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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5532

Class Designation: Civil Service

January 2010

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)




Under general direction, performs skilled journey level electrical work involving installation, maintenance and repair of electrical power and service wiring, control panels, motors and related electrical equipment in City facilities; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Electrician performs skilled journey level electrical work.  Distinguished from a Traffic Signal Technician in that an incumbent does not perform maintenance, repairs and modifications to traffic signal control equipment.  At this level, incumbents work with only occasional instruction or assistance; work requires incumbents to exercise judgment in selecting appropriate guidelines to follow; significant deviations require prior approval.
Supervision Exercised/Received
Supervision is received from the Heating and Air Conditioning Supervisor. Electricians may provide technical direction to lower level classifications.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties however; they are not all-inclusive.
  • Installs, maintains, repairs and replaces electrical facilities and equipment in City buildings, parks, airport and other facilities;
  • Installs, maintains and relocates electrical panels and components;
  • Repairs and replaces electrical controls and devices;
  • Installs and maintains parks and parking lot lighting circuits;
  • Replaces lamps and damaged light poles;
  • Maintains and repairs pumping station alarms, motors and control circuits;
  • Meets with representatives from outside organizations regarding electrical equipment;
  • Revises and designs electrical systems as necessary;
  • Tests electrical equipment, emergency power generators and automatic transfer panels;
  • Ensures proper stock is maintained to accomplish work assignments;
  • Estimates job costs;
  • Uses and enters information utilizing a computerized maintenance management system;
  • Performs preventive maintenance on electrical equipment and facilities;
  • Observes safety rules and regulations;
  • Works from blueprints, schematic diagrams, sketches, and oral and written instructions;
  • Installs and repairs conduits, lighting circuits, panels, regulators, generators, relays, circuit breakers, switch boxes and electrical fixtures according to codes.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • May determine job requirements.
  • Responds to emergency calls during work and after normal working hours.
  • Assists in the training of new and lower classification employees.
  • Maintains and cleans equipment and tools.
  • Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.
  • May maintain field reports, and work orders.
  • Performs other related duties.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Principles of electrical and electronic repair, maintenance and system design.
  • State, Federal and Local Electrical Codes.
  • Safety requirements of working with high and low voltage circuits.
  • Solid state and electromechanical equipment.
  • Materials, methods, and equipment used in the modification, maintenance, and repair of electronic and electromechanical equipment and solid state digital control devices.
  • Standard tools, methods, and practices of the electronic and electrician trade.
  • Functions and uses of electrical testing equipment.
  • Functions and uses of hand tools used in electronic and electrical repairs.
  • Wiring practices.
  • Schematic wire size and the proper wire use.
  • Ability to
  • Perform heavy and physically demanding work for lengthy and continuous period of time.
  • Use and care for tools and equipment used in maintaining and repairing electrical and electronic devices.
  • Read electronic technical manuals.
  • Read and interpret plans, wiring diagrams, blue prints and technical regulations.
  • Apply electronic principles and practices.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with co-workers, the public, other City departments and individuals from other agencies.
  • Understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions.
  • Set up a jobsite in a safe manner.
  • Prepare and maintain records, reports, and work estimates.
  • Maintain basic records, complete reports and perform basic arithmetic computations.
  • Learn City policies and procedures affecting departmental operations, generally City operations and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.
  • License or Certificate 

    Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the knowledge and skills required is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Two  years of experience at the journey level after the successful completion of a recognized electrician apprenticeship or certification program or five years of experience in the installation, alteration, and repair of commercial and industrial electrical wiring systems and equipment, of which one year must have been at the journey-level.
    Special Requirements
    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Requires the mobility to stand, stoop, reach and bend, and mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects.  Requires the ability to stand for long periods, maintain balance and walk long distances.  Requires the ability to frequently lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects which may weigh up to 50 pounds.  Requires the ability to climb ladders of various heights.  May be required to work around moving mechanical parts and electrical equipment in a safe manner. Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability.  Work is regularly performed outside in seasonal climate and weather conditions.  May be required to work in inclement weather without effective protection from sun, cold, and rain.  May be required to work within enclosed spaces or at heights above ground level.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification in addition to training, coursework and required certifications may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Traffic and Lighting Supervisor.