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#89413 Lead High Voltage Specialist

Filing Deadline: Fri 8/25/2017

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/15/17 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


Under supervision of the Central Plant Manager 1, test, troubleshoot, clean and/or repair if needed, portions of the high voltage electrical distribution system to maintain proper power to campus facilities.
Perform parallel switching to high voltage feeders to work on circuits, balance power load and/or bring new campus facilities on line. Repair and maintain high voltage switches. Repair or terminate high voltage cables using various splicing techniques and tools to eliminate high voltage stress and allow for system flexibility. Operate boom trucks and all type of lifts to access and repair electrical equipment on utility poles such as, insulators, switches, transformers, lightning arresters and conductors.

Assist in directing, coordinating and scheduling electrical maintenance work. Provide guidance on performance standards and expectations.
Make recommendations for the selection of electrical equipment and materials. Assist the Central Plant Manager 1 in proper training of new maintenance electricians. Inspect work assignments of immediate crew for quality control and completion of tasks. Collect and check time and material records for accuracy. Assist in keeping proper records for operations projects and prepare related reports for supervisor.

Will respond to trouble calls. Make quick analysis of mechanical problems through proper troubleshooting techniques and use of various test equipment and schematics. Test, install and/or repair motors and motor controllers to ensure building systems and equipment are operating properly.
Analyze and correct line disturbances such as transient voltages and harmonics to provide clean power to campus facilities and community. Read and interpret blueprints to diagnose electrical problems such as short circuits, tripped breakers, and overloads to ensure electrical needs are met.
Plan all types of electrical construction jobs, order materials and schedule time with customers to perform work to maintain and/or improve campus systems. Install, repair, calibrate and/or program control devices operating campus machinery, lighting and electrical systems.

Establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationship with members of the department and campus community. Provide expeditious, professional and courteous customer service.Effectively work with campus customers and co-workers to accomplish work with a high level of quality and efficiency.
Effectively perform in a service environment subject to frequently changing priorities. Adhere to policies, procedures and practices on safety and operation instructions. Comply with rules and regulations applicable to building codes.
Wear and use all personal protective equipment (PPE) furnished to you by the University. Consistently follow safety practices appropriate to the trade. Comply with rules and regulations established by the University, State and Federal agencies.
Participate in shop safety programs. Maintain clean and safe shop and job site areas. Maintain a safe working environment for the campus community including any visitors.


  • Journey level skill through demonstrated experience performing modifications, repairs, installations and alterations to utility distribution systems and components typical to the High Voltage Electrical trade in all types of buildings, facilities substructures, infrastructures, superstructures and parts thereof for a University, College, Hospital, Municipality or other large commercial facility.

  • Journey level knowledge through demonstrated experience working on a variety of control devices used in electrical, lighting and machinery systems.

  • Substantial experience working with voltages from 2,400 up to 69,000. Knowledge of and experience working with parallel and series high voltage electrical systems.

  • Experience testing, troubleshooting, adjusting, synchronizing and aligning equipment machinery and electrical components.

  • Demonstrated experience leading and coordinating the work activities of others, providing daily guidance and giving instruction.

  • Experience testing and troubleshooting main distribution power and correcting when necessary. Knowledge of high voltage cable properties.

  • Experience adjusting computer controlled utility systems.

  • Experience operating boom trucks and lifts to access and repair electrical equipment on utility poles such as insulators, switches, transformers and lightning arresters.

  • Experience planning, scheduling and ordering materials for all types of electrical construction jobs.

  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience with the proper and safe use of hand tools, power tools, precision measuring devices, and soldering stations.

  • Experience working within and following standard safety regulations, policies, and procedures typical to the trade. Knowledge of and experience using appropriate safety equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Experience reading and interpreting National Electrical Code and IEEE code books.

  • Experience reading and interpreting blue prints (building, mechanical and equipment), diagrams and other technical information to perform needed adjustments and repairs. Experience documenting electrical changes and/or new installations through written information and/or prints.

  • Experience interpreting nameplate data and testing and troubleshooting motors, interlock systems starters and control devices.

  • Experienced user of standard computer systems and applications including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System), electronic mail and web based applications commonly used in a facilities management environment.

  • Ability to prioritize workloads with minimal supervision, and plan work effectively in the field with customers and without direct supervision.

  • Ability to enhance team performance through active participation and encouraging involvement.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, self-motivation, adaptability, tactfulness and decisiveness. Ability to communicate effectively with many people of many diverse backgrounds including students, staff, faculty, and customers. Ability to effectively work with co-workers and customers to accomplish work with a high level of quality and efficiency.

  • Ability to work effectively in a service oriented environment subject to frequently changing priorities. Ability to follow through and meet deadlines, and possess problem-solving skills and sound judgement.

  • Excellent customer service skills. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong customer relationships through a professional and helpful approach in handling customer service needs and problems.

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally, in writing or electronically.

  • Knowledge of UC San Diego maintenance requirements, work flow and acceptable quality standards for finished product preferred.


~ DOJ/FBI background and DMV checks and clearances required prior to hire.

~ Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.

~ Must be able to work in confined spaces, move through limited access spaces and cover distances on foot to widely separated work sites.

~ Must be able to occasionally work at heights up to 30 feet.

~ Ability to work in morgues, gross anatomy and pathological laboratories where human and animal bodies or parts thereof may be exposed to view of worker.

~ May be required to work in the vicinity of labs contaminated with bio-hazardous substances.

~ May work overtime, alternate shifts or call-back hours as determined by the University's needs.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit smokefree.ucsd.edu for more information.

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Hiring Salary Range
$88,552.08/year ($42.41/hour)
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Appointment Percent:
K6 Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, Monday - Friday , 6:30am - 3:00pm