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High Voltage Electrician

Montgomery County, Maryland
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

Working as an High Voltage Electrician with the Office of Research Facilities (ORF), you will:
  • Dismantle, repair, and assemble asynchronous and induction motors, motor generators, protective relays, and high voltage circuit breakers.
  • Pull in conductor, assemble bus bars, phase out and connects conductors.
  • Perform emergency cut-outs and substitutions and power lines and equipment, sometimes working on distribution systems when they are energized.
  • Repair electrical auxiliary equipment in the boiler and refrigeration plants.
  • Install, repair, and maintain complex electric power generating and distributing equipment, trues commutators, and slip rings of rotary equipment.
  • Perform routine and advanced test procedures to enable testing of all devices and equipment on the system.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation, verification of qualifications, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, and any other job-related requirement before or after appointment.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Selectee must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle license.
  • If selected, you will be covered by a bargaining unit (union).
  • This position is designated as an "emergency essential" please see Additional Information section for more information.
  • This position requires night shifts, regular or rotational shifts, holiday hours, weekends.
  • This position has on-call or call-back requirements.
  • If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • This position has physical requirements, see Additional Information section.


Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most craft and trades positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position.

The approved elements for this occupation are listed as follows:
  • 1. Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision.
  • 2. Knowledge of Electrical Equipment.
  • 3. Theory and instruments (Electrical, Electronics) Used in Shop and Trade Practices
  • 4. Technical practices (Theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • 5. Ability to use Electrical Drawings.
  • 6. Ability to use and maintain hand tools (Electrical Work)
  • 7. Troubleshooting (electrical)

You will receive credit for all experience material to the position, including experience gained in religious, civic, welfare, service, and organizational activities, regardless of whether you received pay.

Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply:


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

  • This position is designated as an " emergency essential " position and the selected candidate will be considered an " emergency essential " employee and will be required to be available, ready, willing, and able to report for duty under all circumstances (e.g., inclement weather, government closings and holidays, lapses in appropriations, non-emergency and emergency situations) for operation 24 hours a day and 365 days per year coverage.
  • If selected, you will be covered by a bargaining unit (union).
  • If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • The selectee must be able to work outdoors under all weather conditions.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • The selectee must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle license.
  • This position requires weekend hours, night shifts, regular or rotational shifts, and holiday hours.
  • This position has on-call or call-back requirements.
  • The selectee must be able to bend, stoop, walk, stand, and climb, and work in cramped positions with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • The incumbent works indoors and outdoors and is exposed to danger from explosions of equipment and cables in manholes and vaults, as well as danger from high voltage electrical shock.
  • The incumbent is subject to electrical burns while working around high voltage electrical lines.
  • We may make additional selections for similar positions within the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this vacancy announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s). Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar positions.
  • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
  • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Visit our Applicant FAQs page for helpful information on the application process.
  • Visit our Total Compensation page and this sample for a detailed look into the benefits, awards, leave, retirement, and other incentives employees may receive as part of a rewarding work environment.

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