The Power Distribution Specialist is part of the Plant Operations team in the Facilities department at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for the operation and maintenance of the electrical distribution system providing power to the University as well as the Medical Center. This position requires strong attention to detail, analytic thinking and a commitment to maintaining a high level of reliability of the electrical distribution system. This position does not have supervisory responsibility: his position reports administratively and functionally to Power Plant Manager.
Plant Operations provides facilities support for all construction, renovation, and routine maintenance of University Central space and facilities; housekeeping services for approximately 5.8 million square feet of academic, administrative, residential, and recreational space; grounds care for 330 acres that are a registered arboretum; turf care for athletic fields; and utilities for the University Central and the Medical Center.
Facilities annual budget exceeds $100 million in operating expenses and includes over 400 employees. Facilities manages major capital project expenditures totaling ~$125 million annually and facility renewal, replacement and large maintenance project expenditures totaling ~$20 million annually.
Duties and Responsibilities
Test 13,800 volt and 4,160-volt transformers, breakers and switches
Calibration of 13,800-volt relays and 4,160-volt relays
Change out 13,800-volt relays and 4,160-volt relays
Operate 69,000 volt and lower air break disconnects, circuit breakers and associated equipment during standard and emergency switching procedures
Inspection of newly installed switch gear as well as existing switch gear preventative maintenance
Inspection of cables and equipment in underground vaults and tunnels
Test 13,800 volt and 4,160 volt and 480 volt cables
Pull samples of transformers oil for testing
Test motor starters on equipment
Test ground loops in substation and buildings
Test gas turbines driven generators 1 & 2
Clean switch gear in substation and buildings
Install and test electric meters on 13,800 volt and lower circuits
Test electric motors and inspect installations
Replace bearings in electric motors
Use all testing equipment
Use all programs for setting up equipment from computer
Read electrical drawings, make revisions and create new drawings as necessary
Install and test electric motors and variable speed drives
Install electrical cables
Install electrical conduit
Pull medium and high voltage cabling
Work with Electrical Engineers and contractors
Work with vendors
Work with OEM personnel
Clean electrical equipment
Work on Work Orders from other PO areas
Operate fork truck
Operate a bucket truck
Operate department vehicles
Other duties related to classification
6:30am to 3pm
Must be able to work Overtime and on the weekends.
High School Diploma or GED is necessary.
A valid Drivers License is necessary.
5 years of previous experience (Journeyman level) is necessary.
3 years of experience in high voltage electrical operations is preferred
Ability to lift 50 pounds is necessary.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000148
About Vanderbilt University
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