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47.14 - 54.57 Per Hour
Alameda, California
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Full Time
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5+ years
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Electrical Maintenance Technician

Nature of Position

$47.14-54.57 per hour; 9/80 work schedule.

Under direction performs journey level work in the testing, repair, and installation of electrical revenue metering and its component parts, electrical substation and distribution equipment and performs other related work as required. 

Tentative Performance Exam Date: Week of November 13, 2017

The position is based in Alameda Municipal Power, a department of the City of Alameda.  Alameda Municipal Power is responsible for the stewardship of the City's electric utility infrastructure and environment that contributes to Alameda's livability and sustainability.  Under supervision, to serve an approved standard period in the capacity of apprentice to prepare for the classification of Electric Maintenance Technician.

About Alameda Municipal Power
130 Years of Providing Public Power to Alameda

In 1887, the City of Alameda paid $20,000 for the installation of 13 streetlights and a 90-kW generating station to power them. And with that, the oldest public electric utility west of the Mississippi was created.

Today, the City of Alameda is still in the power business and still a trendsetter. Now known as Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), we have survived over a century and a quarter of utility mergers that created utility behemoths in other places.

AMP has provided safe, reliable power at lower rates without sacrificing service to power our community. We maintain local control so that we can re-invest in the island and provide value to enrich our lives, businesses and the community.  In fact, since 1887, AMP has contributed more than $75 million to the City of Alameda's General Fund.

We've seen a lot of change in 130 years, but through it all there's been one constant:  We're as committed today to delivering safe and reliable electricity to the residents and businesses of Alameda as we were in 1887.  We'll continue to invest in new and improved ways of doing business to manage costs, improve our service, and improve the environment.

Examples of Duties

  1. Installs, tests, calibrates and repairs all types of revenue meters, instruments and associated electrical equipment.
  2. Tests, cleans and repairs transformers.
  3. Installs, tests, services and repairs circuit breakers, voltage regulators, reclosers, relays, substation wiring and equipment and other substation apparatus.
  4. Programs, installs, maintains, and services SCADA system and equipment.
  5. Makes special load checks and tests, and performs trouble-shooting  work on customer premises.
  6. Operates PC and other computer equipment running established programs.
  7. May act as Combustion Turbine Operator

Employment Standards

Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List.  This is a competitive examination where a candidate's performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the core competencies required of the job.  To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to provide the required knowledge and abilities for the position.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education:  Graduation from high school, supplemented by courses in advanced electrical theory and mathematics involved in alternating current electrical theory and completion of an approved electric utility apprenticeship or equivalent program for Electrical Maintenance Technician.
Experience:  Five years of meter or substation related experience with an electric utility, two years of which shall have been at the journey level.  SCADA experience is highly desired.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of journey level work in electrical revenue metering and electrical substation and distribution equipment; principles, methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the installation, testing, removal and maintenance of transformers, regulators, capacitors, switching and fusing equipment, circuit breakers, controls and instrumentation, relays, batteries and chargers, revenue meters and other associated equipment; electrical terminology, mathematics and mechanical theory, and safe work practices and procedures.

Ability to operate electrical test equipment and tools; interpret schematic drawings and computerized data; operate computer equipment; interpret electrical codes and regulations; apply established Bureau policies and procedures; work independently; use initiative and judgement seeking guidance for situations where standard procedures may not apply; establish and maintain accurate records; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public.
Special Requirements
Willingness and/or ability to respond to after-hours emergency calls as required.  Freedom from color blindness.
Other Requirements
Possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.

The examination process may include an application and supplemental questionnaire evaluation, a written exam, a performance exam, and/or an oral interview.  The examination process may test for, but is not limited to, the essential knowledge and abilities listed in the job specification and announcement and will be designed to provide a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position.  Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of examinations approximately two weeks in advance.  If applicants have not received written notice at least one week prior to the tentative test week listed, they should contact the City of Alameda Human Resources Department at (510) 747-4900.

Candidates passing all components of the examination process will be placed on an Eligible List.  A list of names is certified to the department(s) having vacancies based on the type of examination conducted pursuant to the provision of the City's Civil Service Rules.  Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head subject to approval by the City Manager.  The Department Head may utilize additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision.  Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate with the highest rating on the most heavily weighted portion of the exam or if weighted 100% on any given portion, based on the earliest application date and time.  Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted which may include a credit check and background.  The selection process may be evaluated and revised based on the number of qualified applicants.  Federal law requires that prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, as required the U.S. Department of Justice.
A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran's preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


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