• Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
Construction and Skilled Trades

Job Description

Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Supervising Plumber, the Plumber works independently or as a team member to perform the full range of skilled plumbing work including the installation, maintenance, inspection, modification, remodel and repair of mechanical plumbing equipment and fixtures for water, gas, oil, steam, sewage, fire sprinkler/prevention, and refrigeration-related plumbing systems, to ensure a clean, safe and attractive learning environment. The incumbent in this classification may also provide instruction and lead direction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants.

The Maintenance & Operations unit of Facilities Development & Operations provides maintenance and operations services to a University campus spread across multiple sites comprised of +150 acres, 81 buildings, and more than six million gross square feet. The Plumbing Shop is one of seven skilled trades shops within Maintenance & Operations and is comprised of a supervising plumber, one lead plumber, three facilities maintenance mechanics, and eight journey-level plumbers. The Shop reports up, through the supervising plumber who provides supervision, oversight, and guidance.

Key Responsibilities
  • Perform the full range, at a journey level, of skilled plumbing work including installation, maintenance, inspection, modification, remodel and repair of mechanical plumbing equipment and fixtures for water, gas, oil, steam, sewage, fire sprinkler/prevention, and refrigeration-related plumbing systems, including automated plumbing systems.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and test plumbing systems, including backflow prevention devices.
  • Assemble, install, and repair pumps, pipes, fittings, and fixtures; cut, thread and weld pipes.
  • Inspect completed work for conformance with specifications, requirements and compliance with applicable building and safety codes and regulations.
  • Participate in the maintenance and operations of a plumbing shop including cleaning, maintaining, and servicing tools and equipment used in the performance of duties.
  • Use computerized maintenance management programs and building automation systems to complete work assignments including documentation of efforts but also as necessary to research and understand issues at hand.
  • Read, interpret and work from blueprints, plans, drawings, and specifications including making rough sketches where needed to facilitate work efforts.
  • Train and provide work direction to skilled and semi-skilled workers.
  • Consult, coordinate with, and works with other trade workers, trades shops, and FD&O units, as needed, to successfully complete repair and maintenance work assignments on schedule.
  • Respond promptly to, and assists with urgent needs in order to prevent injury, damage or further incident.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of plumbing theory and the methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the plumbing trade for the installation, maintenance, and repair of plumbing apparatuses, equipment, and systems
  • Base knowledge of the operation of building automation systems
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable state and federal health and safety orders and regulations pertaining to the plumbing trade, including the California State Safety Orders of the Division of Industrial Safety and the California State Plumbing codes
  • Ability to perform skilled plumbing work on all applicable equipment and systems
  • Ability to perform welding work applicable to the plumbing trade
  • Ability to operate all applicable tools and equipment necessary to perform skilled trade work
  • Ability to read, interpret and work from blueprints, plans, drawings and specifications
  • Ability to make rough sketches and to estimate the cost, time and materials of assigned work
  • Ability to estimate materials and labor cost of standard plumbing maintenance and repair work
  • Ability to maintain records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and computerized record-keeping systems, and to prepare standard reports
  • Ability to provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants
  • Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the position, and to perform arithmetic calculations as required by the position
  • Anility to participate in all OSHA required physicals and examinations.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle, utility cart, scissor lift, boom lift, and forklift (as certified) and other equipment and tools required to successfully complete assignments

Required Qualifications
  • Must possess those abilities normally acquired through any combination of progressively responsible training and experience which demonstrates achievement of journey-level skills equivalent to that acquired through completion of a standard plumber's apprenticeship program. Must participate in all OSHA required physicals and examinations.


A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Certification indicating completion of an applicable apprenticeship program in the plumbing trades
  • Evidence of current certification as a plumber in the State of California
  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of the plumbing trade
  • Experience in the maintenance of a State facility, College or University or other commercial, multi-facility complex
  • Four years of journey level work experience in the maintenance, repair, or construction of plumbing systems


Classification: Plumber
Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,320/month - $6,636/month
CSU Salary Range: $6,151/month - $7,942/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: February 4, 2024 through February 17, 2024. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Work Schedule

Selected candidates will be placed in one of the following shifts based on operational needs.

Tuesday - Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Contact Information

University Personnel

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at .

Campus Security Authority - In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, this position is subject to ongoing review for designation as a Campus Security Authority. Individuals that are designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution and complete Clery Act training as determined by the university Clery Director.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: Feb 04 2024 Pacific Standard Time
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