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High Voltage Laboratory Technician

Date: January, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Laboratory Directory
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Main Campus


37.5 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

Responsible for day-to-day operations of the High Voltage and Insulation Laboratory (HVEL) in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Key Accountabilities:

1. Ensures that all users of the HVEL comply with the safety rules and HVEL guidelines :


2. Maintains documentation on lab use, and safety compliance


3. Identifies recurring problems, documents them, and finds solutions to these problems either independently or in consultation with the HVEL group.


4. Installation, qualification and testing of new HVEL facilities.

As most of the equipment is highly customizable, development of custom software and hardware to enhance the functionality of the equipment is required. The systems must be qualified, ensuring that the installed equipment is measuring accurately, and the modifications do not introduce errors into the measurements.  The sustenance of the infrastructure requires that the equipment be maintained in working order, that the systems are upgraded to meet users’ needs, and that those upgrades are qualified.


5. Maintains the equipment and test systems in the HVEL.


6. Operates the high-voltage equipment and provides technical assistance in troubleshooting of high-voltage connections and recording instrumentation.


7. Ensures that all work done for clients is captured in computerized record-keeping.


8. Fulfilling laboratory instructor duties pertaining to the ECE464 laboratory:


9. Responsible for the completion of the assigned hardware projects; this includes providing guidance to the shop staff during hardware construction.


10. Assist faculty in the HVEL group in evaluation, selection, specifying, purchasing, installation, upgrading and testing, as required

Position Requirements


Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent.


Three or more years of experience in a similar high-voltage lab setting.  Experience in handling small research projects.

Experience with operation and maintenance of high-voltage equipment, preferably in a laboratory environment.

Familiar with the use of various test equipment utilized for testing insulation resistance, partial discharges, AC and DC and impulse breakdown strengths, DC Hipot, erosion and tracking resistance using inclined plane tests and salt-fog tests, special high frequency and pulse‑width‑modulation tests as per IEEE and or IEC standards.
Must have through knowledge of IEEE, IEC and ASTM standards related to HV testing and material analysis, e.g., IEEE Standard 4 for HV testing, ASTM 2303 for IPT, IEC 61109 for Salt-fog and IEC 60034 - Rotating Electrical Machines

Works with minimum supervision, is creative and adapts easily to different work environments and multiple priorities.

Able to meet project objectives and goals.

Able to use hand or basic power tools, most high‑voltage test equipment, and recording instruments.

Ensures that installed electrical wirings and connections are not damaged and they meet technical and safety standards required by building codes.

Completes the University of Waterloo mandated safety training for staff.

Keeps First Aid certification current.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Basic Basic Basic Equipment –specific software related to HVEL systems or the ECE.464 apparatus.

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, this position communicates with grad students, co-op students, and faculty members. Externally, this position will have contacts with customers (HVEL lab users) and suppliers.

Level of Responsibility:

Responsible for the day to day operations of the laboratory.

Decision-Making Authority:

This position is responsible for safety and operating decisions in the lab. Major decisions will be done in conjunction with the Director of the HVEL.  

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Medium demands typical of a laboratory setting.

Working Environment:

Exposure to high voltage equipment requiring appropriate safety precautions.