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Apply now Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs

Position Title Plumber/Pipefitter/Steamfitter
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Facilities Management Department supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

As one of our Plumber/Pipefitter/Steamfitters, you will be expected to work in an independent manner performing journey level plumbing, steamfitting, and related work to include: inspecting and diagnosing malfunctions; maintaining, repairing, and testing plumbing, heating, and cooling systems and components, as well as other process piping systems.  Your work will also include the installation and modification of these systems.

You will take direction from the shop lead and supervisor and will be expected to relate well with a variety of people, including students, faculty, and staff.  You will be performing plumbing/pipefitting/steamfitting functions to include maintaining and renovating the university facilities.

Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Reading and interpreting design documents and specifications; laying out and constructing piping assemblies with respect to walls, structures, and other obstructions, allowing for proper operation, expansion and contraction, and alignment using fittings, hangers, anchors, guides in accordance with accepted pipe fitting practice and applicable codes
  • Organizing, leading, instructing helpers, and coordinating the work of other trades, as required to complete estimates
  • Estimating time and materials needed to complete work
  • Cutting and welding with oxyacetylene torches; SMAW all types of pressure pipe lines; GTAW all types of light gauge metals
  • Cutting, fitting, fabricating and assembling a wide variety of articles, materials, and devices including steel, brass, glass, plastic, cast iron, copper, corrosion-resistant pipe, tile, concrete and transite
  • Constructing various types of pipe joints for high or low pressure systems, including treading, brazing, soldering, or welding
  • Maintaining and repairing piping, tanks and pressure vessels for fuels, steam, condensate, water, air, gas, and draining systems
  • Installation, serving, field repair and adjusting pumps, ejectors, valves, dishwashers, stills, heat exchangers, and coils
  • Removing, replacing, or installing of all types of plumbing fixtures such as water closets, sinks, drinking fountains, showers, kitchen, laboratory and other equipment
  • Inspecting and diagnosing malfunctions; repairing, maintaining, and testing automatic fire sprinkler and standpipe systems, plumbing, heating, cooling, steam, swimming pool, and gas systems and equipment, and other process piping systems

This position may be listed as essential personnel, which means you must report to work during suspended operations.

You may perform tasks requiring the use of a respirator; you will be required to pass a fit test, which includes the need to be clean shaven. 

Prior to a new hire, a fingerprint background check including a criminal history will be conducted.  Information about the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining your suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Required Qualifications
  • Must possess and maintain a Washington State journey level plumber’s license, PLO1
  • Acquire and maintain certification for testing and inspection of back flow devices
  • Knowledge of applicable Washington Administrative Code (WAC) regulations, and local building and plumbing codes
  • Knowledge of plumbing materials and methods and maintenance of consistent journey-level workmanship in plumbing, steam fitting, welding, and related tasks
  • Demonstrated experience working in sensitive situations such as: operational offices, classrooms, dorm rooms, rest rooms, etc.
  • High school graduation diploma or graduation equivalency diploma (GED) certificate
  • One year of related experience in a commercial or institutional setting
  • Valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work in order to drive a state-owned vehicle for travel to work locations
  • Physically perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Ability to perform daily work tasks independently under limited supervision
  • Possess technical accuracy and recordkeeping skills
  • Ability to work with computer hardware and software required to track work orders and record time worked
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a friendly and cooperative manner with students, staff, and faculty at all levels of the organization and in contacts with the public
  • Ability to manage time well and work under pressure situations with tight schedules and deadlines to complete projects
  • Effectively read and understand written information and instructions.

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) rules and regulations, standard job safety rules, proper use of a face respirator
  • Possess and maintain ASME Section IX welding certification with AWS B2.1-1-205-96 (R2007) in accordance with ASME B31.1. UA-21 certification is acceptable.
Salary $56,856 - $64,332 (depending on experience) and comes with excellent benefits! For more information on our robust benefits and employee perks please check out this document!
Bargaining Unit This position is part of bargaining unit B and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Washington Federation of State Employees.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 499275
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