Plumbing Supervisor, Operations & Maintenance - Facilities Management

Washington D.C.
Mar 16, 2017
May 29, 2017
Specialty Trades
Full Time
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Plumbing Supervisor, Operations & Maintenance - Facilities Management

The Plumbing Supervisor provides a direct service to the department to ensure a comfortable, safe and clean environment in which the University community can live, learn and work.  S/he plans, coordinates, directs, and controls the work of fire protection equipment technicians and servicers, plumbers and plumber workers/building maintenance workers, and is responsible for the quality and quantity of work performed.  Services include all standard plumbing, heating and hot water systems (including low, medium and high pressure steam lines) work; journey-level maintenance; and responses to calls for service and scheduled/unscheduled preventative maintenance inspections or special - all  using standard tools, equipment, materials and supplies of the trade and observing all safety rules, regulations, precautions, and industry/trade practices.  Reporting directly to the Mechanical Shop Supervisor along with other plumbers, HVAC mechanics and trades helpers, the Plumbing Supervisor has duties that include but are not limited to:


  • Supervises plumbers and maintenance mechanic trades personnel to perform installation, repair, maintenance, and commissioning on a variety of plumbing systems.
  • Ensures the repair, overhaul, maintenance, and servicing of equipment such as (but not limited to: troubleshoots and analyzes defects or malfunctions in specialized pipeline systems and related fixtures; inspects piping system equipment and fixtures using diagnostic techniques such as tracing steam to locate a problem; checks steam system for leaks, defects in equipment, and malfunctions; observes and tests the operating efficiency of heating systems in order to localize malfunctions; independently conducts inspections of and troubleshoots piping systems identifying irregularities and existing and/or potential problems; and identifies source and nature of system malfunctions.
  • Replaces defective pipe by cutting, bending, threading, and assembling piping materials suited to the specialized use of the piping system; fits pipe sections by screwing, bolting, brazing, welding, gluing, fusing, soldering, and replacing connections with new mechanical couplings; and repairs, assembles, and installs related items needed to complete the system, such as dryers, acid pumps, filters, solenoids, separators, traps, pressure reducers and snubbers, electric and pneumatic controlling systems, hydraulic systems, vacuum pump, and other specialized equipment unique to the facility.
  • Oversees crews to trace and troubleshoot pipelines, systems, and equipment to locate and repair leaks and trouble spots; and performs safety and preventive maintenance repairs of systems and equipment. 
  • Provides administrative oversight to install clamps, brackets and hangers to support piping system and sprinkler and fire protection equipment, using hand and power tools.
  • Provides oversight for mechanics to install sprinkler heads and mounts prepared pipe in support and tests system for leaks using air or liquid pressure equipment.


  • Plans the work operations and material and manpower resources of the Plumbing Branch. 
  • Provides direct input and participates in meetings and or conferences with engineering, clients, and other senior leadership personnel involving the initial analysis of long-range work requirements for the plumbing systems throughout the campus. 
  • Works closely with the Facilities Management team to coordinate construction activities supporting the mission of the University and overall Master Plan. 

Project participation

  • Attends project planning and project progress meetings to assure maintainability and that plans meet established standards. 
  • Provides input regarding concerns and issues and keeps informed of construction that is planned or underway. 
  • Coordinates other maintenance services such as outages for construction and keeps users informed of construction activities. 
  • Participates in inspections and “walk-throughs” of completed construction work, noting problems of concern to Facilities Management or project team. 
  • Identifies actions which fall under construction warranties.


  • Coordinates procurement of supplies and materials to ensure availability when needed.
  • Approves purchase requests for supplies and materials. 
  • Monitors purchases to ensure efficient and economical use of supplies and materials. 
  • Authorizes purchases under open purchase agreements.
  • Maintains minimal shop stock. 


  • Supports after hours' events on Campus and provides assistance to event coordinator to ensure all plumbing systems are operating to building standards. 
  • Responds to emerging challenges with events to ensure proper function and communication.


  • Conducts inspections to ensure that building safety is maintained. 
  • Assures compliance with safety codes, Building Officials Code Administrators International (BOCA) standards, and local building codes. 
  • Directs staff regarding the inspection and correction of safety hazards. 
  • Ensures that building safety is maintained and personnel comply with applicable codes in conjunction with guidance from the Office of Safety and Environmental Management.

Contracted services

  • Coordinates contracted services to ensure that scheduling of external expertise when required.
  • Coordinates with building users and other parties regarding contractor work. 
  • Schedules and arranges related services to expedite contractor work. 
  • Participates in inspections and acceptance of completed contractor work and recommends withholding payments in situations requiring the correction of contractor work before acceptance.

 Staff supervision

  • Schedules, trains and supervises staff to ensure skilled coverage in providing plumbing maintenance services. 
  • Schedules and/or reviews and approves schedules of staff to ensure effective coverage for services. 
  • Conducts training classes.
  • Interviews and selects new employees. 
  • Evaluates employee performance.
  • Takes appropriate steps to correct inadequate performance and identifies areas where additional training is needed.
  • Ensures that supervised staff complies with departmental and University rules and requirements in order to ensure an efficient, cohesive and trouble free workplace.


  • Handles records processing and administration to ensure proper accountability and tracking of resources.
  • Performs administrative duties including entering maintenance data into the Computer Aided work order system.
  • Initiates correspondence with customers. 
  • Reviews and processes demand work requests, employee job sheets, and other administrative documents to account for all labor and materials (costs by work order and costs by building). 
  • Reports employee time and attendance.

Plumbing systems safety

  • Identifies deferred maintenance problems.
  • Responds to activated fire alarms and emergencies during the day shift to complete systems reset once all-clear is given by Georgetown University Police Department or DC fire. 
  • Inspects, checks and reviews systems to ensure proper operation. 
  • Coordinates with other organizations outside Facilities Management - for example,  Energy Management, Planning & Project Management, and Safety and Environmental Management.

 Forecasting and scheduling

  • Reviews the immediate and long-range requirements of the Plumbing Branch based on workload forecast; and develops work schedules to accomplish the mission. 
  • Supervises work crew installations, modifications, repairs, and maintenance of standard plumbing systems, pump systems and associated controls. 
  • Crews will work in teams or individually to troubleshoot, test, and inspect systems for proper operation. 
  • Senior level mechanics will generate requirements for supplies and material to address immediate and long range needs of the systems managed.     


  • High school diploma or certified equivalency
  • 4 to 5 years of related experience in the trade or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Journeyman card or ability to obtain one within 6 months
  • Certified completion of apprenticeship or equivalent training in the plumbing trade
  • Knowledge of how various high-pressure piping systems and equipment - such as steam heating, steam generation, and circulating pumps - are installed and operate
  • Ability to plan and lay out the installation, modification, and repair of various new and existing piping systems and equipment
  • Ability to interpret and apply building plans and blueprints, and to use shop mathematics to lay out angles, arcs, and circles
  • Knowledge of sprinkler piping systems and proper maintenance and installation
  • Knowledge of independently assembles, installation, and repairs replacement pipes, fittings, and fixtures of air, water, gas, and other specialized pipeline systems and related fixtures according to specifications and plumbing codes 
  • Knowledge of tests systems and equipment for proper operation, circulation, flow, pressure, and leak-free joints
  • Knowledge of specifications and fire codes to determine layout requirements
  • Knowledge of various welding methods and equipment with an unusually high degree of skill and independence, such as use of Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) stick, Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW / “TIG”), Gas metal arc welding (GMAW)/metal inert gas (MIG), plasma cutting, and oxygen and acetylene torch
  • Valid operator's license

The Plumbing Supervisor is an emergency employee, requiring work during inclement weather when the University may be closed, opening late or closing early, as well as active participation in campus snow removal operations.

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