Maintenance Plumber, Facilities Services
University of Montana - Missoula, MT

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Position Number 084440

Department: Facilities Services – Plumbing Shop

Closing Date : January 3, 2013

Work Schedule : Full-time, 12 months/year, 1.0 FTE

Minimum Entry Rate: $25.310/hour

Union Affiliation: United Association of Plumber and Pipefitters

Probationary Period : Six months minimum

Benefits Include: Insurance package; mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver; professional development/wellness program

The mission of Facilities Services is to assist in the development of a physical environment supportive of teaching, research, and Administration on The University of Montana campus through the operation and maintenance of the state funded Physical Plant and providing services to the auxiliaries as required; to provide planning and construction services for all of the campus in support of the development and enhancement of the University’s Physical Plant; and to assure compliance with all codes related to facilities, construction, renovations, maintenance, and operations of all campus facilities. This Mission of support includes long-term preservation of facilities, assets, and equipment.

This position requires knowledge of the methods, materials, practices, equipment machines, and techniques used in the trade of plumbing; ability to follow oral and written instructions, work from drawings, blueprints, and sketches to assess material and equipment needs and possess knowledge and practice of safety rules related to the trade; may need to fill in for supervisor when absent; works independently and efficiently in difficult situations.

Required Skills

Must have a valid State of Montana plumbing license (include a copy of a valid State of Montana plumbing license)

Experience in the standard practices, methods, and processes in the use of materials, tools, and equipment of the trade

Experience in maintenance of hot water boiler systems, controls and circulation pumps

Experience with forced air furnace maintenance and gas, steam, and electric water heaters

Familiarity with commercial kitchen equipment (dish washing machines, gas appliances, etc.)

Experience as a service plumber, both commercial and residential

Experience with sewer mains and building drains

Demonstrated good customer service and communication skills

Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Montana drivers license

Experience in and ability to use power tools both fixed and portable, hand tools, vehicles, Drills, Saws, Grinders, Threading machines, Hoist, Sewer machines, Welders, Gas Torches, Bead Blaster, Pneumatic tools

Knowledge of safety rules and procedures related to the trade

Ability to follow oral and written instructions, work from drawings, blueprints and sketches

Physical Requirements

(Qualified candidates must be able to meet minimum requirements and perform the primary functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.)

Lifting: Ground to 60 inches, up to 55#. Ground to overhead, up to 50#.

Carrying: Front carry up to 75# for 10 feet or less. Front carry, or 1 handed carry, of up to 75#, up and down 2 flights of stairs.

Pushing and pulling forces required (during the use of tools): 65 # sustained push, and 75# sustained pull.

Lifting: Ground to 60 inches, up to 100#.

Lifting: 16 inches to 32 inches, up to 90#

Carrying: At knee height, 90# for up to 10 feet.

Carrying: 100# on shoulder for up to 100 feet.

Squatting occasionally, and kneeling, crouching, squatting or sitting on the floor to work at low levels, for a prolonged period of time.

Static trunk forward bending and / or twisting occasionally, from a standing, crouching or kneeling position while using tools.

Reaching frequently with your arms in all directions.

Working overhead occasionally from various positions (standing, squatting, and kneeling).

Balancing when climbing and working on a ladder or scaffold.

Walking various distances throughout the day on even and uneven surfaces, distances up to 1000 feet.

Use of various grip circumferences (up to 5 ½ inches), and strengths (up to 75# of grip force in both hands), as well as static grip positions, during the use of various tools, loosening and tightening pipes of various sizes, using wrenches, and while manipulating various work materials.

Use of foot controls and hand controls to drive and operate pickup truck.

Manual steadiness, dexterity, speed, and coordination:
Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp and manipulate objects.

Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.

Physical Screen will be administered prior to a final offer of employment.

Required Experience

High school graduation and completion of apprenticeship training in the plumbing trade and two (2) years experience as a journey-level maintenance service plumber, or an equivalent combination of education and experience


Upload the following materials: *Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Letter of Interest – please alsoaddress the stated required skills for the position

Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience

Names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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