Electrician - Citywide
City of San Jose - San Jose, CA

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The City of San José is accepting applications for the position of Electrician. Candidates passing all phases of the examination process will be placed in a qualified candidate group to be considered for filling present and future vacancies.

Electricians are responsible for installing, maintaining, testing, troubleshooting, repairing and operating high and low voltage/amperage electrical components, systems and equipment including: locating problems; determining appropriate courses of action; and coordinating repairs with affected parties. They design, fabricate and install electrical systems and components and install wiring and electrical equipment, ensuring code compliance. Electricians review work orders, maintain activity logs, prepare requisitions and obtain approval for various projects. Duties may also include purchasing electrical supplies, including: filling out paperwork; coordinating purchases; and, choosing vendors. They are responsible for responding to occasional emergencies, evaluating and taking required actions and determining if support is needed. Electricians may perform other duties of a similar nature or level.

Electricians work in the following City departments: Transportation, Mineta San Jose International Airport, the Convention Center, General Services (Public Works), and Environmental Services. Depending upon assignment, Swing Shift, Graveyard Shift, weekend and holiday work may be required.

Electricians in the Department of Transportation are responsible for the ongoing maintenance and improvements of San Jose's streetlight and traffic signal systems. Responsibilities may include installation and maintenance of fiber optic cable, speed radar signs, video detection, traffic monitoring cameras, and ¿smart¿ LED streetlights.

Electricians at the Airport are responsible for a wide range of equipment and systems in a 24/7/365 operation, including repair, installation, operation and maintenance. Responsibilities may include airfield/airport specific systems and equipment such as series lighting circuits, constant current regulators, airfield lighting control systems, and airfield lights. In addition, responsibilities may include interior and exterior lighting fixtures (including high mast ramp lighting, street lighting, parking lot lighting, etc), lighting control systems, building management systems, access control systems, fire alarm systems, power management systems, building distribution systems and equipment up to 12kv, motor control equipment, baggage handling systems, emergency generators, vehicle gate operators, pump stations and fiber optics. Shift schedules are based upon the needs and requirements of the Airport, and may require rotation assignments or assignment to a specific shift. Weekend and holiday work may be required, and standby time may be required.

Electricians at the Convention Center work on industrial controls for motors and power distribution and provide temporary power distribution for trade shows. Electricians at the Convention Center are required to work evenings, holidays and weekends.

Public Works Electrician duties include: new construction, remodels, maintenance of pump stations (includes motor controls and PLC's and computerized alarm and monitoring of pumps, etc.), generators, installing cat 5 and fiber optic networks and maintenance of all City buildings. They also set up temporary power for numerous special events on weekends and public address setups. PW provides standby Electricians 24/7.

Electricians at the Water Pollution Control Plant in the Environmental Services Department work in an industrial environment with voltages up to 115 KV. Additionally, electricians are responsible for industrial controls, power distribution, motors up to 4KHp and building maintenance.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:
1. Education: Successful completion of high school, G.E.D. or California Proficiency Certificate.

2. Certificates: Completion of a recognized Electrician Apprenticeship Program. Candidates invited to the written examination must bring proof of completion or a copy of the certificate to the exam.

3. Acceptable Substitution: 8,500 hours of electrical work experience in the areas listed below may be substituted for completion of a recognized Electrician Apprenticeship program. Applicants who have not completed a recognized apprenticeship program must indicate 8,500 hours of appropriate work experience in their responses to the job-specific questions (below).

4. Licenses: Possession of a current and valid driver's license. Electricians working at the Airport are required to obtain and retain a Movement Area Operating Permit (MAOP) within three (3) months of the start date.

5. Employment Verification: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. The City of San Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor. Airport positions require the candidates to satisfactorily pass a fingerprint based Criminal History Records Check before being considered.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS

Candidates who have not completed a recognized Electrician Apprenticeship Program must have 8,500 hours of work experience in the following electrical fields. Additionally, there are minimum hour requirements in several of the fields:

STOCK ROOM & TRUCK: Any handling of stock or inventory, putting up orders; delivering materials, tools and equipment to the job, and returning stock and equipment to the shop; repair of tools and equipment, at shop or job.

RESIDENTIAL WIRING: All work necessary to complete the rough wiring on dwelling type occupancies, such as homes, apartments, etc. (excluding motels or hotels) shall be considered residential work.

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL: Minimum of 1700 hours required: Any building or structure when completed will have persons employed (as defined by the State Division of Industrial Safety). Shall include all electrical work from the ground up, and include the installation of all raceways, conductors, and location of all electrical equipment and apparatus inside the building, such as transformers, motors, load centers, distribution centers, etc.

INTERCOM & SIGNALS: Shall include portion of the electrical system that is necessary to install to transmit voice, signals, or relay of orders, such as fire alarms, burglar alarms, traffic signals, instrumentation, or TV systems.

CONTROLS: Minimum 850 of hours required: Control work shall be any electrical or electronic means of governing or regulating the functions or motors, machines, in a predetermined manner or sequence.

UNDERGROUND: Shall be all work installed in ditches (at least 12" deep) outside the building on private property, easements, or on public domain. It shall include all conductors installed in duct or conduit, or where other protection is provided for the protection from mechanical injury, and shall also include manhole and underground vaults.

TROUBLESHOOTING: Minimum of 425 hours required: Shall be all work necessary to locate and correct any trouble or failure in an electrical system, and shall include replacement of equipment necessary to repair.

FINISHING & FIXTURE HANGING: Shall include all trim, plates, receptacles, switches, fixtures, lamps, etc.

SOLID STATE CONTROLS: Maintain and repair solid state, microprocessor type controllers including a significant amount of bench-work in diagnosing problems and failures.

Competencies

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

  • Communication Skills - communicates and listens effectively and responds in an timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form.
  • Computer Skills - experience with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.
  • Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - demonstrates a positive attitude and flexibility along with the ability to develop effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on information contained in the application/resume and answers to the job-specific questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will proceed into the following phases of the selection process:

  • A multiple-choice, written examination covering 1993 Electrician code*, Electricity Theory, Tools and Materials, Blueprints, Testing Equipment/Instruments and Solid State Electronics will be administered. Testing will be conducted when a sufficient number of applications have been received from qualified candidates. Candidates will be given one to two weeks advance notice of the written examination date(s).
TENTATIVE TESTING DATE: Written exam Saturday, April 21, location to be announced.

  • Although more current codebooks have been published, the 1993 code material on the exam is still current.
  • Applicants who successfully complete the written examination will be invited to a practical examination. The practical exam has two components: an electrical diagram exercise and the construction of an electrical control project. Candidates will be given one to two weeks advance notice of the practical examination date(s).
E-MAIL WILL BE THE DEFAULT METHOD OF CORRESPONDENCE WITH APPLICANTS. TO ENSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE TIMELY NOTIFICATIONS REGARDING YOUR APPLICATION STATUS FOR THIS RECRUITMENT, PLEASE ENTER A PRIMARY E-MAIL ADDRESS WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION.

You will be prompted to answer the job-specific questions below in the online application process. In answering the following questions, refer to the "Additional Information Regarding Acceptable Substitutions" listed above. Please note that one full-time year equals 2080 hours. For each of the types of electrical work experience listed below, indicate the amount of experience you have (in hours), and the company with which you gained this experience. This company must be listed in your online application and/or resume information.

1. Do you possess a high school diploma, G.E.D. or California Proficiency Certificate?

2. Do you possess a current, valid, California driver's license?

3. Have you completed a recognized Electrician apprenticeship program? If so, please indicate the year and the institution from which it was earned. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO BRING PROOF OF COMPLETION OR A COPY OF THIS CERTIFICATE TO THE WRITTEN EXAM.

4. Do you have STOCK ROOM & TRUCK work experience? If yes, how many hours of experience do you possess?

5. Do you have RESIDENTIAL WIRING work experience? If yes, how many hours of experience do you possess?

6. Do you have COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL electrical work experience? If yes, how many hours of experience do you possess?

7. Do you have INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL work experience? If yes, please describe your industrial electrical experience, including where you gained your experience, number of years, the voltage you have worked with and in what capacity.

8. Do you have TROUBLESHOOTING experience with electrical and control circuits used in industrial facilities? If yes, how many hours of experience do you possess?

9. Do you have familiarity and experience working with the following equipment: PLC, SCADA, DCS, and VFD? If yes, please describe your work experience with each type of equipment.

10. Do you have INTERCOM & SIGNAL work experience? If yes, how many hours of experience do you possess?

11. Do you have experience working with CONTROLS? If yes, how many hours of experience do you possess?

12. Do you have experience with UNDERGROUND electrical work? If yes, how many hours of experience do you possess?

13. Do you have experience with TROUBLESHOOTING electrical work? If yes, how many hours of work experience do you possess?

14. Do you have experience with FINISHING AND FIXTURE HANGING electrical work? If yes, how many hours of work experience do you possess?

15. Do you have experience working with SOLID STATE CONTROLS? If yes, how many hours of work experience do you possess?

16. Have you completed any classroom instruction related to the previous fields of electrical work? If so, please list these classes and the date(s) completed.

17. Are you a certified Substation Maintenance Technician, or have you completed courses toward this certification? If yes, please list certifying agency and expiration date or courses completed toward the certification.

18. Are you willing and able to work Day Shift?

19. Are you willing and able to work Swing Shift?

20. Are you willing and able to work Graveyard Shift?

21. Are you willing and able to work weekends?

22. Are you willing and able to work holidays?

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have questions, comments or concerns about the recruitment, selection or hiring process, please contact Shellyne Urban at 975-2569 or Shirley Mata 635-2003. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. If you do not receive the confirmation, please email CityJobs@sanjoseca.gov and we will research the status of your application.

Employee Unit

Employees in this classification are represented by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local No. 332.

If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. If you do not receive the confirmation, please email CityJobs@sanjoseca.gov and we will research the status of your application.

Physical Requirements

Ability to perform the essential physical functions of this position will be determined by a post-offer medical examination conducted by City of San Jose Employee Health Services.

Claiming Veterans Preference

The City of San Jose has a Veteran's Preference Policy (http://www.csj.gov/es/hrps/VeteransPreference.pdf) that applies to this recruitment. To claim veteran's preference points, you must provide a copy of your military discharge form, Form DD214, when appearing for the written/practical examination for this recruitment. (For more information on the City's Veteran's Preference policy, visit the link above.)

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