Service Plumber

Job Description

Job Description

Position Title: Plumber

Statement of Duties:

Position performs skilled plumbing work on City facilities, requiring the use of judgment to plan and perform installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, water supply, drainage, and disposal systems in accordance with regulatory codes.


Employee works under the general supervision of the Building Maintenance Supervisor. Employee is familiar with the work routine and uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently with specific instruction. Any questionable cases are referred to the supervisor for clarification or interpretation. Work is reviewed only to an extent sufficient to keep the supervisor aware of progress, and to insure that completed work and methods used are technically accurate and that instructions are being followed.

Job Environment:

Position responsibilities require the use of judgment and initiative to interpret the numerous standardized practices, procedures, codes, or general instructions governing the work. Employee is expected to locate, select, and apply the most pertinent practice, procedure, regulation, or guideline for a given situation. Errors can result in personal injury/loss, delay or loss of service, monetary loss, injury to other employees or public, damage to buildings or equipment, or legal repercussions. The position seldom has contact with the public or City employees, in person or on the phone, for responding to inquiries and complaints and providing infonnation and assistance. Contact usually occurs in person, via radio, or on the phone.

Position Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various 'types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension of, the position.

Essential Functions:

  • Installs new plumbing systems and fixtures in accordance with written, graphic, or verbal instructions.
  • Identifies problems with existing plumbing systems and fixtures and makes repairs as necessary.
  • Maintains plumbing systems by unclogging drains,·cleaning traps, replacinggaskets, washers and packing, repairing and replacing leaky pipes, repairing valves faucets, sinks, bubblers, tanks and fixtures.
  • Attaches pipe assemblies to walls, assembles bolts, or solders valves, couplings, pipe sections and other parts.
  • Connects plumbing fixtures to outlets and seals connections.
  • Estimates costs of new installations and repairs.
  • Requisitions supplies and materials.
  • Assists in the performance of construction and remodeling projects for public buildings.
  • Is cross-trained to provide back up assistance to other journeymen in the department.
  • Perform other related work as required.

Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Work is done throughout the City on a variety of buildings and facilities. Employees are required to stand, walk, talk, listen/hear, use hands, reach with arms and hands, smell, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and sit up. Employee occasionally lift up to or more than 100 lbs. Employees are exposed to outdoor weather conditions; high places, confined spaces, toxic orcaustic chemicals, and fumesor airborne particles. You will also be near moving mechanical parts. Equipment operated includes a light truck, an automobile, light equipment, power tools, and hand tools. Normal vision is required for the position.

Education and Experience:

A candidate for this position should have a High School diploma or equivalent, and two (2) years of experience as a journeyman plumber.

Special Requirements:

A candidate for this position should have a Journeyman Plumbing License as issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a valid Massachusetts driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

A candidate for this position should have knowledge of:

  • State and local plumbing codes and regulations
  • Methods, tools, and techniques of the trade
  • Occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade

Skill in:

  • Diagnosing and repiiring plumbing malfunctions
  • Use of hand tools and equipment used by the trade

And ability to:

  • Read and interpret blueprints and specifications
  • Perform the physical requirements of the positi_on
  • Work independently without supervision
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks in the other building trades

Company Description


The City of Newton is a wonderful place to live and work. Newton has safe and attractive neighborhoods, an excellent public school system, an active community life, multiple transportation systems, proximity to Boston and a well-managed and financially strong City government. The City of Newton has a population of approximately 88,900, with 32,600 housing units and occupies a land area of 18.3 square miles. Newton is principally suburban-residential in character. Unlike many other communities that are established around a single Main Street or downtown, Newton is comprised of thirteen distinctive villages. Newton has a diversified economic base with approximately 4,700 establishments employing approximately 79,500 people. Newton is special in many ways. It is home to a variety of private secondary and post-secondary schools including a portion of Boston College, Lasell University, William James College, Hebrew College, and the UMass Amherst – Mount Ida Campus. The longest stretch of the Boston Marathon runs through the City, including the well-known Heartbreak Hill. Newton-Wellesley Hospital, part of the Mass General Brigham health care system, serves as an important partner to the City. In September 2018, Newton was again ranked #1 in Massachusetts as the best place to live and #12 in the U.S.


Newton has what is known as a “strong Mayor” form of government with the Mayor having the executive and administrative powers of the City. The legislative branch is comprised of 24 City Councilors. Mayor Ruthanne Fuller was sworn in on January 1, 2018 after serving on the City Council. She ran on a platform of providing Newton’s children with a top-notch education in an inclusive environment where empty nesters, seniors, young families, and people of diverse incomes can live together in vibrant villages and neighborhoods. Mayor Fuller is committed to keeping Newton safe, improving the city’s infrastructure, addressing climate change, providing excellent and responsive city services, and fostering art, culture and community life. The first female Mayor of Newton, she is a tireless advocate for all the city’s residents and is committed to making sure the city is welcoming, inclusive and diverse. The City of Newton was evaluated by Moody’s Investors Services in February 2020 and assigned its highest rating of AAA. Newton was thus well-positioned to weather the pandemic and economic downturn.


The City of Newton believes that its employees are its greatest asset. To that end, we are committed to supporting our employees by providing competitive wages and growth, a comprehensive benefits package which includes a defined municipal pension plan, quality health and dental insurance plans, generous paid leave benefits, paid holidays, and access to supplemental benefits such as deferred compensation, short term disability plans, flexible spending accounts, and other employee benefits. We also provide access to an Employee Assistance Program and access to employee training and professional development opportunities. We continuously work to review and expand upon our benefit offerings. We encourage you to visit our Human Resources Department website to learn more about our organization and benefits which are available to our employees. And as always, you are encouraged to reach out to our dynamic HR Team by emailing

Human Resources Diversity Statement

We recognize our workforce is a source of strength that is vital to our ability to effectively serve the City of Newton’s diverse community. We will:

  • Actively recruit, develop, and retain a diverse and talented workforce.
  • Proactively address discrimination through education and in partnership with other departments and leaders.
  • Serve as a role model to celebrate and nurture diversity.
  • Foster inclusion by staying curious and clarifying assumptions.
  • Evaluate and develop policies and practices that reflect the diverse nature of our workforce.
  • Build and strengthen accountability at all levels to support diversity efforts.


  • Health insurance – 75% employer sponsored
  • Dental insurance
  • Two (2) weeks of vacation time per year
  • Annual step increases (up to the maximum of the grade)
  • Annual cost of living adjustments (COLA)
  • Longevity payments after 5 years of continuous service
  • 12.5 paid holidays per year
  • $1000 clothing allowance per year
  • 2 paid floating holidays per year, 2 personal business days per year
  • 80 hours of special leave time per year
  • Snow bonus – an additional $8.50/hour
  • Summer Hours – Friday's off – Monday through Thursday 10 hour work days
  • For Fleet Mechanics/Technicians, one (1) time $1500 tool allowance paid out upon completing probationary period
  • Availability for overtime
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 457 Deferred Compensation plans
  • Metro Credit Union
  • Verizon Wireless discount
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • City Retirement (Mandatory)
  • Weekly Direct Deposit
  • Opportunity to serve the public and join a dynamic team of dedicated employees

Job Details

Posted On: February 18, 2024
Valid Through: May 31, 2024
Job City: Olympia
Job State: WA