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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Q0016 / Utilities Electrician
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Plans electrical systems additions or modifications on primary and/or secondary circuits (50v-15,000v); repairs faults in primary systems and performs preventive maintenance on medium voltage components. May be required to act as the Qualifying Party and assign journeyman license to the university as described by statute governing the operations of the State Construction Industries Division (CID).

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Installs and monitors performance of installed electrical equipment for hazards, adjustments, or replacement.
  2. Repairs, installs, replaces, and tests electrical circuits, equipment, and appliances using appropriate tools and testing instruments.
  3. Leads, guides, and/or trains other electricians in applicable procedures and techniques.
  4. Operates and maintains medium voltage switchgear and controls; may repair and maintain motor control centers and programmable logic controls.
  5. Troubleshoots and repairs primary distribution system malfunctions such as ground fault tracing and cable replacement.
  6. Plans electrical primary system extensions to power secondary systems.
  7. May perform work of lower level electricians.
  8. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  9. Reads, employs, and updates electrical panel schedules and building or system blueprints.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure OSHA High Voltage Certificate or Equivalent; Electrical Journeyman License (EE98J); Electrical Journeyman License (EL-1J).
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of medium voltage systems and equipment, substations, multiple interconnected substations, and primary power distribution.
  • Knowledge of National Electrical Code, NFPA-70E, OSHA 10-30, and the National Electrical Safety Code.
  • Ability to use appropriate tools and diagnostic equipment to repair, install, replace, and test medium and low voltage electrical circuits, equipment and appliances.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.
  • Ability to diagnose and repair electrical controls, industrial motor control centers, and programmable logic controllers for both primary and secondary systems.
  • Ability to lead and/or train staff.
  • Ability to read both commercial and industrial electrical blueprints and apply NEC, NFPA-70A, NESC, and OSHA 10-30 through the full range of commercial and industrial maintenance and construction work.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures
  • Ability to install and maintain motors, welding equipment, lighting fixtures, generators, circuit breakers, and transformers as appropriate to the position.
  • Ability to isolate defects in wiring, switches, motors, and other electrical equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Troubleshooting and repairing malfunctions in primary (medium voltage) circuits and systems including cutouts, switchgears and transformers; b) Isolating faults in medium voltage distribution system and replacing cable runs; c) Operating all medium voltage controls and switchgears including repairing and replacing medium voltage; d) Leading, guiding and/or training other electricians in applicable procedures and techniques.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • CPR and First Aid certification must be obtained within 6 months of date of hire.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
  • Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017