Mechanical Specialist CL1 – Plumber (Apprentice)

Full-time, regular 12-month appointment, 40 hours per week, 5 days a week. Daily work hours are Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with overtime and callbacks required. This position pays $13.69/hour. The Mechanical Specialist CL1 ? Plumber assists in the installation, repair, testing, maintenance, and regulatory compliance work of the plumbing equipment, fixtures and the internal plumbing systems for 200+ buildings, and the plumbing infrastructure of the main campus and UPark, andWitter Farm . The Plumber Apprentice will develop skill and knowledge in plumbing field by exposure to real life examples of legacy and new systems.
Specifically, the campus equipment, fixtures and systems are comprised of roughly 1,500+ flushes, 1,000+ showers, 2,100+ lavatories, 500+ urinals, 150 washing machines, 500 water coolers, 300+ water meters, approximately 100 water filter systems, 60 elevator sump pumps, 1 working paper mill, 4 commercial kitchens, 300+ eye wash stations, 200+ emergency/safety showers, 600+ backflow preventors (5 types), 80+ sprinkler systems, 1 olympic-sized pool, 2 therapeutic pools, 1 recreational pool, the water fall sculpture and the crying rock sculpture, as well as numerous outside faucets, DI units, mop sinks, and kitchen sinks.
The Plumbing Shop is also responsible for specialty piping that requires unique connection procedures such as the acid resistance piping which is heat fused together and the CL1 will gain familiarity with these procedures through work with licensed and experienced in-house plumbers. The campus infrastructure includes 10.1+ miles of water lines, 57 hydrants, 16.3+ miles of storm sewer lines and 621 storm manholes, 8.3+ miles of sanitary sewer lines and 190 sanitary manholes, 3 working wells at Murray, Hitchner and FARG and the infrastructure at UPark, and Witter Farm (5 miles of water lines, approximately 4.5 miles of sanitary sewer lines and 20 sanitary sewer manholes, approximately 4.5 miles of storm sewer lines and 20 storm sewer manholes); and the 2-pump sewage lift station and the hazardous waste station at Witter Farm.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Assists and develops skill in the installation, cleaning, repair, and maintenance of water and waste lines which support a wide variety of equipment.
2. Assists and develops skill in the installation, repair, maintenance, and periodical testing of valves, sump pumps, water circulators, and backflow preventors.
3. Assists and develops skill in the installation, cleansing and repair of underground water and sewage piping.
4. Assists and develops skill in the installation, repair and maintenance of piping for gas, air, vacuum and sprinkler systems; may be trained in the fabrication of ductwork and plumbing parts as appropriate.
5. Participates in training to read and understand building drawings and piping diagrams.
6. Operates hand and power tools associated with the plumbing trade, as well as specialized tools required to work on and maintain the systems on campus.
7. Responds to emergency calls and performs trouble-shooting as needed under the direction of a licensed in-house plumber. Will become an active member of the callback team once training is complete.
8. Develops and applies plumbing, sprinkler and backflow preventor knowledge, skills and experience to maintain and service plumbing equipment and systems.
9. May maintain records of repairs and service work of equipment and systems as directed.
10. Adheres to all relevant plumbing safety and regulatory requirements and policies and all University policies and procedures.
11. Trains to successfully obtain and maintain licenses and certifications necessary to perform work.
12. Performs other related duties as assigned or required.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
1. Interest in the plumbing field with the goal of obtaining a state of Maine Journeyman license required.
2. Ability to complete code classes through self-study efforts and work diligently to develop an appropriate level of knowledge in the plumbing field.
3. Willingness to obtain a Sprinkler Inspector's License and Backflow Prevention Tester's Certification required within an appropriate timeframe based on the recommendation of shop administration and availability of courses.
4. Demonstrated initiative to continue to learn and develop skills in the commercial/institutional plumbing field.
5. Must be comfortable asking questions, receiving direction from multiple staff members and actively participating in the learning process.
6. Must possess a work history which demonstrates consistent and reliable work habits.
7. Ability to work in confined spaces preferred, including the ability to be fit-tested for a respirator as needed.
8. Must be able to perform manual labor and physically demanding tasks regularly.
9. Experience working as an effective and cooperative member of a team and experience performing hands-on tasks.
10. Must possess ability to read and carry out complex verbal and written instructions.
11. Valid Maine driver's license required.
12. Home phone and reliable transportation required.
13. Ability to be on campus within 45 minutes of being called required.
Appropriate pre-employment background checks required.
Applicants must submit a resume or a written summary of former job responsibilities, skills and experience related to the duties described above. Resume must also indicate applicant's types of licenses, if any, including driver's license, plumbing license, sprinkler license and backflow prevention certification. Applicants should also describe their reasons and goals for choosing to apprentice in the plumbing field.
Work environment includes frequent exposure to circumstances which may cause injury to self or others, working in extreme temperatures, noise, vibration, moving mechanical parts, and may also include unpleasant odors, fumes, dust, and poor ventilation. Position requires lifting up to 75 pounds, climbing stairs and ladders regularly. Position also requires standing, kneeling, stooping, climbing, crawling, balancing, pushing, pulling, bending, reaching, grasping, feeling/fingering, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.
Full-time, regular 12-month appointment.
Monday ? Friday, 7:00am ? 3:00pm, with overtime and callbacks required.
E&G Funded, on-going hourly position.
In accordance with the Service & Maintenance Unit Agreement.
The finalist for this position must successfully complete all appropriate pre-employment background checks.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position." You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after the first screening date of November 3, 2017, will be considered at the discretion of the University.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume/CV

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