Princeton, NJ
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7122
Department Electric Shop
Category Maintenance and Custodial Services
Date Posted 1/30/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline ..


*Multiple Positions Available*

As a member of the Facilities staff, the Electrician maintains, repairs, modifies, troubleshoots and installs both new and existing electrical systems at a journey level with minimal supervision; following University safety rules and regulations at all times along with established safety procedures.

Based on work unit business needs, applicants must be available to work either a Monday thru Friday, or a Tuesday thru Saturday work week. In addition, the applicant will typically be scheduled to either a 7:00AM - 3:30PM or an 8:30AM - 5:00PM daily work shift.

Other work schedules may be assigned during the summer period.


  1. Safely and effectively performs a wide range of electrical system installations, and performs maintenance, repairs and modifications on residential, commercial and institutional power distribution systems. Performs preventive maintenance, tests and diagnosis of electrical and elevator systems. Representative examples of work includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Installs, maintains, and repairs electrical conduit and conductors from the main switch gear to main power panels, sub-panels, lighting panels, lights, receptacles and electrical equipment. Installs both single phase and three phase electrical systems in voltages up to 480 volts. Maintains repairs and modifies the above electrical systems.
  • Maintains, repairs, modifies and installs lighting systems of all types including fluorescent, incandescent, metal halide and exterior street lighting.
  • Installs and troubleshoots motors and motor controls.
  • Installs, repairs, and troubleshoots Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's) and Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's).
  • Tests wiring connections and circuits with test equipment like volt/amp/ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, thermal imagers and scanning devices.
  • Assist in performing preventive maintenance on elevators and handicap lifts.
  • Sizes conduits and conductors per the National Electrical Code. Reads and draws electrical circuit diagrams and schematics.
  1. Works independently off written work orders. Accepts responsibilities for work assignments.
  2. Reads, understands and interprets technical and construction related documents (drawings, technical manuals and specifications) in order to determine equipment and materials required or appropriate methods of repair or installation.
  3. Ensures proper care in the safe use and maintenance of vehicles, tools and equipment.
  4. Maintains records of corrective and preventive work assignment received through an automated work order system.
  5. Assists other trades mechanics in work projects or special assignments.
  6. Provides support for all campus special events, as needed.
  7. Responds to emergency call-ins on campus and for emergency after-hours work as needed. On an acute basis, the electrician may be classified as an essential employee, based on managerial discretion.
  8. Communicates clearly and effectively to coworkers and management, both verbally and in writing.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  1. Must be a graduate of a recognized 4 year electrical vocational technical program or possess the equivalent in educational and practical experience.
  2. Must have five (5) years journey level experience as an electrician in an industrial, commercial or institutional setting.
  3. Must possess a high school diploma or equivalency (GED).
  4. Must possess journey level knowledge of the potential occupational hazards connected with electrical work and the application of associated safety standards and practices
  5. Must possess knowledge of electrical codes, and journey level knowledge of electrical trade practices.
  6. Must possess skill in diagnosing the cause of electrical failures or breakdowns.
  7. The list below is representative examples and not a complete list of journey level electrical work required. The applicant is expected to have journey level experience and skill in these and other electrical trade areas:
  • Capable of installing, maintaining and repairing 480 volt power and lighting panels.
  • Installation of lighting circuits with fluorescent, incandescent, metal halide and street light fixtures.
  • Installation of receptacle circuits.
  • Installation and troubleshooting of motors and motor controls.
  • Installation , repair, and troubleshooting of programmable logic controllers and variable frequency drives.
  • Must be able to size conductors and conduits per the National Electrical Code.
  • Must have the ability to read and understand electrical drawings and schematics.
  • Must be able to draw wiring sketches of and perform the installation wiring for step up and step down transformers.
  • Must be able to wire up multi-voltage motors to match the specific voltage required.
  1. Must have an excellent ability to work both independently and with other trades personnel and customers as necessary.
  2. Must be available for after hours and emergency call back work, which may involve the carrying of a cell phone.
  3. Must communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  4. Must have the ability to study and comprehend new technology.
  5. Must have a valid driver's license.
  6. Must be able to meet the physical requirements listed below

The final candidate will be required to complete a background check and a post-offer pre-employment physical successfully.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS: In addition to having the essential requirements, the incumbent would possess one or more of the following:
  1. CDL License issued by the State of New Jersey.
  2. State Licensed Electrician
  3. Ability to program PLC's (Programmable Logic Controllers)
  4. Ability to program VFD's (Variable Frequency Drives)
  5. Ability to maintain, test and repair power generators and transfer switches.


The following tasks and skills that would be necessary for any person to fulfill while working as an electrician. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties of the position.

  • stand or walk up to 2 hours at one time for 6-8 hours per day;
  • sit for less than 2 hours during an 8 hour day;
  • operates motor vehicles or heavy equipment (e.g., forklift, high reach, cherry picker) infrequently (less than 33% of the workday)
  • lift or carry up to 50 pounds occasionally (34 - 66% of the workday) and 75 pounds infrequently or seasonally (less than 33% of the workday);
  • lift up to 75 pounds to waist height and up to 35 pounds in a range of motions from floor to overhead:
  • frequently (34 -66% of work day) use hands for simple grasping, fine manipulation, pushing or pulling;
  • occasionally squat, knell, climb, bend, lift overhead, lie down, crawl, knee stand, dig, use hammer drills, push or pull with forces up to 75 pounds (less than 33% of the work day);
  • frequently climb stairs or ladders, reach overhead, push or pull with forces up to 35 pounds; (34 - 66% of the work day);
  • work outdoors in a variety of temperatures and environmental conditions;
  • possess ability to work at heights, full range of body motions and physical agility, and maintain balance.
  • Will be required to climb and work off a 40 foot ladder, a 60 foot scaffold, a bucket truck and vertical lifts to 80 feet on a daily basis as the need arises. Must be able to climb in and around plenums, chases, utility tunnels and elevator shafts.
  • Will be required to work around solvents, lubricating oils and small quantities of asbestos using protective equipment daily.
  • Will be required to work in an area of moderate noise daily.
  • Will be required to work occasionally on and around live electrical equipment up to 480 volts with proper protective clothing. Will also be required to work on and around rotating machinery and other mechanical systems on a daily basis.
  • Must have the following vision abilities: Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less); distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more); Color vision (able to identify and distinguish colors). Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point); Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships); Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

MTR, 030

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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