Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: P4002 / Master Plumber
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Plans and performs preventive maintenance and emergency repairs on plumbing systems. Maintains the inspection backflow preventer and boilers database.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Maintains and repairs general plumbing components to include toilets, urinals, faucets, hose bibs, and drains.
  2. Installs, repairs, or replaces domestic hot and cold water lines.
  3. Repairs and replaces steam to hot water exchangers for major building heating systems and pools.
  4. Repairs and replaces pneumatic steam valves, radiator valves, traps, and steam and condensate pipes.
  5. Repairs and replaces domestic hot water heat pumps, chilled water pumps, sump pumps, and sewage pumps.
  6. Installs, tests, and repairs all sizes of backflow prevention devices.
  7. Leads troubleshooting efforts and repairs steam, water, and gas distribution systems.
  8. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  9. Provides sketches and dimensions used by drafters to create plans for subcontractor work.
  10. Researches catalogs and vendor services for complex and/or customized system retrofits.
  11. Interprets and applies mechanical and structural blueprints to plan plumbing repairs and modifications.
  12. In coordination with management, assigns to and tracks corrective and preventive maintenance tasks given to subordinate plumbers.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 6 years of trades experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Possession of a current New Mexico Journeyman Plumber/Gas Fitter (JPG) License.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Plumbing installation, maintenance, and repair skills.
  • Knowledge of steam, water, and natural gas distribution systems maintenance and repair.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.
  • Ability to lead others in troubleshooting and emergency repairs.
  • Ability to develop and implement planned maintenance programs.
  • Ability to read, understand, and follows safety procedures.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position Requires: a) Estimate jobs, layout and material selection; b) Interpret plumbing and mechanical system building prints; c) Lead troubleshooting and repair efforts on steam, water, gas distribution system components and backflow prevention devices; d) Troubleshoot sewage systems; e) Lead junior technicians in complex repair work.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.
  • All regular, non-temporary positions assigned to this classification are represented by a labor union and subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.
  • Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 05/04/2021