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Mechanic I (Plumber/Sprinkler Installer)

Mechanic I (Plumber/Sprinkler Installer)

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
Custodial (CUPE)
5506 - Plant Operations-Mechanical
Job Status 
Regular Full-Time
Hiring Range 

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Reporting to a Section Supervisor, the Mechanic I (Plumber/Sprinkler Installer) is assigned to the maintenance of plumbing, HVAC, sprinkler and other mechanical systems on campus, provides trade, job instruction and work direction to lower classifications and performs other duties as assigned.


The Mechanic I may decide on the need, methods and materials for maintenance and methods and materials for installations. Communicates, reports, advises and receives instruction from supervisory staff concerning costs, priority of work, manpower requirements, breakdown emergencies, condition assessments, code compliance and procurement of materials. Coordinates the work of other employees who are assigned to assist with tasks.


The Mechanic I does the work of other trades as required to the limit of their skill, training and code requirements. 


Examples include but are not limited to:

The installation and maintenance of pressure piping systems, sanitary and storm drainage systems, maintenance and repair of HVAC system components, plumbing system fixtures and components, pipe insulation, wet, dry and pre-action sprinkler systems, clean agent fire suppression systems, hydrant flushing and maintenance, code compliant modifications to existing fire protection systems, the requisitioning of materials, inventory confirmation, elements of design for special projects, coordinating work assignments and documentation of activities to meet code compliance obligations.


  • Must have an OSSD or equivalent
  • Completed apprenticeship as a plumber and / or sprinkler installer
  • Provincial trade certification 427A as a Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer and five years recent practical experience in maintenance in an industrial, commercial or institutional setting
  • Backflow testing certification is required
  • Familiarity with plumbing and fire codes, the installation and repair of all services related to HVAC and plumbing distribution systems, hydrants, sprinkler and fire suppression systems is essential
  • Must be able to read and interpret blueprints and drawings and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing