Controls & Refrigeration System Specialist - Controls Plumber/Pumps

Job Details

Job no: 513184
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Building Maintenance
Categories: Facilities/Grounds, Skilled Labor, Technical

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Installs, repairs, alters and maintains fluid transmission systems, sanitary fixtures, heating systems, low and high pressure steam lines, condensate lines, water lines, sprinkler lines, sewer lines; pump maintenance and repair other related work as required, including but not limited to, trade related asbestos abatement, repairs and/or initiates repairs on building systems such as; pneumatic control systems, heating and ventilation (HV AC)systems, cooling towers, pumps and related equipment. Employing the use and need of specialized testing and monitoring, diagnostic equipment; works synchronously with Control Technicians/ trade personnel maintaining the building systems integrity, exercises functional supervision of other employees performing related repair and maintenance activities. This is a maintenance function, which includes overtime and returning to work between shifts when directed or called. It's also your responsibility to update the Service Desk with your current phone number

Essential Functions

  • Inspects, maintains, repairs, instructs, advises and mentors employees, technicians and journeymen, in the operation and maintenance of the Campus's, plumbing systems, steam systems, mechanical systems, pumps & compressors, H.V.A.C. systems and their related components, including but not limited to, pneumatic controls, electronic controls, electro-mechanical controls, cooling towers, pumps, and controlled devices.
  • Installs and performs preventive maintenance and repairs on all types of pumps.
  • Responds, inspects, tests, trouble shoots, repairs and initiating repairs for all plumbing, steam, sanitary systems, mechanical systems, cooling towers, pumps, pneumatic and self-contain valves, hydronic systems, and their related controlled devices. This requires using microprocessor and diagnostic equipment. Interacts with contractors relating to the operation, maintenance, and repair of various systems on campus.
  • Performs preventive maintenance services. Utilize computer programs that operate, maintain, calibrate, and adjust building HVAC systems.
  • Assist Engineering staff in drawing review, inspection and troubleshooting as part of the acceptance of new equipment, new buildings, and upgrades and equipment replacement.
  • Drive a motorized vehicle around campus to University buildings.
  • Installs, repairs, alters, and maintains hot and cold water lines, steam lines, deionized water systems, industrial cafeteria systems, sewer pipes(cast iron, plastic, ceramic), pumps, traps, valves, radiators, glass piping, toilets, sinks, showers, and other fixtures, including and all their associated fittings; estimates labor and materials needed to do the work. Cuts and threads pipe, using stocks and dies, power threading machines, wrenches, power saws, safety equipment, and other related tools.
  • Use oxy-acetylene torches and/or welding equipment to braze coils & pipes.
  • Drill or cut holes through floors, walls, or ceilings or perform asbestos abatement in performance of work assignments.
  • Performs related duties such as erecting scaffolding, riggings, and/or ladders: laying out drop clothes; fabricating miscellaneous metal products; sharpening and tempering various tools cleaning tools and equipment; preparing work reports: and training other employees on the job.

Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Three years of proven experience with pumps installation & maintenance.
  • Basic knowledge of the plumbing and steamfitting trades.
  • Must be willing to take an annual pulmonary function physical test.
  • Possess a current, valid Class D driver's license.
  • 16 Hour Associate Asbestos Worker Certificate required (applicant has 6 months from date of hire to obtain).
  • Metasys Facility Operators Certificate (Required) (Applicant has six months from date of hire to obtain certificate).
  • Ability to provide off shift coverage as requested.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, techniques, practices, materials, and tools used in the plumbing and steamfitting trade.
  • Experience as a journeyman plumber.
  • Working knowledge of Massachusetts Plumbing and Gas Codes and their applications.
  • Working knowledge of the general and unique hazards and safety precautions associated with the plumbing & steamfitter trade.
  • Ability to read, interpret and work from plans, sketches and oral instructions.
  • Ability to make basic assessments of time and materials required to work assignments.
  • Ability to stand and work for long periods of time in enclosed, hot, moist spaces; work with a respirator on; climb ladders and work off scaffolding.
  • Ability to supervise and instruct helpers in plumbing and steamfitting tasks.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records, logs, etc.
  • Skill and knowledge to interpret blue prints, schematics, elementary diagrams, logic diagrams associated with HVAC systems; ability to generate, implement, understand, and respond to verbal and written instructions.
  • Knowledge of safety practices, preventive maintenance practices and the operation of standard testing equipment.
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry objects of 50-100 lbs.
  • Skill in using the hand, power, and measurement tools of the trade.
  • Skill and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to use oxyacetylene torches.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Ability to frequently lift and carry objects of 50-100 lbs.
  • Must be willing to take an annual pulmonary function physical test.
  • Drive a motorized vehicle around campus to Housing buildings.

Additional Details

  • Supervision Received:
  • Incumbents of positions in this series receive direct supervision from classified employees or managers of higher grade who provide for on-the-job training, assign work and review performance through verbal reports and inspection for effectiveness.
  • Possession and maintenance of a current and valid class D Driver’s License (required)
  • Metasys Facility Operators Certificate (applicant has 6 months from date of hire to obtain)
  • 16 Hour Associate Asbestos Worker Certificate required (applicant has 6 months from date of hire to obtain).
  • Oxy-acetylene and/or welding certificat1on required (applicant has 6 months from date of hire to obtain).
QUALIFICATIONS ACQUIRED ON JOB (List knowledge, skills, abilities)
  • Ability to operate the pneumatic, electric, electro-mechanical and computerized controls systems used on this campus.
  • Ability to initiate and or completes repairs and/or relates the findings to the proper authorities.
  • Ability to accept and implement new technology through training.
  • Ability to analyze, and relate to, the unique needs and concerns of the Campus Customers.
  • Ability to coordinate various trades in a harmonious manner in order to complete a multi- trade task.
  • Knowledge of the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
  • Ability to perform asbestos abatement as it relates to the plumbing, steamfitting trades.

Work Schedule

  • Mon-Fri 7:00AM-3:00PM (40 hours per week)
  • Ability to provide off shift coverage as requested.

Salary Information

  • AFSCME Grade: 16 Step 6

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit your application online and include a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Feb 24 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


Find Us
Whitmore Administration Building
United States

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert