Utilities High Voltage Electrician

Job description

The University of Kentucky's Facilities Management - Utilities & Energy Management is seeking 5 Utilities High Voltage Electrician.

Reporting under the leadership of the Utilities Systems Manager and High Voltage Supervisor, this position tests, inspects , maintains, troubleshoots, repairs, and operates high voltage electrical systems, including, but not limited to, transformers, switching stations, underground switches and equipment, distribution lines, circuit breakers, relays, substations, control panels, and building systems; Prevents and/or repairs large Campus-wide outages; Performs planned outages supporting Campus-wide construction activities, including installations, maintenance, and repairs; During construction/renovation, designs, installs and tests new high voltage equipment and systems; Assesses projects and gathers necessary permits; Implements design and oversees preparation and installation of high voltage wiring and lighting; runs conduit, pulls and mounts equipment; terminates power and control circuits; starts up; and checks out equipment; Repairs, replaces, and/or maintains older, pre-existing high voltage electrical systems and equipment; Diagnoses problems and applies critical thinking in the process of repairing or remedying the issue(s); Analyzes and solves problems with various high voltage electrical controls and systems; electromechanical repairs; transformers; switches; and circuit breakers; Interprets schematics, prints, and oral instructions for high voltage electrical applications; Interprets high voltage electrical and mechanical situations to determine process failures, process needs, and process improvements; Uses testing equipment, including but not limited to DMMs, amp meters, Megger meters, High Voltage Tester and an array of tools and diagnostic equipment; Performs preventative maintenance in accordance with methods and procedures to eliminate operating problems and improve outcomes; and Provides technical guidance and training as needed and may guide apprentices and journeymen voltage electricians.

In addition, the Utilities High Voltage Electrician ensures high voltage electrical systems are safe and operating efficiently; Follows all protocols; complies with safety procedures; statutory regulations; and federal and state codes; Models and promotes excellent customer service for internal and external customers; Deals calmly and effectively with others in difficult situations; Works well with contractors and other tradesmen; and Provides technical guidance and training for other trade crafts.

To be considered for all 5 Utilities High Voltage Electrician positions you must submit an application to each. One application with not be considered for all 5 openings. To apply for the 5 positions, reference the following job numbers: RE14970, RE14972, RE14973, RE14975 and RE14976.

Job Title
Utilities High Voltage Electrician

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
3CU00:Utilities & Energy Management

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

Technical Diploma

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Required Related Experience

6 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification

Master Electrician License - Commonwealth of Kentucky

Physical Requirements

Lifting, pushing, and/or pulling objects up to and over 50lbs; Standing or walking with objects up to 25lbs; Working at heights above 4 feet; Confined spaces; Loud noises; Temperature extremes; Hazardous chemicals, fumes, odors, including waste.

Subject to inside and outdoor working conditions (cold/heat), including in substations, manholes, and power generating facilities; Wet/Slippery Surfaces; Exposure to hazards, including explosive equipment and cables as well as electrical shock.

Physical upper body strength and agility is necessary; Performs physical activities involving considerable use of arms, legs, and movement of the whole body, such as required in climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, crawling, and handling of materials; Standing for long periods of time; Kneeling in small places; Navigating manholes.

Ability to work off scissor lift, aerial lift, and ladder.


7:30am - 4:15pm (Monday-Friday)*

*Hours of work may vary dependent upon situational factors, emergencies, and crisis management requiring night(s); weekend(s), and holiday(s) response.


MS Windows/Office; KRONOS; SAP

Experience and knowledge to tackle the most complex electrical systems; Extensive job knowledge and understanding of the electrician's trade, including practices, methods, tools, materials, and equipment; Knowledgeable in all areas of the national electrical code; and Excels in analyzing and solving problems with various electrical controls and systems.

Driver's License - Preferred

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Minimum: 4-year apprenticeships, completing 144 hours of technical training; and 2,000 hours of training on-the-job + 6 Years Trade or Field Experience

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an active Master Electrician License in the State of Kentucky?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Which option best represents your years' experience in working with high voltage electricity (12,000 Volts)?
    • None
    • More than 0 years, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 6 years
    • More than 6 years, up through 9 years
    • More than 9 years, up through 12 years
    • More than 12 years
  3. * Please describe your high voltage electrical and utilities work experience. (Include types of utilities, electrical equipment, voltages, size and scope of project.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * How many years of experience do you have working in a facility regulated by federal entities/regulations (i.e., FDA, DEA, OSHA, EHS, etc.)?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  5. * By nature, this position is stressful and laborious as stated in the physical requirements of this posting. Can you perform these essential functions as listed in the physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodations?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Diverseeducation.com (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • HERCjobs.org (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • InsightIntoDiversity.com
    • Latinosinhighered.com
    • Indeed.com
    • Craigslist.com
    • ZipRecruiter.com
    • Facebook.com (Facebook Group)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
    Optional Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter





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    Posted: 11/30/2018
    Application Due: 12/12/2018
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