Maintenance Plumber (Req #: 182446) - Seattle, WA

Employer: University of Washington

Job Description:
Req #: 182446
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location:Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 09/28/2020
Closing Info: Closes On 10/11/2020
Salary: $5,449 to $7,247/month
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First Shift [M -F; 6:55am - 3:25pm]

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“Onsite work” in the interim will vary for units and for specific positions and will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.

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 six consecutive years.

UW Facilities manages the University’s buildings, infrastructure and land, with more than 1,100 employees in a variety of fields. The Asset Management group includes Capital & Space Management, Real Estate, Sustainability and other teams responsible for planning and workload management. The Operations group includes Project Delivery, Maintenance & Construction, Campus Utilities & Operations, Building Services, Transportation Services and Safety. Supporting these groups, as well as the separate Emergency Management team, are the Business Intelligence & Information Technology group and the Finance & Administration group.

Maintenance & Construction (M&C) is responsible for general maintenance, repair and renovations of all University of Washington (UW) main campus facilities including building interiors, exteriors and grounds.

We have 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.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Inspect, diagnose malfunctions; repair, maintain, test and inspect backflow devices, heating, cooling, and other process piping systems; clear plugged waste lines.
- 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.
- Keep leads and supervisors informed of project status/work progress, needed materials and equipment.
- Operate machinery such as forklifts, scissor-lifts, and high rangers.
- Load and unload materials and supplies.
- Operate vehicles such as UW vans and trucks to transport tools, equipment and personnel to various job sites.
- May instruct semiskilled workers.
- Communicate and coordinate with other UW Facilities shops and other business partners such as EH&S, Engineering Services, Design Services, Capital Planning & Development and UW Information Technology to facilitate work.
- Know and comply with occupational health and safety regulations specific to the work and conduct on the job, including Safety Data Sheet (SDS) instructions, Hazard Review Checklists (HRCs) and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
- Comply with all UW and UW Facilities policies and procedures, M&C protocols, i.e., Individual Accountability Protocols (IAP).
- Support all management directives and the vision and values of M&C.
- Participate in and follow through with M&C process improvement initiatives, including Balanced Scorecard (BSC), incorporating metrics and Lean principles into internal work processes, and promoting employee engagement in continuous improvements and innovation.
- 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.
- Other duties as required.

Core Competencies:
- Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness.
- Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively.
- Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems.
- Be responsible and accountable.
- Use organizational skills and provide attention to details.
- Maintain a positive, optimistic, and success-oriented attitude.
- Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous.
- Exhibit a professional work ethic.
- Continuously promote 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 may be required.

Additional Requirements include:
- Washington State Department of Health Backflow Assembly Tester Certification 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 excellent 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.

- Knowledge and practical experience with WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety & Health Act) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) regulations.
- Demonstrated proficiency with standard productivity software including Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent products
- 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.

Conditions of Employment:
- May be required to accept variable work shift.
- Work may require access to confined spaces and heights using approved safety precautions.
- Ability to lift and move heavy material may be required.
- Approved footwear must be provided by the employee and worn on the job (footwear expense will be reimbursed per allowance guidelines).
- Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job.
- A tuberculosis (TB) test is required for work assignments in nonhuman primate areas and in the University of Washington Medical Center.
- Must be able to work in a non-smoking environment.
- Regular and predictable attendance is required.

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.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.
The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

Contact Person:
Location: Seattle, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $5,449 to $7,247 MO

Posted on September 29, 2020

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