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University of Kansas
  • Position Number: 3813868
  • Location: Lawrence, KS
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Plumber Senior
FS Maintenance Services

Position Overview

Facilities Services supports KU's mission of learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor by operating and maintaining the University's physical plant and grounds. This position involves highly skilled plumbing work in both construction and maintenance activities. The Plumber Senior may act as lead worker to less skilled maintenance employees. Considerable judgment is required of the incumbent in completion of work. Work is reviewed on completion for compliance with pre-set specifications, with instructions being general in nature.

If you are looking for a rewarding and dynamic career look no farther than the University of Kansas. In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 96 hours of sick leave earned per year, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. Newly announced tuition assistance program offers up to 12 credit hours per year for employees and dependents! Details available at:

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 7:30am-4pm

Job Description

60% - Repairs and maintains plumbing by replacing washers, mending burst pipes and opening clogged drains. Lays Out, fabricates, assembles, installs and maintains piping and piping systems, fixtures and equipment for heating, cooling, hot water, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial systems. On the basis of knowledge of general piping and specific building system operations, selects type and size of pipes and related materials to meet job specifications as detailed in blueprint, specification sheet, etc. Plans sequence of installation or repair to avoid obstruction and/or other misplacement of piping. Cuts, threads, and bends pipes using a variety of appropriate tools and methods. Assembles and installs a variety of metal and non-metal piping and pipe fittings for sewer, water, natural gas and compressed air pipes, couplings, traps, and pipe fittings, including those made of brass, copper, lead and plastic. Joins piping by means of threaded, calked, wiped, soldered, brazed, fused, and cemented joint. Secures pipes to structure with clamps, brackets and hangers, using hand and power tools. Maintains water softeners. Performs all work in accordance with local building codes and KU standards.

25% - Installs and maintains gas heating equipment, drinking fountains, lavatories, commodes, distilled water stills, etc. Tests piping systems for leaks by increasing pressure in pipes and observing gages. Cleans swimming pools according to established schedules using chemicals prescription detailed from supervisor. Assembles and installs valves, pipe fittings and pipe composed of metals such as iron, steel, brass and leave and non-metals such as glass, vitrified clay and plastic, using hand and power tools. Test water for hardness, PH and other concerns in water stills, building boiler systems, and other areas.

10% - Previews, assists in ordering and otherwise obtains plumbing materials and equipment. Complete production control job orders and other paperwork associated with work. Trains, instructs and acts as lead worker to less skilled positions. Cleans and maintains work sites and equipment. Performs other related work as assigned. Assists with snow removal and surface treatment.

5% - Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Lift and carry up to 20 pounds constantly and up to 50 pounds occasionally, with or without accommodation.
Reach, grasp, lift, carry, and place moderately heavy loads frequently, and heavy loads occasionally with or without accommodation.
Work under a variety of temperature and weather extremes, both inside and outdoors.
Report to work during declared periods of inclement weather.
Respond to after-hours emergencies as needed.
Work overtime as needed.
Must work a rotational on-call/stand-by schedule.
Must have a valid driver's license at the time of hire and throughout the term of employment.
Must enter work order information digitally.

Required Qualifications

Must have a valid Driver's License at time of hire and maintain that license throughout employment.
High School diploma or completion of G.E.D. equivalency.
Three (3) years of experience as a journeyman level plumber. Associate's degree or vocational school certification may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
Must be backflow certified or become certified within the 6 month probationary period.

Preferred Qualifications

Block licensed Journeyman, Plumbing License and/or Backflow Certification.
Technical knowledge and skill in standard practices, tools, equipment and materials of plumbing trade.
Experience working in a college, university or large commercial setting
Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety practices of the plumbing trade.

Contact Information to Applicants:
Charles Helmer

Additional Candidate Instruction

Please include the following with your completed online application:
Resume addressing how you meet the required qualifications
Cover letter
Names and contact information to three references

Application review will begin on Monday, January 30th 2023 and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.

Advertised Salary Range:
No less than $50,000 annually ($24.04 hourly). Salary offers increase with relevant experience.

Application Review Begins:

Anticipated Start Date:

Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

FTE: 1.0
Reg/Temp: Regular

FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Employee Class: B-University Support Staff
Work Schedule: 7:30a-4p M-F
Union: 055
Job Family: Facilit Plan Design&Operat-KUL

Work Location Assignment: On-Site


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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