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Lead Plumber (8190C) 17043
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 5, 2021
Title Lead Plumber (8190C) 17043
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

Lead Plumber (8190C) 17043

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 16, 2021

Departmental Overview

Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) is part of the Division of Student Affairs under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor of RSSP. RSSP provides student housing, residential life programs, self-operated dining services for undergraduate and graduate students and their families, and child care services for students, faculty, and staff; it also conducts a year-round conference business, operates eleven campus restaurants, and manages twenty-six faculty apartments. The Central Maintenance, Design, and Minor Capital Projects units provide a comprehensive group of services to all units within RSSP. These services include performing or managing all building trades and related maintenance services, performing interior design services, space planning, renovation project planning and management services, major maintenance, minor capital planning and project management for RSSP.


  • Under supervision, serves as working lead, performing work of a lead plumber/pipefitter coordinating projects, scheduling and assigning work, transmitting orders, explaining tasks to co-workers and maintaining time and material records, performing accurate material takeoffs and estimate required staffing levels and project completion times.
  • Trains other plumbers/pipefitters in proper methods, techniques, and safety procedures.
  • Assigns work to plumber/pipefitter staff based on RSSP priorities.

  • Installation, alteration, maintenance, and repair of plumbing systems, fittings, and fixtures, on campus and RSSP buildings and facilities.
  • Understanding and planning the methods and procedures required to complete installation and repair work on piping systems, including underground and in high-rise buildings.
  • Prepares isometric drawings in detail showing measurements and materials with information obtained from blueprints and verbal instructions.
  • Operates pipe threading machines, drills, sewer cleaning equipment, grinders and other hand and/or power tools needed to perform skilled related job tasks.
  • Participates in the design or specification of assemblies, systems, equipment, and controls.
  • Selects correct tools, techniques and methods for handling specific piping projects.
  • Fabricates a wide variety of campus piping systems and related components.
  • Installs and repairs Campus plumbing systems as follows, but not limited to: gas lines, domestic water heating systems, sewer systems, vent systems, acid-waste systems, water lines, backflow prevention systems, and other components.
  • Demonstrates the ability to join similar and dissimilar metals using the proper methods, techniques and materials.
  • Demonstrates at all times, good communication skills with management, campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel, in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Manager or lead person assigns work and instructions through the work order system and all communication platforms; the worker in accordance with standard practices of the plumbing trade carries out service requests.
  • Execute all job assignments in a timely manner.
  • Works from drawings or prepares project drawings in detail showing measurements, materials, other required information using information from building blueprints, verbal instructions, and other information.
  • Perform planned and emergency maintenance, inspections, test operations, troubleshooting and documentation of work performed.
  • Must be available to respond to emergencies, work on-call, rotating swing shift and holidays.
  • Work is subject to inspection while in progress and upon completion.
  • Accountable for his or her own actions within work spaces of the University and Campus facilities.
  • Keeps accurate time and material records; orders supplies and/or materials.
  • As required, coordinates work.
  • As required, handles hazardous waste and will be responsible to safely handle, properly contain and label, and follow appropriate emergency procedures as they relate to hazardous waste materials.
  • Performs basic mathematical calculations related to performing projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Performs all work while conforming with EH&S health and safety policies, OSHA and other applicable federal, state and local fire, health, safety, emergency-preparedness, pollution-prevention policies, RSSP policies and procedures and University of California's policies and procedures, including Code of Conduct, IIPP (Safety and Health Procedures), Hazardous Materials Communications Program, Health and Safety Manual, as well as any other document authorized by the RSSP management to have bearing on employee safety and conduct.

  • Coordinates with project managers, building inspectors, facility managers.
  • Keeps up-to-date, accurate, comprehensive project records including plans, specifications, submittals, schedules, requests, changes, approvals, and costs.
  • Consults supervisor or project manager who administer requirements and standards for work and projects.
  • Supports maintenance projects and work assignments.
  • Uses, develops information base to track job status and projected completion schedules.
  • Prioritizes work assignments to meet customer needs.
  • Completes daily logs and paperwork in a neat and timely manner.
  • Reads information from equipment manufacturers' manuals, service request, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade-specific manuals and practices, and to determine how the fixture or equipment should perform.
  • Defines and describes materials, tools and/or equipment, work methods and task sequences.
  • Serves as liaison with clients, relaying their needs and requirements to the appropriate department or manager.
  • Works and supports shutdowns and project schedules to minimize interference with others.
  • Interacts with various components (units and/or departments), procurement and clients as necessary to specify and obtain timely delivery of the most appropriate contracted services.
  • Orders, procures materials and equipment; maintains records.
  • Communicates clearly over the telephone and two-way radio.
  • Attends safety, technical and general meetings.

  • Completes job related tasks in a safe manner by adhering to appropriate safety regulations.
  • Aware of potential hazardous operations, and takes appropriate precautions.
  • Immediately stops work in the event of danger to people or property.
  • Proceeds with work only after ensuring that appropriate safety procedures have been implemented.
  • Reports all accidents and/or incidents immediately to supervisor for record keeping.
  • Attends monthly Safety Tailgate meeting and/or Safety Training meetings.

  • Utilizes good judgment in interpersonal communications in situations requiring sensitivity and tact.
  • Treats co-workers, staff, supervisors, and managers with respect and courtesy, and maintains good working relationship with them.
  • Has a good working relationship with a complete understanding of the roles of students, faculty, staff and other RSSP employees as clients.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work in a cooperative manner with co-workers.
  • Promotes a cooperative team environment.
  • Demonstrates at all times good communication skills with management, campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel.
  • Interacts directly with all levels of clients throughout RSSP to develop and achieve project requirements and goals.
  • Responds to requests for service in a timely manner.
  • Treats customers with respect and courtesy.
  • Supports and achieves organizational goals established to maintain and enhance customer satisfaction.
  • Reports progress or delays, refers major problems to supervisor for resolution, and informs customers as needed.
  • Accountable for his or her own actions within work spaces of the University and Campus facilities.

Required Qualifications
  • Worked as journey-level plumber/pipefitter for a minimum of 4 years, with a minimum of 3 years of experience as a lead in plumbing work
  • Successfully completed a four year plumbing/pipefitting apprenticeship
  • The ability to assign work and provide clear direction to plumbing/pipefitting staff
  • The ability to assess the work of plumbing/pipefitting staff for quality, code compliance, and timeliness
  • Experience with identifying training needs and coordinating staff training programs
  • The ability to accurately order materials, make material stock recommendations, monitor condition of tools and equipment, arrange for tool and equipment repairs as needed, provide leadership in setting up and organizing a shop
  • Experience in assessing performance of individual staff and provide input to supervisor on employee performance for use in performance evaluations
  • Must have a thorough understanding of trouble-shooting and repairing or replacing plumbing related appliances such as water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal units, dishwashers.
  • Able to work safely at heights; able to gain access to work in small/tight areas (such as sewer manholes, crawl spaces, attics) and be able to gain access to work or maneuver around obstacles that requires stairs and ladders, able to safely maneuver supplies and objects up to 75 lbs with or without a reasonable accommodation; sets up and uses scaffolding and/or ladders to perform tasks above ground level.
  • Must be available for holidays, weekends, weekend on call-procedures, emergencies and shift work.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, construction management, engineering; possession of an engineer's license, contractor's license, journey level status in a trade and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is an hourly paid position (stepped rates).

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Skilled Crafts Unit (KB) between the University of California and the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council (ACBCTC). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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