Electrical Technician

Oakland, CA posted on July 20

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Mark Martin Oakland, CA (94615)
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Under general supervision, repairs, maintains, and installs electrical circuits, motors, controls, switchgear assemblies, and other electrical and electronic control equipment used in large metropolitan water distribution, wastewater treatment, and hydroelectric facilities; and performs related work as required. 


This is a journey level classification in this series. This classification is distinguished from the Electrical Maintenance Supervisor and the Plant Electrical Maintenance Supervisor in that these classifications are responsible for planning, directing, and assisting the day-to-day activities of Electricians and other workers. 


  • Inspects, maintains, repairs, installs, and tests a variety of electrical systems associated with medium to high voltage, utility plant operations such as electrical circuits, transformers, switches, lighting fixtures, motor starters, electro-magnetic relays, voltage regulators, motors, generators, outlets, control panels, electrical components of telemetering systems, cathodic protection systems, and communication networks.
  • Performs troubleshooting and diagnostic work on a variety of electrical and solid state electronic based equipment such as variable frequency and variable speed drives, protective relays with digital metering, and automatic transfer switches; performs basic troubleshooting, maintenance, and installations of programmable logic controllers (PLC's) including uploading programs and changing set points. 
  • Installs above ground and below ground conduit and pulls wire for motors, control panels, lighting fixtures, outlets, and other purposes. 
  • Makes cable splices and fiber optic connections of various sizes and difficulty as required. 
  • Installs and maintains transmission poles, crossarms, braces, and supporting fixtures. 
  • Performs phase balancing operations and may make load computations on a variety of electrical circuits; installs and maintains digital and analog circuit protective devices such as uninterruptible power sources (UPS's) and ground fault circuit interrupters. 
  • Makes as-built and shop drawings of electrical installations. 
  • Directs the work of subjourney level employees; ensures that proper safety precautions are observed, with particular emphasis on work performed on energized equipment; when assigned to coordinate specific preventive and corrective maintenance and capital project work, organizes and makes assignments to designated journey and sub-journey team members, oversees vendor delivery and pickup of materials, and reports job progress and assistance required to supervisor. 
  • Makes preliminary estimates of labor, materials, and supplies required to perform specific assignments; obtains quotes from material vendors and recommends specific suppliers based on pricing and availability of materials; purchases materials and supplies within approved authorization levels using established purchasing procedures.
  • May inspect, maintain, repair, install, and test hydroelectric, diesel, or other power generating and related equipment such as stationary and mobile emergency generators. 
  • May operate hydroelectric, diesel, or other power generating and related equipment incidentally in the performance of the work; positions assigned to Pardee may act as relief hydroelectric power plant operators as required. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

Working Knowledge of: Standard terms, practices, procedures, and modern methods common to the electrical trade as practiced in utility plant processes involving high voltage equipment and electronic controls; shop mathematics; the use and operation of measuring and testing devices; hand tools and equipment of the trade; the National Electrical Code and the industry standard electrical safety requirements specified by the National Fire Protection Association; principles of electrical installation, maintenance, operation, and testing. 

General Knowledge of: The maintenance and operation of hydroelectric and diesel power generating and related equipment; programmable logic controllers and relay ladder logic. 

Skill in: Planning, laying out, and executing journey level electrical work in a safe manner; installing, maintaining, trouble-shooting, and repairing a wide variety of electrical and solid state electronic equipment used in power transfer and industrial process control for water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, and hydroelectric power plant operation; reading and interpreting wiring diagrams and specifications; making estimates of labor and materials; operating a motor vehicle safely. 

Ability to: Keep records and make reports including preparing as built and shop drawings; learn to skillfully maintain, repair, and operate hydroelectric generating equipment; train and direct the work of subjourney level employees; coordinate the work of assigned team members as required on larger projects; and establish and maintain effective working relationships. 

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that has led to the acquisition of the knowledges, skills, and abilities as indicated above. Typical ways of acquiring these knowledges, skills, and abilities are: 

Completion of the twelfth grade, or its equivalent, and either: 

1) Eighteen months' experience comparable to the District's Electrical Worker III classification, including satisfactory completion of the appropriate courses and advanced on-the-job training, as specified in the District's Maintenance Trades Training Program; or 

2) Attainment of recognized journey level status as an Electrician in general electrical Installation and repair work. 


Must possess physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the job, including sufficient agility to climb to a height of 65 feet and sufficient strength to lift and maneuver equipment to a weight of 90 pounds. Must possess good color discrimination related to wire color coding. Must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and work overtime in emergency situations or an occasional shift as a hydroelectric power plant operator in a relief capacity. May be required to be clean shaven as required to wear respiratory protection equipment. 


Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.


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