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Campus Master Plumber/Plumbing Manager

University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 523593
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Building Maintenance
Union: PSU
Categories: Facilities/Grounds, PSU A

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

The Campus Master Plumber/Plumbing Manager will be responsible for the oversight, management, and coordination of all plumbing activities across the university campus with relevant authorities. This role entails ensuring the efficient operation, maintenance, and repair of the campus plumbing infrastructure, while also adhering to all safety standards and local regulations. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership skills, extensive knowledge of plumbing systems, and the ability to effectively manage a team of skilled plumbing professionals and contractors.

Essential Functions

  • Supervise and lead a team of plumbing professionals, including scheduling, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Manage and coordinate all plumbing maintenance and repair tasks across the university campus, including emergency and routine services.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant safety protocols and regulations, including OSHA standards and local and State plumbing codes.
  • Oversee the installation, repair, and maintenance of plumbing fixtures, equipment, and infrastructure, both above and below ground.
  • Collaborate with relevant campus departments and external contractors to plan and execute plumbing-related projects and renovations.
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive plumbing maintenance schedules and records, including documentation of repairs, inspections, and upgrades.
  • Conduct regular inspections of the campus plumbing systems to identify potential issues and implement preventive maintenance measures.
  • Manage the procurement of plumbing supplies, equipment, and materials, ensuring cost-effectiveness and quality.
  • Provide guidance and expertise on plumbing-related matters to campus staff, faculty, and students.
  • Prepare and manage the departmental budget, including cost estimation, expenditure tracking, and resource allocation for plumbing operations.
  • Collaborate with relevant campus departments to prioritize plumbing projects that enhance sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • Perform other duties as required by Management.
  • Work with union officials to maintain a harmonious relationship. Act as a mediator during conflicts and represent the department in grievance procedures and arbitrations.
  • Develop and implement strategies for emergency response procedures, including disaster preparedness and rapid repair during critical incidents.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement in plumbing maintenance and operations, seeking innovative solutions and best practices.
  • Keep abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and regulatory changes that may impact plumbing systems, and provide recommendations for updates and improvements.

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

  • Must possess a Valid Massachusetts Master Plumber license issued by the state regulatory authority.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in managing large-scale plumbing operations, preferably in an educational or institutional setting.
  • In-depth knowledge of plumbing systems, equipment, and materials, as well as an understanding of building codes and regulations.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proven experience in budget management, procurement, and resource allocation.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in using relevant computer software and applications for plumbing management and documentation.
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills, with the ability to analyze complex plumbing issues and provide effective solutions.
  • Effective project management skills, with a track record of successful project completion within scope, budget, and timeline.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development and training in the field of plumbing and related technologies.
  • Valid Class D Driver’s License.

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

Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Construction Management, or related field.

Physical Demands/ Working Conditions

Ability to drive to work sites.

Work Schedule

Mon-Fri 7AM-3PM

Additional Details

  • This position is essential. This includes the obligation to work overtime, to return to work between scheduled shifts when directed, and to report to work during any delays, early departures, and closures. It is your responsibility to update the service desk with your current phone numbers.
  • Certificate in Supervisory Leadership Development issued by the UMA within 1 year of appointment.

Salary Information

Level 30

PSU Hiring Ranges

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, and cover letter. References will be checked at the finalist stage. Please be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination 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 UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Jun 4 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Sep 4 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


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.


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