Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: P0001 / Trades Tech Helper
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 05

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under direct supervision, assists building trades technicians with facility maintenance and repair work, including plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, painting, metal work, and/or welding.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs a variety of clean-up tasks at job sites and other locations.
  2. Picks up and delivers materials to job sites.
  3. Assists higher level trades technicians in facility repairs and maintenance.
  4. May unload delivery trucks; may operate forklifts and other equipment.
  5. May perform general maintenance, custodial, and trash removal tasks.
  6. May perform basic grounds maintenance, including raking, weeding, irrigation, pruning, and clean-up.
  7. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  8. Performs snow removal duties, as required.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Less than high school; no previous experience required.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to understand and follow safety procedures.
  • Ability to lift and manipulate heavy objects.
  • Knowledge of building trades repairs and maintenance.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of shop maintenance and clean-up procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.
  • All regular, non-temporary positions assigned to this classification are represented by a labor union and subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.
  • Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 05/04/2021