Power Plant Operator

Company Name: US Army Corps of Engineers
Phone Number: 509-686-5501
City: Bridgeport
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98813
Job Title: Power Plant Operator
Number of Openings: 3
Position Type: Operations
Posting Start Date: January 26, 2018
Salary: $42.96
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

You will serve as a journey level Power Plant Operator (WB-5407-00, TC-I) at a hydroelectric facility whose principal assignment is operation of the powerhouse, but may include intake structures and spillway areas. The powerhouse consists of 27 main generators, 2 station service generators, a spillway with 19 gates and an intake structure with 29 gates. Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Make routine and non-routine inspections of project areas and equipment.
  • Observe, check, report and/or record required operational data and information to the control room and/or in station records.
  • Operate all power facility equipment to prescribed standards or as directed.
  • Assume local control of stopping, starting, synchronizing, adjusting load and voltage, etc., for units and auxiliary equipment.
  • Operate required switching to isolate or remove equipment from service and test operations for restoration.
  • Prepare clearances under the direction of the Chief Power Plant Operator.
  • Place clearance tags and operate equipment in accordance with project “safe-clearance” procedures.
  • Perform light cleaning, lubrication of equipment, and Operator-related preventative maintenance.
  • Maintain security surveillance of the project.
Experience Required:

Experience Required

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.
Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of an POWER PLANT OPERATOR without more than normal supervision. Without more than normal supervision you must be able to perform all tasks of a journey level operator in a power producing plant such as hydropower, fossil fuels (such as coal, oil, and natural gas), nuclear, solar, and/or wind. (Example: Ability to restore a station service generator or main generator to service after routine maintenance, corrective maintenance, or after a major overhaul in a power plant with occasional supervisory checks and guidance.) – Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

  • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)
  • Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprinting reading)
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
  • Operation of Hydroelectric Power Equipment
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
How to Apply:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/09/2018 to receive consideration.

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Posting End Date

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/09/2018 to receive consideration.

Posting End Date: February 9, 2018