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Electrical Technician

Effective: 7/1/98
Range G-69
Respiratory Class: 2


Perform a variety of skilled tasks in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems at the plant and pumping stations; perform advanced level electrical and basic instrumentation and electronic work; install and maintain the electrical components of the telephone, paging and telemetry systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the advanced journey level class of the Electrician series and is distinguished from the Electrician level by the ability to perform the full range of electrical duties and additional basic instrumentation duties as assigned.

The use of respiratory equipment (including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)) may be required for this position. Therefore, the Electrical Technician will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator for annual fit tests and for any occasion which requires the use of respiratory equipment to comply with the District's respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general supervision from the Electrical Shop Supervisor.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Install and repair electrical systems for equipment and machinery including high voltage and power distribution systems.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on plant electrical equipment and controls including high voltage switch gear, transformers, and power feeder cables.
  • Install interior and exterior wiring; run conduit; mount panels, lighting, and plugs.
  • Calibrate high voltage systems protective relays.
  • Perform maintenance and troubleshooting of variable frequency drives.
  • Install and maintain plant and pump station telemetry systems.
  • Utilize and perform basic maintenance for human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to troubleshoot and repair electrical systems.
  • Perform basic troubleshooting and repair tasks on instruments as assigned.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Standard terms, practices, procedures, and modern methods common to the electrical trade.
  • Principles, techniques, theory, and operation of electrical equipment.
  • Tools and materials used in maintaining and repairing electrical equipment, machinery, and circuits.
  • The National Electrical Code and The Electrical Safety Orders of the California Industrial Safety Commission.
  • Mathematics as required to perform responsibilities of the position.
  • Fundamentals of instrumentation.
  • Devices commonly used in District instrumentation including, but not limited to, variable frequency drives (VFDs), human-machine interfaces (HMIs), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and programming devices.
  • Rules and procedures for working with fiber optic systems, including but not limited to, connectors and cables; general rules for fiber installation.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis know and understand the principles, techniques, and operation of electrical equipment while performing work in compliance with safety rules. Intermittently observe, analyze, and problem solve equipment problems, identify ID numbers to locate equipment, interpret work orders, remember equipment location, and explain jobs to others.
  • Intermittently sit while studying prints, drawing schematics, using computer keyboard and equipment, and doing bench work; walk and stand while moving from truck to job site, office to office; bend, squat, climb, kneel, and twist while performing installation of wiring; perform simple and power grasping, pushing and pulling, fine manipulation; lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less; and for confined space entry, lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.
  • Perform journey-level repair work on electrical equipment, machinery, and circuits.
  • Perform basic level repair work on plant instruments as assigned.
  • Use District personal computers and networked software for assignments.
  • Utilize testing equipment associated with telemetry systems including, but not limited to, connector testing and inspection.
  • Diagnose and determine effective course of action for correcting electrical malfunctions.
  • Maintain work records; prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District's Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.

Special Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to wear respiratory protection device for dust protection and while painting and using certain chemicals and solvents. May be required to enter confined space. Must be able to wear S.C.B.A. and perform job duties while wearing protective equipment and S.C.B.A. weighing 32 pounds.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Three years of journey level experience in industrial electrical maintenance and repair work and successful completion of probation as a District Electrician.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by substantial training as an electrician such as completion of an apprentice program; plus successful completion of the equivalent of District's in-house training program for certification as an Electrical Technician.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

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