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Journeyman Plumber

Wesleyan University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 3, 2023

Job Details

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details
Posted on 10/3/2023
The Physical Plant team is responsible for operations and maintenance of Wesleyan buildings and grounds. The team includes skilled tradespeople who maintain and repair campus buildings and associated equipment. The physical plant team also operates the Central Power Plant.

Reporting to the Plumbing Working Foreperson, the plumber is responsible for preventive, planned and corrective maintenance and small projects in university owned properties.

Work scope includes licensed and unlicensed work on building fixtures, structures and site structures including field water systems, irrigation systems and underground waste and plumbing supply infrastructure.

The Plumber is responsible for conducting regular inspections of assigned buildings and completing or facilitating the completion of necessary work orders.

Responsibilities include:
  • Maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing all plumbing systems including domestic hot and cold water, drainage systems, sanitary drain, waste, vents, steam traps, de-mineralized water, backflow prevention, pumps, valves, compressed air and other gas systems. Piping installation, modification, and testing.
  • Transporting and installing water heaters, porcelain fixtures, cast iron, copper and plastic pipe and other equipment and supplies.
  • Using common plumbing tools including threading equipment, wrenches, power and hand tools, snakes, Pro-press and acetylene and oxy-acetylene torches as needed
  • Coordinating support with other Physical Plant trades and outside contractors as needed
  • Working directly with clients to resolve long and short-term plumbing issues.
  • Maintaining , servicing and repairing drainage systems
  • Backflow preventer maintenance and repair
  • Pump and valve maintenance, repair, and testing
  • Piping installation, modification, and testing
  • Maintaining familiarity with industry standards and recent technology
  • Diagnose and repair steam traps and assemblies
  • Performing all duties as assigned including similar work on other University buildings

Physical Demands/Working Conditions include Balancing, Climbing, Carrying, Pulling/Pushing, Reaching, Repetitive Movement, Sitting, Standing, Twisting, Bending, Lifting (50-100 lbs.), Climbing ladders, and working from platforms and heights as needed

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, and is in the physical plant bargaining unit. Typical work hours are Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm with 1 hour lunch break

This position may be required to work frequent overtime shifts which may include returning to work between shifts, nights, holidays and weekends as directed

This position is classified as essential personnel and as such are required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency
Minimum Qualifications
High school graduate or equivalent. P-2 license.

Five years of progressive employment installing and maintaining building, mechanical or electrical systems in institutional and residential facilities.

Working knowledge of residential building construction including building envelope, roofing, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and drainage systems.
Working knowledge of applicable local, state and national building codes and other regulations applicable to area of responsibility.

Proper use of personal protective equipment related to trade. Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets and proper waste disposal methods.
Proper application of Lockout Tag out, confined space, and other safety procedures.

Demonstrated ability to read, interpret and build to blueprints, drawings and specifications.

Effective communication skills.

Demonstrated history of satisfied customer service competencies and customer follow-up.

Desktop computer skills including the fundamental use of internet, e-mail and maintenance management systems.

Possession and continuous maintenance of valid State of Connecticut driver’s license and safe driving skills.

Ability to perform the primary responsibilities of the position listed above with or without reasonable accommodations.

Ability to meet the scheduling needs of the position as described above

Ability to provide your own basic tools of the trade for a plumber (e.g. including but not limited to – small pipe wrenches, faucet rebuilding tools, pump pliers, tubing cutter, flaring tool, box wrenches, open end wrenches, screw drivers, nut drivers, etc.)

Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and work collegially with individuals of different backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications
State of Connecticut P-1 license or other relevant trade licenses such as F-2

Advanced experience with medium and high pressure steam and compressed gas systems, fire protection system operations, maintenance, repair, inspection, and testing,

Previous experience as contract plumber.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Position is open until filled. For full consideration please apply by October 23rd when first review of applications will begin.
Additional Information
All offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of apre-employment background check screeningand pre-employment physical to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University?s Clery Act Report are available on request and online at


Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand. 

Our student body of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students is housed on a beautiful 316-acre historic New England campus that offers the comfort of an intimate and collaborative learning environment supported by renowned faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and unique research opportunities.

With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.

At Wesleyan, we are all educators. We welcome your interest in Wesleyan's diverse, energetic community of employees who, by their creativity, innovative thinking, and generosity of spirit, help make Wesleyan a great place to work. In this energetic and inclusive community, our talented faculty and staff foster a liberal arts educational experience characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. Genuinely open-minded, intellectually curious, and mission-driven, our employees invest their impressive talents in fulfilling careers.

Wesleyan offers a broad range of growth and wellness opportunities—comprehensive health benefitsfitness incentives, generous paid time offretirement plansflexible work schedules, and educational benefits, including free employee access to Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies program and undergraduate tuition reimbursement for dependents of eligible employees. Benefits-at-a-Glance

Campus life affords employees countless opportunities to experience general-interest, academic, artistic, and athletic events. Our location in scenic central Connecticut provides easy access to Boston, New York, and the many other exciting and culturally rich destinations of New England. Few workplaces are like Wesleyan, and we welcome your interest in learning more about us.

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