Painter/Plumber, Facility & Project Management

Seattle Pacific University   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on September 8, 2023
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Painter/Plumber, Facility & Project Management

About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission.

Diversity Statement

As part of our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an excellent and diverse staff and faculty. Diversity is an ethos that is inseparable from our Christian faith. At SPU, we recognize diversity as a basic feature of God's creation and a core theme of the gospel. At the heart of our mission-centered commitment to becoming a more diverse community is a desire to represent the breadth of God's kingdom more fully.

We strive to become a workplace of choice and to recruit, develop, and retain faculty and staff who can embrace, value, and engage differences with humility and care. We invite you to join us on our journey by starting a career at SPU! Learn more about SPU's commitment to diversity and opportunities for our employees to deepen their capacity to serve our increasingly diverse student body.

Seattle Pacific University provides reasonable accommodation to applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the application or hiring process please contact the Human Resources Department at (206)281-2809, or email Notification must be given at least five (5) working days before the accommodation is needed.

Job Description:

General Summary: Applies paint and other protective coatings to interior and exterior surfaces. Maintains paint and painting equipment inventory. Performs work on piping systems transporting liquids, gases, and steam, including both supply and drain piping and related fixtures.

  • Removes old coatings such as paint and wall paper.
  • Prepares surfaces using materials such as sand paper, paint remover, and steel wool, and equipment such as wire brushes, and scrapers.
  • Repairs surfaces by caulking nail holes, cracks, and joints by patching plaster and sheet rock surfaces.
  • Proficient in installing, taping, mudding, texturing, and finishing drywall.
  • Applies coats of paint, varnish, stains, enamel, or lacquer to all types of interior and exterior building surfaces, building trim, windows, doors, machines, metal shelving, and equipment by brushing, rolling, or spray painting. Applies paint with cloth, brush, sponge, or fingers to create special effects such as wood grain, marble, brick, tile, or other decorative effects. Applies wall coverings, refinishes hardwood floors, shelving, and wood furniture.
  • Performs ancillary protective work such as erecting barriers, posting signage, masking baseboards, door-frames, and windows; placing drop cloths;  Protects work area furnishings and surfaces, and removing pictures, switch plates and outlet covers. Maintains neat and tidy work area. Confines dust to work area by properly placing zippered wall containment plastic sheeting. Provides secondary spill containment when transporting paint.
  • Mixes/blends colors at proper consistency for application with brushes and rollers.
  • Maintains, repairs, and replaces: potable water lines, drain lines, roof drains, storm water systems, and catch basins, made from metal or plastic; including piping, vents, and related fixtures such as faucets, toilets, pumps, hot water tanks, valves, drinking fountains, hot water heaters, safety showers, eye wash stations, grease traps for liquids such as domestic supply water and waste, and storm water runoff.
  • Installation, testing, certifying for the city, and repairing back flow preventers on domestic water supply systems. Earns and maintains Washington State Backflow Assembly Tester (B.A.T.) certificate.
  •  Installs, maintains, repairs, and replaces landscape irrigation systems including piping and related fixtures such as sprinkler heads and control valves.
  • Paints repaired and new piping.
  • Performs excavation trench protection and back-filling as required by maintenance and installation work.
  • Performs pipe and tubing joining, including silver braising, soft soldering, compression joints, flaring, and other methods common to the trade.
  • Performs preventative maintenance on sewer and drain systems.
  • Maintains plumbing equipment and tools such as sewer machine, sewer camera, cutter, snake, hand and power tools.


  • Carries and deploys ladders. Performs work from ladders, elevated platforms and rooftops.
  • Inspects worksite for planned work's impact on other faculty and staff. Consults with his supervisor and our departmental safety plans to ensure safety and regulatory compliance. Works with his/her supervisor to either prevent or communicate planned outages with key staff and departments.
  • Will be on-call on a rotating basis approximately 4 times per year. The person on-call is responsible to be available via phone or pager during off-hours, including weekends, and be able to respond to the campus within two hours of being contacted. While serving on-call this position may perform a variety of maintenance activities such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and door hardware/locks.
  • All Facilities employees are designated as "essential staff" and are subject to working during times that the university closes due to inclement weather or an emergency.


  • Abates minor amounts of asbestos, lead, and mold under direction and supervision of an Asbestos Supervisor. Earns and maintains an EPA Lead Renovator Certification (8-hr). Earns and maintains a minimum of 32-hour Asbestos Worker Certification. Receive training and perform some mold remediation.


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Graduation from a vocational technical school with a concentration in plumbing systems and repair or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of building codes and work practices involved in the plumbing and painting profession.
  • Minimum of 4 years journeyman level work experience in paint application. Four years of on-the-job experience with demonstrated journeyman level plumbing skills.
  • Ability to make calculations required in sizing and layout of piping systems. Ability to read and interpret blueprints, schematic drawings, and other technical instructions.
  • Work experience that proves good judgement in making decisions, asking for help, bringing forward problems, communication with others, and working around moving machinery and electricity.
  • Valid driver's license. Must be able to drive service vehicle. Must maintain a good driving record.
  • Must be physically able to wear a tight fitting half mask respirator and pass annual medical exam. Must be physically able to perform mold remediation (training will be provided).
  • Ability to properly use hand tools and power equipment used in the trade. Ability to operate trailerable jackhammer and equipment.   Must be able to load and unload materials.
  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds. Must be able to carry, deploy, climb and lift different size ladders. Ability to work from ladders and elevated platforms. Must be able to climb stairs and ladders while carrying supplies or equipment. Must be comfortable working at heights and on building roofs. Must be able to access all areas of campus, including building roofs, any hour of the day or night.
  • Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions. Ability to learn and act on new technical or complex information. Effective work habits, including commitment to quality of work, attention to detail, time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to achieve and maintain a minimum of 32-hour Asbestos Worker Certification (training will be provided as needed); EPA Lead Renovator Certification (8-hour), Washington State Backflow Assembly Tester (B.A.T.) certificate.
  • Strong personal commitment to the University's Christian ministry and mission statement.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Journeyman level certification or graduation from a vocation technical school in painting.
  • Mold remediation training or experience.
  • Knowledge of or experience with building codes, electrical codes, and fire codes.
  • Fall Arrest training.
  • Experience with TMA work order tracking software.

Additional Information:

Position will remain open until filled.

All SPU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentary proof of vaccination unless an exception applies. For more information, see SPU's Vaccination Requirements FAQs web page.

Salary:  $61,000 - $64,000 DOE

This is a full time position with excellent benefits. SPU pays the employee premium for medical, dental, and vision insurance. SPU makes generous contributions to an employee HSA account and to a retirement account with immediate vesting. Tuition discount program available for the employee and qualified immediate family members.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter and resume along with the online application.