Plumber

Bennington, VT Full-time

Bennington College seeks an experienced Plumber to join our Buildings & Grounds team. As Plumber, you will be part of a team responsible ensuring for the safe and efficient operation of all plumbing systems on campus. The Plumber performs all aspects of plumbing work including the operation, maintenance, and repair of all facilities and equipment including, but not limited to, boilers, fans, pumps and firing equipment. 

General Responsibilities

  • Perform all aspects of interior and exterior plumbing. Measure, cut, thread or bend pipe to required angle using hand or power tools or machines such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines, or pipe-bending machines.  Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings using appropriate materials.  Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances and fixtures using hand or power tools.  Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks.
  • Study building plans and inspect structures to determine materials and equipment needed for projects. Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, or fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers and levels and indicate any changes on as-built plans.  Cut openings in structures to accommodate pipes or pipe fittings, using hand or power tools.
  • Perform routine (preventative) maintenance and repairs to facilities and equipment, including heating systems.
  • Document boiler gauge readings as needed and/or required. Maintain proper boiler pressure/temperature relationships.
  • Maintain required logs and records, and submit reports to supervisor, as scheduled.
  • Lead work assignments of apprentices, journeymen, and other personnel as assigned. Assist with training as needed. 
  • Operate assigned vehicles as required to assist with transport of goods to designated areas and/or to facilitate execution of job functions. 
  • Follow established safety rules and regulations including using appropriate guards and safety devices on all equipment. Maintain a safe and clean work environment.  

Qualifications

  1. High School graduate and/or GED equivalent required. Minimum five (5) years of related plumbing experience required; valid/current Master Plumbing License (State Of Vermont) required.  Valid/current driver’s license required.
  2. Ability to understand proper use of chemicals used in the performance of position duties and maintain familiarity with the chemical’s material safety data sheets.  Required attendance and successful completion/passing of College-sponsored classes and seminars determined by employer.  Incumbent must fulfill any continuing education training or instruction required by the State of Vermont to keep required licenses in good standing.
  3. Exceptional customer service skills; demonstrated experience interacting and developing relationships with internal customers. Demonstrated ability to multi-task, respond to requests with a sense of urgency, and complete work orders in a timely manner. 
  4. Language Skills: Ability to comprehend and follow oral and written instructions, procedures, correspondence, and memos. Ability to write correspondence.  Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  5. Math Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure and inventory, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals to solve problems.
  6. Reasoning Ability: Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems; considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions and discussing ideas with supervisor. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. 

This position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

Working conditions and physical demands

 This position works both indoors and outside; primarily within the plumbing facilities/boiler areas of office buildings, academic/campus facilities, residential houses and the general maintenance plant building.  These areas are often confined spaces with limited physical access; potential to work under extreme temperatures.  This position requires routine medium to heavy physical exertion; typically involves lifting, standing, bending, reaching, stooping, walking, pushing, pulling and climbing stairs, step ladders and extension ladders to coordinate work.  This position requires the ability to lift and carry at least 100 pounds and the ability to exert up to 100 pounds of force frequently.  This position may require some overtime as well as weekend and holiday coverage.