City Electrician

City of Bloomington, IL

This position includes performing complex electrical work performed at the journeyman level in the installation, maintenance, testing, and repair of lift stations, lighting, building facilities, traffic signals and all associated components including the communications network, street and ornamental lighting and wiring, pumps and motors, civil defense systems, electrical, electronic, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) equipment associated with municipal electrical systems and equipment.

In addition, this position includes the performance of skilled tasks on a variety of installations maintained by the City. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Chief Electrician, Superintendent of Mechanical Maintenance, the City Engineer, and others as appropriate with considerable technical independence and is subject to incidental instructions on new work and installation assignments. Work is reviewed through discussion on specific problems, incidental inspection of completed work, work reports prepared, and the achievement of desired results.

This list may not include all tasks and/or knowledge which may be expected of the employee, nor does it cover all of the specific duties which may be required. Other duties may be assigned.

Organizes, coordinates, and performs installation, maintenance, testing, and repair work; inspects jobs under way and upon completion; advises on work problems; inspects jobs upon completion; prepares basic work reports.
Performs duties or participates with other staff when project assignments require.
Performs a variety of tasks related to the maintenance, installation, repair, programming, and testing of a variety of electrical/electronic traffic signal equipment ranging from underground cables, traffic signal cabinets, controllers, and overhead signal components in accordance with City policy, National Electric Code, and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Troubleshoots traffic signal systems in order to locate malfunctions such as shorts, open or grounded circuits, and identifies reason(s) for the fault or equipment failure.
Uploads and downloads data between computer, signal controllers, and other traffic signal/Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) equipment.
Performs general electrical maintenance on street and ornamental lighting systems; repairs underground cables, re-lamps units.
Maintains civil defense warning sirens; trouble shoots controls; makes periodic electrical checks on equipment.
Uses electronic locating equipment to locate City-owned underground electric and fiber optic systems. Works with JULIE Coordinator to ensure GIS records are current to protect underground utilities.
Performs general electrical maintenance on municipal water system controls; installs and trouble shoots electronic flow, level process control and communications equipment; wires motor controls; maintains and repairs pumps and motors for water pumping stations and sewer lift stations.
Installs, programs, maintains, troubleshoots, documents and repairs a wide variety of industrial instrumentation and equipment, which includes computer systems, electronic monitoring, metering, controlling, signaling devices, PLC control systems, VFD control systems, SCADA system controls, fiber optic and Ethernet systems used in production, treatment and distribution of water, lift stations, lighting, drives, motors, facilities, etc.
Troubleshoots and problem solves situations/problems (material quality, equipment operation/repair, etc.).
Installs, alters, maintains and repairs electrical systems, equipment, switches, fixtures, and other elements in accordance with standard practices of the electrical trade and local and national electrical codes.
Locates and corrects power failures and identifies motor trouble on electrically operated equipment, machinery and apparatus.
Orders repairs, parts and tools; maintains a limited inventory of parts; maintains an equipment and parts catalog file. Updates asset inventories.
Ensures proper on-the-job safety procedures are followed and safety equipment is consistently and properly used. Follows proper procedures, equipment, and documentation of safety practices.
Prepares standard job reports; provides specific data for daily log reports; lists materials used, work performed, and man hours devoted to respective jobs.
Identifies and resolves all regular and extraordinary maintenance and repairs required to ensure continuous and dependable water production and sanitary sewer pumping for both regular and peak demand.
Coordinates maintenance activities with mechanical maintenance staff, to minimize disruption of plant or system operations.
Uses maintenance management software to track work and keep records of maintenance activities and equipment.
Estimates cost and time for all aspects of maintenance, repair and construction work.
Researches and assists with the design of new control systems; automates legacy systems.
Performs manual labor tasks associated with maintenance and repair of the systems; installs equipment and components, pulls wires, removes and replaces parts, prepares the work site; and cleans up after work is completed.
Assists Chief Electrician with monitoring and oversight of Contactors completing contracted maintenance work as needed.
Coordinates and maintains positive relationships with other City departments, other governmental entities, and private utilities in the course of performing assigned work.

Required Education/Experience:

Required: Graduation from standard high school or vocational/technical school; completion of an approved apprenticeship in electrical trades work; considerable experience in electrical maintenance and repair work at the journeyman or contractor level related to the maintenance and repair of electrical, electronic, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) equipment associated with water treatment plant, pump stations, lighting, traffic signals, and building facilities; or any equivalent combination of training and experience to provide the outlined knowledge, abilities, and skills.

Certificate and Licenses:


Possession and maintenance of a valid Illinois Class B Commercial Driver’s License with airbrake endorsement.
Obtain an International Code Council (ICC) National Contractor/Trades Examination Program Certification for National Maintenance Electrician within the probationary period.


Illinois EPA Public Water Supply Class D Operators License is desirable.
IMSA Level III Traffic Signal Technician is desirable.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Reasonable accommodations may be available to assist individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Majority of work is performed in an outdoor or plant setting in all conditions including hot, cold, wet and dry weather. Work requires traveling to construction sites and the ability to traverse a variety of natural and altered ground surfaces which may be uneven, wet or slippery or sloped.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Please apply online.

Job Details

Job Function
Other Entry to Mid-Level
Position Type
Full Time

City of Bloomington


PO BOX 3157
Bloomington, IL 61702-3157
United States

Form of Government


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