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High Voltage Technician I


Maintain and repair high voltage components (4,160 to 22,900 volts (V) alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC)), electrical distribution systems, and associated low voltage (120V to 600V) equipment.  Assist in constructing, installing, operating, maintaining, repairing, modifying, inspecting, and managing electrical equipment, metering equipment, public lighting, power distribution systems, and other systems applicable to electrical overhead and underground distribution systems.  Work with high voltage plants, substations (48VDC and 120VDC control circuits for relay tripping and auto shutdown), vaults, manholes, generators, switchgear, transformers, relays, and other equipment and fixtures (campus outdoor lighting system, including streetlights, parking lot lights, exterior building lights and traffic signals).  Assist with splicing and terminating primary and secondary cables.  The incumbent assists in installing and pulling slack out of primary and secondary wires.  Assist in placing cross arms and stringing wires.  Assist in setting transformers and underground pedestals.  Respond to electric system trouble calls.  Keep the crew truck stocked with necessary parts and materials.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Maintain fixtures and perform lighting preventive maintenance inspections (PMI) (on campus outdoor lighting system including streetlights, parking lot lights, exterior building lights, and traffic signals)
  • Perform manhole PMI, manhole pump outs, and infrared terminations and splices for switches
  • Assist in performing routine preventive maintenance and repairing standard electrical distribution equipment
  • Assist senior high voltage personnel in transformer PMI settings, maintaining gauges, infrared testing, etc.
  • Assist with oil sampling, gas analysis, amps recording, substation battery tests, crosswalk inspections, relay PMI, and the line truck vehicle PMI
  • Clean, maintain, and repair all equipment and tools used by the power distribution crew, including a 51-foot reach bucket truck, a 30-foot hoist truck, etc.
  • Maintain records of routine maintenance and repairs
  • Assist in maintaining, altering, and repairing existing wiring and electrical circuits
  • Assist in installing conduit for electrical systems
  • Assist in pulling cable for primary systems, installing, splicing, terminating, pulling out slack, and repairing primary and secondary overhead and underground distribution facilities
  • Assist in building transformer banks and transformer platforms
  • Assist in constructing and installing system components, equipment, and fixtures
  • Assist senior high voltage personnel in performing switching order, breaker operations, and pulling conduit
  • Assist in connecting, disconnecting, and replacing of service loops
  • Work on energized lines requiring use of aerial devices, hot line tools, and insulated gloves
  • Begin and complete the Level Three Electrical curriculum (including associated hands-on training) through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and demonstrate proficiency therein
  • Assist in troubleshooting, analyzing, calibrating, and modifying a variety of devices using standard test equipment
  • Locate and correct power failures and short circuits lower end and assist with higher end
  • Drives state vehicle or walk to customer/trouble location

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma and one year of appropriate experience in high voltage electrical work; appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience
  • Completion of NCCER Core and Electrical Level One

Licensure and Certification

Florida Class B commercial driver license (CDL) [within 180 days of hire]


This position does not typically include supervisory responsibility.

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