Pay Grade:  26



This is administrative and technical work in supervising and directing the total operations and maintenance of a large physical plant and grounds, or in directing one or more phases of physical plant operations at the largest state institutions.

Work involves supervision of subordinate supervisors, trades supervisors and/or skilled workers in their maintenance and repair responsibilities, the preparation of plans and specifications for work projects, and the preparation of administrative and budget reports relating to physical plant and grounds operations. An incumbent also recommends new programs or operational procedures, determines material and supply needs, and selects personnel for the 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 D: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are significant as the work may be rarely if ever reviewed, making errors difficult to detect. Errors may cause major program failure or a high degree of confusion. Injuries to others due to errors are serious or incapacitating or both and costs due to errors are substantial.

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 A: The work environment involves normal everyday hazards or discomforts typical of offices, meeting and training rooms, or libraries. Comfortable levels of temperature, ventilation, lighting and sound are inherent in the work environment. Exposure to deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is only occasional. The likelihood of injury is remote.

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 Physical Plant Supervisor class in which work involves supervision of skilled craft and trade workers in directing a small physical plant or a phase of a large physical plant.

Differs from the Physical Plant Supervisor Specialist class in which work involves directing and managing large and complex physical facilities.


Supervises subordinate supervisors and trades foremen in power plant operation, building, and grounds repair and maintenance or the installation and maintenance of other systems or equipment, to ensure uninterrupted power and mechanical services.

Plans and writes specifications for maintenance or repair projects on the basis of observed or projected agency needs and in coordination with directors of other departments.

Prepares budget requests for physical plant operations by evaluating the efficiency of procedures and by calculating future needs.

Recommends new procedures or modifies programs to maximize the efficient utilization of time, equipment and manpower in the upkeep and operation of the physical plant.

Interviews prospective employees and makes decisions concerning their selection and assignment.



*Knowledge of the principles and procedures used in directing and managing institutional physical plants according to their design, layout, and service demands.

*Knowledge of all principles, methods, practices, equipment, and tools used in the maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment and systems, as well as building structures and related properties.


*Ability to assess the needs for repairs or preventive maintenance of physical plant facilities and to develop plans for these projects.

*Ability to develop, plan, and implement work schedules and to coordinate, direct, and evaluate the work performed by subordinate staff members.

*Necessary at Entry


Five 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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