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Electronics Technician

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: VP Campus Planning and Facilities
Department: FS - Facilities Operations
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Facilities / Skilled Trades

Job Description

Reporting to the Electronics Technician Senior, the Electronics Technician is responsible for performing maintenance, inspection, troubleshooting, installation and repair of a variety of commercial/institutional building electrical systems and equipment of up to and including 480 VAC. Building electrical systems and equipment to be serviced includes, but is not limited to, motors and associated controls, lighting systems, panelboards, breakers, wiring, transformers. Primary duties will be to install, troubleshoot and repair a variety of electronic equipment including variable frequency drives in on and off campus property. This position will work closely with the ICM department to troubleshoot and facilitate repairs. Assists mechanical/plumbing, building trades and preventive maintenance staff as requested. This position is designated as “Emergency Personnel” and responds to emergency callbacks for service on a rotating basis.

Required Qualifications

• Must have or be able to obtain a Journeyman’s or Masters license in electrical trade within
eleven months of hire date; OR current Journey or Master level licensing agreement (reciprocity) from another jurisdiction as approved by the Virginia Board for Contractors. Must obtain Virginia license within 6 months of employment.
• Verifiable journeyman level experience in a large commercial or institutional setting in the maintenance, inspection and repair of building electrical systems up to and including 480 VAC.
• Working knowledge of National Electrical Code.
• Extensive knowledge of electric motors (ECM motors), controls, circuitry and the operation, installation and troubleshooting of variable frequency and associated controls.
• Knowledge of fluorescent and LED lighting systems and associated dimming controls.
• Working knowledge of a variety of technical documents such as blueprints, technical drawings, sketches, schematics, specification records, and operating and maintenance manuals.
• Record keeping experience such as processing work orders and/or tracking inventory.
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
• Required to operate a motor vehicle daily.
• Ability to perform routine electrical tasks, and recognize and understand industry terminologies of multiple trades.
• Ability to use a computer, keep accurate and complete records, and perform work with minimal margin of error and work independently with little or no supervision. Will be required to use manufacturer specific software to troubleshoot equipment.
• Ability to communicate effectively, work as an effective team member, and receive and execute instructions from the immediate supervisor and/or lead worker.
• Ability to safely and frequently move and handle heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more; ability to maneuver materials up and down stairs; ability to climb and work from elevated work stations such as ladders and scaffolds; ability to work for long periods of time standing, walking, reaching, bending, pushing/pulling.
• Must be able to work in all types of weather conditions including extreme temperatures.
• Required to work in non-permit required confined spaces.

Preferred Qualifications

• Previous experience working with a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) or computerized work order system.
• Experience installing and maintaining variable frequency drives.
• Knowledge of emergency power systems to include generator testing and minor repairs.

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Review Date

January 16, 2024

Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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