Steam Fitter

The University of Texas at Austin   Austin, TX   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on September 1, 2023
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Steam Fitter

Who We Are

We are “the power behind UT”. Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) provides reliable and cost-effective electricity, chilled water, steam, deionized water, compressed air, emergency power, and elevator services for The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). We have more than 190 employees in five divisions: Electrical Distribution and Elevator Services, Energy Management and Strategic Programs, Mechanical Distribution, Operations, and Support Services.

Who We Are Looking For

We are seeking candidates who share the following core values:

Safety: Commitment to the well-being of our fellow employees, ourselves, and the campus community.

Respect: Treating everyone with fairness and dignity.

Integrity: Transparency, honesty, trust and ethics in our work and our relationships.

Reliability: Delivery of consistent, dependable, and uninterrupted services.

Teamwork: Working together through cooperation, contribution, and the sharing of our diverse knowledge.

Excellence: Setting the highest standards through innovation, collaboration, forward-thinking, and stewardship.

You will be working for a university that is internationally recognized for our academic programs and research. Your work will make a difference in the lives of University students, faculty, and staff, thereby enhancing the experience of being a member of one of the premier institutions in the world.

If you’re the type of person that wants to know your work has meaning and impact, you’ll like working in our department and for UT Austin. UT Austin provides an outstanding benefits package including but not limited to:

  • Competitive health benefits (employee premiums covered at 100%, family premiums at 50%).
  • Voluntary Vision, Dental, Life, and Disability insurance options.
  • Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays.
  • Teachers Retirement System of Texas, a defined benefit retirement plan, with 8% employer matching funds.
  • Additional Voluntary Retirement Programs: Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) and a Deferred Compensation program 457(b).
  • Flexible spending account options for medical and childcare expenses.
  • Robust free training access through LinkedIn Learning plus professional conference opportunities.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Expansive employee discount program including athletic tickets.
  • Free access to UT Austin's libraries and museums with staff ID card.
  • Free rides on all UT Shuttle and Austin CapMetro buses with staff ID card.
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Learn more about Utilities and Energy Management.

Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employee without sponsorship.

Security sensitive; three-year driving record and criminal background checks conducted on selected candidate. Hiring decision is contingent upon applicant clearing checks. May work four ten-hour shifts, nine-eighty shifts, or alternate work schedule. Applicant required to successfully complete physical abilities testing to remove/replace a large manhole cover weighing 120 lbs and drag 4 ft.; lift/carry 78 lbs, pull 125 lbs, lift two-45 lbs of weight up a ladder, kneeling work in confined spaces, and other tasks.


The purpose of this position is to install, maintain and repair hi-pressure steam and condensate equipment on the university campus, including pressure-reducing valves, block valves, strainers, and traps, as well as to work with plumbing distribution systems. 


  • Install, maintain, and repair high-pressure steam and condensate equipment such as pressure reducing valves, traps, valves, piping, etc. Installation includes welding in accordance with ASME and AWS standards or becoming proficient within 18 months. Maintain accuracy in all phases of work performed.
  • Accurately diagnose steam related problems and instruct support staff to proper solutions.
  • Clean and maintain equipment and work areas as needed. Remove asbestos and non-asbestos gaskets, packing, etc. as needed, while abiding by all abatement safety rules and procedures as required. Obtain and maintain an Asbestos O&M Supervisor abatement license for use in the removal of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) in accordance with all governing laws and regulations. Able to wear a respirator.
  • Keep accurate computer and/or paper-based records, such as equipment inventories, maintenance logs, estimates, outage requests, campus building plan sets, etc. Complete work orders using an integrated work management system.
  • Work in conjunction with other trades or crafts personnel in support of systems within the power plant, chilling stations, utility tunnels, or direct buried utilities.
  • Perform other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

High school graduation or GED. Three years of experience in the journey-level steam fitting of utility distribution systems. Ability to weld in accordance with ASME and AWS standards.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Commercial Drivers License (CDL); more than three years of direct job-related steam experience; completion of Technical Courses in Spence Regulator Repairs; more than three years experience in a university physical plant environment. Ability to operate a backhoe, bobcat, and other shop-related equipment. 

Driving Required

This job requires a class "C" operator's driver's license. The applicant selected must provide a current three-year driving record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, a Texas driver's license must be obtained within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident. Employees who are required to have a CDL are subject to drug and alcohol testing (pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, random, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing).

Salary Range


Working Conditions

Environmental Demands:

  • Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished)
  • May work in all weather conditions
  • May work in extreme temperatures
  • May work around chemical fumes
  • May work around standard office conditions
  • May work around biohazards
  • May work around chemicals
  • May work around electrical and mechanical hazards

Physical Tasks:

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
  • Use of manual dexterity
  • Climbing of stairs
  • Climbing of ladders
  • Lifting and moving

Additional Working Conditions:

  • May be required to work in confined spaces, manholes, tunnels, elevated work, extended shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • May be exposed to loud noise, high dust and allergen levels.
  • May be required to lift up to 50lbs. Often required to twist, grasp, push, pull and bend.
  • May be required to perform elevated work. Occasional work from ladders and/or scaffolds.
  • May be required to operate forklifts, personnel lifts and cranes. Operate other job related equipment.
  • Participate in on-call program.

Work Shift

  • 40 Hour Work Week Schedule; Monday-Friday, 06:30 AM – 03:00 PM

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

To apply:

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.