Industrial Electrician - Environmental Services Department
City of San Jose
San Jose, California 95113

Job Description

Industrial Electrician - Environmental Services Department

$114,485.28 - $139,492.08 Annually

San Jose - Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility

Job Type

Job Number

Environmental Services

Opening Date


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About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a national leader in pollution prevention, watershed protection, utility service provision, and climate action. Together, ESD employees positively impact every resident and business in San Jose.
Our department is an exceptional place to start or grow your career. We have a supportive leadership team, numerous professional growth opportunities, and an inclusive workplace culture that is welcoming of your talents! We offer an array of meaningful career paths and value flexibility – offering hybrid work and alternative work schedules in select roles. Additionally, the City offers excellent health and pension benefits, as well as 15 paid holidays!
To learn more about ESD, follow @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and San Jose Environmental Services on LinkedIn.
The San José - Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) is one of the largest advanced wastewater treatment facilities in the nation and treats water from homes and businesses in the cities of San José, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and unincorporated areas within Santa Clara County. The RWF serves a population of over 1.4 million people and has the capacity to treat 167 million gallons of wastewater per day. For more information visit our website at

Position Duties

The RWF is hiring Industrial Electricians. These positions will be located at the RWF at 700 Los Esteros Road, San Jose, CA 95134. The RWF is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The typical schedule for this position is day shift, Monday through Friday and infrequently the position may be required to work nights, weekends and/or holidays if needed. Upon completion of probation, employees may elect to work a flexible work schedule such as four, ten-hour days per week or an alternate work schedule of working nine hours each day with one day off every other week.

The Industrial Electrician performs journey-level electrical work in connection with the construction, maintenance, installation, inspection testing, repair and alteration of electrical power generating plant and substation machinery and equipment and other electrical equipment, and systems found in the Facility and performing related work as required.

The pay scale for this position is: $114,485.28 to $139,492.08 annually.

Key responsibilities and typical duties include but not limited to:
  • Maintaining, operating and adjusting electrical primary power substations ranging from 4160 to 115kv, including circuit breakers, relays, batteries and controls.
  • Testing low and high voltage electrical equipment including circuits, transformers, variable frequency drives (VFD's), high voltage switches, phase shifters, and electrical components of process control, telemetering, cathodic protection systems and electronic equipment boards.
  • Diagnosing problems and determining needed repairs or modifications.
  • Installing conduit and pulling wires for motors, control panels and lighting fixtures; reviewing work orders, maintaining activity logs, preparing requisitions, and obtaining approvals for various projects.
  • Designing, fabricating and installing electrical systems and components to ensure code compliance, installing wiring and electrical equipment.
  • Determining precautions and following safe and effective work procedures.
  • checking job sites for potential hazards; attending various meetings and acts as a liaison with contractors, vendors, and other departments.
  • Purchasing electrical supplies and filling out paperwork; coordinating purchases and choosing vendors; responding to emergencies including evaluating and taking required actions and determining if support is needed immediately.
  • Performing other duties of a similar nature or level.

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

    Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations; fundamentals of electricity and electronics including their application to the operation of highvoltage substation equipment (i.e. 115kv, 4160v & 480v), electrical motor controls, circuit breakers, generator controls, protective relay testing & calibration, and switchgears; ability to program Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) & Variable Frequency Drives; (VFD's); training and/or certification in any of the following: NFPA 70E; Electrical Safety for Industrial Facilities; Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's); Motor Controls; Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's); National Electrical Code, California Electrical Safety Orders, NFPA70E, and Cal OSHA. Substation Maintenance certification meeting the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(2)(vii) is desirable.
    Analytical Thinking - Approaching a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
    Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.
    Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

    Selection Process
    The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application, resume and answers to the job specificquestions. Those applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to a written exam. An appropriate number of best qualified applicants with a passing score on the written exam will be invited to the practical exam. An appropriate number of best qualified applicants from the practical exam will be invited to the oral interviews for final selection. Specific exam dates and instructions will be provided in advance to candidates who are eligible to move forward in the selection process.
    You must answer all questions to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.
    If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Phillip Dunbar via email at
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    Minimum Qualifications

  • Education and Training: High School Graduation or equivalent and completion of an approved apprenticeship program;
  • Experience: One year of post-apprenticeship experience performing duties that include a minimum 12 kV or higher voltage substation construction, equipment maintenance, control and protective system troubleshooting and maintenance in an industrial, utility, and/or manufacturing environment.
  • Acceptable Substitutions: Successful completion of the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards electrician certification exam or documented proof of completion of 8500 hours of both course work and experience in all of the areas covered in the State of California Electrician Apprenticeship Standards may be substituted for completion of a recognized Electrician Apprenticeship program. These areas include residential wiring, commercial and industrial wiring, intercom and signals, controls, underground work, trouble shooting, finishing and fixture hanging, solid state controls, and stock and inventory.
  • Licensing/Certification: Possession of a valid driver's license authorizing the operation of a motor vehicle in the State of California. Substation Maintenance certification meeting the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(2)(vii) is desirable.

    Other Qualifications

    Knowledge of:
  • Fundamentals of electricity and electronics including their application to the operation of high voltage substation equipment (i.e. 115kv, 4160v & 480v), electrical motor controls, circuit breakers, generator controls, protective relay testing & calibration, and switchgears;
  • National Electrical Code, California Electrical Safety Orders, NFPA70E, and CAL OSHA;
  • Techniques, tools, and materials of the electrical utility trade;
  • Environmental and safety practices, procedures, and standards.

    Ability to:
  • Read and interpret blueprints, schematics and electrical diagrams and documents;
  • Install and maintain electrical systems and equipment;
  • Direct the activities of electrical vendors, contractors and other staff;
  • Make rough estimates of materials, supplies, and equipment required for jobs;
  • maintain accurate records of time, labor, materials and equipment for work performed and prepare reports (oral and written) as necessary;
  • Drive electric carts and light duty vehicles safely;
  • Develop standard operating procedures and train new staff on work procedures;
  • Use communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to exchange or convey information;
  • Understand, follow and provide oral and written instructions.

    Skill to:
  • Operate hand and power tools and equipment in a safe manner;
  • Operate and maintain electric motors, transformers, generators, controls, and other electrical equipment;
  • Troubleshoot electrical problems in an industrial facility;
  • Use computers and related software applications.

    Desirable Qualifications

  • Ability to program Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) & Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's);
  • Training and/or certification in any of the following:
    NFPA 70E; Electrical Safety for Industrial Facilities; Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's); Motor Controls; Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's).

    Additional Information:

    Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

    Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system.

    This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

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  • Date Posted : 03/25/2024