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Journeyman Hydro Mechanic

  • Full Time
  • Wenatchee, Wash.
  • Salary: $51.01 per hour
  • Posting End Date: December 31, 2021

Website Chelan Public Utility District

Wage or Salary:
$51.01 per hour

Journeyman Hydro Mechanic

The Journeyman Hydro Mechanic will work at both Rocky Reach Dam and Rock Island Dam, as project needs dictate.

JOB PURPOSE: Provide labor support in accordance with District safety guidelines and policies and procedures. Maintains, inspects and diagnoses malfunctions on turbines, generators, fish ladders, hatcheries and other auxiliary mechanical equipment. Replaces, repairs and tests equipment to ensure proper working order. Uses hand and power tools to complete work. May work from drawings, sketches and blueprints. Fabricates special tools, rigging equipment, aligning pumps, couplings, motors and replacement parts for equipment.

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

% of Time    Job Functions

1.   85%                Provide mechanical labor support such as operating tools, equipment and District vehicles, working both independently and in a crew structure for the installation, repair and maintenance of District assets and interests. May be assigned duties and maintenance activities such as mechanical equipment inspections, operating overhead cranes, hoists, winches, rigging, painting, welding, grinding, pipe fitting, machinist, carpentry, concrete work and similar activities. This includes all hydro projects, fish rearing facilities, other departments and public entities.

2.   15%                Provide feedback and be a resource to other district departments in the design, layout and progress of project work.

3.     Ongoing       Drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

4.    Ongoing       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).

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Although journeyman do not typically supervise, they will be responsible for training and demonstrating work skills and safe working practices to apprentices and trainees. Journey-level workers are occasionally required to lead and direct the crew in the absence of a foreman.

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: Requires having a technical apprenticeship certification or three years experience in mechanical maintenance.

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

  • Requires good interpersonal skills and ability to get along with others.
  • Must possess basic record keeping maintenance skills.
  • Knowledge of Hydro-Electric facilities and standard maintenance practices
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing
  • 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. 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: Prioritizes and performs a broad range of moderately complex technical or professional work. Solves day to day problems using established policies, regulations, or work rules.

Decision Making: Works under general supervision. Free to determine most appropriate work methods. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience. Escalates unusual or complex 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; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Maximo Asset Management, Maximo Work Order Processing; general office equipment; heavy equipment; and power equipment. An individual should also be able to correctly operate various shop tools and heavy equipment including, but not limited to brakes, shears, saws and welders.

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: Safety sensitive positions are subject to pre-employment drug testing. Positions are designated as “safety sensitive” if an essential function of the job involves certain duties. This position is designated as safety sensitive for the following reasons:

  • Drives or operates motorized vehicles.
  • Operates 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.

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