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Instrumentation/Electronics Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Instrumentation/Electronics Technician
Role Title: Electronics Technician II
Posting Number: SW0180126
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Position Summary:

Reporting to the Instrumentation/Electrical Supervisor, the Instrumentation/Electronic Technician performs specialized duties in Power Plant involving maintenance and installation of electrical and instrumentation equipment. Installs conduit, wiring, and makes electrical connections up to 480 volts in accordance with National Electrical Code. Calibrates and maintains distributed control systems, programmable logic controllers, and continuous emission monitoring systems. Diagnoses problems with configuration and calibrations of instrument systems. Performs maintenance and preventative maintenance for electrical and instrumentation equipment on all boilers, turbine generator, pumps, ash removal, pollution control equipment, and all other auxiliary equipment. Troubleshoots complex instrumentation, control and electrical circuits as required. Identifies and implements opportunities to improve Power Plant control systems. Ensures performance of duties in a timely manner and in compliance with federal and state law, university policies and procedures, and any associated regulations and guidelines. Overtime may be necessary due to emergencies and breakdowns.

Required Qualifications:

- AAS degree in Instrumentation and Electronics and/or Journeyman level mechanic experience with electrical systems up to 480 volts and VA DOPOR licensure as a journeyman electrician.
- Verifiable training and experience in the maintenance and installation of industrial controls and instrumentation including the ability to troubleshoot all types of control systems and electrical interlocking systems.
- Ability to use relevant hand tools, power tools, and electronic diagnostic equipment.
- Ability to interpret instructions and complete assignments independently or as part of a team.
- Ability to read and understand electrical blueprints and drawings.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Previous Power Plant experience.
- Strong computer skills.
- VA DOPOR Master Electrician’s License or equivalent experience.
- DCS and PLC configuration and troubleshooting experience.
- ASOPE Power Plant First Class License or higher

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must have health and safety medical check, Must be able to use respirator, Emergency Personnel - weather related, Emergency Personnel - facilities related, Must have valid driver's license, Emergency Personnel - health & safety related, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

- The plant is operated 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Work hours are normally Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. During periods of inclement weather, emergency situations or for special projects, may work a modified schedule and additional hours to meet the needs of the department.
- This position is also designated as “Emergency Personnel” and must be available as situations warrants for response to after hours calls.
- Must have annual health and safety medical check as part of health assurance program.
- Occasional use/wearing of a respirator may be required.
- Must wear employer provided uniforms as instructed by supervisor or lead.
- As situation dictates, must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- This position may be issued a mobile communication device (such as radio, cell-phone, I-pad, I-pod, pager, etc.). Devices issued are the responsibility of the employee and are to be returned in satisfactory condition upon separation of employment. Devices are to be used according to supervisor instruction and according to relevant policies.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

To apply, applicants must complete the online application at, posting #SW0180126. As an option, a cover letter, resume and list of references may be attached to the application. Review of applications will begin on March 7, 2018.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
If restricted or temporary, enter end date:
FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band: 4
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: FS - Power Plant Operations
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Posting Date: 02/21/2018
Review Begin Date: 03/07/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a current Virginia Journey or Master Electrician license?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
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    • Virginia Tech job site (
    • Facebook
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    • Journal (please describe below)
    • Listserv (please describe below)
    • Newspaper - print (please describe below)
    • Professional Conference (please describe below)
    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
    • Other Virginia Tech affiliated website (please describe below)
    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
    • Other - Not listed (please describe below)
  5. Description of recruiting source:

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Other Doc