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UW Facilities has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Maintenance Plumber.
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
•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.
Education & Experience Required
•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. •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 where 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 •Medical Gas Certification. •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. •Seattle Fire Department Confidence Testing Certification AS-3 or obtain certification within 90 days of employment. •Aquatic Facility Operator Certification or obtain certification within 90 days of employment.
Conditions of employment
Ability to efficiently and effectively travel locally to alternate work sites as needed. Commercial Driver’s License may be required. • Approved footwear must be provided at the employee’s expense and worn on the job • Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job • Ability to lift and move heavy materials is required • Work may require access to confined spaces and heights using appropriate safety procedures • Must be able to work in a smoke-free environment • Must be able to work in all weather conditions • Regular and predictable attendance is required • May be required to accept variable work shift • Must participate in medical screening/monitoring (such as TB screening and proof of measles inoculation) required for work assignments in locations, including but not limited to, nonhuman primate areas, the Animal Research and Care Facility, and the University of Washington Medical Center.
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 assessments 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.
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