Saint Paul Public Schools - Saint Paul, MN

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General Information

General Statement of Duties

Performs plumbing work involving the installation, maintenance and repair of gas, water, waste and vent sewer systems, and all fittings, fixtures, appurtenances and accessories related to the plumbing system.

Supervision Received

Works under the moderate supervision of a trade supervisor or unit supervisor.

Supervision Exercised


There are two positions available. The posting will close on March 3, 2013.


Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or G.E.D. certificate and completion of the registered plumber’s apprenticeship program (8,500 hours) offered through the State of Minnesota or a similar apprenticeship or training program or five years of experience as a journey-level plumber. Must possess a certificate of competency as a journey-level plumber issued by the City of St. Paul. Must possess a Reduce Pressure Zone (RPZ) license from the State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class D driver's license, or equivalent out-of-state license, with no revocations or suspensions during the two year period prior to the date of employment. Please note that a candidate's driving record will be reviewed prior to an offer of employment.

A Human Performance Evaluation will also be administered as a pre-employment test.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the full range of terms, principals, regulations, and procedures associated with the plumbing trade.
  • Possess basic computer skills, including knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Ability to listen, speak and interact effectively with all customers.
  • Ability to assist in identifying and responding to the needs of all customers.
  • Ability to complete required departmental forms, records, and daily reports in a thorough and timely manner.
  • Ability to frequently perform fine motor skills and to grasp objects.
  • Ability to frequently withstand repetitive motion of the neck and trunk.
  • Ability to occasionally lift, move and position smaller sewer machines, toilets, drinking fountains and galvanized steel pipes.
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 75 pounds.
  • Ability to occasionally get in and out of awkward positions to work in plumbing chases.
  • Ability to kneel, crouch and squat for up to 30 minutes at a given time.
  • Ability to occasionally climb ladders.


A civil service test will be administered to create an eligible list of candidates for this classified civil service position. Once created, the list will be used for other Plumber vacancies that may occur for up to one year.

The test is availalble for promotional and external candidates.

70% Written Examination (training and experience) - Pass/Fail
30% Oral Examination (training and experience) - Pass/Fail

A passing score of at least 75% is required on each exam. You will be notified of the results of the exam.


The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following fundamental duties:
  • Installs, maintains and repairs plumbing systems, domestic potable water systems, irrigation systems and swimming pool systems.
  • Installs, maintains and repairs valves, piping, relief valves, solenoid valves, pressure regulating equipment, chemical feeders and water balancing equipment.
  • Installs, maintains, repairs, rebuilds, and tests reduce pressure zone (R.P.Z.) valves; installs and repairs cast-iron, copper, brass, steel, plastic and other pipe and fittings.
  • Installs, maintains and repairs kitchen equipment such as commercial and residential garbage disposals, dishwashers, commercial ovens and related types of equipment.
  • Unplugs water closets and sewer lines using cable machines and sewer jetters; repairs and replaces motorized flush valves; repairs and replaces all sizes of water heaters, storage tanks, recirculation pumps and accessories.
  • Contributes to the District's Strong Schools, Strong Communities efforts by partnering with other staff to contribute to student achievement and the alignment and sustainability of resources.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule

There are two 12 month positions working 40 hours per week.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Plumbers negotiated labor agreement. The labor agreement and salary schedule can be found at .

Benefits are available to new employees after 30 days of active employment. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, sick leave, pension plan, tax-free retirement account, and flexible spending account. Some employee groups also receive vacation, dental insurance and disability insurance. A benefits summary is available at .

Other Information

Transcript - Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the time of hire. You must submit official transcripts within 30 days of your start date. Formal credential evaluation is required for post-secondary education completed outside of the United States.

Veteran's Preference - If you are an eligible veteran applying for a job where veteran's preference applies and wish to claim Veterans Preference you must submit a legible copy of your DD214 to the Human Resource Department with your employment application. If your claim is approved, five or ten additional points will be added to your final passing score.

Criminal Background Investigation and Reference Checks - Reference checks and a criminal background investigation will be completed as a condition of hire for all new employees and for former employees who have not been employed by the District for more than six months.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Saint Paul Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and supports an inclusive workplace environment.

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