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Plumber IV


Fifth (final) level in a five-level career progression. Provides plumbing services. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. Begins/completes the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) level four plumbing curriculum. Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on 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 four plumbing (delivered by a certified instructor) through NCCER and demonstrate competency therein
Maintain supply and discharge piping systems by opening clogged building and systems piping and replaces diaphragms
Team lead for three or more employees
Coordinate materials and supplies for larger projects
Coordinate paperwork and process for scheduled work outages
Repair and preventively maintain faucets, sinks, traps, commodes, urinals, and flush valves
Repair and preventively maintain gas, vacuum, air, chilled, steam, and hot water lines
Detect the location of gas leaks and repairs accordingly
Install and maintain sump pumps
Repair and change out air compressors, booster pumps, and vacuum pumps
Repair and replace plumbing fixtures, including backflow preventers
Install, maintain, repair, and replace sanitary and storm sewer lines, including rod sewer lines
Clean and maintain shop and personal plumbing equipment and personal protective equipment
Provide support to other trades and contractors
Install and repair plumbing for laboratories and classrooms, including safety showers, drinking fountains, deionized water, water heaters, point of use water filters, domestic, and reverse osmosis systems
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 four years of experience in the procedures and methods for installing, repairing, and maintaining plumbing fixtures, heating fixtures, and accessories; appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

– Currently NCCER Certified in trade or pass NCCER Knowledge Verification and NCCER Performance Verification within 4 months.
– Pass trade specific Critical Task Assessment within 4 months
– Complete NCCER Core within 6 months

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
Team lead for three or more employees

To see common career pathways for each position at the University of Florida please visit the Career Paths section of the UFHR website.