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at The Culinary Institute of America

Posted: 9/29/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 11609cd3-d059-489c-9e4d-09fa3f65c068
Keywords: electrician

Job Description


The Electrician maintains, performs, inspects and plans electrical maintenance, projects and repairs throughout the Institute. The Electrician is expected to maintain the standard of excellence the Institute requires. The shift for this position is Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 



  • Performs electrical and related repairs to all campus buildings, including electrical switchgear, in-house systems and equipment.
  • Interacts in a positive, professional and helpful manner with all campus stakeholders including students, chefs, faculty, staff, outside vendors and campus guests. Works actively and proactively to create harmony within the trades shop, other facilities departments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicates safety information and other information proactively to the right people and works to make sure that key people know about safety issues and important concerns in a timely and clear manner.
  • Reads and follows blueprints, specifications and manufacturer’s literature as directed.
  • Performs preventive maintenance on all campus electrical systems and kitchen equipment as required.
  • Completes all work assigned by the supervisor or by the Facilities Help Desk.
  • Understands and follows all codes and safety practices required by the Institute or governing agencies.
  • Assists outside contractors as required.
  • Helps with preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance and projects across many building systems.
  • Proactively advises supervisor of restocking needs for supplies.
  • Completes work order paperwork either electronically, or on paper (as directed) in a timely and complete manner. Work order information should be informative with details, including but not limited to, parts used, time taken, communications to stakeholders and requestors and next steps.
  • Conducts work in a way which minimizes disruption to classes and other campus activities.
  • Performs periodic campus-wide quality inspections. Reviews plans and makes recommendations as to design, commissioning, maintenance and operation of new/refurbished facilities.
  • Ensures facility compliance with CIA and industry standards related to applicable codes, regulations and standard operating procedures.
  • Completes office-based work, including but not limited to, closing out work orders, typing up lists, filling in inspection reports, searching for parts online and by phone, fielding phone calls, copying documents, organizing files and similar back-of-house activities to help the smooth running of the operations.
  • Assists with  on-campus events as needed, including set up and break down of common campus events such as graduation, career fair, etc. as directed.
  • Assists other departments for a variety of tasks including holding ladders and responding to calls even if off-shift.
  • Assists with any work that is not specifically electrical work, including but not limited to, creating lists of work needed, cleaning up the shop and helping out other departments during emergencies and other times.
  • Any and all other duties as assigned.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Formal trade school education in electricity or additional experience with a minimum of five (5) years in the electrical trades under a licensed electrician and evidence of recurring education through industry relevant classes may be substituted for formal trade school education.


  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in the electrical trades under a licensed electrician.

Licenses / Certifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License.



  • Experience working in a commercial kitchen environment.
  • Completed a formal apprenticeship, lasting four (4) to five (5) years or have a similar number of years of experience working as an electrician under the supervision of a master electrician.


  • Must be able to read plans and install and build consistent with the plans using the tools of the trade.
  • Must be experienced with hand tools, meters, installation and replacement of lighting fixtures and lamps, and troubleshooting electrical circuit problems.
  • Knowledge of control wiring and systems, alarms, HVAC wiring and VFD’s.
  • Must have demonstrated experience working with and knowledge of high voltage, emergency generators, and energy management systems.
  • Must have the ability to work with heavy rolls of cables, conduit and to carry ladders and other heavy supplies and equipment, in addition, have the dexterity to maneuver in small spaces.
  • Must be able to work from high places; on ladders, near the edge of roofs and other locations that present risks in a safe manner, following all constraints both formal and informal including OSHA and CIA and other applicable rules, protocols and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment; must be able to work on own under the general direction of the Chief Electrician or the supervisor on duty.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and conceptual skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities simultaneously.



  • Must be able to work overtime including long hours, nights, weekends and emergency situations as required by business needs.
  • May be required to work on different shifts, off hours and temporary work schedules and report to various supervisors based upon the needs of the Institute.
  • Work is physically demanding and often requires heavy lifting of material weighing up to fifty (50) pounds and climbing to heights above twenty (20) feet.
  • Ability to work in extreme temperatures, either hot or cold; temperatures can have a wide range including from -10 F to 120 F minus wind-chill or worse. Required to work outdoors, sometimes in extreme winter temperatures; in electrical rooms, crawl spaces and confined areas where heat is sometimes 110 to 120 F.
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, use hands to grasp, handle and feel materials, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch and taste or smell.
  • Must be able to supply initial set of hand tools and meter.
  • Must be able to supply initial pair of safety toe work shoe/boot.



Benefits are offered based on the position type and status. Benefits offered may include;

  • Medical and prescription drug plan
  • Dental plan, Vision plan
  • Insurance: Life, Home, Auto, even Pet!
  • Short- and long-term disability plans
  • Generous paid time off programs, including paid holidays
  • Retirement savings plan 403(b) with company contribution
  • Employee assistance program
  • Tuition assistance programs
  • And more!