High Voltage Electrician, Facilities Services - -

University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, CA4.2

Full-time$55 an hour
About Berkeley
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 3, 2018
Departmental Overview
Facilities Services works to maintain a campus built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community. Facilities Services is comprised of the following units: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, Custodial Services, Environmental Services, Grounds Operations Shops, Quality Assurance & Customer Service, Sustainability and Engineering Services and People's Park.

Inspect, maintain, test, repair, operate, troubleshoot and replace all 4160V, 12KV, and 115KV apparatus on all campus sites. This includes, but is not limited to, switching high voltage and preparing the switching procedures. Maintenance of high voltage equipment includes switches, circuit breakers, transformers, relays, transmission lines, cables, and cable terminations. High voltage relay calibration, cable splicing and cable terminating are preferred skills. Coordinate appropriate repairs with other trades at PP-CS. Work with all other trades to coordinate shutdowns and maintain all utilities and buildings in good working order. Maintain Utilities support systems, such as pumps, street lights and other electrical systems. Respond to high voltage requests; assist with fire alarm calls and SCADA installations.


Consult lead/supervisor/or project superintendents who administer requirements and standards for the modification of projects. Interpret prints, schematics, wiring diagrams, flow charts and written descriptions of functions and project requirements. Support maintenance projects and programmatic work assignments. Keep accurate work records and complete paper work in a neat and timely manner. Serve as liaison with clients, relaying their needs and requirements to the appropriate department or superintendent. Obtain materials and equipment as required.


Adhere to all University and departmental safety guidelines. Attend job-related safety training as required. Knowledge of OSHA and NEC high voltage regulations and 40 hours of documented high voltage safety training required. Knowledge of HVPPE and HV testing procedures required.

Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  • Must possess California State Electrical License or obtain one within 1 year of hire.
  • Must have completed a five year electrical apprenticeship program or equivalent.
  • Must have three years high voltage experience.
  • Must be able to interpret complicated circuitry designs and have a good understanding of electronic devices such as relays and VFD’s.
  • Must be trained on the use of high lifts and bucket truck.
  • Must be willing and able to work in confined spaces such as vaults and manholes and be able to work in high lifts to reach overhead lines.
  • Must be able to lift 75 pound objects and maneuver much heavier objects such as manhole covers.
  • Must possess valid California driver’s license.
  • Must be available to respond to emergencies, work on-call, rotating swing shift and holidays.
  • Must adhere to Facility Services’ work rules and Code of Conduct.
  • Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines/instructions.
  • Must possess knowledge and ability to utilize correct tools, techniques and methods for handling specific electrical projects by applying thorough knowledge of codes and the skills of a craftsperson.
  • Ability to interpret prints, schematics, wiring diagrams, flow charts and written descriptions of functions and project requirements.
  • Ability to operate electrical machines, equipment and other hand and/or power tools needed to perform skill- related job tasks.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces and gain access to areas that normally require stairs, ladders and scaffolding, using specific methods to perform job tasks.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills and ability to interact in a positive manner with campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel and craft personnel, in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to track jobs to completion and prioritize requirements; able to work and support shutdowns and project schedules to minimize interference with others.
  • Ability to interpret information from equipment manufacturers manuals, service requests, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade-specific manuals and practices and to determine how the fixture or equipment should perform.
  • Ability to distinguish colors and use color codes effectively.
  • Ability to communicate clearly over the telephone and two-way radio.
  • Ability to execute all job assignments in a timely manner.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Prefer to have rigging experience.
  • Possess Hard Splices and Pre-Formed Splice Kits certification issued by a licensed school or approved training program.
  • Trained on the use of high lifts and bucket truck.
Salary & Benefits
This is a non-exempt, hourly position. The hourly pay for this role is: $54.65 per hour

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Driving Required
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
Physical Exam
Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
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