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 maintain a high level of reliability of the electrical distribution system. This position does not have supervisory responsibility. This position reports administratively and functionally to the 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.
Hours: 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Must be able to work overtime and on the weekends.
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 voltand 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
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
High School Diploma or GED is required.
Must have a valid Drivers License.
5 years of previous experience is necessary.
3 years of experience in high voltage electrical operations is required.
Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
Internal Number: 1902214
About Vanderbilt University
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