If you find maintaining electrical systems an exciting career field, then this program may be for you. The two-and-a-half-year paid training program leads to the position of an electrical technician. Electrical technicians work in fossil or nuclear plants, where they maintain electrical and mechanical equipment. They perform preventive maintenance routines, failure analysis, and corrective maintenance tasks on equipment such as solenoids, relays, valves, motors, switches, controls, annunciators, and alarms. They also dismantle and reassemble equipment.
The training program consists of a combination of on-the-job and classroom instruction. Because some training is conducted at a central training facility other than the selected worksite, some travel is involved. TVA covers the associated travel in accordance with TVA’s reimbursement policies and practices. The position of electrical technician trainee requires students to be prepared for class, including homework assignments, out-of-class readings, pop quizzes, written exams, and oral exams. In addition, you will be required to exhibit the skills required to perform certain tasks through the use of qualification cards.
Upon the successful completion of training, the employee becomes an electrical technician. The position involves shift work, overtime, call-outs, outage work and schedules, and weekend and holiday work.
Physical requirements include frequent lifting of up to 50 pounds; occasional lifting of up to 75 pounds; standing, stooping, and kneeling, sometimes for extended periods of time on concrete floors or open grating; climbing stairs, ladders, and scaffolding; walking on uneven ground; bending, squatting, pushing, pulling, twisting, raking and shoveling; and performing work above shoulder height. The position requires a respirator exam and respirator fit testing, and the ability to distinguish colors.
In addition, to be employed in a nuclear plant as an electrical technician, employees must meet and maintain the requirements for unescorted nuclear plant access. These include successful completion of the psychological and physical exams given by TVA medical personnel; successful completion of general employee training and retraining, including the exams; completion of health physics training and passing the required exam; passing background investigations for nuclear plant access and employment suitability; and willingness to submit to a hands-on search at least 10 percent of the time.
Current annual pay for the training program is as follows:
Starting salary is $66,025 and progressively increases up to $94,320 as the trainee advances through the program. Upon successful completion of the program, the trainee moves into an Electrical Technician role making $94,320.
In order to be considered for this training program, a candidate must have two years of Algebra 1 or higher at the high school or college level and must meet one of the criteria below:
Candidates who meet the qualifications for this position and who follow the process of applying may be asked to take a pre-qualifying test that predicts performance in training and on the job. Candidates must pass this test to be considered for an interview.
Read information about the testing process.
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