DPW - Electrical Lights and Lines

The City of Somerville seeks an Electrician for the Lights & Lines Division of the Department of Public Works (DPW) to perform skilled electrical work at the journeyman level. The Electrician job duties are as follows: install, test, repair and maintain electrical circuits, wiring systems, fixtures, appliances and equipment.  Troubleshoot and repair faulty electrical wiring, defective electrical equipment and machinery such as motors, generators, transformers, switches, sockets, etc. Inspect and test circuits and fixtures to locate broken wires, loose connections, blown fuses, faulty switches, grounds, shorts and other defects. Use common hand tools and electrical OHM test equipment such as meters, voltmeters, ammeters, growlers, multimeters, and other test equipment. May remove, replace, and repair electrical parts. May maintain storage batteries. Perform supervision over helpers and apprentices. Perform other duties as assigned.

This is a safety sensitive position.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications                                                                

Must have knowledge of trade practices and safety regulations.

Must be able to make oral and written reports of work performed.

Must possess a current valid Massachusetts Journeymen’s License.

Must possess a current valid Massachusetts Class D driver’s license.

Work Environment              

This position primarily works indoors, but may be subject to outdoor environmental conditions, including wet, hot and cold, and exposure to fumes, dust and air contaminants. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. Work may require some agility and physical strength, such as moving in or about construction sites or over rough terrain, or standing or walking most of the work period.                                 



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

Physical Skills

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to bend, crawl, sit, talk, move about, hear and speak. May be required to work in restricted spaces, from a prone position, and/or under difficult lighting and access conditions. Noise level may be high when operating power equipment. Employee may be exposed to outside weather conditions especially in emergency repair situations.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and greater than 50 pounds using appropriate equipment.

Motor Skills

While performing the duties, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or new skills; work under deadlines with constant interruptions; and interact with City staff. The position also requires balancing, pushing, pulling, grasping and feeling to complete tasks.          

Visual Skills

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Employee is required to properly use safety equipment as is appropriate to the work to prevent injury to self or others.

Application Procedure: 

This position is open until filled.Send your resume and cover letter to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact Nancy Bacci, at 617-625-6600 x2250 or [email protected].

Full Time Monday thru Friday
$61,394. 84 annual plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021