BCFD - Business Construction and Facilities Department


The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is looking for an experienced Plumber to assemble, troubleshoot, repair, install, and replace plumbing hardware, fixtures, and piping for specialized and general facilities such as test stations, laboratories, rest rooms, air conditioning/heating systems, fluid systems, natural gas lines, water distribution systems, sprinkler systems an storm/sanitary drainage systems. Plan and layout required materials, test for proper performance after completing the work steps; make necessary adjustments to system and equipment to ensure compliant operation.

If you are interested in working in a premier research and development center, we are looking for someone like you!


As a Plumber at APL you will...
Work independently at the Plumber journeyman level to assemble, install, troubleshoot, and repair plumbing hardware, fixtures, and piping in general facilities per the plumbing code with minimal supervision.
Fabricate and install ductwork and HVAC equipment
Independently use hand/power tools and test equipment such as pipe threaders, drills, pipe cleaning devices, see snakes, etc. Apply information gained from testers to solve and correct problems.
Meet with supervisors, peers, and customers to give advice on types of plumbing equipment, materials to purchase, installation of new equipment, and problem solving of existing equipment.
Demonstrate knowledge of building/campus plumbing systems and Inter-National Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, OSHA rules. Coordinate work with customers for minimal disruptions and quick responses. 
Work from Maximo work orders using existing drawings and maintenance manuals making corrections with minimal supervision and create as-built documentation of existing conditions and new work. 
Work as multi-skilled and are able to demonstrate Level I skills in another trade. 


Special Working Conditions include: 

Working hours start at 6:00 am to 2:30 PM. Routinely operate APL vehicles and industrial equipment, utilize all personal protective equipment, outside work during inclement weather conditions, and overtime may be required.  Work from ladders/scaffolding/roofs, confined spaces. Lift 50 lbs. Assist other trades as directed.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

Possess a high school diploma, or the math and language skills equivalent to that of a high school graduate.

Have the skills and knowledge normally associated with the combination of a formal trades training program and verifiable on-the-job experience in the trade totaling at least 4 years of verifiable experience in the trade.

Have working knowledge of trade tools and equipment, including tapes, rules, saws, hand and power equipment, pipe threaders and cutters, and pipe wrenches; with the ability to identify grades and types of pipe, and be conversant with standard plumbing methods and techniques.

Are able to refer to and comprehend standard equipment operation and maintenance manuals.

Possess a valid driver’s license. The selected candidate will undergo a driving record evaluation. 

Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

Are able to obtain Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.


You go above and beyond the minimum qualifications if you...

Are familar with personal computers as well as word processing, spreadsheet, and maintenance management software.
Possess a State of Maryland Plumbers Licence and/or a Backflow Certification



Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.


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