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U.S. MISSION PRISTINA, KOSOVO

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: Pristina-2018-25

POSITION TITLE: ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN

OPENING PERIOD: OCTOBER 29, 2018 – NOVEMBER 9, 2018

SERIES/GRADE: FSN-5

SALARY: € 13,173 – € 18,438.00

WHO MAY APPLY: All Interested Applicants

SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIRED: Local Security Certification

DURATION APPOINTMENT: Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period

MARKETING STATEMENT: We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply: https://careers.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Eight-Qualities-of-Overseas- Employees.pdf

SUMMARY: The U.S. Mission in Pristina, Kosovo is seeking one eligible and qualified candidate for the ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN position in the Embassy Facility Section.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time (40 hours per week).

START DATE: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

SUPERVISOR POSITION: No.

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION: The incumbent reports directly to the Supervisory Building Engineer in the Facility Management office. The position holder is employed as an Electrical Technician to accomplish skilled maintenance and repair work at the journeyman electrician level, to International Building Code standards, throughout all facilities on the New Embassy Compound/New Consulate Compound (NEC/NCC) to include office buildings, grounds, out buildings, ancillary structures, and residential owned/leased properties. Work assignments include installation and repair of electrical hardware, associated peripherals components, circuit configuration, optimization of equipment performance through preventive maintenance, electrical power distribution systems, power and lighting panels, control circuits, voltage regulators, transformers, switchgear, automatic transfer switches, uninterruptible power supply systems, lighting systems, and any other item that has an electrical connection.

MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Employed as an Electrical Technician to carry out skilled maintenance and repair work at the journeyman level, to International Building Code standards, throughout the New Embassy Compound/New Consulate Compound (NEC/NCC) to include office buildings, grounds, out buildings, ancillary structures, and residential owned/leased properties.

1- Operation Support (50%)

• Performs hands-on installation and repairs of the electrical power and lighting system, control circuitry, and other building electrical systems. Work includes, but is not limited to emergency generator controls, HVAC power and controls, mechanical pump power and controls, fire alarm system controls and devices, panel boards, UPS system, automatic transfer switches, relay controls, programmable control systems for switchgear, medium voltage transformers, motor control centers, convenience outlet power circuits, lighting fixtures and lighting control circuits. Ensures that all assigned repairs are accomplished promptly and completely, using the manufacturers recommended repair or replacement parts, and meeting International Building Code standards/requirements for installation methods and serviceability.

• Performs preventive maintenance on the electrical power and lighting distribution systems and related components to maintain system operation and reliability to ensure uninterrupted power to critical facilities, equipment, and critical systems. Uses Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) techniques to determine system reliability, schedule equipment shut downs for preventive maintenance, and to predict when equipment and/or systems will need to be replaced. Responds to scheduled, unscheduled, and preventive maintenance work orders generated by the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and completes assigned work orders within the time standards set by the Collaborative Management Initiative (CMI).

• Inspects, tests, evaluates, calibrates and updates electrical power and lighting distribution systems and wiring to improve reliability and to assure dependability, safe operation, and code and OBO compliance. Inspects facilities (including houses, temporary trailers, office buildings, etc.); equipment (e.g. fire and life safety, generators, compressors, etc.); systems (e.g. electrical, lighting, power distribution , and HVAC/plumbing where applicable, etc.); and work of vendors to determine condition of facilities, safe operation of equipment, quality and safety of work being performed and/or recently completed, and scheduled maintenance. Provides routine inspections on all systems, as specified by manufacturer requirements and equipment operations and maintenance (O&M) manuals, and advises the Senior Facility Manager and Supervising Engineer in writing of the system or equipment’s condition, and existing or potential problems that need to be addressed, and recommendations to bring systems or equipment back to the manufacturers recommended operating parameters.

• Removes, relocates, repairs, installs and tests electrical equipment to maintain occupant comfort and equipment protection in buildings and structures. Restores the operation of non-functioning equipment to the manufacturers recommended operating parameters.

• Orders and stocks electrical supplies, materials and replacement parts (e.g. motors, wiring, electrical devices and hardware, tools, and other electrical parts, etc.) to replace materials consumed and to assure their availability for future assigned projects, scheduled maintenance, and emergency responses.

• Ensures proper use of time, tools, materials and parts, and provides labor and material data on all completed scheduled and unscheduled work orders and maintenance task so the Work Order Clerk can perform accurate data entry and close the work order in the CMMS program.

• Responds to 24-hour emergency calls during off-duty hours when critical systems have stopped functioning, or there is an imminent threat to the life safety of personnel, or structure integrity.

2- Maintenance Support (40%)

• Maintains all electrical systems; drafts and submits reports to the Senior Facility Manager (FM) and/or supervising engineer detailing operational efficiency of systems, equipment, and critical components. Reports consist of power monitoring and consumption, key performance indicators (KPI) such as vibration analysis, oil analysis, and temperature, historical data vs current conditions, and systems performance vs the manufacturer’s requirements and operating parameters. Receives reports and maintenance logs generated by the BAS and Controls Tech to act upon and enhance each systems performance. Provides
contractor’s with design information for proposed renovation or new construction work and assists Facility Management Locally Employed (LE) Staff in the performance of in-house projects.

• Assists in the preparation of Statements of Work (SOW) and other construction documents for repairs, new construction, and renovation work. Assistance includes obtaining telephone/written estimates and quotes for materials and equipment needed to facilitate repairs and the completion of assigned job/tasks. Monitors contractors work to ensure they are providing products and services per the terms and conditions of the contract. Assists in developing punch lists, testing, and inspections as required to ensure acceptable quality in both services and construction work, and assists Facility Management LE Staff in the performance of in-house projects.

• Assists in providing guidance and training to other Facility Management LE Staff and vendors/contractors in the correct operation of equipment, proper use of diagnostic devices to inspect and test materials used to complete required maintenance activities, general operations, and future expansion projects.

• Assists in the development and implementation of a comprehensive preventive maintenance program for electrical generation and distribution systems, equipment, branch circuit wiring, and associated electrical components and devices when new structures or equipment are brought on line, or re-commissioned after a being overhauled.

3- Logistic Support (10%)

• Contributes to the safety program managed by the POSHO. Ensures work does not present a safety or health problem, or risk of injury to workers, other employees, or visitors. Is vigilant in addressing workplace safety issues.

• Remains current on job specific expertise through various sources (e.g. on line distance learning courses, trade publications, trade shows, vendor communication, etc.) to keep abreast of the latest technological developments and products to improve system and equipment reliability.

• Collateral duty assignments will be at the discretion of the Supervising Building Engineer or the Senior/Deputy Facility Manager. Tasks may include the following: Additional mechanic duties, Assistant POSHO, assist Government Technical Monitor (GTM) on Post managed projects, and/or vendor/contractor escort. Participates in Facility Management LE Staff training programs sponsored by DOS, manufacturers, and private vendors.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

EDUCATION: Completion of secondary school.

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of three (3) years of journey-level experience in the repair and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems, power generation and electrical distribution systems, grounding, and control circuitry.

LANGUAGE: Level III (Good) English & Albanian. Language will be tested!

JOB KNOWLEDGE: The incumbent must know how to install circuits and electrical apparatuses, diagnose electrical problems in circuitry, make repairs that meet or exceed the standards of the IBC, and what constitutes proper preventive maintenance. Must know how to use diagnostic equipment and be able to analyze readings to determine what and where the electrical problem is located. Must know how to use safety equipment when working near energized equipment and parts. Must know how to read and interpret construction and as-built drawings, schematics, manufacturers shop drawings, and performance curve charts and graphs. Must have a thorough knowledge of ohms law and how to apply its formulas to circuit analysis. Must have a very good technical understanding of major building electrical systems, switchgear, panel boards, lighting and power outlets, equipment, and control wiring. Knowledge of reading technical documents, interpreting maintenance plans and technical literature is required and highly emphasized. General computer literacy is required in multiple applications (MS Office).

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The incumbent shall have superior skills and abilities in the following areas: diagnosing and repairing electrical power generating and distribution systems, lighting and power branch circuit systems and components, and taking equipment readings with various meters. Must be skilled and comfortable using hand tools, power tools, and specialty tools to determine appropriate repairs. Must be able to use tools of the trade in order to install, troubleshoot and repair building electrical systems, and work with the mechanical technicians when repairs or replacement of control circuits, wiring, and associated devices needs to be performed. Must have substantial skill in comprehending engineering reports, specifications, and related materials in English. Must have an analytical mind to take cause and affect problems and diagnose the root cause creating the deficiency in the operating system or equipment. Additional abilities include responding to emergency situations in an efficient and timely manner to effect immediate repairs; work in various adverse conditions such as tight or enclosed spaces, heights, and temperature extremes, indoors or outdoors to complete work assignments; communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, contractors and vendors, the supervising engineer, the FM, and upper management providing pertinent information and technical jargon and translating it into laymen terminology. A driver’s license is required; must have a clean driving record. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to handle a large workload and multiple tasks. Must be organized.

QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

OTHER INFORMATION:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.

HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:

(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(2) AEFM / USEFM
(3) FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification. A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link: https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va

HOW TO APPLY: All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Clearance Certification issued by Embassy Regional Security Office.

Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on: https://xk.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/

To apply for this position, applicants should submit (hand deliver) the documents listed below as follows:

U.S. Embassy Pristina, Human Resources Office Rr. Nazim Hikmet Nr. 30; 10000 Pristina, Kosovo
Required Documents: Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

• DS-174
• Kosovo ID or Passport copy
• Education Degree (diploma)
• Letter(s) of recommendation
• List of references

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT: Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via phone or email.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Pristina, Kosovo!

 

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