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Appointment Type: Staff Full-time
Department: Facilities Services
Categories: Staff

Work Days: Monday-Friday
Shift Start/End Time: 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Hours Per Week: 40
Weeks Per Year: 52

Reporting to the Manager for Central Utilities, the Plumbing Supervisor will lead, train, and supervise employees. Additionally, the Plumbing Supervisor will monitor all aspects of plumbing including, the installation, operation, and repair of the colleges’ gas, water, and air systems/equipment. The Plumbing Supervisor will also perform both journey-level plumber duties and responsibilities, as well as serve as a point of contact for all plumbing related capital and construction projects.


  • High School diploma or GED required plus two years of  technical trade school in the appropriate field or the completion of a five  year apprenticeship program.
  • Minimum of (5) year experience as a journeyman plumber in a commercial/educational environment.
  • Two years of previous supervisor experience required. 
  • Must possess a current valid Master Plumbing license (Preferred in Albany, Schenectady, or Troy).
  • Must possess a current valid New York State driver’s license and safe driving record.
  • Must have, or be willing to obtain, a backflow certification.
  • Must have basic computer skills to submit work orders, create plans, and more.
  • Proficient knowledge of water distribution and waste water disposal in both commercial and residential applications.
  • Understand relevant building codes, legislation, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to the installation and maintenance of equipment.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule when necessary, including weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and schematics.
  • Knowledge of Lockout Tagout procedures used to protect people and equipment.
  • Must have the ability to multi-task with different jobs, as priority supersedes.
  • Effective decisional and negotiating skills, team building skills, and leadership/mentoring skills.
  • Effective verbal, and written communication skills.


  • Review, audit, and track employee behavior and performance on a bi-weekly/annual basis providing immediate feedback, training and guidance.
  • Plan, organize, and manage employees’ time-off scheduling according to work demand.
  • Plan, assign, supervise and inspect the work of plumbers and stationary engineers; initiates corrective action to secure satisfactory standards and timely project completion.
  • Assemble, install, maintain, and pressure tests all pipes, fittings, and fixtures for heating, water, drainage, and gas systems according to specifications and codes.
  • Act as a point of contact for plumbing related capital and campus projects (planned or unplanned).
  • Plan and develop work schedules, equipment usage schedules and procedures for equipment maintenance, preventative maintenance, and projects.
  • Troubleshoot sources of plumbing malfunctions and complete repairs as indicated or according to work orders.
  • Maintain and update the current record of underground water and sanitary lines as well as keep campus plans up to date.
  • Review and maintain natural gas throughout the campus including the maintenance and tracking of all meters and underground gas plans on campus.
  • Work with other members of departments, contractors, and/or outside agencies to help meet the needs of the college. 
  • Create and implement a backflow prevention certification program and perform job duties relating to completing task.
  • Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.
  • Follow safety procedures and techniques to perform job duties.
  • Assist personnel with complex work assignments and inspect completed tasks.
  • Administer work orders, assigns work to plumbers and ensures that work is completed in a prompt, safe, and professional manner.
  • Supervise employees including auditing work, mentoring, disciplinary reporting, and schedule management.
  • Delegate responsibilities among employees based on priorities to maintain efficient operations.
  • Comply with departmental and college policies and procedures.
  • Requires flexibility and understanding that all maintenance staff may be required to perform duties outside their normal area of expertise to meet the mission and goals of the college.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, criminal history background check and pre-employment physical where applicable.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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