U.S. Embassy & Consulates in South Africa: Maintenance Mechanic – Plumbing


We currently have a vacancy for a Maintenance Mechanic – Plumbing, to be based in Pretoria, Gauteng.

Duties & Responsibilities

Purpose Of Role

The incumbent reports to the Building Engineer Supervisor.  The incumbent is employed as a journeyman level Maintenance Mechanic – Plumber to carry out skilled maintenance and repair work on the critical and non-critical mechanical and plumbing systems throughout the, primarily Residential Quarters and, secondarily,  New Embassy Compound (NEC) or New Consulate Compound (NCC) functional/office buildings, on-compound ancillary support and residential buildings, above and below ground infrastructures, recreational facilities, and other owned/leased properties.

Major Duties and Responsibilities                                                                                                    

Will complete assigned tasks within the allotted time established in the Collaborative Management Initiative (CMI) service standards, and according to International Building Code (IBC) standards.  The incumbent specializes in plumbing and mechanical systems operation and maintenance.    Systems include, but are not limited to; water supply and storage, filtration, disinfection and other water treatments, hot water systems and equipment, piping, tubing, fittings and controls, irrigation, domestic plumbing fixtures including waterless urinals, drainage, sanitary systems, on-site sewage treatment, and storm water management.

Operations & Maintenance Support  

  1. Performs preventive maintenance and repairs on plumbing/mechanical systems including: air compressors, fire suppression systems, commercial and domestic toilet facilities, fixtures, valves, piping, domestic water and sump pumps, water supply boosters, water sewage treatment systems, domestic and solar water heaters, fuel pumps, oil-water separators and grease traps to ensure optimal and un-interrupted operation of the mechanical systems.   Duties also include maintenance of gutters and roof drains, storm drains, and the irrigation systems as applicable.  Responds to scheduled, unscheduled and preventive maintenance work orders generated by the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  2. Identifies and corrects  infrastructure and equipment problems by performing plumbing and associated mechanical inspections every day as part of a proactive maintenance plan to maintain  facilities and equipment in  an efficient operating condition, prevent degradation of property, equipment, and system components, and prevent failures that would cause service interruption.  Ensures that all assigned maintenance tasks are carried out promptly as described in the work orders, and in accordance with manufactures repair or replacement requirements.  The following systems are part of the incumbent’s responsibility: domestic hot and cold water piping systems, wastewater piping systems and vent stacks, storm water management systems, chilled water systems, water treatment facilities, swimming pool equipment, fire suppression systems, compressed air systems, and irrigation systems.  The incumbent will be required to make repairs using many different types of pipe and fittings such as PVC and CPVC, copper, galvanized, concrete, black, etc.
  3. Responds to emergency calls during off-duty hours, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week (24/7), when critical systems have stopped functioning, or there is an imminent threat to the life safety of personnel, or structure integrity.
  4. Assists with monitoring the work of specialty service contractor’s, as delegated, and provides feedback to the Building Engineer Supervisor and/or the Senior/Deputy Facility Manager concerning the contractor’s quality of work.
  5. Monitors weekly and monthly water (potable and gray water) system performance to maintain system reliability and provides report on any discrepancies to the Building Engineer Supervisor and the Senior/Deputy Facility Manager.


Required Qualifications

Qualifications Required For Effective Performance


Completion of secondary school is required. Completion of vocational training program from an accredited institute recognized as producing journeyman level plumbers and mechanical system specialist trained in the maintenance of commercial or industrial buildings/facilities is required.  Training through a recognized apprenticeship program provided by a trade union is considered acceptable.

Prior Work Experience

A minimum of three (3) years’ experience working as a journey-level plumber in the repair and maintenance of plumbing/mechanical systems in commercial or industrial facilities is required.  Must have experience working with PVC, CPVC, copper, galvanized, concrete, and black pipe; circulation and well pumps, and water treatment equipment.


English level II (Limited Knowledge) Written/Speaking/Reading in English is required.

One of South African official languages level III (Good knowledge) Written/Speaking/Reading is required.

Job Knowledge

The incumbent is required to have a thorough, technical understanding of major building plumbing/mechanical systems and equipment, with a specialty in plumbing systems.  Familiarization with general mechanical systems, including domestic hot and cold water piping systems, wastewater piping systems and vent stacks, storm water management systems, chilled water systems, water treatment facilities, swimming pool equipment, fire suppression systems, compressed air systems, and irrigation systems is required.  Familiarization with the many different types of pipe and fittings (PVC and CPVC, copper, galvanized, concrete, black, etc.) is required.  Must know how to diagnose the root cause of a problem and what materials and equipment will be needed to facilitate repairs.  Must know how to work safely on equipment, systems and associated components including the use of lock-out / tag-out safety measure.   Knowledge of IBC standards, and fire and life safety codes is required.

Skills and Abilities

The incumbent must be skilled at reading and interpreting technical documents including layout drawings, as-built drawings, riser diagrams, equipment schedules, operations and maintenance manuals, and other manufacturer’s literature.  The incumbent shall have the skills and abilities in the following areas: diagnosing and repairing filtration systems, water pumps, hot and cold water systems; testing potable water system components, monitoring of chemical and salt injection systems, and taking equipment readings with various meters; use of hand tools, power tools, and specialty tools to determine appropriate repairs.  Additional skills include installation and repair to the various types of plumbing pipe such as PVC and CPVC, copper, galvanized, concrete, and black pipe; distinguishing frequencies and sounds, color codes and odors in the operation of equipment in order to troubleshoot for repairs.  Additional abilities include responding to emergency situations in an efficient and timely manner to effect immediate repairs; work in various adverse conditions such as tight or enclosed spaces, on ladders at various heights, and in temperature extremes, indoors or outdoors to complete work assignments; communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, contractors and vendors to obtain and provide pertinent information. Must be computer literate, able to navigate through the Microsoft Office Suite software including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point; able to draft reports and create spreadsheets, and able to write e-mails and research information on the Internet.  A valid driver’s license is required.  Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to handle a large workload and multiple tasks.  Must be organized.



All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or Public Trust clearance.

If you have not heard back from us within two weeks after the submission date has closed, please consider your application unsuccessful for this vacancy