Electrician I (Wastewater Treatment Plant Electrician)
City of Salem, Oregon - Salem, OR

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The City of Salem is looking for a journeyman electrician to perform work at the Willow Lake Water Pollution Control Facility and the River Road We Weather Treatment Facility. Work would include preventive maintenance, new installation, equipment replacement and electrical controls and system modifications in a plant setting.
JOB SUMMARY Performs electrical work using journey-level skills to install, maintain and repair electrical and electronic systems and equipment such as motor controls, street lighting, traffic signals, building wiring, service installations, pumps, and commercial applications.


The Electrician I is distinguished from the Electrician II classification by the emphasis on maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic systems with little design responsibility and no requirement for state certification as a supervising electrician. Electrician I and II are not flexible staffing classifications.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Receives supervision from a Public Works supervisor. May receive lead direction from an Electrician II.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS The listed job functions are illustrative of the classification level and not intended to list all duties typically assigned to this classification. Employees may do all or some of the listed duties, or other related duties.

Essential Job Functions:

Designs, modifies, and installs electric circuits, computerized motor controls, lighting, street lights, traffic signals, and alarm controls.

Maintains written work records and prepares reports, including finalizing work orders and drawing into databases such as Hansen or programs such as AutoCad.

Installs, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs a variety of electrical and instrumentation equipment, and electrical systems, sub-systems, circuits, and controls; interprets and works from plans and/or develops sketches or designs for work, as appropriate.

Responds to failures, disasters and emergencies involving electrical systems and equipment; performs routine and preventative maintenance.

Performs a variety of electrical construction and structural installation or maintenance; operates a variety of hand, power and hydraulic tools to perform work, including aerial and crane trucks.

Ensures that repairs and installations are safe and operate properly; evaluates safety and operability of systems; reviews the work of contractors to ensure compliance with specifications and standards.

Performs a variety of diagnostic and analytical tests, including those involving programmable logic controls, infra-red, ultra-sonic; researches information as necessary to perform duties and maintain currency.

Maintains records, supplies and equipment; maintains and stocks service vehicles as assigned; determines materials needs; carries out all required safety procedures.

Maintains written work records and prepares reports.

Develops procedures with supervisor and electrical and instrumentation technicians; other department or division staff, and submits work for review and revising before implementing work.

Inputs equipment data, project management requirements, and procedures into the Computer Maintenance Management System for new and existing equipment.

Plans and organizes assigned job; estimates time, materials and equipment; orders and purchases materials; coordinates job activities with other crafts and trades personnel; reviews plans and specifications, and confers with engineers, design professionals and inspectors on suggested changes and modifications.

May lead crew of trade helpers or technicians to assist with projects.

Responds to calls to work during emergencies.

Performs related duties as assigned.

  • Desktop and hand-held computer
  • Forklift, Bobcat, trucks, electric carts, bucket trucks, fork lifts, and other motor vehicles
  • Volt meter, amp meter, Megger, instrument test equipment, calibrators, chain hoists, power tools, hand tools, band saw, drill press, pumps, etc.
  • Pumps, motors, generators, compressors, and other types of portable equipment
  • Calculator
  • Miscellaneous office automation equipment, e.g. fax, phone, copier, etc.
Positions in this classification regularly use personal protective equipment such as arch flash rated suits, gloves, masks, reflective clothing, hearing protection, gas detectors, hard hats, barricades, googles or protective eye wear, and rubber boots.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education and Experience:

Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Two years journey-level experience in the electrical trades.

License or Certificate

State certification as a journey-level electrician in area of assignment is required for most positions. Some positions may only require a limited journeyman manufacturing plant electricians' license.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, and maintain, a Valid Oregon State driver's license with appropriate classification or endorsement as determined by the equipment operated.

  • The current National Electric Code.
  • Electrical, instrumentation, and electronic systems used in in area of assignment.
  • Maintenance, adjustment, repair, and construction of mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and electronic systems.
  • Methods, materials, and tools used in the repair, maintenance, and adjustment of electrical, electronic, instrumentation, and computerized monitoring and control systems.
  • Occupational hazards and proper safety precautions.
  • Operations and use of testing equipment and controls installed for the proper functionality of a control system.
  • Contemporary office practices and procedures, as well as basic office software products.
  • Record maintenance procedures and documentation.
  • Electrical and electronic systems used in traffic signals and street lighting.
Ability to:
  • Complete electrical maintenance projects consistent with regulations and departmental project time frames.
  • Read and interpret blueprints and electrical systems diagrams.
  • Use modern electrical, electronic, and instrumentation diagnostic instruments.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to a wide range of individuals.
  • Use various software packages.
  • Lead staff.
  • Comprehend and apply concepts for enhancement and efficiency of department and general operations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals, coworkers, and
Physical ability to:
  • Sit, keyboard, write, hear, and speak for extended periods.
  • Stand frequently for extended periods.
  • Bend, kneel, stoop, or climb.
  • Work around hazardous machinery, electrical hazards, and wet surroundings.
  • Work at heights and in a hazardous atmosphere such as in traffic right-of-way or industrial wastewater treatment plant.
  • Lift up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT Work is performed in a variety of City facilities or equipment such as wastewater treatment plant, pump houses, wet wells, traffic signals, control panels, trenches. Work may require being outdoors in all weather conditions. Work may require being on emergency on call or response. Work may require working in traffic right of ways or at heights up to 50 feet. Work may require lifting objects up to 50 pounds.
ADA STATEMENT The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties or roles performed by personnel so classified. It is as well intended to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
CONCLUSION TO APPLY : Please complete the on-line Application and submit electronically by the close date at www.cityofsalem.net/Jobs. Applications must be received by the Human Resources Department by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. You will receive an email confirmation of your submitted electronic application. The City cannot be responsible for material that is illegible or missing as a result of transmitting or which may be lost through the mail.

All newly selected finalists for City employment are subject to a criminal background check and may be subject to testing for drugs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, Minorities and Disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request. TTD/TTY 503-588-6009

This announcement is not an implied contract and may be modified or revoked without notice.