Plumber (Licensed or non-licensed)- Union College

Relevant CTE Program:

Architecture and Construction

Job Description:

Company Overview:
Union College
Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth-oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem-solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.
Job Description:

Position Purpose: Under supervision of the Plumbing Supervisor, the Plumber performs journey-level duties and responsibilities, which include the installation, repairing, and maintenance of pipes, fixtures and associated equipment used to maintain the flow and drainage of water, air, and other gas systems in both commercial and residential applications.

Company Name:

Union College

Application Deadline:

Not stated


Skills Needed:

1. Plumbing System Maintenance and Installation: Performs routine inspections, maintenance, and projects on the college’s plumbing systems, including fixtures, pipes, fittings, and other equipment to ensure optimal functioning and longevity. Installs, repairs, and upgrades plumbing components when necessary, ensuring compliance with local building codes and safety standards while considering sustainability and water conservation measures. Responds promptly to repair requests, troubleshoots issues, and addresses emergency plumbing problems such as leaks, blockages, or malfunctions to minimize disruptions to daily College operations.
2. Inventory Management: Maintains accurate records of maintenance activities, repairs, parts used, and work orders for efficient tracking and future reference, using appropriate software or documentation systems. Monitors and manages inventory levels of plumbing supplies, equipment, and tools, ensuring that adequate stock is available for routine maintenance and repairs.
3. Compliance and Safety: Adheres to safety protocols, regulations, and relevant building codes in all plumbing operations, ensuring a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff while also promoting sustainable and environmentally conscious practices.
4. Training and Team Support: Provides guidance and support to other maintenance personnel, assisting in their understanding of basic plumbing principles and best practices to uphold overall system integrity and efficiency. Works with other departments, contractors, and outside agencies to help meet the needs of the College. Performs duties outside their normal area of expertise as needed. Participates in an on-call rotation with other team members. As needed, works holidays, weekends and overtime, determined by the needs of the College.

Age Requirement:

not stated

Certification Or Education Required:

Certification or Education Required:
1. High school diploma and two years of technical trade school in the appropriate field and/or a combination of relevant education, training, certifications, and/or work experience. A valid Master Plumbing License in Albany, Schenectady, or Troy is preferred.
2. A valid New York State driver’s license is required.
3. Must obtain proficient knowledge in water distribution and wastewater disposal in both commercial and residential applications.
4. Strong understanding of the relevant building codes, policies, and procedures pertaining to the installation and maintenance of equipment is required.
5. Must have the ability to read and interpret blueprints and schematics, basic computer skills, and knowledge of Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures.
6. Ability to read and comprehend contract documents for installation of plumbing applications and provide feedback based on experience.
7. Must possess effective decisional, negotiating, and leadership/mentoring skills.
8. Ability to foster a team environment.
9. Ability to participate in the rotation of on-call duties, required.
10. Excellent verbal, written, presentation, and listening skills.
11. The ability to foster and enhance a thriving, diverse, inclusive, and culturally vibrant community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, faculty and staff colleagues, and alumni.
12. Basic computer skills to operate college systems. (Work Orders, Time Clocks, and building equipment inventory).

Hourly Wage:

Hourly Wage: The rate for this position is $28.00-$32.00 per hour. Except for roles with a set rate of pay, the wage/salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The stated hiring rate/range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate/range of possible compensation at the time of posting.


• Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
• Winter and Summer Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
• Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
• Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
• Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
• Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
• Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
• Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents


Workdays: Monday-Friday
Shift Start/End Time: 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Hours Per Week: 40
Weeks Per Year: 52

Full Time or Part Time:

Full Time