University of Waterloo

Mechanic I - Plumber

Requisition ID 2023-11522
Plant Operations
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
Job Category
Maintenance (CUPE)
Job Location : Location


The Mechanic 1 (Plumber) is responsible for the installation, replacement and repair of complete hot and cold water systems, HVAC and other mechanical systems, kitchen and laboratory equipment and related service lines and controls, drainage, condensate return and sewer systems, fire hydrants, and all man-holes and tunnels, contributing towards providing a safe and accessible, invitingly clean and comfortable, functionally-enriched and well-maintained campus environment through service excellence.



Strategic Planning Supports

Strategic planning efforts addressing stewardship responsibilities and long-term sustainability of the University’s campus, facilities and infrastructure and maximizing opportunities for efficient delivery of campus services and optimal investments in University-wide infrastructure.



  • Performs assigned work within assigned facilities, including but not limited to:
  • Installs and repairs hot and cold water systems, steam systems, condensate systems and related equipment and controls.
  • Installs, maintains or repairs hot water tanks, steam coils, chilled water coils and lines, valves, water temperature and pressure regulators, and back flow preventors.
  • Maintains and repairs the entire drain and sewage systems and fire hydrants.
  • Maintains and repairs bottle washers, incinerators, autoclaves, steam cookers, acid waste and dilution tanks, as well as other equipment.


Provides trade and job instruction as well as work direction to other classifications. May coordinate work among other classifications


Health & Safety

In consideration of the University’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all faculty, support staff, students, and visitors, responsible for ensuring University facilities and departmental activities are compliant with all applicable legislation, regulations, codes and standards related to facilities operations as well as occupational health and environmental safety. Active in health and safety and incident prevention by adhering to departmental policy, procedures and safe work practices required by the University health, safety and environment management system (HSEMS), and in accordance with relevant health and safety legislation, developing and enhancing a safety culture among support staff.



Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and supports departmental activities, including performing work of other classifications within scope of trade practice, level of incumbent’s capability/ competency/ skills, and/ or regulatory requirements. May perform work of a lower classification/ pay band.


  • Minimum of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
  • Valid Provincial Trade Certification as a Plumber.
  • Valid Cross Connection / Backflow Device testing license.
  • Minimum five (5) years recent experience as a certified plumber.
  • Experience testing backflow devices.
  • Work experience within major institutional sector(s), such as education, post-secondary education, medical/ hospital or related construction industry, may be preferred. 
  • Must be customer and team oriented, as well as self-motivated and able to work successfully with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated and in-depth understanding of all related tools and shop equipment.
  • Sound knowledge of the trade.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and drawings, make accurate material takeoffs, and write summary reports of condition assessment surveys when necessary.
  • Possesses a valid Ontario class 'G' driver's license or equivalent.

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


Positions are open to qualified candidates who are legally entitled to work in Canada. 


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at  or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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