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Electrician 2

Apply now Posting #: 4468
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Staff, Facilities

Position Title & Department:

 Electrician 2; Facilities Management
Posting #


Department Description:

The mission of the University of San Diego Facilities Management Department is to efficiently operate, maintain, and support the development of quality facilities, grounds, and services, and at the same time to support our campus community, students, faculty, and staff. Through our efforts we support the university's commitment to pursuing truth, academic excellence, and the advancement of knowledge. 

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
The Electrician 2 performs highly skilled journey-level work required to operate and maintain electrical systems and equipment. Diagnose, repairs and replaces electrical, lighting and fire alarm components and controls to maintain peak operating efficiency and improve campus electrical system reliability. Performs preventative and predictive maintenance inspections, diagnostics and adjustments to ensure safe operation of electrical systems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs skilled level tasks related to electrical control voltage, low voltage >600 volts and high voltage >12,000kv electrical systems;
  • Performs skilled level tasks to operate, troubleshoot and maintain motor control centers, lighting controls and fire alarm systems;
  • Performs preventative maintenance work on campus 12,000kv high voltage system to include periodic inspection and cleaning, safe-off of 12kv systems and verify voltage, lock and tag out, tightening of components, performance of predictive measures including the use of thermography and laboratory analysis to trend system and equipment degradation.
  • Performs switching on ‘live’ 12,000kv electrical equipment;
  • Submits reports, orally or in writing of progress and status as necessary to ensure proper job accounting and to identify and resolve any problems encountered that may cause delays, shut down or damage;
  • Read and interpret blueprints, specifications, shop drawings, schematics, manufacturer’s specifications and other reference material to determine appropriate job requirements and procedures;
  • Continually expands knowledge of the trade through appropriate courses, seminars, publications;
  • Ability to share trade knowledge with and train skilled and semi-skilled employees in areas of electrical operations and maintenance practices;
  • Assists with the procurement of supplies and materials;
  • As assigned, inspects work performed by outside contractors to insure conformance with University specifications;
  • Maintains good working relationships with the students, faculty, staffs and vendors, adheres to all University policy and procedures
  • Maintains a working knowledge of relevant codes, regulations and applies them consistently in daily activities;
  • Works in a neat and orderly manner and maintains a clean work area;
  • Maintains tools and equipment in good condition;
  • Works from ladders and scaffolding as well as in confined spaces;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Consistently follows and enforces safety practices appropriate to building operations & maintenance and complies with rules and regulations established by the University and governmental agencies;
  • Maintains an awareness of the typical hazards of the work place as well as the special hazards that may be encountered at any University facility location such as biohazards, low-grade radiation and chemicals known to the State of California to cause, birth defects, or other reproductive harm;
  • Follows established governmental (local, state and federal) procedures for dealing with special hazards; and promptly reports any unusual conditions to the supervisor.

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to work assigned hours and may be assigned to work any shift.  Employees working in this classification may be designated as essential personnel and subject to occasional overtime, call backs and may be required to serve 24/7 on-call rotation.
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license and may be required to drive University vehicles;
  • Must wear a uniform prescribed and furnished by USD;
  • May be assigned to work in the vicinity of laboratories where biohazards, radioactive or other potentially hazardous substances are stored or used;
  • Must continually expand knowledge base in building maintenance techniques, attend assigned training;
  • Must work individually or in teams coordinating assigned work with other groups and department;
  • May be assigned to work at any USD facility/location.

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • HS Diploma or GED and completion of a recognized electrical apprenticeship, or combination of electrical work experience and technical training necessary to acquire the level of knowledge commensurate with a Journey-Level Electrician - minimum 4 years related experience/training.
  • In addition the qualified applicant must possess 1 year of work experience or a combination of technical training on high-voltage electrical systems.
  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • General knowledge of customer service techniques;
  • Demonstrated successful customer service experience;
  • Work experience in motor, lighting and fire alarm system controls;
  • Work experience in an institution of higher education or similar industry.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Substantial knowledge at the journey-level in all of the functional areas;
  • Skilled  in maintenance and repair procedures including preventative maintenance and troubleshooting;
  • Working knowledge of building electrical distribution, fire alarm and lighting control systems, electrical circuitry and low voltage controls circuitry, both theoretical and practical application, demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and repair;
  • Skilled in the use of a wide range of test equipment;
  • Working understanding of motor control centers, variable speed drives, system components and  controls sequence;
  • Working knowledge of applicable codes and regulations;
  • Ability to operate and maintain hand and power tools, typically used in the trade;
  • Demonstrated ability to follow safe working procedures, work within the guidelines of health and safety work plans and report unsafe conditions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with faculty, administrators, staff and students; highly-skilled in customer service technique;
  • Working knowledge of applicable codes and regulations; California and Federal OSHA;
  • Ability to read and interpret blue prints, specifications, shop drawing, schematics manufacturer’s specifications, and other reference material to determine appropriate job requirements and procedures;
  • Ability to work effectively in an environment subject to frequently changing priorities;
  • Physical ability to perform indicated tasks;
  • Ability to operate computer for word processing, purchasing and research
  • Ability and willingness to represent the university in the most positive manner;
  • Ability to meet and work effectively with university constituents; learn and use operating practices of the department and the university
  • Ability to provide service in a courteous, prompt and efficient manner;
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with diverse populations;
  • Ability to be flexible to adjust to a changing workplace;
  • Ability to access input and retrieve information from a computer system for word processing, records retrieval and maintenance, research and communication purposes.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations (Preferred):

  • 12,000 volt safety training certification, NFPA70E Electrical Safety Training
Posting Salary:

$24.23 - $32.98 per hour; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The range provided in this job posting is the full range of the position grade and not necessarily reflective of actual compensation that may be offered or earned, nor a promise of any specific pay for any specific employee, which is always dependent on actual experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Resume Required
Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload a resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu
Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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