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Apprentice-Electrical Maintenance Technician

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 27, 2023

Apprentice-Electrical Maintenance Technician


Job ID: 2023-16327
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Facilities Management and Physical Plant

Princeton University


Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Apprenticeship is the first-in-the-nation registered apprenticeship program in fusion energy and engineering. It is designed to equip the next generation of technicians with the skills necessary to help build and operate a fusion energy experiment.

A PPPL Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway for high school graduates, veterans, and others looking to join this exciting endeavor. The Electrical Maintenance Technician apprentice program shall be considered completed when the apprentice has satisfactorily completed 8000 specified on-the-job training (OJT) on-the-job training and 576 hours of related technical instruction (RTI). The program leads to a portable, nationally recognized credential and a possible career at our national laboratory. The apprentice will receive pay and benefits, as well as all the RTI is fully paid for by PPPL.

PPPL apprenticeship website:

Are you interested in joining the world's brightest talent in solving some of the world’s grandest scientific challenges of the 21st century? Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is doing just that! Whether it be through science, engineering, technology or professional services, every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own unique way. Come join us!


Installs, maintains, and repairs electrical equipment, fixtures, and wiring. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. Diagnoses the cause of electrical or mechanical malfunction or failure of operational equipment and performs preventative and corrective maintenance. Develops wiring diagrams, layout drawings, and engineering specifications for system or equipment modifications or expansion and directs personnel performing routine installation and maintenance duties. Plans, directs, and records periodic electrical testing, and recommends or initiates modification or replacement of equipment which fails to meet acceptable operating standards.

Core Duties

On-the-job training OJT:

Plan layout of construction installation, repairs and record keeping: 500 Hours

  • Prepares sketches or follows blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes. Provides preliminary sketches or cost estimates for materials or services.
  • Plans layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
  • Performs business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment.
  • Maintains current licenses or identification cards to meet governmental regulations.

Installations/Repairs: 1500 Hours

  • Places conduit, pipes, or tubing, inside designated partitions, walls, or other concealed areas, and pulls insulated wires or cables through the conduit to complete circuits between boxes.
  • Assembles, installs, tests, or maintains electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools. Repairs or replaces wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools. Works from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures. Performs physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit or moving or lifting heavy objects.
  • Connects wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components. Installs ground leads and connects power cables to equipment, such as motors. Install metal or plastic boxes to walls to house electrical switches or outlets.
  • Installs ground leads and connect power cables to equipment.
  • In coordination with experimental projects, performs installations and repairs per approved work packages.
Testing: 2000 Hours

  • Diagnoses malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem. Tests electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using testing devices, such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, or oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of the system. Uses a variety of tools or equipment, such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment, such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, or test lamps.
  • Fiber Optic testing/splicing/installation.
Inspections: 2000 Hours

  • Inspects electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes. Advises management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
  • Inspects and repairs fire alarm and communication systems.
Repair electrical equipment: 2000 Hours

  • Work from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs to install, maintain, or repair wiring, equipment, and fixtures.
  • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
  • Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronics wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus or fixtures using tools of the trades.
  • In coordination with experimental projects, performs repairs on electrical equipment per approved work packages.
Total Hours: 8,000


Classroom training per Mercer County Technical School - MCTS (576 hours):

EL101 Electromagnetic Fundamentals
EL102 Circuit Concepts
EL103 Fundamentals of AC Theory
EL104 AC Circuit Characteristics
EL201 Residential Wiring
EL202 Commercial Wiring
EL203 Industrial Wiring
EL204 Lighting Systems
EL305 Hazardous Wiring, Transformers
EL306 Power Generation and Emergency Systems
EL307 Motors and DC Motor Control
EL308 Motor Control


Education and Experience:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent by the start of the program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Passionate, dedicated, motivated, time management, problem solving, team player, ready to learn and be challenged.
Physical Requirements:

  • 50 lbs. lifting.
Working Conditions:

  • Confined Space.
  • Heights.
  • May be in radiological areas.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.


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