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Apply now Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs

Position Title Electrician
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Facilities Management Department supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

This position is expected to work in an independent manner as a fully qualified electrician and within small teams, to perform skilled installation, maintenance, and repair work on low voltage electrical equipment and systems of 750 volts or less. During shutdowns and maintenance, this position will be required to assist with high voltage electrical equipment and systems of 12,470 volts or less. The incumbent will take direction from shop lead and supervisor and relate well with a variety of people, including students, faculty, and staff. This position must be able to perform electrical functions to include maintaining and renovating the university facilities.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience reading and interpreting blueprints (detail sketches), plans, and building specifications in order to determine where wiring is and/or needs to be installed. Ability to produce detailed sketches and specifications.
  • Demonstrated experience working in sensitive situations such as operational offices, classrooms, dorm rooms, rest rooms, etc.
  • High school graduation diploma or graduation equivalency diploma (GED) certificate.
  • Valid EL01 Washington State Electrical License.
  • One year of related experience in a commercial or institutional setting.
  • Valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work in order to drive a state-owned vehicle to work locations.
  • Possess a strong knowledge of applicable electrical codes and regulations such as: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) regulations and local building, mechanical and NEC electrical codes.
  • Physically perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to perform daily work tasks independently under limited supervision.
  • Possess technical accuracy and recordkeeping skills.
  • Ability to work with computer hardware, including touch screen tablet, and software required to track work orders and record time worked.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a friendly and cooperative manner with students, staff, and faculty at all levels of the organization and in contacts with the public.
  • Possess strong communication skills including both written and verbal.
  • Ability to manage time well and work under pressure situations with tight schedules and deadlines to complete projects.
  • Effectively read and understand written information and instructions.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Perform accurate material take-off, help with estimating projects, and assist in field design work (shop drawings).
  • Ability to solve problems and work independently.
  • Meet schedules and deadlines while staying within the estimated costs.
  • Possess a strong knowledge of Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) rules and regulations, standard job safety rules, and proper use of a face respirator.
  • Possess a good working knowledge of or formal training in several related skill fields including plumbing, sheet metal, welding, pipe fitting, pipe insulating, hazard material (asbestos abatement), building controls, signage, and painting obtained in an institutional, commercial, or industrial environment.
Special Conditions All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
Salary Position starts at $56,856 - $64,332 (depending on experience) and comes with excellent benefits! For more information on our robust benefits and employee perks please check out this document!
Bargaining Unit This position is part of bargaining unit B and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Washington Federation of State Employees of WWU.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 498999
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