Departmental Promotional Apprentice Electrician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
25 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Housing and Dining Facilities provides building and support services for the department of Housing and Dining Services by ensuring a clean, safe and maintained living and learning environment for internal and external customers and University guests. It supports the Department of Housing and Dining Services and other auxiliaries by providing custodial, maintenance, materials management, and customer service to maintain the requirements of physical properties and equipment.

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State
University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. Fort
Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky
Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff. CSU’s Commitment to
Campus offers employees a healthy work-life balance through a wide variety of programs, discounts, and special benefits. This includes Employee Study Privilege (nine free credits per year available through CSU, CSU Global, CSU Online Plus, and University of Northern Colorado), Family Tuition Scholarship Program, Discounted Veterinary Care, Wellness Membership discounts, Volunteers in Public Schools Leave Program, Athletic Ticket Discounts, and much more! Visit to learn more about working at CSU.

Position Summary

This is an entry level position within the Electrical Trades series and offers a unique apprenticeship opportunity for current classified staff within the Housing and Dining Services department. This apprenticeship will include 40 hours per week of on-the-job-training and paid tuition for the four-year Electrical Apprentice program at the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM). We are looking for someone to commit to and excel in this opportunity, a position that will consist of training and attending IECRM for a total of four years. Upon successful completion of the four-year apprenticeship and passing the journeyman electrician exam the successful person will become a licensed journeyman electrician. In order to take the license exam to become a Journeyman Electrician in the state of Colorado, an individual must have a combination of 8,000 documented hours on-the-job training, and at least 288 hours of classroom training for a total of 4 years of apprentice experience.

Apprenticeship is an “earn and learn” training model that combines work-based learning with related classroom teaching using the highest industry standards. CSU will provide the 8,000 hours of fieldwork and IECRM provides the classroom training that is required by the state of Colorado.

Minimum Qualifications

This is a departmental promotional opportunity. To be considered for this position, applicants must be current CSU employees of the Housing and Dining Services Department


Have two full-time years (24 months) of electrical experience in the commercial or residential electrical construction field as an apprentice or building electrical maintenance worker, or electric work experience appropriate to the work assignment.


Satisfactory completion of a formalized electrician apprenticeship or satisfactory completion of electrical or electronic course work at an accredited non-correspondence college, trade or vocational school, or military service may substitute for the experience on a year-for-year basis.

  • Please note: to use this substitution you must attach a transcript, certificate of completion, or other form of documentation of the training received**

Preferred Qualifications

The highly desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, personal characteristics, and experience directly related and critical to this position:

  • Desire to learn, receive instruction, and support Journeyman Electricians.
  • Positive teamwork abilities.
  • Demonstrated experience practicing safe working habits.
  • Working knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
  • Strong customer service and verbal communication skills.
  • Evaluative and Troubleshooting abilities.
  • Knowledge of electrical drawings, diagrams & prints.
  • Basic computer skills – able to effectively use an online work order system and use email to communicate.
  • Willing to follow through with the time commitment of working during the day and attending training in the evenings.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Electrical Installation and Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

All tasks will be done under the supervision of Journeyman Electricians.

  • Assist with electrical installations, diagnostics and electrical component replacement on equipment such as Motors, Circuit Breakers, Ballasts, VFD Drives, Outlets, Three way switches, Pumps, Wire runs, Circuit boards, and HVAC equipment.
  • Measure, cut, and bend wire and conduit, using measuring instruments and hand tools.
  • Strip insulation from wire ends, using wire stripping pliers, and attach wires to terminals for subsequent soldering.
  • Examine electrical units for loose connections and broken insulation and tighten connections, using hand tools.
  • Clean work area and wash parts.
  • Maintain tools, vehicles, and equipment and keep parts and supplies in order.
  • Transport tools, materials, equipment, and supplies to work site by hand, hand truck, or heavy, motorized truck.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Journeyman Assistant Duty/Responsibility

All tasks will be done under the supervision of Journeyman Electricians.

  • Assist Journeyman Electricians with electrical projects as directed.
  • Update and verify electrical drawings, diagrams, and prints.
  • Assist with electrical material inventory.
  • Monitor and review information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Keep up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to assigned jobs.
  • Clean-up after construction projects.
  • Use Personal Protective Equipment and safety procedures for the above tasks.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Customer Service/Special Duties Duty/Responsibility

  • Learn and apply proper methods to enter personal living space with an awareness/enforcement of privacy and discretion for residents and guests, dealing with living habits, state of undress, shyness, etc.
  • Developing awareness/enforcement of student/guest behavior expectations, identifying “red flags” such as alcohol, drugs, fire alarms, unhealthy living conditions, etc. Remind the residents of personal safety (locking doors and windows, un-propping exit doors, etc.)
  • Have appropriate social interactions with residents and guests and be aware of their personal space, using appropriate communication and providing programmatic support.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Parts, Tools, and Shop Upkeep Duty/Responsibility

  • Maintains an adequate inventory of critical parts for equipment. Request replacement parts using information from equipment cut sheets, blueprints, trade manuals and catalogs. Provides written documentation of parts shortages and work in progress to supervisor.
  • Moves, transports, stocks materials and tools necessary for the completion of tasks.
  • Maintains tools, vehicles, equipment, and materials in a professional manner to promote safe and efficient completion of tasks.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Same Day and Emergency Response Duty/Responsibility

  • Responds to electrical related emergencies, which may include after-hours response from normal daily work schedule in order to meet University, Department or customer need.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Meeting Attendance and Other Duties Duty/Responsibility

  • Attend all required/recommended training/classes/seminars provided by HDS to accomplish the above, which include ethics, safety, diversity, communications, BBP and any applicable training in providing the best customer service, etc.
  • Develop professional skills and communication to effectively interact with live in residents and guests.
  • Attend all meetings, committees and department sponsored functions.
  • Enter work time and leave requests into designated software systems.
  • Comply with HDS Facilities Handbook, University Departmental Procedures and Policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at


  • Please check the Help link online at for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.