Plumber & Steamfitter I

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Building Maintenance
Pay Grade: 17
Categories: Facilities, Facilities/Grounds, Skilled Labor

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; and performs 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 (HVAC) 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 of lower grade performing related repair and maintenance activities. Performs related work as required.  This is a maintenance function, which includes overtime and returning to work between shifts when directed or called.


Essential Functions

  • Instructs, advises and mentors employees, technicians and journeymen in the operation and maintenance of the campus plumbing, steam, mechanical systems, H.V.A.C. systems and their related components including but not limited to pneumatic, electronic controls, electro-mechanical controls, cooling towers, pumps, and controlled devices.
  • Responds to, inspects, tests, troubleshoots, repairs and initiates repairs for all plumbing, steam, sanitary systems, mechanical systems, cooling towers, pumps including but not limited to pneumatic and self-contain valves in context with building HVAC, hydronic systems, and their related control 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. Utilizes computer programs that operate, maintain, calibrate, and adjust building HVAC systems.
  • Assists Engineering staff in drawing review, inspection and troubleshooting as part of the acceptance of new equipment, new buildings, upgrades and equipment replacement.
  • Drive a motorized vehicle around campus to residential buildings.
  • Installs, repairs, alters, and maintains hot and cold-water lines, steam lines, deionized water systems, sprinkler systems, glass piping, sewer pipes (cast iron, plastic, ceramic), pumps, traps, valves, radiators, toilets, sinks, showers, and other fixtures, including 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.
  • Uses oxyacetylene torches and/or welding equipment to braze coils and pipes.
  • Drill or cut holes through floors, walls, and ceilings; perform asbestos abatement in performance of work assignments.
  • Performs related duties such as erecting scaffolding, rigging, 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.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
  • Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.


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

  • Current, valid Massachusetts Plumbing and Gasfitting License/Journeyman.
  • Possess a current, valid Class D driver's license.
  • Experience as a journeyman plumber.
  • Basic knowledge of the plumbing and steamfitting trades.
  • Must be willing to take an annual pulmonary function physical test.
  • Associated Worker Certificate / Asbestos Abatement Worker License (Required) (Applicant has six months from date of hire to obtain certificate).
  • Pump Certificate (Required) Applicant has six (6) months from date of hire to obtain certificate.
  • Metasys Facility Operators Certificate (Required) Applicant has six (6) 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.
  • 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.


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.
  • Supervision Exercised:
    • May exercise functional supervision over employees of lower grade.


Work Schedule

  • Mon-Fri; 3:00PM- 11PM  (40 hours per week).
  • Ability to provide off shift coverage as requested.


Salary Information

  • Grade 17.
  • Special Recruitment Rate: Step 6.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume. 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.

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