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General Maintenance Engineer with Electrical Specialty

Department:                             Facilities

Title:                                General Maintenance Engineer with Electrical Specialty

Status:                                       Full Time Overtime eligible (Non-exempt)

Work Schedule:

Five, 8 hour days in a one week period generally Monday through Friday although Saturday and Sunday work may be required.   Must be available to work evening hours as required.   Work schedule may be altered as needed for events or other occasions and may involve mandatory overtime with minimal notice.  In addition, may be required to participate in the on-call rotation. 

This position is designated as an essential staff member and the incumbent is required to report to work as directed or remain on post in response to extreme weather or emergency situations including but not limited to emergency/storm preparedness and snow/debris removal.   


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Job Summary:

Maintain buildings and structures within the Hillwood campus with primary responsibility for electrical related issues to include   maintenance, repair and installation of electrical, electronic, control and data systems.  In that this is a general maintenance position, your work assignments WILL vary and encompass a wide variety of maintenance activities beyond electrical work such as equipment repair, moving, rough and finish carpentry, locksmithing, drywall installation/finishing, annual maintenance of all buildings and structures, exhibition builds, modifications, renovations, restoration, renewal, and conservation.


Key Job Elements:

  • Perform and/or assist in the testing, repair, replacement and installation of HVAC equipment.
  • Test, repair, replace or install security equipment to include but not limited to: motion sensors, door and window contacts, card access readers, cameras, etc. 
  • Test, repair, replace, or install fire alarm equipment to include but not limited to pull stations, smoke and heat detectors and audio visual equipment etc.
  • Inspect and repair, replace, or install electrical fixtures, lamps, receptacles, switches, fans, air condition equipment, certain kitchen equipment and other electrical equipment etc. as needed.
  • Preventive maintenance on electrical switch gear, panels, disconnects, motors, controls, etc.
  • Perform preventive and corrective maintenance and repairs on a variety of electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Work standard computations relating to load requirements of wiring, electrical, electronic equipment, and use a variety of electrician's hand tools and measuring and testing instruments.
  • Work from blueprints, drawings, layouts, or other specifications to locate and diagnose trouble in the electrical or electronic systems or equipment.
  • Install or repair any of a variety of electrical equipment such as generators, transformers, switchboards, controllers, circuit breakers, motors, heating units, conduit systems, or other transmission equipment as well as fire alarm pulls, detectors, audio visual, security contacts, sensors, cameras, and data.
  • Perform a variety of electrical trade functions such as the installation, maintenance, or repair of equipment for the generation, distribution, or utilization of electric energy, including complex electronic systems such as fire alarm, security, and data.
  • Provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and repairs to a variety of electrical, electronic, control, and data systems. Troubleshoot electrical problems.
  • Ensures that required documentation, operating logs, and maintenance forms are completed accurately and clearly and are maintained in accordance with department standards/methods including electronic data entry.
  • May be called upon to perform carpentry, locksmithing, painting, plastering/drywall and a variety of general maintenance, repair, overhaul as well as construction duties throughout the Museum complex in accordance with departmental procedures.
  • Under minimal to no supervision, must be able to provide cost estimating and Material Take Off (MTO) from blueprints, drawings, and construction documents.
  • May be called upon to assist or perform solo the duties associated with events to include setups and tear downs assuring they are completed on time, and spaces are returned to their normal state in a clean fashion.
  • Carry and utilize issued communication devices for emergency response and daily communication.Assist with storm-preparedness and clean-up to include snow and debris removal.
  • Other duties as assigned within scope of experience/need.

Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to Director of Facilities
  • Interacts with various levels of staff, guests and vendors.


            Knowledge and Experience

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • At least five years of verifiable experience as a licensed Journeyman Electrician.
  • 2+ years maintenance experience as an independent or under direct supervision in the maintenance and repair of all types of electrical, fire, and security systems, as well as maintaining varying building interiors and exteriors.
  • General building trades competencies related to carpentry, HVAC and plumbing either gained through experience, education or a combination of both.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to use electrical, HVAC, carpentry, plumbing, painting, and custodial hand and electrical powered tools.
  • Must have a working knowledge and be able to perform minor plumbing repairs and the maintenance of HVAC equipment and controls.
  • Strong verbal analytical, interpersonal and written communication skills, with ability to receive and respond to work assignments in all formats.
  • Strong command of the English language; Spanish fluency a plus, but not a requirement.
  • Incumbent serves in the rotation of on-call personnel.
  • Maintain a stellar working relationship with Visitors, Volunteers, Staff and vendors.
  • Perform work in a safe manner.
  • Complete work to federal and District of Columbia requirements.
  • An extensive knowledge of NEC and local electrical codes and practices.
  • Experience reading blueprints & schematics.
  • Ability to work in an organized and efficient manner.
  • Perform both rough and finish carpentry at a high level of proficiency.
  • Ability to use, HVAC, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting, and custodial hand and electrical powered tools.
  • Takes care and custody of issued tools and equipment.
  • Operate gas and electronic powered vehicles on property.
  • General knowledge of safe work practices & OSHA regulations and conducts self in line with same.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, with ability to receive and respond to work assignments in both formats.
  • Regularly communicate in English professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means.
  • Perform basic arithmetic calculations and interpret/follow drawings, schematics, assembly instructions and construction diagrams.
  • Access and employ job related computer software (i.e. Microsoft Office, E-mail, Calendar and ADP Timekeeping) at an effective proficiency level.
  • Access and utilize the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) within the standard protocols for completeness and timeliness.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population.
  • Detail orientation with a mindset towards meeting Hillwood’s high standards for maintenance of facilities.
  • Demonstrated time management skills and including multi-tasking.  Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Work independently and with general supervision.


Work Environment and Physical Conditions:

The physical requirements and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job or may be encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with a disability to perform the essential functions to the extent the Company may do so without undue hardship.  The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual who with or without reasonable accommodation can perform the essential functions of the position.   

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear, stand, sit, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arm and reach above shoulder height.  The employee is regularly required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to taste or smell, and lift and/or move up to 50 pounds unassisted. The employee is required to visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess.   Special vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Employee is required to move about their work area, between buildings and the campus grounds, climb up and down ladders, ascend and descend scaffolding and stairs while carrying equipment/supplies, handle various types power and manual equipment, operate machinery.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to extremes of temperature while working in mechanical rooms or with equipment outdoors.  The employee is regularly exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather), work near moving mechanical parts, high voltage electricity with risk of electrical shock.  The employee is occasionally exposed to work in high precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and extremes of outdoor weather conditions and temperatures.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and occasionally requires the use of hearing protection equipment.    


The preceding job description indicates the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.


To apply:

We are a progressive, equal opportunity employer and all candidates are encouraged to apply. You can do so by sending a cover letter noting your pay requirements and your resume to:

Please note “Maintenance Engineer – Electrician” in the subject line.