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Skilled Maintenance Technician- Certified Plumber

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Job Details

Category:: Staff
Department:: Facilities
Locations:: Des Plaines, IL
Posted:: Nov 22, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full Time Staff
Position ID:: 139744

About Oakton Community College :

For 50 years, Oakton Community College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies. Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

We offer:

Continuing education
Great benefits
Paid winter break
FRIDAYS OFF during the summer

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Under general supervision, utilize judgment to construct, alter, install, test, operate and repair plumbing fixtures, vent, waste, electronic sensors for faucets, flush valves and showers. Ability to respond to other structure and /or systems including electrical, mechanical, pipe fitting, carpentry and other related skilled maintenance technology. Exercise independent judgment based on job knowledge and training to complete tasks.

Characteristics Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform routine preventative maintenance and repairs on domestic water distribution, waste and laboratory systems and fixtures.
  • Test and repair backflow prevention devices.
  • Assist in the completion of new construction and design, specify, install and maintain equipment to produce the desired results.
  • Assist in instructing and training unskilled employees in the safe, effective methods of performing task in the assigned maintenance function.
  • In collaboration with the Building Maintenance Supervisor, determine and evaluate safe and most economical solution of specific maintenance problems.
  • Ensure proper care and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Perform snow removal and perform special work assignments or clean up as directed.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Working Conditions:

  • Journeyman with 5 years' experience in plumbing trade.
  • Must have and maintain a State of Illinois plumber's license.
  • Maintain plumbing License CEUs.
  • Must have and maintain a back flow certification.
  • Ability to measure, cut, fit, join, weld, braze, thread and install glass, vitreous/plate tile, concrete, all types of metal, polypropylene and PVC piping.
  • Repair and maintain all support equipment associated with water, gas and waste systems. This can include sump pumps, ejectors, boilers, motors and pumps for hot and cold water distribution systems.
  • Learn and apply Health and Safety Regulations/Codes to the campus.
  • Ability to examine, troubleshoot, detect and diagnose defective plumbing fixtures, equipment, hardware or materials.
  • Ability to perform major component replacement and evaluation of complex system problems under leadership of the Building Maintenance Supervisor.
  • Ability to read, interpret and follow mechanical blueprints, schematics hand drawn diagrams, specification and other technical documents related to the installation , maintenance and repair of domestic water systems.
  • Ability to react quickly and to analyze known data or symptoms of a problem and arrive at a logical solution.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to the trade.
  • Ability to document and track preventative maintenance activities.

Additional Information:

Position will require employees to have:

  • the ability to stand, walk and move for extended periods of time (Often - 75% - 100%).
  • the ability to detect dirt, dust, stains and marks. (Often 75% to 100%)
  • the ability to bend, twist, stoop, kneel, crawl, push, pull, and reach in all directions (Often - 75% - 100%)
  • the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. (Often 75% - 100%)
  • the ability to perform moderate to strenuous physical labor for extended periods of time. (Often 75% - 100%)
  • the ability to set up and operate mechanical cleaning equipment. (Occasional 50% to 75%)
  • the ability to work at heights and the ability to ascend/descend ladders. (Seldom - 0% - 25%)

Some shifts will require the use of radio communication. Employees on these shifts, using these devices, will be required to have the ability to hear and exchange information clearly

Supervision Received:

General supervision is received from the Supervisor of Building Maintenance and/or Senior Manager of Campus Facilities and Construction.

Supervision Exercised:

Functional supervision is exercised over 1 to 3 general maintenance personnel.

HOURS: Monday through Friday (6:30 am - 3:00 pm)

SALARY: $48,870 Starting salary may change due to the completion of staff negotiations.

Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application. One (1) of the references must be your most recent, direct supervisor.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.

Oakton Community College requires all employees to adhere to a Vaccination /Testing Mandate and Mask Requirement.
Oakton Community College does not currently have a work form home policy and employees, are required to report to campus.



With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois.

Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program.

Programs of Study
Associate's degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language.

Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members boast top academic credentials, and their true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Oakton's 46,000 credit and non-credit students represent all ages, 55 nations, and a wide range of experience. More than half come from a minority background, bringing a wealth of perspectives to campus.

Student Life
Students at Oakton participate in 50 clubs and organizations, from the Ceramics Club to Students for Social Justice, and they take a role in college governance and more through the Student Government Association and other leadership groups. A rich activities calendar offers lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.

With a full performing arts season and a museum dedicated to the work of Chicago-area artists, Oakton Community College fosters a creative environment where the arts flourish. For students, that means opportunities to learn, create, and perform. For the community, the College offers a wide array of cultural events and opportunities to experience creativity.

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