8835 Journeyman Steamfitter


TITLE Journeyman Steamfitter





MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Facilities Operations Manager


The Journeyman Steamfitter maintains the heating, gas, and chill water distribution systems by performing skilled technical work in the installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of high and low pressure steam piping systems, heating water systems, gas piping (both threaded and fusion welded), chill water distribution piping and valves, and condensate pipe systems in all University structures following recognized procedures and techniques of the steamfitter trade.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required. Completion of a steamfitter or pipefitter training program at a vocational or technical school or a recognized apprenticeship program in the steamfitter or pipefitter trade is required.

Experience: At least six years of experience working as a steamfitter is required.

Skills: General mechanical ability including skills in the use of welding equipment, acetylene torch equipment, pipe locators, related steamfitter tools, small hand and power tools, and mechanical equipment and materials applicable to the steamfitter trade is required. The ability to interpret wiring diagrams, blueprints, and schematics is required. The ability to locate underground piping and document piping locations on blueprints is required. A working knowledge of building and piping codes 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.

Effort: Must be able to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis. Prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching are required on a daily basis. A full range of physical motion is required in order to operate manual and electrically-powered tools and steamfitter equipment. The ability to move throughout campus, including climbing stairs in all University buildings, is required. The ability to tolerate working for extended periods in confined and narrow spaces, such as utility tunnels, is required. The 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: A Journeyman Steamfitter’s license with documented welding certifications or an equivalent license with documented welding certifications, such as Licensed Pipefitter, Licensed Welder with 6-G Test, or Licensed Welder with Nuclear Certification, is required.

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


1. Performs journeyman-level work in the installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of high- and/or low-steam piping, heating water lines, threaded and fusion-welded gas lines, chill water piping, and condensate piping in all University structures by inspecting the work site to determine the materials, equipment, tools, and methods to be used, locating underground piping as required, developing a plan or layout for the work, updating and following blueprints, sketches, or schematics, and assembling, building, repairing, rebuilding, modifying, or installing materials and equipment as required by the scope of work.

2. Completes assigned projects with quality workmanship by using hand or power tools, such as, welders, acetylene torches, soldering and welding tools, pipe threaders and cutters, gas leak detectors, pipe locators, and appropriate chemicals to cut and join threaded and fusion-welded pipes and install, alter, or rebuild piping, gas lines, valves, traps, drains, and other related steamfitter fixtures and equipment.

3. Recommends the use of additional departmental personnel or contract personnel (as appropriate) to meet assigned completion dates.

4. Repairs and replaces damaged steam and heating piping, valves, traps, drains, baskets, and gauges and connects them to piping by adjusting pumps, regulators, and associated piping, threading, bending, or fusion welding pipe by hand or by using power equipment, screwing, bolting, or fitting gaskets, couplings, traps, and valves, and soldering, lead wiping, and/or acetylene cutting and welding connections to seal joints where necessary.

5. Provides access to route pipes through walls, floors, and other structures as may be required by dismantling or cutting through structural and other physical barriers in order to gain access for repairs and new installations.

6. Protects University property and equipment from damage during assigned work 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, and erecting scaffolding or support structures in a manner that prevents damage.

7. Restores assigned work sites to their original condition at the completion of work by removing scaffolding or support structures, drop cloths, and tarpaulins used during the project, returning furniture and equipment to their proper location, setting up equipment that had been dismantled, and coordinating the painting, plastering, or replacing tile and other structural alterations made to accommodate pipes.

8. Assists with documenting the cost of repairs by keeping records of time and materials to be charged to each job by using the work order system and providing periodic status reports to the designated supervisor regarding the status of work projects, material consumed, and work-hours utilized.

9. Practices preventative maintenance of steamfitter 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.

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

11. 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 steamfitter work.

12. Contributes to an accident-free work environment by complying with operator’s instructions for the use of power tools, wearing protective gear 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.

13. May work on steamfitting projects located in student dormitory rooms, common areas, and private and common bathrooms.

14. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.

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

16. Contributes to the overall success of Facilities Management by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Journeyman Steamfitter is supervised by the designated Foreman and may supervise others working on steamfitter projects.




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 6 - 1500 Points: This level represents the most complicated craft skills involving advanced electronics and mechanical theory. Craft skills at this level involve journeyman-level knowledge of principles, concepts, specialized complicated techniques and methods of a profession, and the skill in applying that knowledge that is typically acquired with experience and advanced training beyond that of journeyman-level.

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 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 3 - 100 Points: The purpose is to advise or counsel students, coworkers, or the general public, or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals and where relationships are generally cooperative. Contacts are moderately structured and routine.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 4 - 100 Points: The work environment involves potential high risk and/or stress due to exposure to dangerous situations, hazardous materials, and/or unusual environmental stress from working in high risk situations and/or high noise levels, poor ventilation, and/or extremes of heat or cold. Protective gear and/or special equipment is normally required.

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.