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High Voltage Technician IV


Maintain and repair components of high voltage (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.  Construct, install, operate, maintain, repair, modify, inspect, and manage 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).  Splice and terminate primary and secondary cables.  Installs and pull slack out of primary and secondary wires.  Build transformer banks and transformer platforms.  Connect, disconnect, and replace service loops.  Place and replace underground conductors.  Inspect and locate troubles in transformers and electrical disturbance apparatus and replace fuses and other defective parts.  Inspect contracted electrical construction work.  Places cross arms and string wires.  Set transformers and underground pedestals.  Respond to electric system trouble calls.  Fill the leadership role on project sites and when locating and correcting power failures.

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, alter, and repair existing wiring and electrical circuits
  • Install conduit for electrical systems
  • Pull cable for primary systems installations, splices, and terminations
  • Pull slack from and repair primary and secondary overhead and underground distribution facilities
  • Build transformer banks and transformer platforms
  • Construct and install system components, equipment, and fixtures
  • Develop and train lower level technicians on switching high voltage feeders in manholes, electrical vaults, substations, and on poles for medium voltage systems to maintain system balance, repair, and add to electrical systems while maintaining power to buildings
  • Perform switching orders, breaker operations, and conduit pulling
  • Connect, disconnect, and replace service loops
  • Work on energized lines requiring use of aerial devices, hot line tools, and insulated gloves
  • Provide leadership and guidance to lower level technicians and take lead on project sites when supervisor is unavailable
  • Troubleshoot, analyze, calibrate, and modify a variety of devices using standard test equipment
  • Lead the crew in locating and correcting power failures and short circuits lower end and higher end
  • Inspect and approve/disapprove contractors’ work
  • Drive state vehicle or walk to customer/trouble location
  • 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 and pump out manholes, infrared terminations, and splices for switches
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance and repair standard electrical distribution equipment
  • Perform transformer PMI settings, gauges maintenance, infrared testing, etc.
  • Perform oil sampling, gas analysis, amps recording, substation battery tests, crosswalk inspections, relay PMI, and line truck vehicle PMI
  • Perform pole PMI, cross arms maintenance, ground resistance readings, and substations infrared testing
  • 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
  • Begin and complete selected modules of the Power Line Worker Series (including associated hands-on training) through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and demonstrate proficiency therein
  • Act as shift or crew leader in the absence of supervisor
  • Perform as a lead for more complex operations
  • Participate in making work assignments, ensuring standards compliance, lower level technicians’ career development, and providing feedback for performance evaluations
  • Complete requisitions
  • Assist in developing scopes of work for vendors’ bidding
  • Perform related work (as required)

Education and Experience

High school diploma and four years of appropriate experience in high voltage electrical work; appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience

Licensure and Certification

  • Florida Class B commercial driver license (CDL) [within 180 days of hire]
  • Currently NCCER Certified Plus in trade or pass NCCER knowledge verification.
  • Complete CORE and a trade specific Critical Task Assessment within 6 months.


  • Will not directly supervise
  • Work as shift or crew leader in the absence of supervisor
  • Perform as a lead for more complex operations
  • Provide non-supervisory leadership and guidance to lower level high voltage technicians
  • Participate in making work assignments and ensuring compliance with standards, career development of lower level technicians, and providing feedback on performance evaluations

To see common career pathways for each position at the University of Florida please visit the Career Paths section of the UFHR website.