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Bemidji State University (BSU) invites qualified applicants to join our team as the Electrician. BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated.  Centered between the three largest Tribal nations in Minnesota – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth – BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with American Indian communities to become a destination university.
Enrolling more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship. BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.  BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.
The Electrician provides skilled electrical work in the installation, alteration, repair and maintenance of tools, appliances, and electrical equipment and wiring used in communication, light, heat, and power systems to comply with national, state, and local electrical codes and safety standards. 
Employment is contingent upon a successful criminal background check conducted through the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  Candidates must also possess a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a driving history background check.

Responsibilities of the Electrician include:

  • Installing, troubleshooting, and repairing general lighting and power systems throughout the University campus:  repairing or replacing defective devices, circuit breakers, cords, ballasts etc. as needed; installing necessary wiring for new appliances and equipment; replacing or removing hazardous wiring systems that are outdated and unused. Percent of Time:  30%
  • Installing, repairing and maintaining electrical motors and controllers for heating, cooling and ventilating buildings:  troubleshooting issues with motors, starters, controllers and related equipment, and repairing or replacing as needed; cleaning and servicing equipment; replacing bearings, mounts and switches.  Percent of Time:  25%           
  • Servicing and maintaining annunciator, fire alarm and central clock, emergency lighting, power and generating systems:  testing fire alarm systems, including all pull station heat and smoke detectors; servicing battery packs, wet or dry; repairing clocks and master system; testing emergency generator, transfer switches and related equipment.  Percent of Time:  15%    
  • Servicing, maintaining, and repairing kitchen equipment so that peak efficiency can be maintained with minimal downtime:  maintaining and repairing dish handling and washing equipment; maintaining and repairing disposals, mixers, ovens, ranges, fryers and other related equipment; installing new or replacement appliances and equipment.  Percent of Time:  15%  
  • Maintaining and repairing outdoor lighting transformation vaults, primary feeders and switchgear, including stadium lights and power, scheduling and maintaining proper records of preventative maintenance, charging out stock and emergency repairs, and other related assigned duties to include, but not limited to:  installing and repairing outdoor security and parking lighting; maintaining transformer vaults and switch gear; maintaining and repairing stadium lighting; scheduling periodic service of equipment according to recommended service requirements; keeping shop and work areas clean, in order and in a safe and respectable manner; observing appropriate safety and work habits; establishing and maintaining working relationships with fellow workers, faculty, staff and students; assisting with emergency snow removal; performing other related duties as requested.  Percent of Time:  15%
Minimum qualifications for this position include:
  • Completion of a two-year electrical trade or technical school.
  • Possession of a current Minnesota Class A Master or Journey Electrician's license.
  • Ability to work on high voltage switchgear and apparatus.
  • Ability to work from ladders, scaffolds, air lifts and poles at various heights.
  • Effective means of communication to provide a way of “call-in” in case of emergency overtime. The incumbent must agree to work overtime on an “as needed” basis. 
Preferred qualifications include:
  • Proficient in reading and understanding wiring diagrams and blueprints.
  • Knowledge of mechanical functions of machinery, pneumatics and hydraulics and a general understanding of carpentry, welding, fabricating, and plumbing.
  • Familiar with AC-DC circuit, power, potential and current transformers.
  • Ability to perform the above in a safe and satisfactory manner.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
If you have questions about this posting , contact Melanie Pakonen