.

6. Ensures that custodial and grounds staff have the equipment and supplies necessary to perform their duties by issuing supplies as needed, completing request forms for replacement items, storing the supplies and equipment in a secure storage facility, and evaluating new custodial and grounds supplies and equipment by conducting testing of such items and recommending the appropriateness of their use.

7. Ensures that administrative records and reports regarding custodial and grounds staff are accurate and current by reviewing employee time cards or monthly time sheets and monitoring employee absences.

8. Helps to ensure the security of University property by properly securing all buildings and checking the operation of security lighting and the security system.

9. Helps to ensure compliance with safety standards and regulations by following University guidelines in maintaining Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

10. Performs routine carpentry work using hand and power tools by repairing doors, windows, window frames, floors, walls, ceilings, partitions, and office furniture, installing finished hardware such as door locks, hinges, door checks, installing floor coverings such as linoleum tile, constructing minor buildings or small additions to existing structures, making minor roofing repairs and doing concrete work.

11. Remodels existing structures according to work orders or verbal instructions by inspecting the work site to determine the materials, equipment, tool requirements, and method to be used; developing a plan or lay out for the project or following a blueprint, sketch or schematic; assembling, fabricating or building and installing materials, equipment, or fixtures as required by the scope of work.

12. Performs basic electrical work by replacing faulty switches, sockets, plugs, fuses, breakers, insulators and other simple elements of electrical systems, fixtures and equipment, installing new conduit, wiring, and electrical machinery, inspecting and testing electrical lighting, power circuits, and equipment, maintaining and repairing existing electrical wiring, equipment, and installations, and providing an estimate of repair or replacement costs beyond the capability to perform.

13. Performs routine painting work in the preparation, patching, finishing, and maintaining of all building structures, walls, woodwork, furniture, and equipment by inspecting the work site to determine the materials, equipment, tools, and method to be used; following a plan, lay out, sketch, or schematic for the project or an established color scheme; mixing and matching pigments, stains or varnishes to the required color, tint and/or texture; assembling, or building and installing scaffolding, materials, and equipment as required by the scope of work; and using paint brushes, rollers, and/or sprayers, sandpaper, sanders, steel wool, wire brushes, and related painting tools.

14. Performs basic plumbing work by repairing existing plumbing and pipe lines, replacing washers in valves, installing plumbing fixtures, such as sinks, toilets, water heaters, and connecting them to outlet and inlet pipes by fitting with gaskets, couplings, traps, and valves, and soldering connections to seal joints, and opening clogged drains and stopped-up toilets.

15. Ensures that the University vehicles and farm machinery at Mountain Grove are operational and support the needs of the Research Campus by checking vehicle condition and scheduling or arranging for automotive repairs and/or services to be performed by contract services.

16. Performs or arranges for preventive maintenance on Research Campus machinery and equipment by following manufacturers' recommendations or using personal experience regarding tune-ups, lubrications, oil and filter changes, adjusting or changing belts and hoses, sharpening or replacing blades, on mowers, tillers, and similar Research Campus machinery.

17. Reduces the need for contract maintenance services of Research Campus automotive equipment and farm machinery by troubleshooting and repairing (within capabilities) a variety of equipment, automotive and truck problems including electrical systems, brakes, carburetors, engine compression, clutch and transmission, injectors, differentials, pumps, hydraulic and power take-off operations.

18. Ensures that Research Campus automotive equipment and farm machinery requiring major maintenance services or repairs receive those services by determining the extent of services or repairs required and arranging with other University or contract maintenance shops for services or repairs beyond the capability to perform or that are too costly (i.e., time and money) to be performed in-house.

19. Documents the cost of system maintenance repairs and services by keeping records of time and materials to be charged to each job.

20. Minimizes institutional liability regarding the University's compliance with federal regulations by complying with policies, laws and regulations governing environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal and the use of chemical substances and materials.

21. Practices preventive maintenance in maintaining electronic test equipment and mechanical tools 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.

22. Contributes to an accident-free work environment by enforcing compliance with operator's instructions for the use of power tools, requiring workers wear protective gear such as goggles, hearing protectors, back supports, and work gloves, taking corrective action regarding incidents of unsafe work activity, and enforcing the use of standard safety precautions during work.

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

24. Contributes to the overall success of the Mountain Grove campus by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Physical Plant Foreman at Mountain Grove reports to the Maintenance Supervisor however receives work assignments from the Director of the Research Campus and supervises custodial and grounds full time, temporary, or student workers.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 3 - 160 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and up to one year (30 credit hours) of technical training, certification, and/or vocational classes or course work in a specialized area.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 5 - 1100 Points: This level represents journeyman-level skill in building trades or related areas requiring extended training and/or experience and considerable practical knowledge in a trade or technical area, or other skills requiring similar levels of training. Skill at this level normally requires six years of experience within the trade.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 5 - 500 Points: Supervision of a work group or department including hiring, training, disciplining, and directing the work of others. At this level the required supervision will likely include general rather than close supervision of others. Typically, the nature of the work may involve the supervision of other supervisors or work group leaders, or the responsibility for a rather large group of operative employees in non-technical or non-highly skilled areas. At this level, supervisory responsibilities consume significant amounts of work time and include substantial responsibility for budget development as well as financial control, purchasing, and work planning responsibilities.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 3 - 90 Points: Procedures and standards exist, but considerable latitude in applying procedures and selecting a sequence of activities must be exercised. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 4 - 175 Points: The purpose is to coordinate activities involving employees, students, and/or the general public. At this level, contacts involve considerable interpersonal skill involving cooperation and coordination and may involve the organization of activities of programs requiring working relationships among several parties. While contacts may require some level of persuasion, potential for conflicts and disputes are relatively minor.

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 4 - 700 Points: The work involves varied duties requiring many different and unrelated processes and methods such as those relating to well-established administrative or professional fields. Decisions regarding what needs to be done include the assessment of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, and incomplete or conflicting data. The work requires making many decisions concerning such things as the interpreting of considerable data, planning the work, or refining methods and techniques to be used.