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ADVERTISEMENT: The Worcester Housing Authority is hiring a plumber to help with work in its approximately 3,000 public housing units across 24 developments throughout the City of Worcester. Journeyman plumber’s license and a valid, insurable driver’s license are required. Rate is $32.05 - $33.30/hour, depending upon license. Excellent benefits and a friendly work environment. Hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Position will require occasional overtime. Email resumes to jobs@worcester-housing.com. No calls. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities. EOE preference provided to Section 3 applicants.

POSITION TITLE: Plumber            

DEPARTMENT: Maintenance

STATUS: Non-Exempt

SALARY: $32.05/hour (Journeyman); $33.30 (Master)


Performs work related to plumbing found in housing units.


  1. Caulks and tests joints and pipe systems to eliminate the possibility of leaking;
  2. Measures, cuts, and threads black pipes and galvanized PVC, and copper pipes and fittings;
  3. Installs and checks valves and pressure gauges;
  4. Fabricates and installs insulation materials on pipes;
  5. Places and connects water and sewerage fixtures;
  6. Installs and maintains fixtures and accessories;
  7. Makes repairs to vacuum and condensate pumps;
  8. Thaws out frozen pipes;
  9. Repairs low pressure heating units;
  10. Flushes radiators and feeder lines in boilers;
  11. Regulates feed, temperature gauges, and other controls and gauges;
  12. Reads and interprets blueprints and engineering drawings and specifications;
  13. Selects and orders all materials, supplies, and equipment needed to undertake work;
  14. Plans and lays out work; estimates quantities of material to be used at each work location;
  15. Performs soldering of copper pipe and fitting;
  16. Performs emergency work in case of fire, flood, or snow removal if determined by management to be in the public interest.
  17. Repairs heating units as necessary.


  1. Performs similar job-related duties as assigned.


  1. High school diploma;
  2. Valid Massachusetts driver’s license;
  3. Journeyman (or Master) plumber’s license;
  4. Ability to install and maintain pipes and fittings and plumbing devices;
  5. Ability to work in tight and uncomfortable spaces, above and below floor spaces;
  6. Ability to be relied upon to be available for work.


These positions require working indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions and are subject to heavy and strenuous work. May encounter undesirable pests.

Environmental Parameters:

  1. Ability to work in a public housing environment [within occupied and unoccupied units, common spaces, boiler rooms, elevators, other closed areas, roofs, outside areas of properties] in all weather conditions [hot, cold, humid, dry and wet].
  2. Ability to work in an environment with conditions such as sleet, snow, dust and dirt, as well as cramped quarters and high places.
  3. Ability to work in environment with conditions which may include: fumes, odors, gases, chemicals, dust, grass, weeds and pollen as well as decibels in the range of 30-65

Physical Requirements:

1. Constant [ over 70% of the time]
a.    Repetitive arm/hand movement
b.    Eyesight and hearing
c.    Bending and twisting at waist
d.    Reaching above shoulder
e.    Lifting and carrying 25 pounds
f.     Driving
2. Frequent  [30-70% of the time]
a. Lifting 50 pounds
b. Climbing ladders
c. Kneeling and squatting
d. Standing and walking
3. Occasionally  [10-30% of the time]
a.S itting
b. Lifting up to 75 pounds
c. Pushing and pulling
d. Crawling
e. Climbing stairs

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