Master Plumber

Job description

The University of Kentucky Facilities Management- Campus is currently seeking 7 Facilities Master Plumbers.

As a member of the Facilities Maintenance - Area Central Team, the Master Plumber performs installations, maintenance, and repairs in UK Campus facilities applicable to projects, plumbing systems, and plumbing equipment: During construction/renovation, designs and installs gas, water, steam, and sanitary fixtures and equipment with their supports, hangers, or foundations; and tests new equipment and systems by allowing water to flow through; Assesses projects and gathers necessary permits; Implements design and oversees preparation and installation of plumbing components and fixtures, including toilets, urinals, faucets, hose bibs, drains, etc.; Runs piping; and pulls and mounts equipment; Installs, maintains, repairs and replaces domestic hot and cold water lines; steam to hot water exchangers for major building heating systems and pools; pneumatic steam valves, radiator valves, traps, and steam and condensate pipes; Repairs and replaces domestic hot water heat pumps, chilled water pumps, sump pumps, and sewage pumps; Installs, tests, and repairs all sizes of backflow prevention devices; Terminates water and sewer circuits; starts up; and checks out equipment; Repairs, replaces, and/or maintains older, pre-existing plumbing systems and equipment; Leads others in troubleshooting efforts and repairs; Diagnoses problems and applies critical thinking in the process of repairing or remedying the issue(s); Analyzes and solves problems with various plumbing; steam, water, and gas distribution systems; Interprets schematics, prints, and oral instructions for plumbing applications; and creates or provides plans for subcontractor work; Interprets plumbing and mechanical situations to determine process failure, process need, and process improvement; Researches catalogs and vendor services for complex and/or customized system retrofits; Performs preventative maintenance in accordance with methods and procedures to eliminate operating problems and improve outcomes; In coordination with supervision, provides technical guidance and training, and tracks corrective and preventative maintenance tasks assigned to apprentices and journeymen plumbers.

To be considered for all 7 Master Plumber positions you must submit an application to each. One application with not be considered for all 7 openings. To apply for all 7 positions, reference the following job numbers: RE13437, RE13438, RE13439, RE13440, RE13441, RE13444, and RE13445.

Job Title
Master Plumber

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
3CP08:Phys Plt-Paint/Glass/Sign

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

Technical Diploma

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Required Related Experience

5 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification

Valid Master Plumbers License - State of Kentucky.

Physical Requirements

Lifting, pushing, and/or pulling objects up to and over 50lbs; Standing or walking with objects up to 25lbs; Working at heights above 4 feet; Confined spaces; Loud noises; Temperature extremes; Hazardous chemicals, fumes, including waste; May be subject to outdoor working conditions; Ditches; and Trenches.

Performs physical activities that require considerable use of arms, legs, and movement of the whole body, such as required in climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Ability to work off ladders.


7:30 am - 4:15 pm; (Monday - Friday).

Hours of work may vary dependent upon situational factors and emergencies requiring night(s), weekend(s), and holiday(s) response.

May be assigned as on-call and required to report to work as needed.


MS Windows/Office; KRONOS; and SAP.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

High School / GED + 7 Years.

Associate's Degree / Technical Diploma + 5 Years — Preferred.

Minimum of five years' experience in performing the full range of tasks associate with the repair, replacement, or construction of piping systems in the plumbing trade; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Driver's license preferred.

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe what motivates you to do your best.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Describe what "teamwork" means to you.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How many years of experience do you have working in a facility regulated by federal entities/regulations (i.e., FDA, DEA, OSHA, EHS, etc.)?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  4. * Describe how your skills and experience make you a good fit for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you have a Master Plumber's License in the State of Kentucky?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter





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Job No:
Posted: 7/14/2018
Application Due: 8/17/2018
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