PHYSICAL PLANT SUPERVISOR

3297N2

Pay Grade:  24

DEFINITION OF WORK

Summary

This is supervisory and skilled work in directing the operation and maintenance of a small physical plant and grounds, or in directing one or more phases of physical plant operations at a large physical plant.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - Level D: "Under general direction…" Employees at this level are usually in charge of a large and important organizational unit.  They plan and carry out assignments with little supervision. They report regularly to a superior, usually by means of occasional conferences, to discuss work progress or new problems which require advice from above. This designation will pertain to classes with a high order of independence.

Difficulty - LEVEL C: Considerable… Duties which require a high degree of concentration because of the many factors which must be considered and weighed before a decision can be reached. Usually positions that require planning, developing, and coordinating programs and directing fairly large groups of people fall into this category.

Complexity - LEVEL C: Work is of a standardized nature that may involve a variety of duties. Analytical thought becomes more important at this level due to increased data and changing situations. Tasks usually have several steps, some of which may not be directly related. Alternatives may exist for processes or methods to be used in solving problems. Workers at this level exercise a moderate amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by routine review and reporting to or consultation with supervisors. When guidelines exist at this level, they tend to be more complicated or technical in nature requiring careful interpretation.

Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL C: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are limited in scope and effect as the work is reviewed occasionally. Errors may cause moderate inefficiency. Costs due to errors may be significant.

Contacts - LEVEL B: The purpose of the contact is to plan, coordinate and advise on work efforts, interpret guidelines or instructions, elicit opinions or give guidance on the basis of facts to resolve common issues or problems when the information is not sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are working toward mutual goals and have basically cooperative attitudes. Well developed communication skills are required.

Physical Demands - LEVEL B: The work requires light physical exertion. The employee may be required to perform handling activities with lightweight or easily moved items (e.g. books, file folders, boxes of office supplies, small machine parts, etc.); perform moving activities for brief periods; operate light equipment; perform repetitive motions for brief periods; confined to a work area.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL B: The work environment involves moderate hazards, risks or discomforts. Exposure to minor deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is normal. Minor to serious injuries are possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL D: Involves administrative supervision responsibility. AS a "first line supervisor", the primary responsibility involves scheduling, supervising and evaluating employees who perform the same or similar work. Responsible for recommending hiring and disciplinary actions to a higher level of authority. As a "project manager" may direct the activities of project leaders to develop plans and criteria and to evaluate progress and results for one or more projects.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Laborer Supervisor class in which the work is supervision of unskilled or semi-skilled workers.

Differs from the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor class in which the work performed is primarily highly skilled work which includes the supervision of skilled trades workers.

Differs from the Physical Plant Supervisor Senior class in which the work is primarily administrative as well as supervisory.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Supervises skilled or semi-skilled employees in the installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems, such as steam, heat, electrical power, refrigeration or water supply and sewage systems; explains procedures, demonstrates techniques and assists subordinates in the more difficult projects.

Supervises skilled crafts personnel in the maintenance and repair of buildings, property, and grounds throughout the agency; coordinates the work of skilled crafts personnel.

Performs periodic visual inspections of buildings, grounds, and physical plant facilities to monitor the operation and maintenance of equipment, and to check for needed repairs or adjustments.

Determines need for and plans maintenance or repair projects, including estimating and submitting cost and material needs; purchases materials and supplies for projects.

Maintains records of physical plant activities and personnel, such as the operations of mechanical equipment systems, the usage of fuel and supplies, and employee records and files.

Trains personnel in work methods, supply utilization and preventive maintenance techniques, to provide continued power and mechanical services to the agency.

Schedules vacation time for subordinates, approves their leave, and evaluates their work.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS

Knowledge

*Knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices used in operating, maintaining, and repairing power plant and other mechanical equipment, such as that used in electrical, heating, air conditioning, water supply, and refrigeration systems.

*Knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices used in the maintenance and repair of building structures and related properties.

*Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions appropriate for maintenance or repair projects.

Abilities

*Ability to plan, supervise, direct, and evaluate the activities of skilled or semi-skilled employees.

*Ability to maintain records, develop budgets, and prepare reports of operations.

*Ability to use the various tools used for maintaining or repairing mechanical systems or buildings.

*Necessary at Entry

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Four years of experience in building trades or mechanical building trades.  Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency. 

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