General Maintenance Repair Tech - Plumbing

University of Kansas   Lawrence, KS   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on November 18, 2021
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General Maintenance Repair Tech - Plumbing

FS Maintenance Services

Position Overview

Facilities Services supports KU's mission of learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor by operating and maintaining the University's physical plant and grounds. The incumbent is responsible for performing a wide variety of maintenance and emergency repair tasks to University buildings plumbing and steam systems, with employee being involved in a regular program of inspection and repair using more than one skilled trade.

In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 96 hours of sick leave earned per year, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors.  KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities.

Job Description

50% - Follows an established inspection routine in an assigned group of buildings for needed maintenance and repairs to various plumbing steam and building equipment. Repairs and replaces plumbing fixtures, piping, valves, and traps. Diagnoses leaks, stoppages, inadequate supply or faulty operation of steam, water, gas, and air systems, cleans and repairs defective components.  Records and communicates work order information digitally.

40% - Responds to emergency calls involving loss of utilities or equipment failure, helps repair leaks in steam, condensate, water, or air lines. Repairs are performed as time and expertise permits.  May assist other shop staff with more complex repairs.

5% - Other Related Work as Assigned: Maintains an adequate supply of tools, parts, and supplies for jobs. Responds to after-hours emergency calls as needed. Assists with other maintenance areas and in other work areas as assigned. Assists with snow removal and surface treatment.

5% - Performs other related work as assigned.

Position Requirements

  1. Reach, grasp, hold, lift and place moderately heavy loads and heavy loads occasionally (50 lbs) with or without accommodation.
  2. Perform work above normal heights, in confined spaces and extreme temperatures (hot and cold) inside and outdoors.
  3. Operate work issued vehicles for transporting staff and materials
  4. Work occasional planned and unplanned overtime as needed including responding to after-hours emergencies as needed.
  5. Report to work during declared periods of inclement weather.
  6. Must have a valid driver’s license by the time of hire and maintain that license throughout employment.

Required Qualifications

  1. High school diploma or GED equivalency.
  2. Two (2) years of experience in a skilled crafts area. Associate degree or vocational school certification may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  3. Must have a valid driver’s license by the time of hire and maintain that license throughout employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Professional commercial plumbing/Steam experience.
  2. Knowledge of the standard practices, tools, equipment, and materials associated with a variety of skilled crafts and building trades.
  3. Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions of skilled crafts and building trades.
  4. Experience working in a university, college or multi-building campus environment.

Contact Information to Applicants Charles Helmer,

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application will include your current contact information including email, phone number and your previous work experience including dates of employment. 

Review of applications will begin Monday, November 15th, 2021 and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified. 

Advertised Salary Range Starting at $16.35

Application Review Begins 15-Nov-2021

Anticipated Start Date 01-Dec-2021

Primary Campus University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

FTE 1.0

Reg/Temp Regular

FLSA Status Nonexempt

Employee Class B-University Support Staff

Work Schedule

7:30am-4:00pm, Monday to Friday with overtime and after hours call back as needed. Facilities also offers a four-day 10-hour work week option Monday-Thursday or Tuesday to Friday.

Union 055

Job Family Facilit Plan Design&Operat-KUL

Work Location Assignment On-Site


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).