Power Plant Operator

Company Name: Chelan County PUD
Phone Number: (509) 661-4660
City: Wenatchee
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98801
Job Title: Power Plant Operator
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Power Supply
Posting Start Date: September 15, 2017
Salary: $43.59
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

The term “Journeyman Operator” shall mean an employee who shall work a regular scheduled shift and is qualified by capability and training to perform any operation of the District’s generation equipment and associated facilities. It is understood and agreed that a Journeyman Operator can test, troubleshoot, inspect and assist plant maintenance employees as directed by the Chief Operator or Operations Superintendent.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily.  Essential functions (EF) are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position.  Secondary functions (SF) are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability.  In the aggregate, secondary functions typically account for less than 15% of the job scope.

No. EF/SF  % of Time Job Functions
1. EF  55% Control Room: Perform the switching and control functions for the regulation of water releases, electrical production, voltage regulation, station service, and auxiliary equipment.  May be required to conduct tests, make adjustments, diagnose improper operations and take corrective action. Implement Emergency Action Plans as directed by the Chief Operator, System Operator or District management. Work with multiple computer systems and software packages for the control of equipment and systems and to perform general office record keeping. Monitor project security by observing video monitors and making periodic security patrols. Respond to security alarms and other unusual conditions to determine cause and assess situation.

2. EF  20% Inspections: Perform frequent and regular inspections of project equipment and facilities including but not limited to generators, turbines, transformers, switchgear, auxiliary systems, spillways, switchyards, substations and outbuildings to ensure proper operation and conditions. Correct abnormal conditions as appropriate and notes conditions in the Plant Log. Conduct periodic testing of equipment to ensure proper operation.

3. EF  5 % Switching / configuration:  Receive authorized high voltage switching orders and District safety clearances from the System operator or Chief Operator as appropriate. Perform high voltage switching functions in switchyards and substations as required.  Perform in-plant electrical and mechanical clearances, switching orders and tag-outs for project personnel and contractors as authorized by the Chief Operator. Perform the switching, valving and equipment positioning required for the correct configuration of electrical and mechanical systems and equipment that provide safe working perimeters for clearances and reliable, efficient operation of the generating station.

4. EF  5% Communication: Keep informed of all plant operation and mechanical conditions by examining daily logs, status reports and communicating with other team members.  Prepare accurate written or verbal reports as required to keep Chief Operator, supervisory personnel and maintenance crew members informed of plant operations.

5. EF  5 % Training: Assist in the training of apprentices and other personnel. May be assigned to perform project and/or safety orientation training.

6. EF  5% Safety: Comply with safety instructions and regulations, insuring personal safety, participating in safety programs and promptly reporting unsafe acts, unsafe conditions and accidents. Promote and maintain safe working conditions. Recognize and respond to, or report, emergency situations that could result in threats to the safety of people or damage to equipment or property.  Attend monthly safety meetings or review safety meeting records.

7. EF  5% Clearances: May be directed to prepare, implement and perform Safety clearances, tag-out and caution orders in accordance with District Dispatching and Operating Safety Rules and Instructions.

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

9. EF  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).

Experience Required:

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:
No post-secondary education required.

Requires completion of a recognized operator apprentice program (journeyman status) or three (3) years relevant power plant operator experience (journeyman status).

Specific KSA’s: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Requires knowledge and proficiency in the operation of all electrical and mechanical equipment and systems in the generating facility. Must be qualified and capable of performing any operation in the generating station, switch yards, substations, their operating nodes or other locations as assigned. This includes but is not limited to, switching, maintaining load, voltage regulation and river flow; starting/stopping, control, inspection and troubleshooting of generating units including related auxiliary equipment and systems.

Requires good knowledge of and ability to work near energized lines and equipment, using proper safety precautions including the use of personal protective equipment.

Must be knowledgeable in the function and operation of control, regulating, indicating, recording and protective devices common to electric power plant operation.

Requires the ability to understand and operate electromechanical systems. This includes the knowledge and ability to understand the function of plant equipment by studying drawings and instruction manuals, and ability to read and understand wiring diagrams and various schemes used by different vendors of equipment, and read and interpret instruction books, blue prints, and schematic diagrams.

Must possess a valid First Aid and CPR certification. Requires knowledge and understanding of Washington Electrical Workers safety rules and regulations (or equivalent) and knowledge and understanding of the CCPUD Dispatching and Operating Safety Rules and Instructions (or equivalent). Requires a working understanding of pertinent computer software, general understanding of mathematics, legible writing and the ability to maintain records, files and forms. Requires good oral and written communication skills and ability to work with people effectively and maintain an atmosphere of cooperation among personnel. Requires ability to assist in the training of apprentices and personnel.

Language Skills:
Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

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 PeopleSoft Timekeeping/HR; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; General Office Equipment; Maximo Order Processing; Internet Explorer; Internet software; Maximo Asset Management & Maintenance systems; and IFix.

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 talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and perform repetitive hand or arm motion. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or twist torso; pull, push, or exert force and taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 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 occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; outside weather conditions and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


How to Apply:
Posting End Date: October 14, 2017