Power Plant Operators

Company Name: Chelan County PUD
Phone Number: (509) 661-4660
City: Wenatchee
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98802
Job Title: Power Plant Operators
Number of Openings: 3
Position Type: Operations
Posting Start Date: January 3, 2018
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:

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.


How to Apply:

See complete job details and apply online at www.chelanpud.org. EO M/F/Disability/Vet Employer

If applying for this position, a RESUME and COVER LETTER will be required summarizing related experience in this position and community interest.

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one WORD or PDF document (we do not accept .wps documents) and upload when requested through the online application process.

Incomplete application materials will not be considered.

These positions are located at either Rocky Reach or Rock Island Hydro facilities.   The incumbents will work rotating 12-hour shifts (see sample of shift schedule under Additional Information).

Although the position is Open until Filled, applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Review date scheduled for January 31, 2018.

In addition to the Contract Rate of $43.59, Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee’s Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5% after probationary period), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year.

Posting End Date: February 1, 2018