Plumber & Steamfitter I - Facilities

Lowell, MA
Jul 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Title of Position Being Posted
Plumber & Steamfitter I - Facilities

Facilities, Office of

Job Reference Number:

Posting Date:

Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled

For Open until Filled positions, initial review of applications will begin:

Position Status:
Job Opening

Anticipated Hiring Range:
Grade 18-Step 1, $1,897.20 bi-wkly - Step 14, $2,685.69 bi-wkly, salary commensurate with experience

General Summary of Position:
It is anticipated that this position will be for First Shift, Sunday through Thursday. Based on operational needs, other shifts may be considered.

Job duties include, but not limited to:
-Cleaning sewer and storm drains.
-Repair/replace corroded and cracked drain, waste, and vent piping
-Repair/replace leaks on water distribution piping, pumps, waste systems, bath and kitchen faucets, fixtures, and drains.
-Soldering, welding, crimping of water and related heat distribution piping.
-Operating power tools, soldering and welding equipment, drain cleaning machines, threading equipment, hand tools, and plumbing equipment.
-Laying out, cutting, and fitting materials for soldering, crimping or welding; repairing valves and pumps; install gas related equipment, pipe, and fittings; cutting and threading pipes; caulking and packing lead joints, installing or replacing all trade related pipe and fittings; replacing seals in water closets, maintain water filter systems; assist with maintenance of neutralization systems; insulating pipes, installing heat tracing wires for piping.
-Maintain domestic hot and cold water systems.
-Maintain waste and storm water ejection systems.
-Testing and maintenance of University fire hydrants. Report deficiencies to Facilities Operations and Services.
-Respond to emergency calls such as water leaks, gas odors, clogged drains, no hot water. Reschedule daily work load to accommodate the emergency calls.
-Diagnose and repair problems of unknown sources such as water leaks from waste, water, and heat piping; unidentified odors; non-functioning equipment; loss of utility services, frozen pipes, etc.
-Clean/replace plumbing related filter systems for reverse osmosis and deionized water in labs.
-Repair backflow prevention devices for lab and kitchen equipment.
-Repair/replace special waste piping for lab equipment.
-Clear clogged drains for kitchen equipment and indirect wastes.
-Service kitchen gas equipment.
-Inspect buildings to determine need for repairs.
-Note hazardous conditions and establishes work priorities based on safety requirements and the operational needs of the facility.
-Reviews and interprets blueprints, GIS mapping, sketches, instructions or layouts to understand construction work to be done
-Makes recommendations.
-Schedule installations, maintenance, and/or repair work by conferring with supervisors and other department personnel to determine location of equipment and appropriate time to complete the project.
-Communicates and interacts with the State Plumbing Inspector, processes permit applications,complies with Mass State Plumbing Code.
-Perform related duties such as erecting scaffolding, riggings, and/or ladders; laying out drop cloths; shop cleaning; shop repair work; job related paperwork; fabricating miscellaneous metal products; sharpening and repairing various tools; cleaning and maintaining a service vehicle; cleaning tools and equipment; cleaning work spaces after job completion.
-Reviews technical data to keep current of developments in the plumbing field.
-Completes all work orders and related paperwork as directed.
-Trains employees on the job.
-Reports unsafe or disorderly conditions to Facilities Operations and Services.

Preventative Maintenance on systems such as:
-Backflow prevention systems
-Storm drain and catch basin systems
-Commercial kitchen grease trap systems
-Hot and cold domestic waters systems
-Booster and circulating pumps
-Roof drains, floor drains, and area drains
-Winterization of freeze susceptible equipment
-Cleaning/jetting of waste and storm main drains
-All building faucets and fixtures
-Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications (Required):
Plumbers are exposed to hazards of sanitary waste systems; climb and work from ladders and scaffolds; work in confined spaces; drive for job related travel; may work varied hours, exposed to the elements and unconditioned spaces.

-Involves emergency recall and overtime work
-Able to work evenings and weekends
-Massachusetts Journeyman or Master Plumbing License
-Knowledge of state and local plumbing codes
-Ability to understand, explain and apply the laws, rules and regulations governing assigned unit activities
-Ability to interpret and apply laws, rules and regulations concerning plumbing practices
-Knowledge of the principles and theory of plumbing and steam fitting
-Knowledge of the types and use of small hand tools used in plumbing practices such as wrenches, hammers, pliers, taps, dies, etc.
- Knowledge of the types and uses of hand held power tools and equipment such as propress, power saws, power drills, power hammers, torches, gauges, etc.
-Knowledge of the types and uses of equipment including testing equipment used in plumbing work
-Knowledge of safety practices and procedures followed in plumbing
-Knowledge of inspection techniques used in the plumbing trade
-Ability to lift and carry heavy objects
-Ability to follow oral and written instructions
-Ability to write clearly and concisely
-Ability to maintain accurate records
-Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships
-Ability to read and interpret documents such as plumbing plans, schematics, drawings, etc.
-Ability to make decision and act quickly in emergency situations
-Manual dexterity and aptitude
-Ability to climb and work from ladders and scaffolds, work in confined spaces
-Ability to detect and locate causes of plumbing failure or breakdown
-The ability to work effectively with diverse groups

Other Considerations:
Other Considerations:
Operational Needs:
-Minimum of 3 years experience installing, servicing, or inspecting plumbing systems, gas distribution systems, and boiler components
-Possess a current and valid driver's license
-Demonstrated willingness and ability to be on essential personnel list for facility related emergencies and University Closings due to weather

Preferred Experience:
-5 years experience as a Massachusetts licensed plumber
-Demonstrated willingness to be on essential personnel list for facility related emergencies and University Closings due to weather
-Ability to operate air and hydraulic lifts
-Similar institution experience
-A general knowledge of steam and HVAC systems
-Ability to diagnose boiler controls such as gas valves, relays, aquastats, pressuretrols, power burners, etc.
-Ability to use electrical testing meters

Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter
Names and contact information of three references

Optional Applicant Documents:

Special Instructions to Applicants:
It is anticipated that this position will be for First Shift, Sunday through Thursday. Based on operational needs, other shifts may be considered.

Only internal (MTA - Maintenance & Trades Bargaining Union) candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.


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