Careers at Virginia Tech

Master Plumber

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Student Affairs
Department: Facilities & Operations
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Facilities / Skilled Trades, Student Affairs / Services

Job Description

We are seeking a certified Master Plumber to enhance our maintenance team. We are looking for a great fit to join our Facilities and Operations team within Student Affairs Housing Maintenance, a dedicated department of professionals committed to maintaining 47 residence halls and serving more than 10,500 residents.

This role is pivotal in ensuring residence hall plumbing system operation, alongside occasional support in minor electrical and mechanical equipment repairs. Reporting directly to the Housing Maintenance Supervisor, this position also involves close collaboration with the Associate Director for Facilities for larger projects or customer service needs.

You’ll be expected to:
• Install, maintain, and repair plumbing systems across Virginia Tech's residence halls.
• Contribute to the training and development of maintenance department trainees.
• Provide master-level skills in minor electrical and mechanical equipment repairs, as needed.
• Train and supervise both professional and student employees, ensuring work quality and service timeliness.

What You Will Bring:
• A Master Plumber certification, accompanied by significant experience in plumbing installations, maintenance, and repairs.
• A demonstrated ability to mentor and lead a team, fostering a learning and growth environment.
• Exceptional customer service skills, with a passion for making a positive impact on the resident experience at Virginia Tech.
• The ability to work collaboratively across teams and with different levels of the organization.

Why Virginia Tech?
Our benefits package is designed with health insurance, generous paid leave, a comprehensive retirement plan, and much more. Join us, and be a part of a team that takes pride in creating a home away from home for our students.

Required Qualifications

• Current Virginia Master Plumbers Tradesman License or a journeyman license with commensurate experience.
• Considerable experience in maintenance and repair of plumbing systems.
• Ability to troubleshoot/diagnose issues in a residential/commercial environment.
• Excellent customer service and communication skills and the ability to use them in a team setting.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in a large commercial or institutional setting.
• Formal vocational education.
• Experience with an online work order system.
• Significant knowledge of steam systems.

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Salary Information

Salary $55,000 - $60,000/year and commensurate with experience

Review Date

July 8, 2024

Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as a driving check with a safe driving record.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Sarah Schuster at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

About Student Affairs:

Student Affairs at Virginia Tech fosters a community where each student creates a customized experience to meet their goals. Building on our motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice our Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. We are actively seeking people to join our community and help us prepare leaders for the world. Our people in Student Affairs are committed to student well-being and assuring that all students Experience VT by demonstrating, supporting, and operationalizing our Aspirations for Student Learning. If you are someone dedicated to ensuring student success, then we want you to consider being a part of our team!

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