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Apprentice I (Plumber)

Apply now Job no: 504440
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Building Maintenance
Categories: Facilities/Grounds/Skilled Trades

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Plumbing Apprentices (Apprentices I through IV) perform project work commensurate with training and experience at the appropriate level to acquire practical experience in the skills of the plumbing trade; attend assigned classes to acquire training, instruction, and information related to the appropriate level; and perform related work as required. Apprentice I is the entry-level trade job in the series.

With supervisory guidance, plumbing Apprentices install, repair, maintain, and/or alter sanitary fixtures, heating units, etc., and perform related work as required. The basic purpose of the work is to install, repair, maintain, and/or alter steam, heating, water supply, drainage, and disposal systems or as code requires.

By the end of the Apprenticeship cycle (stages I – IV), Apprentice will be able to meet all the minimum qualifications of the then current Form 30 for Plumber.


Essential Functions

  • Under the direction of a licensed plumber, installs, repairs, maintains, and/or alters steam and plumbing systems by cleaning sewer drains; by operating power tools, welding equipment, sewer cleaning machines, hand tools, and plumbing equipment; by laying out, cutting, and fitting materials for welding; by packing joints, valves, and pumps; by cutting and threading pipes; by caulking and packing lead joints, valves, and pumps; by replacing seals in water closets; by cleaning filters; by unplugging sinks, toilets, and drains; and by insulating heat tracing wires and/or piping to ensure equipment is in proper working order. Duties and responsibilities are subject to code changes.
  • Attends classroom training on one’s own time to complete requirement for licensure as a plumber in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Works with the tools and equipment of the plumbing trade
  • Maintains necessary records and prepares requested reports in connection with the apprenticeship
  • Maintains assigned tools, equipment, and working areas in clean, neat, and orderly condition; use prescribed safety equipment and follow safety rules.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Currently employed in good standing as Maintainer I in Facilities & Campus Services
  • Must be willing to complete an annual pulmonary function physical test, if required
  • Knowledge of basic arithmetic.
  • Manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others. With training, ability to apply the principles and techniques of the plumbing trade.
  • With training, ability to use small hand-held tools and skill in using hand-held tools.
  • With training, ability to use small measurement devices and skill in using small measurement devices.
  • With training, ability to use hand-held power tools and skill in using hand-held power tools.
  • With training, ability to read and interpret documents such as plans, blueprints, drawings, etc.
  • With training, ability to read, interpret, and apply standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
  • With training, ability to climb and work from ladders and scaffolds.
  • With training, ability to work in cramped, confined spaces.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

May stand for long periods of time; lift heavy objects and equipment; be exposed to the hazards of sharp tools and running machinery; climb and work from ladders; work outdoors in all types of weather; work under exposure to heat, cold, and other adverse conditions, such as noxious gas and fumes; work in confined areas; and be on a standby (on-call) work status.


Additional Details

Please Note: This apprentice position will work on the first shift and take required classes on one’s own time.  


Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm


Salary Information

Grade 11


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please complete the application in full for consideration for this position.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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