Plumber / Pipefitter Lead

Rice University


Posted: 03-Dec-23

Location: Houston, TX, United States,

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open

Internal Number: 3099

Special Instructions to Applicants: All interested applicants should attach a resume in the Supporting Documents section of the application. We suggest the documents be in a PDF format to avoid formatting issues.

Position Summary

The Plumber/Pipefitter Lead provides complex, skilled work involving troubleshooting, installation, maintenance, and repair of campus plumbing and steam systems with limited direction and supervision, including, but not limited to, the following systems: domestic water, heating/cooling water, steam, pneumatic, deionized and RO water systems, gas supply systems, compressed air systems including Medical Gas air systems, specialized research supplies, and storm/wastewater systems. Serves in a supervisory capacity for the department while the supervisor is unavailable.

The ideal candidate has experience working in a team environment and more than 6 years of related experience preferably in an industrial, commercial, or institutional environment.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position with a hiring range of $30.00 to $35.00 per hour.


  • HS Diploma or equivalent
  • 6 years of related experience in the plumbing or pipefitting trade, including at least 4 years of experience supervising or managing staff
  • Texas Journeyman’s Plumbing or Boiler License, or the State of Texas approval letter of a test date to obtain one of these licenses within 6 months
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License (or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment) required with no more than three moving violations or at-fault accidents within the past 36 months and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past 5 years
  • Skills Required
    • Ability to supervise and mentor junior-level staff
    • Ability to analyze complex plumbing and/or steam systems
    • Ability to read schematics and understand piping diagrams
    • Knowledgeable of Texas and US plumbing and/or mechanical codes
    • Competent in backflow prevention
    • Competent in cross-connection preventions, installation, sizing, and repair
    • Analytical problem-solving skills to handle crises and hard situations
    • Effective communication skills both verbal and written
    • Effective client communication skills
    • Excellent prioritization and time management skills
    • Ability to use computers/iPads for daily work descriptions, and time entries and capable of using CMMS software (computerized maintenance management systems)
    • Ability to provide customer service and handle maintenance calls

Essential Functions

  • Leads and oversees the work of apprentices, Class I, II, and Class III level staff
  • Walks campus grounds and buildings for maintenance issues needing to be addressed
  • Helps oversee larger jobs and contractors
  • Maintains, troubleshoots, installs, and/or repairs plumbing, steam, or fixture parts
  • Maintains and repairs underground water lines, storm, and sanitary sewer lines
  • Performs minor remodeling and/or construction of plumbing or steam systems
  • Works proactively to prevent accidents and maintains a safe work environment for other employees and contractors
  • Ensures that each job is handled in the safest manner possible
  • Provides feedback and recommendations to leadership regarding the management of staff
  • Provides feedback and recommendations to leadership as to possible improvements or modifications to building systems
  • Capable of submitting material takeoffs, searching and locating repair parts
  • Performs all other duties as assigned


  • Experience in an industrial, commercial, or institutional environment
  • Ten (10) years of experience performing installation and service
  • Associate’s degree or Associate Applied Science Degree or higher
  • Field-specific technical training or union training
  • Certification for backflow preventers
  • Electrical troubleshooting on equipment
  • Compressed air / Compressor service or maintenance
  • Pump controllers and pump system knowledge

Workplace Requirements

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to lift loads no greater than 90 lbs.
  • Must be able to climb stairs, ladders, scaffolding, and work around confined areas with piping and wiring obstructions, as needed, to access equipment
  • Requires moderate to heavy physical activity, including but not limited to, bending, stooping, climbing, balancing, standing, and walking up to 8 hours per day
  • Occasionally required to enter utility tunnels and confined spaces
  • Must be able to handle to work on jobs requiring elevated working conditions

Work Conditions

  • Physical Environment:
    • Requires exposure to high-pressure boilers and steam piping, high voltage electricity, high noise levels, rotating, and other potentially dangerous equipment
    • Requires work in mechanical rooms, tunnels, labs, attics, crawl spaces, non-conditioned spaces, and dusty, dirty, and wet conditions.
    • Requires personal protective equipment such as hearing protection, safety shoes, and safety glasses
  • Work Hours and Travel:
    • After-hours work may be required or other work outside the regular schedule may be needed
    • Available on a continuous “on-call” basis for response to problems and emergencies that affect campus operations
    • May require periodic travel to classes, conferences, and vendor sites as needed

Essential Personnel

  • This position is considered essential during a campus emergency. The incumbent in this position is expected to report to campus, provide the essential services designated, and work under the overall direction of the Crisis Management Team for the duration of a campus emergency

Rice University HR Benefits:

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