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Job Summary

The electrician will perform complex electrical work in the installation, maintenance, and repair of building and site electrical equipment, fixtures, and installations.  In addition, the electrician will maintain, troubleshoot, and repair building fire alarm, security, access control, building control, and lighting control systems.  The electrician will perform emergency primary electrical switching operations and assist with the maintenance and repair of high voltage cable systems, transformers, and switch gear, including using utility locating tools, infrared troubleshooting, and assist with transformer inspections.


  • Perform hands on preventative maintenance on emergency back up generators, emergency lighting systems, and back up battery power systems for emergency lights. 
  • Perform repairs to site lighting systems to include wiring, ballasts, and lighting controllers. 
  • Install and maintain exterior and interior lighting systems. 
  • Install conduit, wiring, outlets, switches, circuit breakers, and lights for new equipment, office, and other installations. 
  • Troubleshoot, isolate, and repair electrical problems on high and low voltage electrical systems. 
  • Assist with plan review and document review for projects ranging from new buildings to renovations to replacements of existing systems. 
  • Assist with planning for annual maintenance of high voltage electrical systems and assist contractors with same. 
  • Perform service, inspection, and installation activities on electronic fire, security, access control, gas alarm and detection systems. 
  • Read and interpret blueprints, diagrams, schematics, submittals, specifications, software/systems programs, and operations and maintenance manuals.
  • Respond to emergencies and perform other duties as required.

Required Qualifications*

Department Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan Journeyman Electrical License or a Reciprocal Journeyman License.  Master Electrician preferred.
  • Prior experience with maintenance and operation of high voltage switch-gear, isolation transformers, up to 13,200 volts
  • Prior experience with installation, maintenance, and repair of building electrical systems including substations, power panels, motor control centers, power and lighting panels, circuit breakers, branch circuit wiring systems, conduit, switching, outlets, hangars, and wire identification.
  • Must have knowledge and experience in the use of tools for installing, bending, cutting and threading conduit, testing circuits, pulling wire, electrical safety equipment, and personal protection.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of mathematics used to calculate electrical loads, circuit protection, wire sizes, switch and outlet ratings.
  • Must be familiar in the use of software programs and programmable logic controllers used to measure, meter, and control building electrical services. 
  • Must be able to read and interpret blue prints, schematic electrical diagrams, specifications, and manufacturer installation and operating instructions. 
  • Must have physical ability to perform work using ladders, bucket trucks, platforms, and to work in cramped and hot spaces.
  • Must be able to respond to emergencies 24/7.
  • Must be able to demonstrate effective communication and customer service skills with a variety of people at different organizational levels, including staff, faculty, and students.

University Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from high school and specialized training in electrical work. 
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, sketches, and diagrams. 
  • Considerable knowledge of the equipment, methods, and materials involved in electrical work. 
  • Reasonable knowledge of the maintenance requirements of electrical equipment, fixtures, and devices. 
  • Reasonable manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude. 
  • Reasonable experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical equipment and devices.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior proven experience with fire alarm system operation, repair, and troubleshooting.
  • Prior experience with networked security and access control system installation, maintenance, and repair.
  • Prior experience with programmable logic control systems for access control and security control systems.
  • Knowledge of software applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, and automated work order.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.