Job Posting: Master Electrician

Under the general supervision of the Senior Director of Facility Services, the Master Electrician performs general and specialized electrical work for the events and general maintenance of the Wisconsin State Fair. The incumbent will perform layout work, assemble, install and test equipment. Other activities will include monitoring equipment, high and low voltage wiring, lighting and power systems, security systems, sound, cameras and HVAC systems in facilities and other areas. They will be able to inspect for state electrical code compliance and direct the activities of electrical contractors and LTEs (Limited Term Employees) as required. This individual will also be involved with master planning and involved with various project that are constant throughout the year.

A complete position description can be found by clicking here or by contacting Human Resources.

Full-Time, Permanent Position in the Unclassified Service of the State of Wisconsin

The salary for this role will commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits package, including health and dental insurance, life insurance and disability insurance among others is available, along with paid time off.

This position is open to all qualified candidates who meet the outlined criteria.

Perform at the master level, inspecting, maintaining and repairing electrical equipment and systems at the Wisconsin State Fair Park on a daily basis or as required for repair or events.

  • Inspect, maintain and repair electrical equipment such as wiring, motors, fans, exhausters, switchboards, switchgears, transformers, signals, detectors, auxiliary equipment and computer programs for controlling electrical and HVAC systems
  • Inspect, maintain and repair all types of relay systems, controllers and any other protective equipment
  • Inspect, maintain and repair lighting automatic switches, controls, connections and breakers for proper operations
  • Inspect, repair and replace lighting ballasts, fixtures or related lighting equipment. Provide guidance to LTEs on how to do these tasks and inspect their work as well
  • Inspect, repair and replace lamps, sockets and other equipment on decorative lighting fixtures and electronic signboards. Provide guidance to LTEs on how to do these tasks and inspect their work as well
  • Inspect, repair, maintain and install underfloor and underground conduit, wires, cables, and splices, controllers, and data/communications systems in accordance with State electrical code requirements
  • Direct and instruct facility repair workers, maintenance mechanics, linemen and other assistants as required
  • Establish and maintain an inventory of electrical tools, equipment and related electrical supplies
  • Set up and maintain sound systems and AV equipment for events throughout the year including the annual state fair. Provide guidance to LTEs on how to do these tasks and inspect their work as well
  • The electrician will be on call on a rotating schedule throughout the year to respond to problems with the electrical, alarm, HVAC electrical, elevators and AV systems that are within the park
  • Work with other government agencies to make sure facilities are at or above standards

Under the general supervision of the Senior Director of Facility Services, perform other duties as required on a daily basis or when needed.

  • Perform skilled hand and bench work in the electrical shop. Operate power equipment, tools, drills and other tools and testing equipment of the electrician trade
  • Plan, lay out and interpret proposed electrical installations from blueprints, sketches or specifications for tenant and construction projects. Monitor outside contractors and employees for quality materials and code compliance
  • Provide estimated costs and feasibility of proposed installations for tenant and construction projects
  • Notify the Senior Director of Facility Services if facilities are in need of repair and/or replacement. Order and replace supplies that are low in stock and in need of replenishment.
  • Maintain “As Built” drawing on all electrical installations or changes to existing systems and equipment. Keep records and submit reports on a daily basis or as required
  • Comply with all safety and occupational health rules and regulations established by agency officials to include use of required safety equipment and clothing at all times. Perform work in a safe manner. Attend safety meetings and training programs scheduled by our agency. Report injuries to first level supervisor immediately and without exception
  • Perform other work assigned may include tasks not specifically enumerated above which are of a similar kind and level and different in nature

Perform general and more complex electrical, sound and lighting set-ups for the annual Wisconsin State Fair and the other events that take place throughout the year.

  • Perform set-up to create a temporary electrical infrastructure to meet the needs of vendors and attractions for the annual fair. Some of the more complex set ups are the Main Stage and Spin City
  • Electrical drops, lighting and AV set-ups will be needed for inside and outside events throughout the year
  • Audit vendors and work with other departments to ensure billing and payment are accurate for events and the annual State Fair with the help from support staff

In collaboration with the Senior Director of Facility Services and the Facility Engineering Manager, assist with the completion of the annual project list. This would include estimates, planning, purchasing and labor not limited to the area of electrical aspects.

  • Be involved with meetings with the development, updates, progress and completion of the annual projects list
  • Ensure that all projects will be completed in a safe and timely fashion, in collaboration with staff
  • Be involved in the process of determining the electrical rates charged to vendors/promoters for facility use and if increases and/or changes are needed

The Master Electrician will have a support group of employees/contractors to help accomplish a share of tasks. The contractors will have a maximum of 1,600 hours to be available, throughout the year, per the contract.

Non-Fair Months

  • 1 full-time Technical Services Specialist
  • 2 limited-time assistants
  • Contracted electrician (30% Pre Fair, 25% Post Fair)

Fair Months

  • 1 full-time Technical Services Specialist
  • 4-5 limited time electricians (around 15 days each)
  • 2 limited-time assistants
  • Contracted electrician (45%)
  • 1 limited time office assistant – assist with fair audit and other paperwork


  • Knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials, methods and practices of the electrical trade
  • Knowledge of the safety requirements, state code and general orders of the Department of Workforce Development relating to electrical work high and low voltage application
  • Knowledge of all types of electrical installations, their common and unusual breakdowns, and standard repair procedures
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and necessary precautions in the electrical trade
  • Knowledge in reading, interpreting and working from plans, involved drawings and sketches
  • Knowledge in directing and instructing assistants in the trade
  • Knowledge in the use of all tools common to the electrical trade
  • Knowledge of preventative maintenance concepts and techniques in the electrical trade


  • Master Electricians License
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand and/or walk for long periods of time
  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs, climb ladders and poles, crawl, stoop, crouch, turn and kneel
  • Willingness and adaptability to work under unpleasant conditions such as in dusty or dirty areas or in extreme heat or cold
  • Able to operate lifts and work at heights up to 90 feet
  • Must have a valid driver’s license


Candidate must be able to work all 11 days of the annual Wisconsin State Fair; for 2017 these dates are August 3 – 13, 2017. Prior to appointment to this position, the candidate will be subject to a comprehensive criminal background check.

Applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to Human Resources, Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St, West Allis, WI 53214 or via email to with the subject line “Master Electrician”. Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday, May 1, 2017. The most qualified applicants will be invited to interview.

Wisconsin State Fair Park is a year-round entertainment venue hosting activities, events, meetings and more throughout the four seasons. Home to the Exposition Center, Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center, the Milwaukee Mile Speedway, Products Pavilion and many other facilities, hundreds of events are held at the Fair Park each year. Perhaps the most notable and certainly the signature event, the Wisconsin State Fair, welcomes more than one million Fairgoers over 11 summer days. Visit for more information.

Wisconsin State Fair Park’s central location within the largest metro area in Wisconsin makes it a desirable place to work, live and play. As a world-class city, Milwaukee and the Greater Milwaukee Area are full of opportunities galore for living, working and playing. Visit for more information.

Wisconsin State Fair Park is an equal opportunity employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. While performing the duties of this specific job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; climb; use ladders; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

All Limited Term and Seasonal Employment Positions, including those for the annual Wisconsin State Fair, require Wisconsin Residency, as defined in § 6.10(1), at the time of application and throughout employment with Wisconsin State Fair Park.