Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The Facilities Management Department supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
As one of our Plumber/Pipefitter/Steamfitters, you will be expected to work in an independent manner performing journey level plumbing, steamfitting, and related work to include: inspecting and diagnosing malfunctions; maintaining, repairing, and testing plumbing, heating, and cooling systems and components, as well as other process piping systems. Your work will also include the installation and modification of these systems.
You will take direction from the shop lead and supervisor and will be expected to relate well with a variety of people, including students, faculty, and staff. You will be performing plumbing/pipefitting/steamfitting functions to include maintaining and renovating the university facilities.
Your duties and responsibilities will include:
Reading and interpreting design documents and specifications; laying out and constructing piping assemblies with respect to walls, structures, and other obstructions, allowing for proper operation, expansion and contraction, and alignment using fittings, hangers, anchors, guides in accordance with accepted pipe fitting practice and applicable codes
Organizing, leading, instructing helpers, and coordinating the work of other trades, as required to complete estimates
Estimating time and materials needed to complete work
Cutting and welding with oxyacetylene torches; SMAW all types of pressure pipe lines; GTAW all types of light gauge metals
Cutting, fitting, fabricating and assembling a wide variety of articles, materials, and devices including steel, brass, glass, plastic, cast iron, copper, corrosion-resistant pipe, tile, concrete and transite
Constructing various types of pipe joints for high or low pressure systems, including treading, brazing, soldering, or welding
Maintaining and repairing piping, tanks and pressure vessels for fuels, steam, condensate, water, air, gas, and draining systems
Installation, serving, field repair and adjusting pumps, ejectors, valves, dishwashers, stills, heat exchangers, and coils
Removing, replacing, or installing of all types of plumbing fixtures such as water closets, sinks, drinking fountains, showers, kitchen, laboratory and other equipment
Inspecting and diagnosing malfunctions; repairing, maintaining, and testing automatic fire sprinkler and standpipe systems, plumbing, heating, cooling, steam, swimming pool, and gas systems and equipment, and other process piping systems
This position may be listed as essential personnel, which means you must report to work during suspended operations.
You may perform tasks requiring the use of a respirator; you will be required to pass a fit test, which includes the need to be clean shaven.
Prior to a new hire, a fingerprint background check including a criminal history will be conducted. Information about the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining your suitability and competence to perform in the position.
Must possess and maintain a Washington State journey level plumber’s license, PLO1
Ability to acquire and maintain certification for testing and inspection of back flow devices
Knowledge of plumbing materials and methods and maintenance of consistent journey-level workmanship in plumbing, steam fitting, welding, and related tasks
High school graduation diploma or graduation equivalency diploma (GED) certificate
One year of related experience in a commercial or institutional setting
Valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work in order to drive a state-owned vehicle for travel to work locations
Ability to perform daily work tasks independently under limited supervision
Possess technical accuracy and recordkeeping skills
Possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a friendly and cooperative manner with students, staff, and faculty at all levels of the organization and in contacts with the public
Ability to manage time well and work under pressure situations with tight schedules and deadlines to complete projects
Effectively read and understand written information and instructions
ASME Section IX welding certification with AWS B2.1-1-205-96 (R2007) in accordance with ASME B31.1 (UA-21 certification is acceptable)
Knowledge of applicable Washington Administrative Code (WAC) regulations, and local building and plumbing codes
Demonstrated experience working in sensitive situations such as: operational offices, classrooms, dorm rooms, restrooms, etc.
Ability to work with computer hardware and software required to track work orders and record time worked
Knowledge of Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) rules and regulations, standard job safety rules, proper use of a face respirator
New hires typically begin at $4,378/month including an excellent benefits package
This position is part of bargaining unit B and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with the Washington Federation of State Employees.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.
Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.
Closing Date Notes
Position is open until filled
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); firstname.lastname@example.org
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.