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State University of New York at Oswego Summer Temporary - Trades Specialist (Mason & Plasterer), SG-12 - Building Trades Construction in Oswego, New York

Location: Oswego, NY Category: Classified Posted On: Tue Jun 4 2024 Job Description:

The Department of Facilities Services at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill multiple temporary, full-time Trades Specialist (Mason & Plasterer) positions, Grade 12.

Posting Date: June 4, 2024

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: $23.45/hr. In accordance with the CSEA Operational Services Unit Agreement.

Date of Appointment: As soon as possible

Description of Responsibilities:

Operational Needs:

  • There are hazardous materials in the workplace, including Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM); as such, wearing an N-95 mask and/or a respirator will be required as part of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the tasks needed for this position.

  • Must possess a valid New York State driver's license.

  • Ability to work with considerable independence.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to successfully supervise the work of others.

  • Must be physically able to perform the duties of the position.

  • Record of dependability and reliable work record.

Job Duties:

  • Lays building materials such as stone, brick, and concrete cinder block to construct or repair walls, partitions, utility manholes, firebrick linings in furnaces, and chimneys.

  • Lays out work following blueprints and specifications by measuring distance from reference points and marking guidelines on working surface.

  • Mixes or directs the mixing of mortar.

  • Spreads mortar on working surface and to block or stone and positions and aligns the block using a plumb bob, gauge line, and level.

  • Removes excess mortar from face of block and finishes mortar between brick with pointing tool or trowel.

  • Smooths and finishes surfaces of poured concrete floors, walls, and sidewalks to specified texture.

  • May mix or direct the mixing of concrete.

  • Spreads concrete to specified depth and workable consistency.

  • Levels and smooths surface of freshly poured concrete using straightedge and float.

  • Removes rough or defective spots and patches holes with fresh concrete.

  • Applies ceramic tiles to walls, floors, and ceilings.

  • Prepares surface by removing damaged tiles or applies plaster or concrete base.

  • Spreads adhesive base on surface.

  • Cuts, shapes, and applies tiles to surface according to specifications.

  • Applies coats of plaster to walls and ceilings.

  • Mixes or directs the mixing of plaster and the erection of scaffolds if needed.

  • Removes broken or loose plaster and otherwise prepares surface.

  • Applies scratch coat of plaster.

  • Applies finish coats of plaster to desired thickness and texture.

  • May draw rough sketches or prepare plans to scale from oral or written instructions to accomplish the project.

  • From blueprints, specifications, or oral or written instructions, may estimate labor, materials, tools and equipment necessary for the project.

  • Assembles materials, tools, and equipment required to complete the project according to plans.

  • May supervise and instruct others in performing masonry and plastering work.

  • Assigns work to masonry crew.

  • Gives verbal instructions, and/or demonstrates proper masonry or plaster techniques and the use of masonry and plastering tools and equipment.

  • Observes and inspects the work while in progress and when completed to ensure that the job is done properly.

    Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four years of full-time experience in masonry under a skilled tradesperson which would provide training equivalent to that given in a training, apprenticeship, or equivalent program, or an equivalent combination of experience and training gained by completion of technical courses in masonry at a school, institute, or branch of the Armed Services; OR

  • Successful completion of the two-year Trades Specialist (Mason & Plasterer) traineeship or a two-year masonry training, apprenticeship, or equivalent program* such as the New York State Civil Service Employees Association-Partnership Applied Skilled Trades Traineeship and Certificate Program.

  • Successful completion of the traineeship and the training program includes a total of 288 hours of trade-specific classroom instruction, 45 hours of technical math course work, 45 hours of technical communications course work, and 15 hours of blueprint/schematic reading course work. Course work must be completed with an average of "C" or better. Additionally, successful completion of the traineeship also includes 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.

When required to operate motor vehicles, candidates must possess a valid New York State driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle to be operated.

Additional Information:

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please click here ( to see our full non-discrimination policy.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing

For Campus Safety information, please click here ( to see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery).

SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Click here ( for further policy details, including education and cessation resources.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

For more details, reference New York State Department of Civil Service Job Title Code #7120150, Trades Specialist (Mason & Plasterer), and Grade 12.

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

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