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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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Who We Are

Utilities is a division of Facilities & Operations, made up of 135 dedicated employees responsible for providing utilities services for the university 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Services include campus-wide utilities purchasing, generation, and distribution, as well as metering and billing energy consumption for all university buildings. Distribution includes the operations and maintenance of 300 miles of underground utility systems from outdoor lighting and high voltage circuits to water mains to tunnel piping. The division also provides a wide range of engineering services primarily dedicated to energy management, the operations and maintenance of university facilities, and the utilities infrastructure.

The Central Power Plant (CPP) is part of the University of Michigan Utilities Department, and generates and processes four main services to the University of Michigan Central and Medical Campuses, which are:

  • Steam
  • Electricity
  • Compressed air
  • Domestic hot water

The CPP is a combined cycle cogeneration power plant which includes seven steam boilers totaling 1,000,000 pounds of steaming capacity and 46 megawatts of electric generation capacity. The CPP High Voltage Electrician is part of the CPP team that operates and maintains the facility to ensure we are compliant with the federal, state and local Environmental & Safety regulations. We are a proactive team who strive for continuous improvement by applying the Facilities and Operations principles of being Respectful, Collaborative, Solutions-Based, and Proactive into our daily work.

Why Work at Michigan?

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.


  • Perform repair and maintenance work on high and low voltage circuits, including the removal of fuses, links and buss connections, steam and combustion turbine generators and controls, single and multi-burner high pressure and combined cycle boiler controls.
  • Fabricate and install high and low voltage controls, meters, relays and circuit breakers.
  • Splice and terminate a variety of high and low voltage cables.
  • Dismantle and repair primary electrical equipment, replacing sectionalizing box terminators, links and burned out fuses.
  • Test and troubleshoot energized high or low voltage electrical circuits in installed or repaired equipment using electrical measuring instruments such as high voltage testers and phasing sets, DC high potential testers, mega ohmmeters and fault locators.
  • Analyze malfunctions of primary high or low voltage electrical equipment using ammeter, voltmeter, ohmmeters, drawings, visual inspection, mega ohmmeters, and high potential testing equipment.
  • Perform preventitive maintenance activities, including periodic visual inspections and the testing of high voltage neutral reactors, switches, series tripping devices, disconnects, motor starters and air and vacuum circuit breakers.
  • Pull high and low voltage cable through conduit by means of power pullers.
  • Inspect new high and low voltage electrical installations for compliance with applicable state and local codes.
  • Assist in the writing of complex switching orders to enable scheduled or unscheduled Central Power Plant equipment power shut down.
  • Connect wiring to electrical fixtures and power equipment.
  • Cut, thread, bend and route conduit and pull wire through conduit by means of fish tape.
  • Troubleshoot, analyze and repair high and low voltage motor controllers, Variable Frequency Drives and Allen Bradley PLC Control Systems.
  • Sketch, read and intrepret blueprints, schematic diagrams, sketches, circuit diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams and job specifications.
  • Prepare records and service reports of materials and time expended in Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Read and interpret instruments and meters.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduation from high school or GED and knowledge of primary electrical work, including cable splicing, stress cone terminations and high voltage breaker maintenance and testing is necessary.
  • A State of Michigan class 3 journeyman's license is necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret blueprints, sketches and schematic diagrams is necessary.
  • Considerable experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of primary electrical equipment and devices is necessary.
  • Some experience as a working lead person for directing and coordinating work of other electricians and skilled tades employees is necessary.
  • Reasonable knowledge of the equipment, methods and materials used in the repair and installation of all types of Power Plant electrical systems is necessary.
  • Reasonable knowledge of all types of high and low pressure boilers, steam and combustion driven turbine generator equipment and controls is necessary.
  • Must be able to perform the full range of duties, with or without reasonable accommodation, in the classification in an environment that has high levels of heat and noise.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Completion on a Department of Labor recognized electrical apprenticeship program is desired.

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.