Licensed Electrician (Facilities Maintenance Technician III)

Burke County

200 Avery Avenue, Morganton

Position: LICENSED ELECTRICIAN (Facilities Maintenance Technician III)

Salary: $37,671.99 - $58,390.25

Department: General Services

Position #: 1956

Pay Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Description of Work: An employee in this class performs a variety of building, facility, and equipment maintenance and repair activities with an emphasis on electrical. As needed, may assist Facilities Maintenance team with duties which include but are not limited to: carpentry, painting, plumbing and HVAC semi-skilled and skilled trade work. Work is performed on a large number of different styles of buildings. Work requires significant independent initiative and advanced knowledge of trade practices and skills. Employee spends seventy five percent or more of the time performing skilled trades tasks at the journey level.

Employees are subject to working in inside and outside environments, in extreme cold and hot weather, and hazards in the work including exposures to loud noises, vibrations, proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working in high places, exposure to chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and oils. Workers are also subject to work in close quarters such as crawl spaces and small rooms and is subject to the final OSHA standards on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, and is reviewed for lasting quality, effectiveness, appearance and functionality through conference, inspection, and a review of records.



  • Repairs and maintains interior and exterior lighting; installs and replaces electrical fixtures; repairs electrical heating and air conditioning equipment; installs and repairs switches and outlets; runs wires and installs electrical wiring and fuse boxes.
  • Changes and repairs electrical motors, controllers, and other electrical equipment. Assists in routine maintenance duties a limited percentage of time; replaces light bulbs, balances or plugs; assists in moving and storing furniture, cabinets, etc.; works with contractors; loads and delivers voting equipment.
  • Carries out work according to OSHA and Area Program safety procedures.

As time permits, will support the Facilities Maintenance team with other duties as required, including but not limited to:

  • HVAC:
  • Checks heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment daily for proper operation; monitors filters and temperatures; checks chemicals in water tower; cleans coils in air handlers and outside units; repairs units including handling refrigeration.
  • Performs journey level trades construction and repair work in a variety of trades fields in the maintenance, repair and construction to buildings, facilities, and equipment.
  • Repairs, remodels and/or replaces building structures and offices, and performs a variety of skilled carpentry tasks; hangs, replaces, or repairs walls, cabinets, doors, windows, decks, etc., patches holes; and fabricates or repairs office furniture and cabinets.
  • Performs plumbing work; repairs and maintains plumbing fixtures; unstops drains; installs valves, toilets and urinals; repairs leaks to toilet and kitchen plumbing fixtures; may design and install pneumatic controls, hot water dispenser and re-circulating temperature regulating system.
  • Installs, services and repairs internal telephone wiring and intercom systems, and computer cables and related equipment.
  • Paints a variety of surfaces, prepares exterior and interior surfaces, scrapes, applies putty and caulking, replaces sheet rock or repairs holes; uses power washer and solvents on outside walls; selects paint type based on type of walls; applies paints, varnishes and stains using variety of rollers, brushes and other painting equipment; cleans equipment; selects and purchases paints, stains and supplies.
  • Performs renovation work; removes and replaces walls; builds wall frames, doors and windows; and installs sheet rock and applies mud to joints.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Graduation from high school or GED or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Journey level knowledge of the principles and techniques of the various skilled trades required of the position.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, tools, and equipment used in the assigned trades.
  • Thorough knowledge of safety regulations, occupational hazards and related safety precautions in the work.
  • Skill in the use and care of assigned tools and equipment.
  • Ability to diagnose and repair problems and plan and organize appropriate corrective action.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to exercise independent initiative.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, and other County employees.

Special Requirements:

  • Possession of a license as an Electrician issued by the State of North Carolina
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid driver’s license
  • Course work in varied technical or trade skills and journey level experience in the assigned building trades, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform very heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently; and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must possess visual acuity to assemble or fabricate parts close to the eyes; to operate machines such as drills and power saws, to perform skilled trades tasks of non-repetitive nature, to use measurement devices, and to keep and maintain various records.

Application Process: Burke County applications can be obtained at the Human Resources office, located at 200 Avery Ave., Morganton, NC 28655 Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm, or online at: