Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Deadline: 29 Nov 2022

Tired of working in the rain, the heat and the cold…looking for stability with year-round employment? Our Drywall Taper/Plasterer (Mason/Plasterer) position will provide you with one main job site, all tools provided, multiple retirement plans, health, life and long-term disability insurance coverage, pre-tax savings opportunities, vacation AND sick leave, 12 paid holidays, assistance with child and elder care, a free regional transit pass and active commute support, tuition exemption, no sales pressure, an employee health program, work/life balance, and more!

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

UW Facilities manages the University’s buildings, infrastructure and land, with more than 1,100 employees in a variety of fields. The Asset Management group includes Capital & Space Management, Real Estate, Sustainability and other teams responsible for planning and workload management. The Operations group includes Project Delivery, Maintenance & Construction, Campus Utilities & Operations, Building Services, Transportation Services and Safety. Supporting these groups, as well as the separate Emergency Management team, are the Business Intelligence & Information Technology group and the Finance & Administration group. Please visit the UW Facilities web page for more information: UW Facilities .

Maintenance & Construction (M&C) is responsible for general maintenance, repair, and renovations of all University of Washington (UW) main campus facilities including building interiors, exteriors, and grounds, as well as logistics, moving, and disposal of surplus equipment and furniture.

Under the direction of the supervisor and lead, perform work which includes, but is not limited to, journey - level masonry and plastering work, including bricklaying, plastering, and cement finishing, altering, repairing, and maintaining buildings, facilities, equipment, and grounds.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

• Develop preliminary cost estimates for installations and repairs.
• Read and interpret blueprints and/or working drawings.
• Lay bricks and blocks.
• Prepare cement floors, sidewalks, stairs, and curbing; pour concrete floors, walls, and foundations.
• Mix and apply glues, cements, and grouts; apply nonskid surfaces such as safety strips.
• Operate power hammers and trowels, core drills, jackhammers, and diamond saws to remove concrete and other surfaces for repair and installation of conduit, air lines, etc.
• Power wash sidewalks and outdoor stairways.
• Estimate materials and time required for completion of jobs and projects.
• Operate and maintain a variety of power and hand tools.
• Keep leads and supervisors informed of project status and work progress, required project materials and equipment.
• Operate machinery such as forklifts, scissor-lifts, and high rangers.
• Load and unload materials and supplies.
• Operate vehicles such as UW vans and trucks to transport tools, equipment and personnel to various job sites.
• May instruct semiskilled workers.
• Communicate and coordinate with other UW Facilities shops and other business partners such as EH&S, Engineering Services, Design Services, Capital Planning & Development and UW Information Technology to facilitate work.
• Know and comply with occupational health and safety regulations specific to the work and conduct on the job, including Safety Data Sheet (SDS) instructions, Hazard Review Checklists (HRCs) and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
• Comply with all UW and UW Facilities policies and procedures, M&C protocols, i.e., Individual Accountability Protocols (IAP).
• Support all management directives and the vision and values of M&C.
• Participate in and follow through with M&C process improvement initiatives, including Balanced Scorecard (BSC), incorporating metrics and Lean principles into internal work processes, and promoting employee engagement in continuous improvements and innovation.
• Actively participate in meetings and training as scheduled.
• Provide excellent customer service through effective, courteous and professional interactions with clients, colleagues and the campus community.
• Other duties as required

Core Competencies

• Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness.
• Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively.
• Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems.
• Be responsible and accountable.
• Use organizational skills and provide attention to details.
• Maintain a positive, optimistic, and success-oriented attitude.
• Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous.
• Exhibit a professional work ethic.
• Continuously promote a safe work environment.

Requirements include:

• Completion of a recognized apprenticeship as a mason/plasterer,
or full journey status as a mason/plasterer in a union;
or four years' applicable work experience.
Vocational training may be substituted for work experience on a year-for-year basis.
• Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license.

Additional Requirements include:

• Demonstrated successful ability in taking direction, working well with others and as a member of a team.
• Demonstrated excellent effective verbal and written communication skills.
• Possession of a valid Washington State driver’s license.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Knowledge and practical experience with WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety & Health Act) and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Act) regulations.
• Demonstrated proficiency with standard productivity software including Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent products
• Experience mixing and applying base coat plaster over lathe or any other type surface to which plaster will adhere; repairing and finishing drywall; preparing masonry floors for floor coverings; repairing and installing ceramic tile and grout; repairing and installing vinyl/polymer floor tile, cove base and tile for walls and floors, including materials such as quarry, ceramic, marble and brick pavers.
• Experience in the utilization of craft tools, including wet saws for efficient installation and repair of complex tile jobs.
• Experience in the proper and safe application of chemicals and grouts, including epoxy and waterproof membranes.

Conditions of Employment:

• May be required to accept variable work shift.
• Work may require access to confined spaces and heights using approved safety precautions.
• Ability to lift and move heavy material may be required.
• Must be able to work in all weather conditions.
• Approved footwear must be provided at the employee’s expense and worn on the job.
• Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job.
• Must participate in medical screening/monitoring (such as TB screening and proof of measles inoculation) required for work assignments in locations, including but not limited to, nonhuman primate areas, the Animal Research and Care Facility, and the University of Washington Medical Center.
• Must be able to work in a non-smoking environment.
• Regular and predictable attendance is required.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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