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Plumber III


Fourth level in a five-level career progression. Provides plumbing services. Performs a variety of tasks. Begins/completes the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) level three plumbing curriculum. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the field. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Works under general supervision. Exercises a certain degree of creativity and latitude. Typically reports to a supervisor/manager.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

Begin/complete hands-on training and education curriculum for level three plumbing (delivered by a certified instructor) through NCCER and demonstrate competency therein
Repair and preventively maintain faucets, sinks, traps, commodes, urinals, and flush valves
Maintain supply and discharge piping systems by opening clogged building and equipment piping
Repair and change out air compressors, booster pumps, and vacuum pumps
Install and repair plumbing for laboratories and classrooms, including safety showers, drinking fountains, deionized water, water heaters, point of use water filters, and reverse osmosis systems
Repair and preventively maintain gas, vacuum, air, chilled, steam, and hot water lines
Install and maintain sump pumps
Install, maintain, repair, and replace sanitary and storm sewer lines, including rod sewer lines
Clean and maintain shop and personal plumbing equipment
Clean and maintain personal protective equipment
Provide support to other trades and contractors
Coordinate materials and supplies for larger projects
Coordinate paperwork and process for scheduled work outages
Repair fume hood valves and vacuum breakers
Operate University of Florida (UF) vehicles
Perform related duties (as assigned)

Education and Experience

High school diploma or equivalent and three years of experience in the procedures and methods for installing, repairing, and maintaining plumbing fixtures, heating fixtures, and accessories. Completion of NCCER CORE and Plumbing Levels One, Two and Three.

Licensure and Certification

Backflow preventer certification for repair
Backflow preventer certification for testing
Florida Class E operator (driver) license


Supervisor provides daily written and verbal instructions
Does not directly supervise others

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