Electrician - Instrumentation and Controls

Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
Sep 18, 2020
Job Type
Full Time

Hiring Department:    Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification:  $62,500+/Annual, Full-Time, Benefited, Non-Exempt
Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, and annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.  
Work Schedule: Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This position will occasionally perform work in the field for up to several weeks at a time. Normal daytime hours are worked, but the position requires the flexibility for occasional work in the evenings, or graveyard shifts, and on weekends depending on research needs.  

Position remains open until filled with a review of applications beginning July 30th, 2020.


Position DetailsThe full Position Description is attached to this posting in the bottom right-hand corner.

  • Responsible for installation, maintenance, repair, and operation of instruments and equipment used in field testing and pilot- and bench-scale testing. Examples include but are not limited to electronic data logging/processing equipment, load cells, temperature and pressure measurement, recording, controllers, and analytical and safety devices, within manufacturer-published specifications and national standards and practices for instrumentation, e.g., ISA, NEC, ANSI, NFPA.
  • Calibrates, adjusts, and performs start-up operations to certify that instrumentation is functioning as required.
  • Adapts standard instruments for use in nonstandard applications.
  • Responsible for layout and fabrication of control panels and control interfaces for new equipment under the supervision of a Master Electrician.
  • Troubleshoots PLCs, controllers, process alarms, and data acquisition equipment.
  • Contacts manufacturing representatives and application engineers regarding suitability, performance, availability, cost, and repair of problems relating to instruments and accessories.
  • Assists with instrumentation work on complex process control and monitoring devices used in industrial and laboratory processes. Normal daytime hours are worked, but the position requires the flexibility for occasional work in the evenings, or graveyard shifts, and on weekends depending on research needs.

At the EERC, we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members. Apply with us for a position that can turn into a lifelong passion.
For more information regarding the EERC, visit www.undeerc.org.
Physical Demands: 

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lb, climb stairs/ladders, and work in elevated areas from ladders, scaffolding, and lifts without height challenges around power plants and pilot-scale facilities.
  • Will work for long periods of standing, walking, bending, lifting, and working with hands overhead in warm and cold environments.
  • Must have willingness to work in buildings containing hazardous materials.

Required Competencies: 

  • Ability to work independently. 
  • Good interpersonal, communication, organizational, and computer skills.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Experience as a Journeyman Electrician and able to register in the State of North Dakota within 30 days of hire.
  • 2 years of work experience with electronic controls, pneumatic controls, pressure and temperature transmitters, control valves, PLCs, and motor drives.
  • Experience reading construction drawings, wiring diagrams, and schematics.
  • Proficient in the use of hand tools, process meters, multimeters, oscilloscopes, and other electronic diagnostic equipment.
  • Valid driver’s license; some travel may be involved.
  • Will be tested and must satisfactorily complete a physical exam to be approved for wearing a negative pressure respirator.
  • Although not required by the EERC, some clients will require drug screenings.
  • Successful completion of criminal history background check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 
Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 years of work experience with electronic controls, pneumatic controls, pressure and temperature transmitters, and electronic/pressure actuated valves.
  • Experience with fabrication of control panels.
  • Experience with motor control wiring, soft start and variable frequency drive installation operation, and troubleshooting.
  • Experience with systems in Class 1 or Class 2 hazardous locations.
  • Experience with PLC programming and process control software.
  • Experience with gas analyzers or other analytical equipment.

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.
Confidentiality of Application Materials
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.
EEO Statement
UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status on the form found at http://und.edu/affirmative-action/apcontrolcard.cfm.  This information will remain confidential and separate from your application. 
Veteran’s Preference
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.
Clery Statement
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.  The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus.  As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report.  The report and statistical data can be found online at http://und.edu/discover/_files/docs/annual-security-report.pdf.  You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND 58202.

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