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Apprentice-Plumbing/ Operation Technician

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 27, 2023

Apprentice-Plumbing/ Operation Technician


Job ID: 2023-16328
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Facilities Management and Physical Plant

Princeton University


Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Apprenticeship is the first-in-the-nation registered apprenticeship program in fusion energy and engineering. It is designed to equip the next generation of technicians with the skills necessary to help build and operate a fusion energy experiment.

A PPPL Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway for high school graduates, veterans, and others looking to join this exciting endeavor. The Plumbing/Operations technician apprenticeship shall be considered completed when the apprentice has satisfactorily completed 8000 specified on-the-job training (OJT) on-the-job training and 576 hours of related technical instruction (RTI). The program leads to a portable, nationally recognized credential and a possible career at our national laboratory. The apprentice will receive pay and benefits, as well as all the RTI is fully paid for by PPPL.

PPPL apprenticeship website:

Are you interested in joining the world's brightest talent in solving some of the world’s grandest scientific challenges of the 21st century? Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is doing just that! Whether it be through science, engineering, technology or professional services, every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own unique way. Come join us!


Installs, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs laboratory utility systems in support of lab infrastructure and experimental projects. Piping systems include steam, potable water, process water, and sanitary piping. Site wide pumps to include hot/chilled water distribution, wastewater, and process. Technicians will also be responsible for the maintenance service and repair of all site-wide air compressors. Responsible for plumbing repair and service and ensures that work is in accordance with relevant codes. The technician will coordinate with other groups within the Department and throughout the Laboratory to ensure long-term, safe, and efficient operation of utility systems.

Core Duties


The apprentice(s) shall be rotated through the following work processes.

  • Care and safe use of tools, materials and equipment used on the job. Job layout and site safety requirements. Driving and operating of equipment used in the job- 500 Hours.
  • Install pipe and fixtures, such as sinks, toilets, water fountains and lab wide process piping. Perform and document backflow preventer tests repair as needed. Assemble pipe sections, tubing, and fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, threading, soldering, brazing and welding equipment- 2000 Hours.
  • Interior and exterior underground sanitary and storm sewage system work- 500 Hours.
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair a wide variety of pneumatic systems to include compressors, controls, air dryers, and associated equipment in support of both lab infrastructure and experimental projects- 1500 Hours.
  • Installing and maintenance of high/low pressure boilers, and chilled water-cooling systems- 1000 Hours.
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair a wide variety of centrifugal pumps (HW/CW, DI, Waste) including replacing seals, bearings, alignment, and wiring in support of both lab infrastructure and experimental projects- 1500 Hours.
  • Install, maintain, and troubleshoot lab wide electromechanical systems to include Overhead doors, hoists, cranes, and associated equipment- 500 Hours.
  • Maintain proper paperwork of work orders completed in the computerized maintenance management system- 500 Hours.
Total Hours: 8000 Hours.


Classroom training per Mercer County Technical School - MCTS (576 hours):

PL101 NAPHCC – Installation Practices
PL102 NAPHCC – Basic Plumbing Mathematics
PL103 NAPHCC – Blueprint Reading
PL104 NAPHCC – Basic Plumbing Mathematics II
PL201 Plumbing Related Theory I
PL202 Plumbing Related Theory II
PL203 Plumbing Math I
PL204 Plumbing Math II
PL301 Plumbing Drawing I
PL302 Plumbing Drawing II
PL303 Plumbing Related Theory III
PL304 Plumbing Related Theory IV
PL401 Hydronic Heating I
PL402 Hydronic Heating II
PL403 Principles of process Piping
PL404 Review and Exam Terminology


Education and Experience:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent by the start of the program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Passionate, dedicated, motivated, time management, problem solving, team player, ready to learn and be challenged.
Physical Requirements:

  • 50 lbs. lifting.
Working Conditions:

  • Confined Space.
  • Heights.
  • May be in radiological areas.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.


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