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Facilities Maintenance Mechanic, Plumbing

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 21, 2022

Job Details

Job Summary

The Facilities Maintenance Mechanic, assigned to the Plumbing Shop within the Maintenance & Operations unit of Facilities Development & Operations, works independently or as a team member under the general supervision of the Plumbing Shop Supervisor. The incumbent works as a skilled generalist utilizing journey level skills in plumbing trades along with strong skills in other trade areas (mechanical, electrical, carpentry) to perform a variety of skilled preventive and general maintenance, repair, construction and renovation work on utility infrastructure systems. Typically, skills are utilized to maintain and repair plumbing equipment and systems associated with University buildings and utilities infrastructure so as to ensure a clean, safe and attractive campus/learning environment. The incumbent uses a computerized maintenance system to ensure the preventive maintenance program objectives are met and also provides safety instructions and directions to unskilled or semi-skilled assistants.

The Maintenance & Operations unit of Facilities Development & Operations provides maintenance and operations services to a University campus spread across multiple sites comprised of +150 acres, 81 buildings, and more than six million gross square feet. The Plumbing Shop is one of seven skilled trades shops within Maintenance & Operations and is comprised of a supervising plumber, lead plumber plus eight journey-level plumbers and two facility maintenance mechanics. The Shop reports up, through the supervising plumber who provides supervision, oversight, and guidance.

Key Responsibilities
  • Performs at a journey level in at least one trade and assists with basic and advanced level maintenance and repair work for various trades including plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and carpentry
  • Installs, maintains, inspects, modifies, remodels and repairs mechanical plumbing equipment and fixtures for water, gas, oil, steam, sewage, fire sprinkler/prevention, and refrigeration related plumbing systems, including automated plumbing systems
  • Maintains, troubleshoots and tests plumbing systems, including backflow prevention devices
  • Assembles, installs, and repairs pumps, pipes, fittings, and fixtures
  • Cuts, threads, and welds pipes
  • Assembles and installs valves, pipe fittings and pipes composed of a variety of metals and materials
  • Maintains swimming pools and lab utilities
  • Utilities other trade skills, to the degree qualified, to maintain, repair, and install other equipment or systems associated with the mechanical, electrical, and carpentry trades
  • Inspects various types of equipment, systems, and areas to identify problems and needed repairs
  • Responds to emergency calls in order to prevent catastrophic equipment failure, injury, damage or further incident, takes appropriate action to mitigate damages and facilitate appropriate repair
  • Disables and clearly identifies (lock out and tag out) unsafe equipment, and immediately notifies appropriate personnel
  • Inspects completed work for conformance with specifications, requirements and compliance with applicable building and safety codes and regulations
  • Reads, interprets and works from blueprints, plans, drawings, and specifications including making rough sketches where needed to facilitate work efforts
  • Estimates cost, time and materials of maintenance, repair and renovation work
  • Maintains clean work areas, tools, and equipment
  • Coordinates with other trade workers and trades shops, as needed, to successfully complete repairs and maintenance work assignments on schedule
  • Reports problems or issues observed which require repair
  • Records work efforts in detail within computerized recordkeeping systems and, where directed, on log sheets, and keeps accurate time records so as to ensure an appropriate level of documentation regarding actions taken to complete assignments. To include documenting as-built changes to existing or new systems and reporting such changes to other units for recordkeeping purposes
  • Uses computerized maintenance management programs and building automation systems to complete work assignments including documentation of efforts but also as necessary to research and understand issues at hand
  • Operates assigned radio for communication related to coordination needs, urgent needs, critical information, and status updates
  • Operates vehicles and equipment including a utility cart, scissor lift, boom lift and forklift (as certified), jackhammer, sewer rodding devices, and other equipment and tools for maintenance assignments, and delivery of supplies, tools and equipment to work sites
  • Attends and participates in departmental meetings, training sessions and functions
  • Uses personal protective equipment as required for safety
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, equipment and tools used in one of the skilled trades associated with the plumbing, mechanical, electrical or carpentry trades
  • Working knowledge of the materials, methods, equipment and tools used in related trades areas pertaining to facilities, systems including utilities and infrastructure, construction, and renovation
  • Thorough knowledge of generally accepted trade practices in the trade specialty
  • Working knowledge of computerized maintenance and building automation systems
  • Working knowledge of applicable building and safety codes and regulations related to facilities, systems including building and system level utilities and infrastructure, and renovations
  • Ability to demonstrate journey-level skill in one of the skilled trades and strong skills in other applicable trades
  • Ability to operate construction and related equipment
  • Ability to use considerable judgment and discretion in performing duties required to successfully complete work assignments
  • Ability to read, interpret and work from blueprints, plans, drawings, and specifications, including the ability to make rough sketches
  • Ability to estimate cost, time and materials of assigned maintenance, repair and renovation work
  • Ability to maintain records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems and to prepare standard reports
  • Ability to provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants
  • Ability to analyze and respond to emergency situations
  • Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the position and the ability to perform arithmetic calculations as required by the position
  • Ability to organize assigned work and carry forward assignments based on operational priorities as defined by the appropriate administrator and/or operating guidelines with a focus on efficiently performing duties required to complete assignments successfully and within given deadlines
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle, utility cart, scissor lift, boom lift and forklift (as certified) and other equipment and tools required to successfully complete assignments
  • Ability to successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for CSU campuses and pass the course exam
  • Ability to accommodate a work schedule that varies according to operational needs and may include evening and weekend hours as well as to respond to callbacks which occur outside of the normal work schedule
  • Ability to wear required personal protective gear included fire-rated clothing and respirators where required
  • Ability to implement a customer (constituent) service approach, with a commitment to high ethical standards and to present work to a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to take initiative and plan, organize, coordinate and perform assigned work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work harmoniously with a diverse group of individuals throughout the organization as well as those outside of the organization who are directly or indirectly involved with projects and/or assignments. Work often requires active problem solving and effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to recognize and accommodate changing priorities; meet deadlines/goals; and complete routine tasks despite intermittent interruptions. This includes managing multiple tasks and working proactively to avoid crisis and backlog
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere while establishing effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economic justice, social justice, environmental justice) into all aspects of performing job duties
Required Qualifications
  • Four years of increasingly responsible experience leading to journey-level skills in facility repair and maintenance, or any reasonable equivalent combination of training and experience as a facilities maintenance mechanic which demonstrates the achievement of journey-level skills equivalent to that acquired through completion of an applicable apprenticeship program
  • Requires the possession of a valid California Driver's License for the operation of any vehicle or equipment required for position and in any emergency situation. Must participate in all OSHA required physicals and examinations

A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Certification indicating completion of an applicable apprenticeship program
  • Journey level standing in the plumbing trades
  • Knowledge of plumbing systems
  • Five years of journey level work experience in the maintenance, repair, or construction of plumbing systems including building utility network distribution systems


Classification: Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
Anticipated Hiring Range: $5,787/month - $5,822/month
CSU Hiring Range: $5,787/month - $7,396/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
This position is open until filled.

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Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at .

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

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San Jose State University

As one of the most transformative universities in the nation, San José State is ready for big change. As part of Transformation 2030, SJSU's strategic plan, the campus community is dedicated to realizing the university's potential as a nationally prominent urban public university. San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study. With approximately 36,000 students and nearly 4,300 employees, SJSU is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and California. 

In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, SJSU faculty and staff are dedicated to achieving the university's mission as a responsive institution of the state of California: To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

Founded in 1857, San José State's history began before the Civil War, as the first State Normal School, which trained teachers who educated the people of a young California. Now, SJSU is a dynamic comprehensive university that anchors the 10th largest city in the United States, and Spartans are found around the globe. 

Faculty members combine research, scholarship and creative activity with industry or practical experience—incubating a problem-solving and entrepreneurial mindset. 

Joining the SJSU community means becoming part of an organization that has worldwide impact. Along with its rich history, SJSU is a dynamic and diverse community in the heart of downtown San José. Embark on your future at SJSU!

As employees of the California State University (CSU), you have a comprehensive program of health benefits including medical, dental, vision, flexible benefits programs and more available to you and, in many instances, your family. Additionally, you may be eligible to extend your health, dental and vision benefits to dependents up to age 26.

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