Description : Job Summary
The Lead Plumber, assigned to the Plumbing Shop within the Maintenance & Operations unit of Facilities Development & Operations, works under general supervision of the Supervising Plumber and provides lead direction for journey-level crafts workers and semi-skilled assistants, laying out and coordinating the work flow for the shop, preparing materials lists, and ordering supplies in addition to performing work as a skilled plumber.
Staff within the Plumbing Shop are responsible for a full range of journey-level skilled work in rough and finish plumbing, to ensure a clean, safe, attractive, and well-maintained learning environment.
The Maintenance & Operations unit of Facilities Development & Operations provides services to a University campus spread across five sites comprised of +170 acres, 52 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.
Performs as a journey-level plumber in association with basic and advanced maintenance and repair work
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
Maintain, troubleshoot and test plumbing systems, including backflow prevention devices
Assemble, install, and repair pumps, pipes, fittings, and fixtures
Cut, thread, and weld pipes
Assemble and install valves, pipe fittings and pipes composed of a variety of metals and materials
Maintain swimming pools and lab utilities
Advise on the selection, ordering, and storage of plumbing materials, equipment, and supplies
Reads, interprets, and works from plans, drawings, and specifications
Ensures work performed is completed in a manner conforming with plans, specifications, and building code and safety requirements
Cleaning and maintaining materials, tools, and equipment used in the performance of duties
Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures
Maintains a clean and safe work environment
Work may involve exposure to hazardous materials such as lead and asbestos
Performs abatement, where certified
When assigned and qualified, monitors, tests, and chemically treats potable and / or non-potable water systems
Consults and works with other trades workers
Operates power tools, shop and construction equipment typical to the plumbing trade
Reviews work order system to understand and plan for preventative, deferred, and reactive maintenance work efforts in a manner aligned with the priorities communicated by the appropriate administrator
Ensures preventative maintenance and other work orders designated as high priority are completed on schedule
Prepares for and plans work including development of material / supply needs lists and ordering supplies through the warehouse and business office so as to pursue the work according to schedule.
Ensures adequate and appropriate warehouse stock supplies are on hand
Develops rough sketches / diagrams and corresponding cost estimates and projected schedules for communication with the business office and customer
Develops labor resource schedules and communicates assignments to assigned workers, making adjustments and coordinating with other shops, where necessary
Lays out, directs, assists and coordinates the work flow for assigned work including project planning and coordinating with other shops where necessary
Inspects the work to ensure it meets quality requirements and specifications
Instructs shop members in industry best practices and safety rules through regular shop and safety meetings. Provides instruction and lead direction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants
Inspects completed work for conformance with specifications, requirements, compliance with applicable building and safety codes and regulations
Ensures computerized record keeping systems are maintained with all work efforts documented accurately
Communicates with customers in a professional manner to keep them informed of work efforts
Provides feedback to the appropriate administrator concerning staff work performance including productivity, quality, teamwork, and communication
Advises on set-up and layout of the shop as well as the selection, ordering and storage of equipment and supplies
Consults with shop staff to obtain feedback on recommendations
Ensures Plumbing Shop and work areas remain neat and tidy at all times and that tools and equipment are properly cared for and stored safely
Prepares standard reports, including preparation of as-builts for database updates
Acts as shop supervisor in absence of the supervising plumber
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in both rough plumbing and finish plumbing including knowledge of various types of piping materials, and in the use of hand and power plumbing tools
Thorough knowledge of the applicable state codes and regulations, including the Safety Orders of the Division of Industrial Safety of the State of California and California Building Codes
Working knowledge of the operation of building automation systems
Working knowledge of effective supervisory practices and techniques and the ability to lead, instruct and coordinate the work of a small group or crew of skilled and semi-skilled workers as well as provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants
Ability to provide lead work direction including supervising and instructing in the necessary work efforts and safety rules that must be adhered to
Ability to make rough sketches, accurately estimate time and costs as well as necessary supplies and materials needed for assigned work, to ensure work is performed in sequence
Ability to effectively perform the full range of plumbing-related maintenance and repair tasks necessary to ensure plumbing systems, equipment, and fixtures remain operational and are in good working order
Ability to operate and maintain hand and power tools typical to the plumbing trade as well as to work from scaffolds, ladders, and personnel lifts
Ability to recognize and select appropriate materials for the work assigned including piping typelift
Developed organizational skills to allow for the establishment of priorities and labor resource assignments to accomplish work within budget and labor resource constraints while meeting the required schedule
Working knowledge of practices and procedures of safety and emergency preparedness and ability to respond appropriately to such situations
Knowledge and ability to complete work in conformance with drawings, plans, and specifications, requirements and compliance with applicable building and safety codes and regulations
Ability to inspect work performed by others to ensure adherence to requirements and industry practices
Ability to ensure shop, equipment, and tools are properly cleaned, maintained, and securely stored with shop being kept neat and tidy at all times
Knowledge in the use of computers and technology including email, word processing, and spreadsheets
Ability to use enterprise software systems to track work orders, obtain supplies, document work efforts, and maintain records
Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the position; read and interpret blueprints, and perform arithmetic calculations as required to perform the duties assigned
Ability to prepare standard reports that may require one to organization information, ideas and concepts in a written or presentation format
Ability to learn and maintain knowledge of a variety of state, federal, CSU, and SJSU policies and procedures pertaining to assigned duties
Ability to implement a positive customer service approach, with a commitment to high ethical standards, while maintaining focus on solving problems or issues effectively and in a professional manner
Ability to communicate effectively and work harmoniously with a diverse group of individuals who are directly or indirectly involved with assignments and projects
Ability to foster and participate in a positive, cooperative, productive teamwork focused atmosphere and maintain positive working relationships with a diverse population including those from various backgrounds
Ability to understand and embrace priorities for work assignments while also maintaining flexibility to accommodate changes while meeting deadlines despite intermittent interruptions
Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economic justice, social justice, environmental justice) into all aspects of performing job duties
Ability to perform strenuous work in potentially hazardous environments
Ability to pass a physical which enables the use of a half-face respirator
Possession of a valid California driver’s license and maintain a driving record that allows for the operation of any vehicle or equipment required in the performance of duties
Must be able to successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for CSU campuses and pass the course exam
These abilities normally would be acquired through any combination of progressively responsible training and experience which demonstrates achievement journey-level skills equivalent to that acquired through completion of a standard plumber’s apprenticeship program.
One to two years of experience as a journey-level plumber that included work coordination responsibilities. 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.
Possession of a County Competency Plumbing certification
Possession of a current Backflow Tester and Installer certification
Possession of a current California asbestos worker certification.
Must possess working knowledge of effective supervisory practices and techniques
Experience in maintenance of a State facility, College or University, or other multi-facility complex
Classification : Lead Plumber
Anticipated Hiring Range : $6,438 / month - $6,856 / month
CSU Hiring Range : $6,034 / month - $7,651 / month
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