• Plumber Specialist #495294

    About This Role:
    The Building Maintenance Department is inviting applications for the position of Plumbing Specialist. This position will include the responsibilities of servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing water, sewer, or gas distribution lines.  Candidate will be required to repair, replace and maintain valves, fixtures, backflow prevention devices and other associated equipment.  Employees are reminded that they represent both the department and the university and are expected to maintain a clean, neat and professional appearance while on duty. 

    The candidate will routinely work with other crafts and will be required to monitor contracted work and provide training to subordinate employees.  This position is considered as essential, and employees will be required to work as scheduled when University offices are closed due to emergency situations or natural disasters. These specialists work under the direct supervision of the Plumbing Supervisor, in the Facilities Maintenance department.

    Position Duties:
    • Considerable knowledge of the plumbing trade and theory of plumbing systems, fixtures and fittings.
    • Materials, methods and tools used in the operation and repair of utility distribution systems
    • Troubleshoot, repair, maintain and replace utility systems, plumbing fixtures and associated equipment
    • Provides exemplary customer service to staff, students and faculty at Lamar University.
    • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing and be able to understand and follow oral and written directions. 
    • Have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and email applications.
    • Maintain flexibility and be available for duty during short-notice or urgent situations.
    • Work cooperatively with others and maintain excellent customer service.
    • Work independently with little direction, meeting schedules and timelines.

    Who We Are:

    Lamar University is a diverse and accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

    Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.


    A comprehensive benefits package is offered that includes: 

    ·         Health, dental & vision insurance 

    ·         Life insurance

    ·         State of Texas Retirement plans

    ·         Tuition reimbursement for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent

    ·         Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   

    What You’ll Need to Succeed

    Minimum Qualifications

    Minimum Education Required: 
    An Associate Degree or completion of a formal technical training program within the plumbing field or a Texas State Journeyman’s License is preferred.  At least 5-years of direct plumbing experience may be accepted in lieu of a certified degree or license.  A high school diploma or GED is required.

    Minimum Experience Required:
    With completion of a technical training program or possession of a Texas State Journeyman’s License, at least (3) years of experience in the plumbing field is required.  Without the completion of a formal training program or license, at least (5) years of direct plumbing experience is required.

    Certification(s) Required:   
    Certification in a technical training program within the plumbing field or a Texas State Journeyman’s License is preferred.  A valid Texas driver’s license is required. 

    Key Competencies:
    The successful candidate shall be knowledgeable in repairing and servicing plumbing systems and associated fixtures and fittings.  Knowledge in utility systems, such as municipal water, sanitary sewage, and gas distribution lines to adequately diagnose/repair related utilities is expected.  The applicant should have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and email applications.  Experience working with a Computerized Maintenance Management System is preferred.  Employees are expected to lead by example, demonstrating the highest level of ethics. They are expected to work together to meet the needs of the department and university, by providing exemplary customer service to the staff, faculty and students.

    Physical Requirements:
    Tasks require the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work.  Some combination of climbing and balancing, to include climbing ladders, stooping, kneeling, crawling, working at heights and working in confined spaces. May involve the lifting of moderately heavy objects, up to 45 pounds. Requires a full range of physical motion to operate manual/electrically powered tools.

    Job Conditions:
    Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, weather, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials, machinery, vibrations, traffic hazards, or toxic agents. 





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