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PRT Trades Specialist (Electrical) - Transportation & Parking

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Facilities Management

The Transportation and Parking unit at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a PRT Trades Specialist (Electrical). The Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit System (PRT), is a totally automated public transit system consisting of 73 driverless vehicles, 5 passenger stations, 2 maintenance facilities, 9 miles of dedicated guideway and a vast array of ancillary equipment. This position oversees and coordinates activities of workers engaged in repair and maintenance of PRT electrical systems. Responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of power distribution systems, vehicle light rail systems and its components. To accomplish the maintenance mission, this position works primarily midnight shift throughout the transit system, indoors and outdoors under various/extreme weather conditions. Because this is a safety sensitive position, it requires drug testing.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will: 

  • Responsible for the correct application of electrical theory and principles in the testing, maintenance and repair of transit system electrical components. Ensures proper operation and correct interpretation of test results using computers, digital and analog multi-meters, voltmeters and high voltage test equipment and specially designed transit system instruments and tools. Ensures that all work complies with National/Local electrical codes and that safe work practices are followed.
  • Perform detailed scheduled maintenance inspections, troubleshooting, installation and repairs to a variety of PRT installations and ancillary equipment and services such as:
    • 120/240/277/480 and 23000 volt 3 phase power distribution systems
    • Lighting and lighting remote control devices
    • Remote monitoring and alarm devices
    • Electric motors, fans, generators, etc.
    • PRT vehicle power collectors
    • PRT vehicle propulsion motors
    • 23000/575 volt substation testing and maintenance
  • Perform detailed scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and safety inspections to light rail system and components:
    • Diagnos, alignment, repair, and overhaul of light rail system as operated by the PRT
    • 575 volt 3 phase power distribution system and 40 remotely controlled breakers
  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair 35 miles of power rail and rail heating system (includes 65 remotely controlled switching and overload protection devices.
  • Perform a variety of miscellaneous maintenance support activities necessary to support the overall maintenance mission, including:
    • High voltage testing and repair
    • Implement emergency response plans and actions for unplanned or emergency events
    • Routinely communicate with other PRT employees via handheld UHF radio to provide vital information
    • Participate in PRT vehicle recoveries and functions as a MOCU (Manual Override Control Unit) operator.
    • Work in confined spaces
    • Interpret maintenance manuals, schematics, and drawings
    • Assess task needs and organize tools and materials to support efficient remote task accomplishment
    • Maintain assigned tools and is responsible for tool inventory
    • Be responsible for assigned keys and the access they provide
    • Account for all man-hours and materials used in the performance of maintenance
    • Act on the supervisor's behalf during the supervisor's absence
    • As assigned, monitor guideway heating system operation and supports other trades (mechanical and electronics)
    • Order electrical parts and equipment as necessary to accomplish repairs.

Pay Grade: 13

  • Two (2) years verifiable Journeyman level experience (preferred) in the installation, maintenance and repair of varied electrical systems and equipment. Experience with high voltage and industrial or plant equipment is preferred.
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, tools, hazards, and safety practices of the electrical systems trade including power measuring and troubleshooting equipment and electric codes
  • Ability to understand and quickly learn new (different) complex electrical equipment and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to satisfactorily perform troubleshooting, detailed repairs and maintenance procedures on a wide variety of complex electrical equipment
  • Knowledge of first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques
  • Ability to operate particular boiler plant and guideway heating systems
  • Due to system automation, the Electrician must be able to use electronic devices such as digital volt meters
  • Ability to learn the theory and operation of the PRT vehicle air conditioning package
  • Able to read and interpret complex hydraulic and pneumatic schematic diagrams
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, tools, hazards and safety practices of the mechanical systems trade including power hand tools and basic machine shop tools
  • Knowledge in the techniques and operation for electrical and gas welding equipment
  • Ability to qualify as a MOCU (Manual Override Control Unit) operator
  • Ability to qualify as a PRT System Power Breaker Operator
  • Able to read and interpret complex electrical diagrams
  • Knowledge of current electrical codes and the use of current materials, methods, tools, hazards and safety practices of the electrician trade
  • Knowledge of the design, modification, and construction techniques for electrical equipment


  • Valid WV state electrical license (Journeyman) preferred
  • Requires mandatory DOT Drug Testing - Federal Requirements

About WVU

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position. 

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Schedule: Full-time
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