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Industrial Electrician III

Industrial Electrician III

locationLorton, VA, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/28/2024
ExpiresExpires: 4/28/2024
Full Time
5 - 7 Years

If you would like to join a creative, collaborative, innovative team doing meaningful work, then the Wastewater Treatment Division is the place for you.


  • Under supervision of industrial electrical supervisor, plans and guides the work of a crew consisting of apprentice and journeyman level industrial electrical workers.
  • Participates in the maintenance and repair of electrical control panels and electrical circuits, motors, distribution centers, breakers, pumps, motor controls, switch gears, relays, regulators, and other electrical or electronic equipment.
  • Monitors the inventory of repair and replacement parts, supplies and initiates purchase requests as needed.
  • Ensures compliance with safety regulations and procedures; Diagnoses and troubleshoots electrical circuits where a blueprint or schematic may not be available.
  • Creates schematics and inserts into the plant online O&M manuals.
  • Troubleshoots complex electrical problems on motors up to 1250 HP and generators up to 2500KW.
  • Installs and programs variable frequency drives; performs a variety of highly skilled tasks in the maintenance of 3-phase low and medium voltage up to 4160 volts for industrial electrical equipment.
  • Participates as an organizer and leader in the maintenance, repair, rebuild, or rehabilitation of the plant electrical equipment and control systems, utilizes wastewater related computer software to maintain work orders, requisition parts, supplies, and online O&M.
  • Makes necessary repairs and replacements, and tests effectiveness of corrective action; installs, modifies, and replaces circuits, controls, motors, and other electrical equipment in accordance with electrical code and safety guidelines.
  • Installs circuits for power, lighting and equipment using all types of wiring methods (rigid metal conduits and conductors).
  • Responds to routine and emergency service calls after normal working hours, performs related duties as required.

Wastewater Management is part of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES), please visit us here to learn more about us.

DPWES is a diverse, nationally accredited and award-winning public works agency with approximately 1,000 employees providing solid waste, capital facility development, wastewater, stormwater, urban forestry, and land acquisition management services for the most populous county in Virginia. Join our team to help us protect the environment and serve the people of Fairfax County by creating and preserving a sustainable community that is an ideal place to live, work, and play for everyone.

Fairfax County Government is committed to our employees, and offers comprehensive benefits, including a defined-benefit retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; paid leave; tuition reimbursement; and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Through our LiveWell Program and the County Benefits Division, we endeavor to cultivate a culture of wellbeing that empowers, educates and engages employees and retirees to make life-long choices that promote a holistic approach to their physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and financial wellness.

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Note: Position may be underfilled as an Industrial Electrician II; the Underfill Requirements are stated below in the Employment Standards section.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to the following:
graduation from high school, or a GED issued by a state department of education or equivalent; plus six years of experience as an industrial electrician.


  • A valid motor vehicle driver's license.
  • A valid Commonwealth of Virginia Master Electrician's license.
  • Confined Space Certification within 12 months of hire.

This vacancy may be underfilled at the level of Industrial Electrician II (Grade S20, $54,695 - $91,158). The employment standards for the Industrial Electrician II are: Any combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to graduation from high school, or a GED issued by a state department of education or equivalent; successful completion of an approved electrician's apprentice program; plus four years of experience as an industrial electrician. Click here to view the complete details and KSAs for the Industrial Electrician II. Upon completion of an underfill agreement (which will require that the employee meet the employment standards stated above in addition to obtaining competencies defined by the hiring agency) the employee will be elevated to the level of Industrial Electrician III. Underfill candidates must be able to meet the minimum qualifications of the Industrial Electrician III within two years of the job announcement's closing date.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a driving record check, and a medical examination to the satisfaction the of employer.

The appointee to this position is subject to emergency callback 24 hours a day/seven days a week (24/7) to respond to snow, flood, and other emergencies requiring division resources. 


  • Four years of experience in the industrial electrical field.
  • Minimum of two years of experience as lead industrial electrician.
  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate with internal and external clients on the periodization in the repair effort.
  • Extensive experience overseeing or managing preventive, corrective, and emergency repairs to industrial equipment.

Ability to access facility equipment rooms, attics, and roofs. Ability to climb and work from fixed, extension, and step ladders two stories in height and scaffolding up 5 stories in height. Ability to routinely climb ladders and stairs, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, stoop, or twist their body to perform troubleshooting of industrial equipment and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Ability to discern and distinguish colors of electrical conductors, especially for Industrial equipment. Ability to drive county utility trucks and operate hoisting equipment. Ability to lift and carry heavy equipment weighing up to 75 pounds. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Ability to keep records and write in-work-related reports. Ability to use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects and to move two or more limbs together while remaining in place. Ability to work around chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, lime, ferric chloride, sodium hypochlorite, sodium bisulfate, sodium hydroxide a, polymers, and other wastewater treatment chemicals. Frequent exposure to loud noises and rare exposure to airborne substances and routine climbing. Ability to work in inclement weather, extreme temperatures, and in confined spaces with raw sewage. Must enter confined spaces with a weight restriction of 310 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.


The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 38.7% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.
Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY EEO/AA/TTY.

Years of experience

  • 5 - 7 Years