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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

To perform complex electrical work regarding the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment, fixtures and wiring.


Fabricate and install control and distribution apparatus, including switches, relays and circuit breaker panels, fastening them in place with screws or bolts. Connect wiring to lighting fixtures and power equipment, using hand tools. Cut, thread, bind bend and route conduit lines, and pull wire through conduit by means of fish tape. Dismantle and repair equipment, replacing defective wires, motor brushes, condensers and burned out fuses. Test continuity of electrical circuits in installed or repaired equipment, using electrical measuring instruments. Analyze malfunctions of electrical equipment, using ammeter, voltmeter, ohmmeter drawings and visual inspection. Perform preventive maintenance activities, including periodic visual inspections, and securing loose connections. Cut or bore through walls, ceilings or partitions. Read and interpret blueprints, diagrams, sketches, circuit diagrams and job specifications. Prepare records and service reports of materials and time expended. Follow NEC code requirements and U of M design guidelines and specifications.


Required Qualifications*

  • Graduation from high school or equivalent - and specialized training in electrical work. 
  • State of Michigan Journeyman or Master's Electrical license
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, sketches, and diagrams. 
  • Considerable knowledge of equipment, methods and materials involved in electrical work. 
  • Reasonable knowledge of 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 devices.
  • Must be able to fulfill the necessary requirements to drive a University vehicle.
  • Reasonable computer skills; must be able to use a computer tablet & desktop for time entry, work assignments, email, reporting on job status, etc.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with emergency generators and automatic transfer switches.
  • Experience working with electrical distribution systems.
  • Experience with variable frequency drives and soft starters.
  • Experience with power quality data acquisition and interpretation.
  • Experience with infrared thermography.
  • Experience with HVAC systems.
  • Reasonably strong computer skills with emphasis on working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe software Products (Photoshop, Acrobat Professional)
  • Desired candidates will be able to provide documentation and use approved forms for submitting test data, including use of FMS AiM software.

Desired candidates will have: 

  • Familiarity and advanced troubleshooting skills with electrical technical systems with heavy focus on Variable Frequency Drives, including installation, programming, commissioning, and troubleshooting.  Ability to troubleshoot AC, DC, and solid state components of variable frequency drives.  Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot electronic circuitry.
  • Ability to install, troubleshoot and maintain motor control systems and associated equipment, with heavy emphasis on relay logic and controls. 
  • Ability to Install, maintain and troubleshoot battery inverter power systems (UPS & IPS) 
  • Strong knowledge of HVAC systems and associated controls, including operation, troubleshooting, repairing, and assisting with design of new systems and controls.
  • Familiarity with Siemens direct digital control systems. 
  • Power Quality data acquisition and interpretation of data to troubleshoot issues and work directly with engineers to solve issues and collect data.  This will involve installing equipment on various electrical systems and extracting and formatting data via multiple forms of power quality software.
  • Ability to operate, acquire, and interpret data via the use of infrared thermography equipment.
  • Strong desire to learn and enhance necessary skills. 

Licensure & Certification

State of Michigan Journeyman or Master's Electrical license

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm

Please note:  This position may need to work on-call and overtime to respond to afterhours emergencies.


Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the U-M Skilled Trades Union, Inc., which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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