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Performs supervisory responsibilities for managing all aspects of the construction, installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical power lines, electrical systems, fixtures, apparatus, and appliances.

This individual is responsible for planning, scheduling, assigning, participating in, and inspecting the work of power linesmen, electricians, and trades helpers. The employee also has responsibility for supervising the operation of an electrical repair shop. Work includes the design and construction of special electrical apparatus and fixtures and the preparation of specifications and estimates for construction, repair, and installation projects. Large scale and complex jobs are normally inspected upon completion for conformance with specifications; smaller jobs are checked for satisfactory operation by the users of the equipment. Work is performed under general direction of an administrative superior and is reviewed through discussions and inspection of completed work.


Plans, assigns, schedules, and supervises the work of power linesmen, electricians, and helpers engaged in the construction, installation, maintenance, and repair of university power lines, electrical systems, fixtures, apparatus, and appliances; participates in the more difficult work.

Trains and instructs subordinates on detailed procedures.

Conducts periodic inspections and gives on-site supervision over hazardous or unusual work assignments; assures availability of equipment, materials, and supplies.

Estimates the time and material costs required for projected jobs; keeps cost and job records and submits reports; initiates requisitions for supplies, tools, and equipment.

Confers with university department officials and makes recommendations on proposed projects.

Supervises the operation of the electrical repair shop.

Enforces safety regulations, rules, and working conditions.

Recruits and trains personnel in the safe operation of equipment and tools.


High school diploma or GED; 5 years of related experience including supervisory or lead experience and considerable experience as a journeyman electrician or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Excellent communication skills.


Thorough knowledge of the practices, methods, equipment, materials, and tools of the electrical trade.

Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.

Ability to supervise the work of skilled workers.

Considerable knowledge of the National Electrical Code for electrical installations.

Ability to interpret and work from instructions, penciled plans and sketches, and blue prints.

Ability to communicate and coordinate with superiors, subordinates, vendors and university personnel.

Ability to estimate materials and labor costs.

Skill in the use and care of all hand and shop tools and equipment of the electrician's trade.



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