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industrial Electrician - San Jose - Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility

  • City of San José - Environmental Services Department (ESD)
  • San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility, Los Esteros Road, San Jose, CA, USA
  • Oct 30, 2020
Full time Construction Skilled Labor

Job Description

Job ID#: 2001021
Salary Range: $93,662.40 – $114,129.60 Annually
Closing Date: November 30, 2020


About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. To see some of the first-rate work ESDers have accomplished in the past fiscal year, review the ESD 2019 Annual Report (https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=49182). For more information about the department, please visit our website www.sjenvironment.org or @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. What is it like to be an ESDer? Watch this video:?Day in the Life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDI5f8lFT6M). Join us to make a difference!

Positions & Duties

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers.

The pay scale for this position is: $45.03 to $54.87 Hourly or $93,662.40 to $114,129.60 Annually.

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Industrial Electrician classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.

The San José – Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) is one of the largest advanced wastewater treatment facilities in the nation and treats water from homes and businesses in the cities of San José, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and unincorporated areas within Santa Clara County. The RWF serves a population of over 1.4 million people and has the capacity to treat 167 million gallons of wastewater per day. For more information visit our website at https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/environment/water-utilities/regional-wastewater-facility

The RWF is hiring Industrial Electricians. These positions will be located at the RWF at 700 Los Esteros Road, San Jose, CA 95134. The RWF is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The typical schedule for this position is day shift, Monday through Friday and infrequently the position may be required to work nights, weekends and/or holidays if needed. Upon completion of probation, employees may elect to work a flexible work schedule such as four, ten hour days per week or an alternate work schedule of working nine hours each day with one day off every other week.

The Industrial Electrician performs journey-level electrical work in connection with the construction, maintenance, installation, inspection testing, repair and alteration of electrical power generating plant and substation machinery and equipment and other electrical equipment, and systems found in the Facility and performing related work as required.

Key responsibilities and typical duties include but not limited to: maintaining, operating and adjusting electrical primary power substations ranging from 4160 to 115kv, including circuit breakers, relays, batteries and controls; testing low and high voltage electrical equipment including circuits, transformers, variable frequency drives (VFD’s), high voltage switches, phase shifters, and electrical components of process control, telemetering, cathodic protection systems and electronic equipment boards; diagnosing problems and determining needed repairs or modifications; installing conduit and pulling wires for motors, control panels and lighting fixtures; reviewing work orders, maintaining activity logs, preparing requisitions and obtaining approvals for various projects; designing, fabricating and installing electrical systems and components to ensure code compliance; installing wiring and electrical equipment; determining precautions and following safe and effective work procedures; checking job sites for potential hazards; attending various meetings and acts as a liaison with contractors, vendors, and other departments; purchasing electrical supplies and filling out paperwork; coordinating purchases and choosing vendors; responding to emergencies including evaluating and taking required actions and determining if support is needed immediately; performing other duties of a similar nature or level.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: High School Graduation or equivalent AND completion of a State or Federal approved apprenticeship program;

Experience: One (1) year of post-apprenticeship experience performing duties that include a minimum 12 kV or higher voltage substation construction, equipment maintenance, control and protective system troubleshooting and maintenance in an industrial, utility, and/or manufacturing environment.

Acceptable Substitutions: Successful completion of the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards – a Division of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Electrician certification exam or documented proof of completion of 8500 hours of both course work and experience in all of the areas covered in the State of California Electrician Apprenticeship Standards (as a Division of DIR) may be substituted for completion of a recognized Electrician Apprenticeship program. These areas include residential wiring, commercial and industrial wiring, intercom and signals, controls, underground work, trouble shooting, finishing and fixture hanging, solid state controls, and stock and inventory. Verification of California State Electrical Certification or Social Security Administration report may be required.

Licensing/Certification: Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing the operation of a motor vehicle in the State of California. Substation Maintenance certification meeting the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(2)(vii) is desirable.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.



The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise – Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations; fundamentals of electricity and electronics including their application to the operation of high voltage substation equipment (i.e. 115kv, 4160v & 480v), electrical motor controls, circuit breakers, generator controls, protective relay testing & calibration, and switchgears; ability to program Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) & Variable Frequency Drives; (VFD’s); training and/or certification in any of the following: NFPA 70E; Electrical Safety for Industrial Facilities; Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s); Motor Controls; Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s); National Electrical Code, California Electrical Safety Orders, NFPA70E, and Cal OSHA. Substation Maintenance certification meeting the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(2)(vii) is desirable.

Analytical Thinking – Approaching a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills – Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills

Computer Skills – Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel

Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts

The job ID for this position is 2001021. To view the full job announcement and to apply, please visit http://sanjoseca.gov/citycareers. If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Lisa Harding at Lisa.Harding@sanjoseca.gov.