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Location: Waterloo
Company: University of Waterloo
Hours: Full time

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The Electrician is assigned to the maintenance, installation and operation of low and high voltage equipment up to 14 KV and electrical distribution systems on campus and to providing trade/job instruction and work direction to lower classifications and others as required.

Responsibilities will align with the Plant Operations goal of contributing towards providing a safe and accessible, invitingly clean and comfortable, functionally-enriched and well-maintained campus environment through service excellence.

Maintenance & Repairs

  • Installs, maintains and repairs electrical distribution systems and associated electrical equipment including but not limited to, cables, motors, starters, fuses, relays, transformers, lighting systems, communication systems, distribution and control circuits, equipment and appliances, balancing rotating equipment, replacing motor bearings
  • Through a preventive maintenance program ensure the safety of the distribution system from 14KV to low voltage systems
  • Develops and maintains compliancy programs
  • Troubleshooting electrical issues using appropriate testing devices


  • Working individually and/or in coordination with others
  • Coordinating work assignments when required
  • Requisitioning of materials and elements of design for special projects
  • Reading, interpreting, and updating electrical diagrams and blueprints

Health & Safety

  • In consideration of the University’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all faculty, support staff, students, and visitors, responsible for ensuring University facilities and departmental activities are compliant with all applicable legislation, regulations, codes and standards related to facilities operations as well as occupational health and environmental safety


  • Coordinates the work of employees assigned to assist with tasks
  • Performs work of other trades as required to the limit of their skill, training and code requirements
  • Works cooperatively with other trades, service providers and contractors

  • Must have a minimum of a grade 12 diploma or equivalent and electrical apprenticeship
  • Must have a current and valid provincial trade certification in Electrical Maintenance and Construction (309A)
  • Five (5) years recent experience as a certified Electrician
  • Work experience within a major institutional sector(s) such as education, post-secondary education, or health care sector is an asset
  • Sound working knowledge of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code
  • Knowledge of motor controls, electrical installations and electrical preventative maintenance is required
  • Ability to install, operate, troubleshoot and perform maintenance on electrical equipment, controls and distribution systems is essential
  • Capable of reading and interpreting electrical diagrams and blueprints
  • Must be customer and team oriented, as well as self-motivated and able to work successfully with minimal supervision
  • Basic computer skills, ability to use email and MS Office

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at  or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.

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