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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
The Plumber is responsible for conducting regular inspections of
assigned buildings and completing or facilitating the completion of
necessary work orders.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
High school graduate or equivalent. P-2 license.
Five years of progressive employment installing and maintaining
building, mechanical or electrical systems in institutional and
Working knowledge of residential building construction including
building envelope, roofing, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and
Working knowledge of applicable local, state and national building
codes and other regulations applicable to area of
Proper use of personal protective equipment related to trade.
Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets and proper waste disposal
Proper application of Lockout Tag out, confined space, and other
Demonstrated ability to read, interpret and build to blueprints,
drawings and specifications.
Effective communication skills.
Demonstrated history of satisfied customer service competencies and
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
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,
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment
and work collegially with individuals of different
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
All offers to external applicants are contingent on the
candidate’s completion of apre-employment
background check screening
and 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