Requisition ID:  29780

Power Plant Electrician

Job Summary

This position performs a large portion of the 480 volt to 2400 volt  system electrical  maintenance and repairs at the Wade Utility Plant.

You will work as part of the Instrumentation and Electrical Team and works closely with the I&E Techs to provide safe and reliable equipment operation and support. You will be required on-going specialized training in the controls, electrical and electronics field. You will also perform installation, maintenance, repairs and upgrades of electrical equipment, controls and systems. This position will troubleshoot and repair plant machinery and associated controls, including programable logic controllers, instrumentation and secondary distribution systems utilizing circuit schematics, blueprints and drawings. This position will be subject to 24 hour callback and overtime as required. You will be on an "on-call" rotation requiring availability during that time and cell phone/pager contact with the Plant. You will value diversity by working effectively with people from different viewpoints and backgrounds.


What We're Looking For:

Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma/GED required
  • Three (3) years of electrical experience in maintenance, construction and repairs in an industrial setting required

Skills Needed:

  • Knowledge and experience with 3 phases 480-volt, 2400-volt systems, motor controls, starters, and associated controls 
  • Ability to:
    • read and interpret blueprints, electrical schematics, and controls diagrams 
    • operate a variety of electrical test equipment including (but not limited to), digital volt meters and ammeters 
    • properly install, repair and maintain electrical utilization equipment including (but not limited to) conduit, wiring, relays, frequency drives, motors, breakers, transformers, and fuses 
  • Must be able to:
    • lift and carry 25 to 50 pounds frequently, and up to 60 pounds occasionally
    • work in a high-pressure environment and to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with various types of people
  • Must have a working knowledge of the National Electric Code and OSHA Standards for General Industry 
  • Will be on the I&E On call schedules 
  • Must have the ability to learn and demonstrate the skills required for progression in the I&E Milestone Program
  • Basic computer skills 



  • Working knowledge of programmable logic controls and plant instrumentation 
  • Completion of an industrial electrical apprenticeship or equivalent 
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and CMMS programs such as Maximo 

Additional Information:

  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial Benefit Package including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette