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Electrician I

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Building Maintenance
Categories: Facilities/Grounds

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Installs, maintains, operates, repairs and/or initiates repairs on building systems such as, but not limited to, clock systems, card access systems, security systems, fire alarm systems, communication equipment, and their related devices and performs other related work as required. Employing the use of specialized testing and monitoring, diagnostic equipment; works synchronously with Contractors, Engineers, Control Technicians, etc. maintaining the building systems integrity.  Exercises functional supervision of other employees of lower grade performing related repair and maintenance activities. 


Essential Functions

  • Inspects, maintains, repairs Campus Card Access, Fire Alarm Systems, Security Systems and their related components, including but not limited to, electric controls, electro-mechanical controls, and computer software programs.  Instructs, advises, and mentors employees and technicians in the operation and maintenance of the above systems.
  • Acts as a first responder inspecting, testing, trouble shooting, repairing and initiating repairs on Fire Alarm Systems, Card Access Systems, Security Systems to Federal, state and local codes.  This requires using electrical testing, electronic testing, and micro-processor diagnostic equipment.  Interacts with contractors and campus customers relating to the operation, maintenance and repair of various security, fire alarm, clock controls systems and related HVAC control components.
  • Provides preventive maintenance services, complying with Federal, state, and local codes on electric, electronic, and electro-mechanical controls.  Documents work performed in the equipment maintenance history file. Utilizes computer programs that operate, maintain, and adjust building fire alarm security and card access systems.
  • Maintains and develops operational, procedural and emergency response standards for the Security System, Card Access, Fire Alarm Systems, and their related equipment.  Provides timely systems failure notification and repair response, minimizing equipment down time.  This requires using micro-processor and diagnostic equipment.
  • Assists Engineering staff in drawing reviews, inspections, and trouble-shooting as part of the commissioning of a new Security System, Card Access, and Fire Alarm System, respective equipment, upgrades and equipment replacement, and associated software support.
  • Drives a motorize vehicle around campus to various campus buildings.
  • Identifies door access calls and determines if it is mechanical or electrical.
  • Drill or cut holes through floors, walls, or ceilings containing asbestos in performance of work assignments.
  • May exercise functional supervision over employees of a lower grade
  • Practices and promotes excellent customer service in the work place and exhibits a clear commitment to the diverse needs of customers.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Thorough knowledge of fundamental principles of electricity and of electronics.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, techniques, practices, materials and tools used in the Security Systems, Card Access and Fire Alarm trade.
  • Working knowledge of Massachusetts Electrical & NFPA Codes and their applications.
  • Working knowledge of the general and unique hazard and safety precautions associated with the Electrical, Fire Alarm, Security and Card Access trades.
  • Ability to read, interpret and work from plans, sketches and oral instructions.
  • Ability to make basic assessments of time and materials required to work assignments.
  • Ability to stand and work for long periods of time in enclosed, hot, moist spaces, work with a respirator on, climb ladders and work from scaffolding.
  • Ability to supervise and instruct helpers in Security System, Fire Alarm System, and Card Access tasks.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records, logs, etc.
  • Skill and knowledge to interpret blue prints, schematics, elementary diagrams, logic diagrams associated with Security Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Card Access Systems; the ability to generate, implement, understand and respond to verbal and written instructions.
  • Knowledge of safety practices, preventive maintenance practices and the operation of standard testing equipment.
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry objects of 50-75 lbs.
  • Skill in using the hand, power and measurement tools of the trade.
  • Skill and ability to work independently and with others
  • Experience with computer programs, such as word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Ability to learn and use new programs (i.e. Card Access & Tririga), and to change systems programming as required.


  • Basic knowledge of the Fire Alarm, Security and Card Access Systems.
  • Ability to provide off-shift coverage as requested.


  • Current, valid Massachusetts Class D Systems Technician Electrical License.
  • Possession and maintenance of a current, valid Class D Driver’s License.
  • Asbestos Abatement worker CERT. (within 6 months of date of hire)
  • Department of Public Safety Certificate of Clearance.
  • Achieve C-Cure training (within 1 year of date of hire)


Additional Details

This is a maintenance function, which includes overtime, returning to work between shifts when directed or called.  It is your responsibility to update the service desk with your current phone number.


Work Schedule

Tuesday – Saturday 3pm-11pm


Salary Information

Special Recruitment Rate: Grade 17, Step 6


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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