Cowlitz Falls Journeyman Operator Maintainer

Cowlitz Falls Journeyman Operator Maintainer

  • Full Time
  • Randle, Wash.
  • Salary: $108,992 per year
  • Posting End Date: July 1, 2021

Website Lewis County PUD

Wage or Salary:
$108,992 per year

The Journeyman Operator-Maintainer operates, maintains, troubleshoots, constructs, cleans, repairs, modifies, and installs electrical and/or mechanical equipment and systems relating to the production of hydroelectric power, water control and related facilities at the District’s Cowlitz Falls Hydroelectric Project (Project) in accordance with safety standards and regulatory requirements.

First applicant review will be on July 1st, 2021.

Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesInclude the following.  Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned.

  • Perform operations and maintenance duties at the Project in accordance with District policies and procedures and in compliance with regulatory and safety requirements.
  • Optimize energy production and delivery, water releases, generator loading and related equipment.
  • Perform facility inspections and preventative maintenance activities to maximize facility and equipment service life, minimizing interruptions in power production and avoid inefficient water releases.
  • Perform maintenance tasks, as assigned, to keep plant in well maintained condition, including but not limited to cleaning, electrical, mechanical, and structural activities.
  • Complete all assigned tasks in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with District policies and procedures, consistent with accepted industry and regulatory standards.
  • Participate in employee skill development opportunities that promote performance enhancement of Journeyman Operator-Maintainer as related to Project operations and maintenance.
  • Report incidents relating to FERC license and other regulatory requirements, accidents, plant operation, and equipment maintenance needs to the appropriate supervisory personnel.  Assist in the development of recommendations to avoid future occurrences.
  • Maintain and review plant reports including daily logs, monthly reports, etc., facilitating a detailed record of Project operating activities.
  • Perform switching orders and clearance procedures, confined space entry permits and other safe work procedures in accordance with District and Project policies.
  • Conduct a good working relationship with District employees, contractors, agencies and the general public.  Promote a professional working atmosphere at all times.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Use of electrical test equipment and hand held tools.
  • Possess analytical and mathematical techniques.
  • Use independent judgement and discretionary judgement.
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, be on-call and work long hours during emergency call-outs.
  • Respond to a Project alarm remotely within 10 minutes and ability to arrive at the Project within 30 minutes of receiving a call-out or alarm. This position has a 30 minute residency requirement in accordance with the CBA.
Additional Information:

Supervisory Responsibilities: 
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Education and/or Experience:

A minimum of five years of experience in hydroelectric generation, including three (3) years as a hydroelectric projects operator, mechanic, or electrician.  Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations:Must have a valid Driver's license.  Must have or obtain a First Aid Card with CPR.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient in MS Outlook, Excel, and Word.

Physical Demands:
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.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently required to walk, climb stairs, bend, reach, uses hands to finger, handle, or feel, and sit for extended periods of time.  Occasionally required to lift and carry up to 60 pounds.  Ability to work in elevated positions; also in areas with egress by ladders and stairs and possess the ability to climb stairs in excess of 200 feet.  Required to speak and hear clearly when communicating over the telephone and in person.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to indoor and outdoor environments.  Outdoor settings include all types of property and site conditions including elevated positions over and around deep open flowing water and water under pressure.  Indoor settings include areas with limited access and confined space, moving machinery, etc.  Individuals may be exposed to hazardous conditions, including but not limited to obstacles, heights, hazardous chemicals, energized equipment and circuits, electric and magnetic fields, and high-pressure oil systems.  Ability to complete tasks with minimal supervisor and work alone for extended periods of time.  The noise level in the work environment is in excess of 85 decibels.

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