Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Sofia
Position Title:
Electrician (Electrical Controls Technician)
Open Period:
09/14/2020 - 10/12/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1210 7
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Sofia, BU
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All interested candidates / All sources. For USEFM - FS is 7. Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (40 hours per week) 

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (one moth) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The person in this position is employed as a journeyman level Electrical Controls Technician to carry out skilled maintenance and repair work throughout the Embassy Compound on critical and non-critical electrical components within the functional/office buildings, on-compound ancillary support and residential buildings, above and below ground infrastructures, recreational facilities, and other owned/leased properties. 

Qualifications and Evaluations



A minimum of three (3) years’ experience (full time equivalent) working at the journey-level  in the installation, repair, and maintenance of commercial building electrical systems including power generation and distribution systems, grounding, and digital building controls  and automated systems.  Work experience must show a progression of increased responsibility, and the ability to repair complex equipment, components, and systems. 

This should include a minimum of 2 years work experience operating and maintaining 3 phase electrical equipment with ampere ratings of 1600 Amps or higher.  Must have a career path that demonstrates increased levels of responsibility working on complex equipment, control circuits, and building automation systems. 


JOB KNOWLEDGE required for the position:

  • In electrical theory, ohms law, how to size electrical equipment including generators, transformers, motor starters, feeder and branch circuit wiring, circuit breakers and other electrical equipment/components, and how to use the various test instruments to analyze and repair electrical problems. 

  • How to diagnose the root cause of an electrical problem and what materials and equipment will be needed to facilitate repairs. 

  • How to work safely on electrical components including the use of lock-out / tag-out safety measure. 

  • Have detailed technical knowledge of electrical control systems and how control systems interface with other operating systems. 

  • Be equipment specific with all makes and models of the installed electrical systems, power generation and distribution equipment, switchgear, and mechanical equipment. 

  • Have a very good technical understanding of major building electrical/mechanical systems and equipment with a specialty in controls.

  • Of International Building Code standards including electrical and mechanical requirements, and fire and life safety codes is required.

Education Requirements:

Completion of secondary school is required. Successful completion of specialized vocational training program from an accredited institute recognized as producing journeyman level electricians and mechanical system specialist trained in the maintenance of commercial or industrial buildings/facilities is required. A portion of the training must be in Electrical Controls and Automated Systems Technology.


This may be tested:


English -  Good Working Knowledge in Reading/Speaking/Writing is required to be able to translate local technical information, contract documents, and correspondences from the local language into English for the Supervising Building Engineer and the Senior/Deputy Facility Manager. 

Bulgarian - Good Working Knowledge in Reading/Speaking/Writing is required to be able to communicate with local contractors and other Local Staff. 



  • Be able to read and interpret mechanical drawings, riser diagrams, wiring schematics, various equipment schedules, and other construction documents; 

  • Have skills and abilities in the following areas: testing electrical components and taking equipment readings with various meters, hand tools, power tools, and specialty tools to determine the root cause of a problem, and the appropriate repairs;

  • Must be able to use tools of the trade in order to install, troubleshoot, and repair building electrical controls, automated systems, and all associated components and devices;

  • Able to work with emergency standby generator systems; distinguishing frequencies and sounds, color codes and odors in the operation of equipment in order to troubleshoot for repairs;

  • Have substantial skill in comprehending engineering reports, specifications, and related materials in English;

  • Be able to respond to emergency situations in an efficient and timely manner to effect immediate repair, work in various adverse conditions such as tight or enclosed spaces, work on ladders at various heights, work in temperature extremes, indoors or outdoors, to complete work assignments; to communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, contractors and vendors to obtain and provide pertinent information;

  • Be computer literate, able to use the Microsoft Office Suite software including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point;

  • Be able to draft reports and create spreadsheets, to write e-mails and research information on the Internet;

  • Have a valid driver’s license is required, at minimum 5 years old;

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills;

  • Be able to handle a large workload and multiple tasks;

  • Be organized.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

For Locally Employed Staff, the U.S. Mission in Bulgaria provides a competitive benefits package in addition to the base pay salary.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


  1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


  3. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • High School Diploma required

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office at Sofia_Applications@state.gov .

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Bulgaria.