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University of California Merced
  • Position Number: 3172419
  • Location: Merced, CA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Electrician II

University of California Merced

Job Title
Electrician II

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Job Closing Date
Initial applicant review will begin on or around June 7, 2022. Posting may close any time after that without notice.

About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

To set the course of UC Merced's evolution, in 2021 UC Merced will enact its first-ever 10-year strategic plan. This plan will guide how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway toward earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted within each campus unit. UC Merced is expected to engage in sophisticated thinking, planning, and implementation of actions that effectively diversify the professoriate and staff, improve campus climate for all campus constituency groups, and strengthen our equity, diversity, and inclusion infrastructure and capacity.

About the Job

To perform skilled journeyman level electrical work in the installation, operation, modification, servicing, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of campus electrical systems and equipment; including building wiring systems, motors, motor control centers, transformers, variable frequency drives, back-up battery systems, emergency generators, security, laboratory apparatus, lighting systems, including emergency lighting; and associated control systems. The work requires knowledge of electrical concepts, principles, methods and codes and a full knowledge of the operational aspects of both electrical equipment and systems. Requires the ability to read and interpret mechanical, electrical, and plumbing schematics and drawings, ability to prepare estimates, plan and manage own projects within allotted budgets; instruct and guide Electrician I, semi-skilled or unskilled assistants.

Work is performed on a variety of building systems, sometimes in emergency repair situations. This class must take the necessary safety precautions when working around machines, equipment, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Judgment is required in troubleshooting system problems and in determining methods of repair. This class is expected to resolve problems occurring in daily assignments and discuss unusual problems with the supervisor. This position will be required to work a non-standard work schedule with the ability to work variable and irregular hours and shifts, weekends and holidays, and participate in an on-call program. Incumbent must possess excellent customer service skills. This class must take the necessary safety precautions when working to follow department guidelines, equipment service and operation manuals, and code regulations.

This class is the first journeyman level position of this series. The Electrician II class involves full responsibility for the performance of the more advanced electrical tasks. Incumbents in this class perform work independently with considerable latitude for determining work methods used and are subject to periodic spot checks. This class may assist other mechanics in diagnosing and repairing electrical equipment with complex, unusual and/or very difficult problems; assist other skilled trade workers in maintenance and repair of buildings and campus facilities; and performs related work as required.



  • Demonstrated technical skills and knowledge to effectively operate, maintain, and repair electrical equipment and associated campus utility systems, including lighting. Ensure proper operation of all equipment and machinery within the Central Plant, on Campus and at remote facilities as assigned by the Operations Supervisor. Monitor all safety systems associated with the operations of all electrical equipment and utility systems. Monitor radio dispatch and off hour telephone functions.


  • Perform and ensure proper testing and analysis of Central Plant, ccampus electrical systems. Maintain all logs and reports related to the testing as required.


  • Attend and participate in safety and technical trainings. Provide training on the operation and maintenance of fire alarm and fire protections systems under normal and emergency conditions. Attend all vendor and professional training classes as assigned by management. Maintain current code and regulatory knowledge, updates procedures, skills and operational knowledge of campus fire alarm, life safety and fire protection systems as installed, modified or added to the campus and remote facilities.


  • Perform related projects, reports, records, and other clerical functions as assigned. Must have basic computer skills related to E-mail, computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), Word, Excel, reporting, and timekeeping,


  • Work as assigned by the supervisor on all areas, including housekeeping and refurbishing the facilities. Will manage individual safety requirements as required by Cal OSHA, UC policy, codes, and regulations. Monitor operating conditions by reading gauges, meters, and automatic recording devices. Monitor gauges and equipment and make appropriate adjustments or take corrective action. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures. Assists other skilled trade workers with normal repairs and emergency repairs. Monitor system alarms and respond to emergencies and dispatch Physical Plant staff and service contractors accordingly. Assists other skilled trade workers to perform equipment repairs and PM's, as assigned.



  • Completion of a State or Federally recognized (minimum four-year) apprenticeship in the Electrical trade; and
  • Possess and maintain California Electrician Certification with California Department of Industrial Relations; and
  • Possession of a high school diploma or GED certificate; and
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible related experience in commercial, institutional and/or industrial Electrical trade; and
  • Possess and maintain a license to operate a Class: C motor vehicle in the state of California.
  • A combination of experience and training may be substituted for education.


  • Demonstrated technical skills and knowledge to effectively perform preventive maintenance and repairs to main electrical switchboards, panel boards, etc. with voltage up to 12,470 volts AC and main bus full load amperages up to 6000. Installs circuits for power, lighting and equipment using various wiring methods (i.e. rigid metal conduits, armored cables).
  • Demonstrated skill to maintain service, repair, replace, install, and alter electrical equipment and distribution systems, and other campus utility systems related to craft functions.
  • Assists in troubleshooting, repairs and/or installs main switchboards, transformers, main and branch circuits breakers, disconnects and wiring devices such as switches, convenience receptacles and dedicated receptacles.
  • Electrical skill to include the use of electrical measuring meters and knowledge of AC/DC series and series parallel circuits. Ability to detect equipment operational problems, by interpreting readings from meters and gauges.
  • Diagnoses problems, repair and replace failed lighting systems and controls as well as electromagnetic and electronic ballasts on lighting equipment.
  • Performs switching on medium voltage distribution system and access electrical vaults to manually operate medium voltage vacuum interrupter switches and adjust control relay settings.
  • Requires the ability to read and interpret mechanical, electrical, and plumbing schematics and drawings, to prepare estimates, plan in addition, manage own projects within allotted budgets. Instruct and guide semi-skilled or unskilled assistants.
  • Knowledge and skills to review and understand technical data, specifications, blueprints, schematics, diagrams, and craft terminology to insure job performance. Knowledge of all applicable codes including but not limited to NEC, ICBO, NFC, UMC, and Title 24.
  • Current knowledge of approved safety devices, practices, and job-related equipment through self-study and selected training.
  • Demonstrated experience to work within a team environment with other crafts and to assist fellow crafts persons when required. Ability to show team leadership.
  • Ability to maintain proficiency in the trade through self-study and selected training.
  • Highly motivated and result orientated. Must maintain flexibility in a continuously changing and fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to train apprentices or trainees if required.
  • Demonstrated experience to work independently and use initiative in solving problems.
  • Proficient in the use of computers, mobile devices, etc. and learn the use of software programs for work management, retrieve workflow information, job assignments and material and labor data entry. Must be accurate and timely in the use of the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Organizational skills to understand and meet established unit goals and objectives and meet project deadlines within estimated budget.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills to effectively communicate technical/non-technical problems or concerns with supervisors, co-workers and campus personnel as required. Must be able to provide clearly written and understandable reports and instructions.
  • Familiar with physical and electrical hazards involved with MEP system repairs, troubleshooting, etc.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, maintain and repair utility and distribution systems.
  • Excellent customer service skills, which include ability to handle difficult situations such as a complaint from customers and exhibit a positive demeanor at all times.
  • Ability to perform duties in inclement weather, climb ladders and scaffolds and routinely work in dark, hot, cold, or damp working environments in tiring, physically demanding positions for long periods of time.
  • Ability to inspect systems and buildings to detect existing or potential problems.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to learn related job functions in order to perform a variety of related tasks under general supervision at a semi-skilled level.
  • Ability to coordinate with project managers and building inspector.
  • Ability to maintain up-to-date, accurate, comprehensive project records including plans, specifications, submittals, schedules, requests, changes, approvals, and costs.
  • Ability to consult lead/supervisor or project superintendents who administer requirements and standards for modification of projects.
  • Ability to support maintenance projects and programmatic work assignments.
  • Ability to complete paperwork in a neat and timely manner.
  • Ability to serve as liaison with clients, relaying their needs and requirements to the appropriate department or superintendent.
  • Ability to work and support shutdowns and project schedules to minimize interference with others.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely over the telephone and radio.
  • Ability to attend safety, technical and general meetings.
  • Ability to interpret, learn and apply University and Operations & Maintenance policies and procedures.
  • Ability to perform all work while conforming with EH&S health and safety policies, OSHA and other applicable federal, state and local fire, health, safety, emergency-preparedness, pollution-prevention policies, UC Merced policies and procedures and University of California's policies and procedures, including Code of Conduct, IIPP (Safety and Health Procedures), Hazardous Materials Communications Program, Health and Safety Manual, as well as any other document authorized by the UC Merced management to have bearing on employee safety and conduct.

    Background Check

    Background check and fingerprinting will be required.

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    How to Apply:
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    Equal Employment Opportunity:
    The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.

    Vaccination Program Policy:

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.

    Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
    The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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