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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Hydro Electrician, Advanced Apprentice (DEADLINE EXTENDED) in Sacramento, California


Posting/Working Title:

Hydro Electrician, Advanced Apprentice (DEADLINE EXTENDED)


Power Generation

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An Apprentice Electrician learns and assists in performing skilled mechanical and electrical work in and about electric substations, underground systems, and power generating plants.

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Desirable Qualifications:

Experience with the following:

  • Hydro Generation Equipment

  • High Voltage - 4KV 69KV 230KV

  • High Voltage Breakers - Oil Circuit Breakers - SF6 Breakers - Vacuum Breakers

  • High Voltage Step-up Transformer Maintenance

  • Electrical Schematics and Print Reading

Base Salary Hourly High:


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Pay Scale Group:


Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Attend classes after normal working hours on a non-paid basis in order to obtain skills and/or knowledge required on the job; willingness to learn and operate a variety of tools/equipment/vehicles; must complete the Electrician/Cable Splicer apprenticeship training program requirements in order to advance to the journey level

Skill To: Effectively communicate orally and in writing; use basic hand and power tools; basic computer skills; remember and follow written and oral instructions; read and interpret written instructions; complete forms, requisitions, and reports; develop and maintain effective working relationships; learn to perform work at heights, in vaults, and manholes below ground in a safe manner; learn to perform required math calcula- tions, including algebra; climb; and, distinguish colors.

Knowledge Of: Mathematics, including algebra and trigonometry functions; and, basic electrical terminology and theory.

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Position Location:

Fresh Pond

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Under general supervision, the Apprentice Electrician will be assisting with the installation and removal of conduit, fittings, circuit breakers, transformers, voltage regulators, switchboard meters, relays, control panels, and termination and splicing of wire and cable.

  • Learning to: test and service batteries; test, repair, and overhaul motors, generators, breakers, motor operated disconnects, and transformers.

  • Work in the construction, maintenance, and repair of distribution and transmission substations; pull wires and cables; lay out, measure, cut, install, and splice cable in distribution and transmission stations.

  • Inspect the work of outside construction vendors/workers; and, perform various calculations related to electrical measurements such as voltage, current, power and angles.

  • Responding in a timely manner to emergency conditions/outages.

  • Requires climbing ladders and steel structures.

  • Learning the switching that is done under direction from dispatch.

  • Operating District vehicles in the course of performing job duties.

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Base Salary Hourly Low:



This position is located at SMUD's Hydro Generation Operation Facility (Fresh Pond) located approximately 60 miles east of Sacramento, 15 miles east of Placerville.

COVER LETTER REQUIREMENT To be further considered for this position you are required to respond to the following questions in the cover letter portion of your application:

  • Where and when you began a recognized Electrician/Electrical apprenticeship program

  • When this apprenticeship is expected to end or when it ended

  • Please list your equivalent experience related to high voltage power transformers and circuit breakers, motor control centers, switchgear, batteries, battery charges, large generators, motors; troubleshoot electrical circuits and equipment using testing equipment, wiring diagrams, schematics, and vendor instruction manuals; use testing equipment such as ammeters, meggers, and voltohmmeters.

In order to qualify for the advanced apprentice level, applicant must show completion of at least to two years of a recognized apprenticeship program, or equivalent experience as it relates to the essential job functions for this position.

This posting will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill current and future limited term and full time Hydro Electrician, Advanced Apprentice vacancies