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Mechanic Apprentice Trainees

  • Full Time
  • Wenatchee, Wash.
  • $33.78 per hour, increasing to $35.30 per hour as of April 1 (per the Collective Bargaining Agreement). 
  • Posting End Date: May 1, 2023

Website Chelan County PUD

Wage or Salary:
$33.78 per hour, increasing to $35.30 per hour as of April 1 (per the Collective Bargaining Agreement). 

Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one document. Your cover letter must summarize your interest, education and experience relative to this position. Incomplete materials will not be considered.

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF or WORD document before applying and upload electronically when requested in the online application process.

First review of applications will be March 27th.

Interested parties are also invited to contact Human Resources at to discuss the position.

$33.78 per hour, increasing to $35.30 per hour as of April 1 (per the Collective Bargaining Agreement).

In addition to any State mandated benefits, employees also enjoy the following benefits,

  • Competitive wages
  • Outstanding benefits which include zero cost employer funded medical, dental, and vision healthcare benefits
  • Leave benefits including paid leave starting at 21 days (3.23 hours/week prorated based on hours paid) per calendar year up to 35 with tenure
  • Paid Holidays – up to 11 days per calendar year, paid jury duty.
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • State Retirement PERS participation (positions working 70 hours per month for at least 5 months each year)
  • Optional 457 plan participation with employer matching 401(a) plan
  • VEBA health reimbursement account
  • Optional Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life/Voluntary Life & Long-Term Care plan option
  • Short-Term Disability & Long-Term Disability
  • Recognition programs and position specific stipends
  • Award Stipends: Safety, Employee Appreciation, Retirement Awards

For more explanation of the district benefits please visit our benefits website

JOB PURPOSE:  Under the direction of the Mechanical Superintendent or senior level Mechanics, assists with construction, repair and maintenance of hydro generation plant equipment or other auxiliary equipment. This is an entry-level position in the District’s Generation Mechanic job series. Successful incumbents continuously demonstrating Mechanic aptitude typically enter into the Mechanic Apprentice program within 12 months.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily.

  • Assist with basic mechanical equipment testing, repair and maintenance tasks. Provide labor support as directed.
  • Assist with basic construction and fabrication of structures or equipment.
  • Operate shop tools and heavy equipment as needed under direct supervision.
  • Continuously demonstrate aptitude and ability to become a Generation Mechanic Apprentice.
  • Required to operate District vehicles, including cars, trucks and forklifts on behalf of the District.
  • Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Comply with District policies.  Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

QUALIFICATIONS:  The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Post-Secondary Education:  Two years college education, two years trade school with technical emphasis, or comparable work history is desired.

Experience:  Typically requires six (6) months work history demonstrating mechanical aptitude and ability to perform physically demanding work.

Specific KSA’s: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Requires strong ability and desire to train through the apprenticeship program for a Journey-level position as a Generation Mechanic.
  • Must meet established departmental standards in the District’s physical ability test.
  • Requires good interpersonal skills and ability to get along with others
  • Must possess basic record keeping maintenance skills.
  • Candidates with the ability to obtain within six months a Commercial Driver’s license
  • Class A, with valid medical card, airbrake restriction removed are preferred.

Language Skills:  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Candidate must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Complexity:  Completes standard, routine tasks of limited scope.  Applies technical knowledge and skills to tasks.

Decision Making:  Follows established procedures and priorities.  Escalates problems or issues to supervisor.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Maximo (required) Asset Management, Maintenance, Inventory and Order Processing software; Microsoft Excel (preferred) Spreadsheet software; Microsoft Word (preferred); and printers.

Proper use and training of the necessary tools and equipment is required:

  • Hand tools (hammer, saw, shovel screwdriver, wrench, pliers, etc.)
  • Power tools (drill, impact wrench, jack hammer, grinder, etc.)
  • Vehicles (cars, trucks, forklifts, etc.)
  • Welding equipment
  • Machine shop tools (metal shear, metal brake, lathe, iron worker /piranha, etc.)
  • Other related tools and equipment

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; stand; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, or twist torso or neck; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to perform repetitive hand or arm motion, dive or swim. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 85 pounds unassisted. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds above shoulder height unassisted. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather) and moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; in confined spaces; fumes or airborne particles; outdoor weather conditions; extreme cold (non-weather); extreme heat (non-weather); risk of electrical shock and vibration; and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level is usually loud.

SAFETY SENSITIVE DESIGNATION: This is a safety sensitive position and will be subject to pre-employment and job transition drug testing. This position is designated as safety sensitive for the following reasons:

  • Drives or operates motorized vehicles.
  • Works near or around rotating or heavy equipment, power machines or tools.
  • Works near or on distribution or transmission lines or equipment.
  • Duties directly affect public/employee safety.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: An employee may not be hired or transferred to a job, or continue in a job if currently employed, if they do not satisfy the following job requirements. These District requirements cannot be waived by supervisors.

A valid driver’s license is required at hire. A valid Washington State driver’s license is required within 30 days of employment.

Must possess or obtain within six months from hire date, First Aid and CPR certifications.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.

Chelan PUD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled). We value diversity at all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected classifications as defined by law.

EEO Law Posters can be found on the main Careers page in English and Spanish.

Chelan PUD will not be offering any work visa sponsorship for this role.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-I.35(c)

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