Plumber AA

Dulles Project Mgt Office, VA
Jan 07, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Full Time

Minimum Qualifications

  • A High School Diploma or possession of a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and satisfactory completion of vocational school or training program in plumbing


Twelve (12) months following the achievement of a particular grade level (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), an incumbent may be advanced to the next grade level provided he/she has taken and passed any required written or practical tests, acquired any required certifications and has met acceptable fitness for duty, work record and job performance requirements.
  • Levels AA
    • Six (6) years of experience as a journeyman plumber or a related role

  • Licensed Journeyman Plumber in MD, VA, DC or Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Journeyman Plumber
  • Must also obtain Gasfitter and Cross Connection Technician certification from MD, VA, DC, or WSSC within 12 months of hire
  • Possession of a valid District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia motor vehicle operator's license issued from jurisdiction of residence

  • N/A

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation
  • In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary

The Plumber is responsible for performing a variety of complex tasks involving the inspection, testing, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of plumbing and plumbing-related components in Fire Life Safety (FLS) systems.

Job Levels : At each successive grade level of this job (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), the incumbent is expected to demonstrate increased, distinguishing levels of proficiency and efficiency in knowledge, skills and abilities when performing the assigned duties and essential functions described in this job description

"AA Lead" Level : In addition to independently performing the most complex aspects of the duties and essential functions described, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring work responsibilities of a group or team are properly completed in a timely manner and acts in the absence of the supervisor as required.

Essential Functions
  • Performs scheduled inspections, preventative and corrective maintenance, repairs, adjustments, testing, and troubleshooting of assigned plumbing equipment in accordance with plumbing codes, diagrams, operation manuals and manufacturer's maintenance instructions.
  • Repairs cracked pipes and opens clogged drainage. May work from ladders, scaffolding, hydraulic man lifts and other high-rise equipment.
  • Observes plumbing systems and fixtures in operation to detect failures or locate causes of malfunctions. Dismantles devices and removes defective parts. Inspects used parts and equipment for changes in calibration, dimensional requirements and manufacturer's specifications. Tests and calibrates systems and equipment to ensure proper system operations using test equipment or precision measuring instruments.
  • Maintains complex plumbing systems including equipment washers and steam cleaning devices, air compressors, hydraulic lifts, water and drainage systems, and sprinkler systems.
  • Performs scheduled maintenance inspections and leak detection tests; solders or brazes tubing and piping; pours lead joints and seat equipment; installs and repairs complex combinations of couplings, unions and joints. Installs and replaces components in water heaters, tanks, sinks, showers, fuel and oil storage facilities in compliance with manufacturer's specifications by using approved procedures and test equipment.
  • Installs, modifies and makes repairs to plumbing by locating and tapping main line, setting up system routes, placing and cutting route openings, placing hangers. Properly levels and slopes pipes, determines the need for valves, traps and unions to ensure efficient system operation. Tests, repairs, replaces and installs back flow prevention devices per local jurisdictional codes.
  • Interprets building plans, blueprints and sketches to plan and lay out the routing, placement, fall and proper operation of plumbing systems and equipment. Completes routing and placement of systems leading to equipment; seats, connects and tests systems and equipment. Identifies the appropriate parts needed to complete the job. Marks positions of pipe and connections in walls and floors.
  • Lays out work assignments, determines methods, techniques and materials needed to effectively accomplish assignments.
  • Maintains fire life safety (FLS) systems that have plumbing components. Supports Fire Protection Shop by draining standpipes as required (in tunnels and stations) after system safety tests, hydro flow tests, and after emergency discharge.
  • Supports general equipment mechanical operations, repairs discharge pipes at drainage pumping stations.
  • Completes required documentation and reports for the repair and maintenance of plumbing systems. Completes the proper forms, tags, log books and other documentation that records maintenance work and enters this data into computer systems. Prepares parts requisitions for the supervisor's approval.

Other Functions
  • Supports response efforts during emergencies by providing immediate maintenance to protect assets. Responds to and assists during severe weather emergencies.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.