Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Facilities Department Plumbing Shop invites applications for the skilled position of Plumber.
We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good. As part of this community, the Facilities Division designs, constructs and maintains a dynamic, safe, and sustainable campus to continually advance its nationally benchmarked living and learning community. The shops are responsible for preventative maintenance according to their expertise and keep all operating systems in good repair; make the campus a comfortable, safe, and attractive place to learn, live, work, and recreate; respond quickly to the emergency maintenance and repair needs of the campus community.
WCU proudly offers a positive and purposeful work environment; comprehensive employee benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance along with many wellness programs; generous retirement plans;a commitment to work-life balance including generous paid vacation, paid sick time, military leave and paid time off for most major holidays; and a University mission to support employee personal and professional growth including a tuition waiver for self and family members, training and development, and advancement opportunities.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate commercial and / or residential plumbing experience with repairs and preventative maintenance and codes; the ability to utilize an electronic work order system, recognize problems, and offer repair solutions.
Under the supervision of the foreman, the WCU Plumber performs journey level work in the including installing, replacing, repairing and performing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on University plumbing systems and equipment.
Inspect, install, repair and replace pipes, fittings and plumbing fixtures to maintain the heating water, gas and plumbing systems of the University
Perform skilled tasks in laying out, installing, repairing, and maintaining plumbing fixtures and systems
Estimate labor, costs, and materials via blueprints and physical inspections
Inspect all connections and other parts of plumbing system for leaks
Replace defective pipe by cutting, bending, threading and assembling pipe
Solder and caulk leaks and broken pipes
Assemble and install piping, fittings, and valves
Install, maintain, repair, DW, and DHW systems and their components. i.e. water heaters, pumps, relief valves, elements
Install fixture supports and hangers
Install, repair, and maintain underground piping systems i.e. sanitary/storm and water mains
Open clogged drains with plumber's snake or vacuum plunger
Replace worn washers or other parts in leaky valves or taps
Repair or replace damaged plumbing fixtures such as sinks, faucets, flushometers, toilets, showers and bathtubs and/or connects them to outlet and inlet pipes by fitting gaskets, couplings, traps and valves, and soldering connections to seal joints where necessary
Maintain knowledge of flow, pressure, and capacity of plumbing systems
Maintain knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and practices used in the plumbing trade
Stay up to date with modern technology surrounding the plumbing trade
Communicate accordingly with all customers, informing them of job status
Ensure that all tasks assigned are performed with a high level of quality and customer service
Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the mechanical trades involved
Climb, balance, stoop, kneel and crouch to gain access to pipes, systems and equipment
Handle a variety of hand and power tools
Interpret plumbing systems blueprints and diagrams
Communicate effectively in writing and orally
Must be able to work from heights, ladders and scaffolding
Able to operate and work from a scissor or man lift and the bucket lift truck
Three years of experience in the installation, repair, and maintenance of plumbing components and fixtures OR
Any equivalent combination of experience and training
Valid driver's license
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of methods, materials, hazards, safety precautions, and practices of the plumbing and pipefitting trades
Knowledge of flows, pressure, and capacity of water tanks and lines
Knowledge of the care and use of tools used in the installation, repair, and maintenance of plumbing systems, fixtures, and components
Knowledge of the use and functionality of Microsoft Office Suite software
Ability to read and interpret plumbing blueprints, drawings, and schematics
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
Ability to communicate effectively orally
Ability to communicate effectively in writing
Commercial and / or residential plumbing experience
Code related experience
Service repairs and preventative maintenance related work
Licensure as a journey plumber or registration as a master plumber
Ask about advancement opportunity.
As a member of the Facilities Divisional staff, this position is deemed "essential" and must remain or report to work during partial or full day closings of the University due to hazardous road conditions, emergency circumstances or for other reasons.
Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.