University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Notes: Please note that this position has been re-posted. If you have already submitted your application, you need not submit it again, as it has already been received.
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.

Maintenance & Construction has an outstanding opportunity for a Maintenance Plumber.

Under the direction of the supervisor and lead, perform journey-level plumbing work in the maintenance, repair and construction of a wide variety of complex and sophisticated plumbing systems.

  • Inspect, diagnose malfunctions; repair, maintain, test and inspect backflow devices, heating, cooling, and other process piping systems; clear plugged waste line
  • Remove and replace or install all types of plumbing fixtures, such as water closets, sinks, drinking fountains, showers, kitchen, laboratory, and other equipment
  • Maintain and repair piping, tanks, and pressure vessels for fuels, steam, water, air, gas, and draining systems; install, service, repair and adjust pumps, ejectors, valves, dishwashers, stills, heat exchangers and coils
  • Construct various types of pipe joints for high or low-pressure systems, including threading, brazing, soldering, welding or lead-wiping of joints
  • Cut, fit, fabricate, and assemble a wide variety of articles, materials, and devices, including steel, copper, brass, glass, plastic, cast iron, corrosion-resistant pipe, tile, concrete and transite
  • Read and interpret plans, blueprints, and sketches; construct, lay out or plan piping assemblies with respect to walls, structures, and other obstructions, allowing for expansion and contraction and alignment in accordance with pipefitting practice
  • Work with Lead to discuss any proposed project changes before construction
  • May develop cost estimates for installation and repairs
  • Operate vehicles and machinery such as vans and trucks
  • Load and unload materials and supplies
  • Keep leads and supervisors informed of project status and work progress, required project materials and equipment
  • Communicate and collaborate with other Facilities Services shops and other business partners to facilitate work
  • Know and comply with occupational health and safety regulations specific to the work and conduct on the job, including Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) instructions, Hazard Review Checklists (HRCs) and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • Comply with all University and Facilities Services policies and procedures, Facilities Maintenance & Construction (FMC) protocols, i.e. Individual Accountability Protocols (IAP)
  • Support all management directives and the vision and values of FMC
  • Participate in and follow through with FMC process improvement initiatives (Balanced Scorecard, Lean, Ideas Systems)
  • Actively participate in meetings and training as scheduled
  • Provide excellent customer service through effective, courteous and professional interactions with clients, colleagues and the campus community
  • Drive University vehicles to attend meetings or transport equipment and personnel
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required
Must Possess Core Competencies:
  • Personal integrity and trustworthiness
  • Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively
  • Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems
  • Responsible and accountable
  • Organizational skills and attention to details
  • Positive, optimistic, success-oriented attitude
  • Professional demeanor which includes being tactful and courteous
  • Professional work ethic
  • Promotes a safe work environment
Requirements include:
Completion of a recognized apprenticeship as a plumber/pipefitter/steamfitter,

OR full journey status as a plumber/pipefitter/steamfitter in a union,

OR four years' applicable work experience

Vocational training may be substituted for work experience on a year-for-year basis.

Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license required

Additional requirements include:
Washington State Department of Health Backflow Assembly Tester Certification or obtain certification within 120 days of employment

Seattle Fire Department Confidence Testing Certification (AS-3) or obtain certification within 120 days of employment

Demonstrated successful ability in taking direction, working well with others and as a member of a team

Demonstrated excellence in effective verbal and written communication skills

Possession of a valid Washington State driver’s license

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Medical Gas Certification

Pipe Welding Certification and/or demonstrated experience welding pipes

Experience in plumbing maintenance of institutional, industrial and/or commercial environments

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Journey-level Plumber Certification

Experience in steam distribution/heat exchangers and closed loop piping systems in an institutional, industrial or commercial environment

Demonstrated successful experience with basic computer technology

Conditions of Employment:
Ability to efficiently and effectively travel locally to alternate work sites as needed. Commercial Driver’s License may be required.

Approved footwear must be provided at the employee’s expense and worn on the job

Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job

Ability to lift and move heavy materials is required

Work may require access to confined spaces and heights using appropriate safety procedures

Must be able to work in a smoke-free environment

Must be able to work in all weather conditions

Must participate in medical screening/monitoring (such as TB screening and proof of measles inoculation) required for work assignments in locations, including but not limited to, nonhuman primate areas, the Animal Research and Care Facility, and the University of Washington Medical Center.

Regular and predictable attendance is required

May be required to accept variable work shift

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.