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Field Utility Systems Specialist

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $58,641 – $69,958*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level

Field Utility Systems Specialists have full-scope responsibility for a variety of industrial utility systems and infrastructure deployed at Agency data centers world-wide.  These systems include heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC), three-phase power (120/208/220/380/460) distribution grids, emergency power generators (diesel), automatic transfer switches (ATS), transformers, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), automatic voltage regulators (AVR) and plumbing systems.  Participating in the full project life cycle, Field Utility Systems Specialists plan, review, execute and document the installation of utility systems and supporting infrastructure on both large and small scales.  They also repair, upgrade, modify, configure and maintain existing utility systems to ensure the highest levels of availability and reliability.

Field Utility Systems Specialists are required to broaden their skills across multiple disciplines (HVAC, electrical, emergency power generators and diesel technology) and to remain proficient in their principal trade/field.

The capacity and commitment to serve globally is essential.  Field Utility Systems Specialists will typically perform duty abroad in temporary travel status up to 50% of the time.  Some assignments may be in difficult, harsh and challenging environments.  Opportunities to live and work overseas are also available and most Field Utility Systems Specialists live abroad at some point in their careers.  Field Utility Systems Specialists receive benefits and allowances for travel that positively impact their overall compensation.

Offices of the CIA - Directorate of Digital Innovation

The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is at the forefront of defining the future of digital expertise within the CIA. DDI focuses on developing the workforce with cutting-edge skills, investing in IT infrastructure, and modernizing the way the Agency does business. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA's cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard our nation. Learn more about the Directorate of Digital Innovation

Life at CIA:

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events - as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate's Degree in Applied Science for Electrical Technology, Electrical Systems, HVAC, Diesel or Diesel Generator technology from an accredited university or vocational/trade school
  • Or, equivalent civilian or military work experience (minimum of two years documented experience) in the management and/or delivery of IT services in an enterprise environment may be substituted for academics on a case-by-case basis
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Ability to deploy communications systems up to 45 pounds without assistance and be able to occasionally lift up to 75 pounds when supporting installations or special requirements
  • Ability to climb ladders, stoop, bend and reach for extended periods of time
  • Dynamic and flexible professional approach; strong desire to learn; accountability for actions; excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of a professional team
  • Five years of documented experience in a specific trade (electrical, HVAC, plumbing, or diesel generator)
  • Or, a minimum of three years of concentrated (single) trade experience combined with an additional two years of experience in the electrical, HVAC, plumbing, or diesel generator trades (any combination)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Journeyman License or equivalent certification in at least one trade (Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, or Diesel Generator technology)
  • OSHA certification

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 06:48 PM
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2017 10:36 AM

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