Master Plumber

  • Job Reference: 00001856-1
  • Date Posted: 9 November 2021
  • Company: Institute for Advanced Study
  • Location: Princeton, New Jersey
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Construction
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

The Plumber position is a member of Facilities Operations responsible for planning and performing journeyman level work to inspect, maintain, repair, modify, and install IAS plumbing, heating, water, gas, utility, drainage and other related systems. Follows IAS rules and regulations at all times, along with established safety procedures.


With minimal supervision, the incumbent shall perform the following duties and responsibilities. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Perform all facets of the plumbing and heating trade in accordance with the National Standard Plumbing Code in a safe and effective manner. Investigates problems with plumbing systems, evaluates alternate solutions and provides sound recommendations to supervisors. In emergency situations, takes immediate steps to contain the problem and to restore the system to good operating order. Examples of this work include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Assembles, installs and repairs plumbing fixtures such as sinks, commodes, bathtubs, water heaters, hot water tanks, and dishwashers.
    • Assemble and installs valves, pipe fittings, and pipes composed of metals such as iron, steel and plastic. Cuts and threads pipe.  Joins pipes by the use of screwed, bolted, soldered, caulked or plastic solvent joints.
    • Installs, repairs, modifies and maintains gas and oil fired residential heating systems.
  • Pressure tests piping systems to insure there are no leaks and that all system components are operating properly.
  • Maintains, troubleshoots, tests and inspects backflow prevention devices.
  • Maintains current knowledge of the National Standard Plumbing Code and other applicable building codes.
  • Reads, understands and interprets construction related documents (drawings, submittals, technical manuals and specifications) in order to determine equipment and materials required or appropriate methods of installation.
  • Ensures proper care in the safe use and maintenance of vehicles, tools and equipment.
  • Maintains records of corrective and preventive work assignments received through an automated work order system (School Dude).
  • Assists other trades personnel in work projects or special assignments.
  • Responds to emergency call-ins on campus and for emergency after hours work as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Must have significant journey level plumbing experience, along with the trade knowledge to effectively understand and perform all facets of the plumbing trade in accordance with the National Standard Plumbing Code and other applicable codes.
  • Must have strong background in residential/small commercial heating (installations, boiler repair, gas and oil furnaces, etc.)
  • Must possess high school diploma or an equivalency (GED)
  • Must be able to investigate routine and emergency problems with plumbing and heating systems, evaluate alternative solutions and provide sound recommendations to supervisors.
  • Must be able to safely and effectively carry out corrective actions.
  • Must be able to read and interpret construction drawings, specifications, submittals, cut sheets, layouts and other plumbing trade related documentation.
  • Must be able to properly and safely use the tools of the trade and carry out all tasks expected of a plumber.
  • Must have an excellent ability to work both independently and with other trades personnel and customers.
  • Must be available for after hours and emergency call back work, which may involve the carrying of a cell phone.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and be able to pass a background check.
  • Must be able to meet the physical requirements listed below.
  • Must be able to lift or carry up to 50 pounds frequently and 100 pounds occasionally


  • Certification as a Licensed Master Plumber in the State of New Jersey.
  • Completion of a State recognized four-year apprentice training program in plumbing. 

Please note that proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to work on campus.  

Individuals are eligible to request an accommodation based on a medical exemption or profession of sincerely-held religious beliefs.  

The Institute for Advanced Study is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants.  We believe in the inherent value of diversity and equal opportunity, recognizing that a truly diverse workforce will bring a wider array of perspectives, as well as more innovative and effective solutions, to the organization.   As a community dedicated to intellectual inquiry, we are resolutely committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package which includes subsidized health and dental insurance, an excellent retirement plan, and a generous paid time off program.