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Barton College currently has an opening for a Plumber position. This position will perform journeyman-level skilled work in the installation, repair, replacement, maintenance, and/or modification of domestic water systems, heating water systems, sanitary sewer systems, storm sewers, gas pipe (both threaded and fusion welded), steam and condensate pipes, and fire protection systems in all College structures and grounds following recognized procedures and techniques of the plumbing trade. The Journeyman Plumber maintains the heating, water, gas, and plumbing systems using hand and power tools such as sewer auger or vacuum plunger, acetylene torch, soldering and welding equipment, sewer camera, pipe locator, and equipment and complies with federal regulations governing environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal, and the use of chemical substances and materials common to the plumbing trade. The Journeyman Plumber monitors maintenance issues needing attention in the buildings and reports them to the maintenance supervisor. He or she will assist the Maintenance Supervisor in implementing department goals. Incumbent may be required to work nights and weekends in support of college events and will be required to perform standby duty on a rotating basis.

Note: This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

Essential Functions

Service Calls (40%)

  • Respond to user requests for service water problems, leaks, smells, and repairs in College buildings in accordance with work orders assigned by the Supervisor.
  • Perform journeyman-level work in the repair and maintenance of heating, water, gas line, plumbing, sanitary sewer systems, storm sewers, gas pipe (both threaded and fusion welded), steam and condensate pipes, and fire protection systems in all College structures and grounds.
  • Complete assigned projects with quality workmanship by using hand or power tools.
  • Repair or replace damaged plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets, showers, bathtubs, water heaters, electronic flush valves, faucets, and drinking fountains, or connect them to outlet and inlet pipes by making adjustments in pumps, regulators, and associated piping; by threading, bending, or fusion welding pipe either by hand or by use of power equipment; by screwing, bolting, or fitting gaskets, couplings, traps, and valves; and by soldering, lead wiping, and/or acetylene cutting and welding connections to seal joints where necessary.

Operation and Maintenance of Water Systems and Sewers (25%)

  • Practice preventive maintenance of plumbing tools and equipment by performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, oiling moving parts, cleaning and servicing tools and equipment as directed or specified in the operator’s manual, and returning damaged tools and equipment for repair or replacement.
  • Diagnose problems utilizing appropriate tools and test equipment, estimate costs of jobs, acquire materials to complete jobs by contacting vendors and making necessary repairs, and document time and material costs for billing purposes.
  • Utilize the work order system to plan, schedule, and record labor, materials, and supplies.
  • Perform water treatment services on associated water and heat systems.
  • Meet and coordinate work with customers, contractors, and consultants.
  • Order materials and supplies and store them per established guidelines.

Operation and Maintenance of Gas Systems and Pipes (20%)

  • Practice preventive maintenance of plumbing tools and equipment by performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, oiling moving parts, cleaning and servicing tools and equipment as directed or specified in the operator’s manual, and returning damaged tools and equipment for repair or replacement.
  • Install, operate, repair, troubleshoot, and perform maintenance on steam and gas lines and related fixtures and fittings in accordance with the plumbing code; review blueprints; cut, thread, weld, or solder pipes; assemble and install valves, pipe fittings, and pipes; inspect for leakage.
  • Repair and replace pneumatic steam valves, radiator valves, and traps.
  • Respond to repair orders, diagnose problems utilizing appropriate tools and test equipment, estimate costs of jobs, and make necessary repairs.
  • Repair and replace hot water heat pumps, chilled water pumps, sump pumps, and sewage pumps.

Operation and Maintenance of Irrigation Systems (10%)

  • Turn irrigation systems on and off as designated.
  • Repair and replace pipes and numerous types of sprinkler heads and fixtures.
  • Replace or repair irrigation valves.
  • Install, test, and repair all sizes of backflow prevention devices.
  • Ensure certificates that are required by law to test, repair, and complete field audits for all equipment are maintained by shop personnel.

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

  • Function as essential personnel during facility emergencies and perform standby duty as required.

Work Environment

This job requires working with and around hazardous building materials containing asbestos and solvents; exposure to biohazards; frequent lifting, climbing, moving heavy objects, preparing work, and installing equipment in awkward, confined, restricted, or high locations; and exposure to extreme heat, cold, noise, vibration, and electrical hazards. High ethical standards and good judgement required. Position affects public safety and security. This position is considered essential personnel and may be required to work evenings and weekends to maintain campus operations.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Requires frequent lifting, moving, carrying, pushing, and pulling of 50 – 75 lbs. and occasionally lifting up to 100 lbs. Requires frequent standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, and crouching.

Desired Education, Skills, and Experience

Graduation from high school or equivalent education. Completion of a plumbing vocational/technical school or a recognized apprenticeship program in the plumbing trade is preferred. At least four years of successful experience in the plumbing trade is required. Documented journeyman status is required. A valid backflow preventer license is preferred. A working knowledge of building and plumbing codes is required. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Working Knowledge of

  • Building and construction codes
  • Uniform Plumbing Codes
  • National Fuel Gas Code
  • OSHA requirements
  • Safe work practices
  • Safety hazards
  • Materials
  • Tools and equipment used to maintain plumbing systems
  • Pipes, fittings, valves, and components

Ability to

  • Prepare written work orders
  • Prepare specifications; read and interpret installation manuals, plumbing codes, blueprints, and construction drawings in order to determine the type, location, and configuration of plumbing systems
  • Plan and sketch plumbing installations; annotate blueprints with updated plumbing configurations
  • Estimate materials and time required to complete projects
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics sufficiently to size water supply systems and lay out projects
  • Safely lift construction materials and equipment
  • Work on ladders, scaffolding, and in confined building access areas
  • Maintain effective working relationships with employees, vendors, and the general public

Application Process

Please submit a current resume and contact information for at least three professional references (all should be MS Word or PDF format) to Human Resources at employment@barton.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. In lieu of a resume, you may complete the attached application and submit it electronically to the address above or mail it to:

Barton College
Attn: HR
P.O. Box 5000
Wilson, NC 27893

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Barton College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applicants. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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