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Electrician (High Tension Technician)

Electrician (High Tension Technician)

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time


Electrician (High Tension Technician)

Campus Services


Job Summary

Through our three primary operating departments, Engineering & Utilities (E&U), Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO), and Green Building Services (GBS) we maintain the University’s energy supply and utility infrastructure, provide facilities support (including MEP, fire safety, custodial, and landscape), and provide a wide range of engineering and technical services that improve efficiency and sustainability.

Position Description

  • Technician to work in Campus Services Electrical Distribution Group. 

  • Will be involved in all aspects of testing and calibration of the installation, operations, metering, and maintenance of Harvard University's low- and medium-voltage distribution systems, to ensure safe and reliable delivery of electric power to the campus.

Basic Qualifications

  • The candidate must have a Massachusetts Journeyman's license for a minimum period of five years; extensive experience in various aspects of testing, operating, inspecting, and calibrating relays, metering equipment, medium and low voltage power circuit breakers and switches, switchboards,  5kv, and 15kv cable and various types of power distribution and control transformers in existing and new installations.

  • Proficiency in equipment operation and controls, system grounding, infra-red scanning, and maintenance of utility-type (up to 15kV) distribution systems and ancillary equipment; up to and including underground manholes and duct banks.

  • Experience in the installation and maintenance of miscellaneous low voltage electrical systems and equipment and of electric motors and starting equipment and of electric motors and starting equipment.

  • The candidate must be familiar with OSHA regulations concerning electrical safety and those concerning lockout/tag-out procedures and work in confined spaces. 

  • All training courses concerning safety, operational, testing, grounding, and maintenance practices completed by the candidate must have been conducted by an organization recognized by the University as a qualified authority.

  • The candidate must be available to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime hours, which include extended hours outdoors, in inclement weather.

  • The candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.

  •  Required to supply a complete set of hand tools. 

  • Should be willing to use own vehicle throughout the campus. Must have a valid MA state driver's license that meets University Operations standards.

  • The candidate must have experience in preparing technical test reports; reading and interpreting plans, specifications, operating manuals, and other written materials associated with this operation. 

  • Working knowledge of NETA acceptance and maintenance specifications. 

  • Must be able to work independently and take initiative when necessary, as well as capable of working as a member of a team in conjunction with other trades. 

  • Must observe and comply with all standard safety codes and practices, and perform work in accordance with regulatory and university standards. 

  • Must be able to routinely communicate with peers and customers, in a clear and professional manner.


Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • The candidate must be able to climb staging and ladders, lift manhole covers, and maneuver power circuit breakers. 

  • May be required to bend, reach, and hold the position for extended periods of time. 

  • Occasional heavy lifting and considerable walking, climbing, and stooping are involved.

  • Must be capable of wearing a full-body harness for confined space work and be able to pass a medical physical.

Certificates and Licenses

  • Massachusetts Journeyman's license for a minimum period of five years

Working Conditions

Harvard continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety, and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Information and details can be found via Harvard’s Coronavirus Workplace Policies website:

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Additional Information

Campus Services Mission Statement:

To advance Harvard University’s mission of teaching and research, we partner to provide stewardship, strategies, and services that create exceptional community experiences

Harvard’s Total Rewards Program:

Is designed to attract, retain, and reward the performance of talented employees.  Comprehensive benefits, generous paid time-off, access to education and professional development, and a vibrant campus with abundant cultural and recreational opportunities create a competitive and compelling total rewards package.  As a Harvard staff member, you enjoy many perks that come with working for one of the top employers in Massachusetts.  To learn more about Harvard’s Total Rewards program visit our page:


Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our University Disability Resources Department at:

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

258005 High Tension Technician

Work Format



Energy & Facilities

Salary Grade





41 - Int Br Electrical Wkrs Loc 103

Hourly Rate and/or Rate Range


Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, DMV, Drug Testing, Education, Employment, Identity, License/Cert.


Monday - Friday 
6:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University Central Administration’s commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is rooted in our belief in drawing on the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity. Our community strives to uphold these beliefs by honoring the rights, differences, and dignity of others and embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. We aim to foster a campus culture where everyone can thrive, a key to which is ensuring that each of us experiences a profound sense of inclusion and belonging. ​For more information, visit our page:

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.