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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

To assemble, install and repair piping, fixtures and equipment used in the distribution and drainage of water and water-carried wastes, air, gas, steam, heating water, and chilled water, under low or high pressure. 

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


Install new, or inspect and repair piping systems including water mains, service lines, sewer lines, air and gas lines, valves, gauges, pumps and fixtures, including sinks, water heaters, toilets, urinals, and disposals.

Install new, or inspect and repair steam, condensate, and water lines, equipment, radiators, traps, valves, pumps, gauges, controls, fittings and accessories.

Install new Medical Gas piping including mains, branches, wall outlets and proper testing.

Cut pipe and thread, using threading machine or other mechanical method, and bend pipe by hand or with pipe-bending machine.

Assemble and install pipe and pipe fittings of brass, cast-iron, copper, lead, glass, plastic and other materials.

Join piping by means of threaded, caulked, soldered, brazed, fused, pressed, cemented or welded joints.

Cut or bore through walls, ceilings or partitions.

Test piping systems for leaks using gauges.

Secure pipes to structures with clamps, brackets and hangers. 

Unplug clogged drains, pipes and fixtures using a drain snake.

Install and maintain boilers, and refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Read and interpret blueprints, diagrams, sketches and job specifications.

Install, repair and maintain fire protection systems.

Prepare records and service reports of materials and time expended.

Required Qualifications*

Graduation from high school, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Current Journey Plumber’s license (maintained for the duration of employment in the classification) and backflow certification (maintained for the duration of employment in the classification).  

Considerable knowledge of the methods, equipment, and materials used in the installation and repair of domestic water, steam, heating, chilled water distribution systems and fixtures.

Reasonable experience in the installation and repair of water distribution systems and fixtures. Considerable skill in the operation of plumbing and pipefitting tools, power equipment, and machinery. Ability to exercise tact and discretion in relationships with others.

Reasonable knowledge of plumbing codes.

Ability to read and interpret blueprints and specifications.

Ability to perform the essential functions of the classification in areas that can be located at high elevations; behind or beneath obstacles; in confined spaces; subject to high heat; underground; in walls or floors; inside or outside buildings.

Working knowledge of underground water mains, drain pipes and associated valves, pits, separators, and structures.

Working knowledge of steam, hydronic, chemical treatment, and other process piping systems.

Ability to observe safety precautions in the operation of tools, power equipment, and machinery.

Reasonable knowledge of the maintenance requirements of steam, heating, chilled water, and domestic water lines, fixtures, and controls.

Must be able to fulfill the requirements necessary to drive a University vehicle 

Desired Qualifications*

Current Master Plumber's license.

6010 Medical gas certification (maintained for the duration of employment in the classification).

Fire Pump Test Certification.

4-6 years of fire suppression system experience.

Knowledge of regulatory standards pertaining to NFPA 13, 16, 20, and 25.

Knowledge of FM Standards on Loss Prevention.

Functional knowledge of wet, dry, pre-action and deluge sprinkler systems.

Knowledge of proper tool use, principles, methods, and techniques in fire sprinkler pipe fitting.

Reasonable ability to use a computer, including data entry, online research, use of internet, email and document manipulation.

Must be able to demonstrate effective communication and customer service skills with a variety of people at different organization level, including, staff, faculty and students.

Experience with Halon, Carbon Dioxide and other specialty fire suppression systems.

Reasonable knowledge of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).

Knowledge of Google Cloud technology products (or equivalent).

Excellent organization skills with the ability to effectively prioritize and manage changing demands.

Working knowledge of steam, hydronic, chemical treatment and other process piping systems.

Working knowledge of underground water mains, drain pipes and associate valves, pits, separators and structures.

Previous plumbing experience in a healthcare setting, maintenance and/or construction experience in all phases of plumbing; residential, commercial and industrial.

Experience working with an automatic work order system.

Exceptional communication and customer service skills.

Ability to work well with a teamwork environment.

Desired candidate would ensure plumbing installations meet appropriate codes and standards.

Candidates for this position will need to transport tools, move work cart and travel long distances in large Hospital complex with or without accommodations, and will need to drive a department vehicle where needed for assignments to remote facilities.

This position will require frequent moving and positioning with the execution of daily work duties.

Licensure & Certification

Current State of Michigan Journey Plumber's license (maintained for the duration of the classification employment)
ASSE Backflow Certification
Current State of Michigan Master Plumber's license
6010 Medical Gas Certification
Fire pump test certification

Work Schedule

Shift:  Sunday through Thursday,  3:00pm to 11:30 pm

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Michigan Medicine also requires candidates to complete a new employee health assessment.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.