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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  Work involves a wide variety of licensed plumbing work, with responsibility for working independently on assignments, initiated by oral instructions or written work orders. Ability to work from blueprints or rough sketches is necessary, with some technical supervision provided by engineering personnel relative to more complex jobs. Work is performed under general supervision of the Commissioner of Highways and Facilities. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate employees. Performs related work as required.


  • Assembles, installs, and repairs pipes, fittings and fixtures of heating, water and drainage systems, according to specifications and plumbing codes;
  • Repairs and replaces pipes, valves and fittings for high and low pressure steam, gas and liquid flow systems;
  • Inspects structures to ascertain obstructions to be avoided to prevent weakening of structures resulting from installation of pipes;
  • Installs and repairs wash stands, toilets showers, drains, sinks and other equipment requiring plumbing and steam connections;
  • Locates and marks positions of pipe and pipe connections and passage holes for pipes in walls and floors, using ruler, spirit level and plumb bob;
  • Cuts, threads, bends and fits pipe using pipe cutters, cutting torch and pipe threading machine;
  • Repairs and replaces parts for pumps and associated pumping equipment;
  • Assembles and installs valves, pipe fittings and pipes composed of metals and nonmetals using hand tools and power tools;
  • Joins pipes by use of screws, bolts, fittings, solder, plastic solvent, and caulks joints;
  • Tests and tightens joints;
  • Performs maintenance and repairs of heating, water and drainage systems;
  • Taps liquid and gas mains for connections, as required;
  • Requisitions materials, motorized and mechanical equipment, tools, and supplies as needed;
  • Designs and installs plumbing systems for major renovation and construction projects;
  • Designs and installs gas (natural and propane) connection systems for heat generation systems for major renovation and construction projects;
  • Designs and installs water filtration and water softening systems for major renovations and constructions projects;
  • Maintains supplies, tolls and shop area;
  • Maintains routine records and prepares routine reports;;
  • Performs semi-skilled maintenance work in other craft fields;
  • Leads and directs building maintenances tradespeople such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers ect;
  • May perform lower-level duties such as grounds work, cleaning, snow removal, ect as needed;
  • May, in times of emergency, perform general maintenance duties as required including but not limited to snow and ice removal, door and window repairs, water cleanup from flooding, or other water-related emergencies, ect;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Comprehensive knowledge of the tools, techniques and terminology associated with the plumbing trade; comprehensive knowledge of the accident and safety precautions of the trade; familiarity with the applicable pro­visions of the state codes and such local codes as apply to the trade; ability to plan projects; ability to carry out the various specialized plumbing techniques with a high degree of skill; ability to supervise others; ability to work with a variety of piping systems including high and low pressure steam, water, gas, etc.; ability to read blueprints and rough sketches; ability to coordinate work with the work of other trades; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to get along well with others; resourcefulness in work performance; independent judgment; initiative in successfully completing assigned work; dependability.


Master Plumber with three (3) years experience, one (1) of which was in the supervision of a crew.


Possession of license as Master Plumber issued by the Putnam County Plumbing Board or other acceptable authority at time of appointment.



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Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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