Construction & Trades

Hamilton County CourthouseThe Trade Groups are comprised of twenty-three skilled Union tradespeople organized in to four shops: Carpentry/Ironwork, Electric, Painting/Plastering, and Plumbing. These Trade Groups work throughout all of the County buildings and perform routine, planned, and deferred maintenance and repair of the building electric and plumbing systems, as well as the building structure. They also respond to work requests, and estimate, schedule and perform and/or manage small construction or repair projects. In emergency situations, they assess the damage, repair and restore critical utilities to ensure continuous operation of the buildings.

Please contact your Department Contacts to initiate a work request which will resubmit to your building manager for follow-up.


Carpentry/Ironwork Shop

Our carpenters are primarily responsible for the care, maintenance and repair of common building components such as walls, ceilings, floors and window frames. Other responsibilities may include the installation of display cases and/or shelving, hanging pictures, constructing custom-built office furniture and wall paneling, and remodeling of existing spaces.

Routine: ceiling tiles, doors, door closures, minor furniture repair, glass replacement, hand railing repairs, cove base, minor carpet repair, VCT floor repair, acoustical tile replacement, ceiling system repair, molding and cove base repair, repair and maintenance of interior tile surfaces, repair malfunctioning window repair, wall system repair, hole patching, etc., and hanging pictures, plants and minor wall items. Our ironworker is responsible for welding, and the maintenance, repair, change out and installation of all hardware within the doorframe. Other assorted locks that our ironworker can assist with include, but are not limited to, file cabinet locks, safe locks, display case locks, desk locks and padlocks. Should you be experiencing a problem with your key and/or lock, contact your Building Manager or our main office at (513) 946-5000 as soon as you notice the problem to prevent further lock and/or key damage.


Electric Shop

Our electricians are responsible for the installation, service and maintenance of the facilities' electrical systems. Additional responsibilites include but are not limited to the daily troubleshooting of electrical systems, and the installation and maintenance of electrical motors and repairs on electrical equipment throughout our buildings. They maintain specialized equipment such as electric clocks, automatic doors, and life safety systems such as fire alarms, their associated systems, mandated life safety inspections as well as the required record keeping assiciated with these systems.

Routine: circuit breakers, electric clock systems, outlets, ballasts, exterior building lights, interior light fixtures, relamping, emergency generators, exit/evacuation lights, fire alarm systems, light fixture diffusers, replace outlets/wall switches, reset tripped circuit breakers, install new light fixtures and lighting equipment, move or install lighting or receptacle upgrades, repair/install intrusion alarms and fire dampers, perform thermal graphic tests, replace lamps and repair light fixtures (exterior and interior), not including desk, table, or floor lamps.


Paint/Plaster Shop

Our painters and plasters are responsible for ensuring the walls and ceilings are maintained in a safe and presentable manner. They patch and re-plaster the existing walls in County buildings, and help keep the historic quality of many of our buildings intact. They are also responsible for maintaining various pieces of furniture and other wooden building components, and perform some door lettering.

Routine: painting court rooms, hallways, offices, etc., removing graffiti, painting after other trades are completed with their portion of the work to repaired surfaces, painting windows, and maintaining various existing wall coverings, such as wall carpet and vinyl.


Plumbing Shop

Our plumbers are responsible for the plumbing of the buildings which includes the installation, service and maintenance of potable water supply lines, sewer systems, drinking fountains, water valves, submersible pumps, sewer injectors, steam machines, water softener units, hot water heaters, dish machines, hot water circulating pumps, domestic booster pumps, ice machines, sewer lines, and penal units. They also maintain and test life safety equipment such as emergency showers and backflow preventers.

Routine: drains, fixtures, natural gas piping, purified water, sewers, water leaks, repair all plumbing (pipes and fixtures) integral to the building operating system, unplug drains and drain lines, repair gas, and distilled water lines, and replace underground water and sewer pipes, repair lab drains, fixtures, and plumbing components such as tanks, valves, traps, exchangers, and water heaters, and maintain and replace plumbing systems, fixtures and water heaters.