Senior Plumber- Facilities Operations

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Senior Plumber- Facilities Operations

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Facilities/Operations

UTHealth Houston General Administration

Requisition #: 2400009M

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Provides skilled plumbing work at a master or journeyman level in the installation, maintenance and repair of domestic water, steam, natural gas, sewer, compressed air, vacuum, medical gases and other utilities systems in general building, mechanical, office, and laboratory environments.

· Department: Facilities & Engineering

· Location: McGovern Medical School @ 6431 Fannin Street

· Status: Full-time/non-exempt (M-F; Days)

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Installs and repairs plumbing for all UTHSC buildings following standard safety codes and procedures.

  2. Performs the service, installation, maintenance, and repair of water, air, gas, sewer and steam systems.

  3. Uses the latest techniques to cut, fit, and connect copper, plastic, rubber, vinyl, neoprene, aluminum, and stainless steel tubing; cut, thread, and fit black, galvanized, and brass pipe; cut and fit galvanized and black pipe using grooved (Victaulic) coupling connectors; cut, fit, and solder copper and brass pipe; cut, fit, and join glass pipe; cut, fit, and connect various plastic pipe; cut, fit, and connect cast iron pipe; use the latest compression techniques and tools (ProPress) for joining copper and bronze pipe.

  4. Installs, troubleshoots, and repairs various potable and non-potable hot and cold water circulating and heat exchanger systems; localized and centralized domestic water cooling systems; sewer and storm water drain systems; and compressed air, vacuum, and medical air systems;

  5. Studies and interprets existing equipment and project related blueprints, drawings, and specifications. Attend meetings, and assist supervisors and the project management team with the review of plumbing drawings for retrofit and new construction projects.

  6. Perform the inspection and testing of equipment and systems following industry standards and manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines.

  7. Troubleshoot equipment and systems and develop plans, specifications, estimate costs, submit purchase requests, and purchase materials for needed repairs, alterations, retrofits, and construction projects.

  8. Required to communicate with customers and complete assigned work orders using the computerized maintenance manager system (CMMS) through personal computer (PC) and smartphone applications.

  9. Required to carry a university communication device as assigned and respond to calls during normal business hours.

  10. This job classification is designated as "essential" at the UT Health Science Center at Houston. In case of an emergency, "essential" positions are those required to sustain clinical services and/or are responsible for the protection of university assets. Personnel in designated as "essential" positions are expected to report to their designated work site during their appointed work schedules, even when the institution has been officially declared to be on "restricted access" or "closed" due to adverse conditions.

  11. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Licensed Journeyman or Master Plumber - Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.

  • State of Texas Medical Gas Endorsement - preferred.

  • The license/certifications must be current at the time of hire and maintained throughout the period of employment.

  • Basic PC skills

  • Advanced knowledge of modern, state-of-the-art plumbing repairs & installation practices and water & pressure testing.

Minimum Education:

High school degree or equivalent or completion of a recognized apprenticeship.

Minimum Experience:

Three (3) years of experience as a journeyman plumber or two (2) years of experience as a master plumber.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds frequently and/or up to 20 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.