Senior Power Plant Operator

Company Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Phone Number: (541) 937-2131
City: Lowell
State/Provence: Oregon
Zip: 97452
Job Title: Senior Power Plant Operator
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Operations
Posting Start Date: May 10, 2017
Salary: $50.09
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

COMPANY INFO: U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, N.W. Div., Portland Dist., Willamette Valley Project, Lookout Point Dam, Lowell, Oregon

POSITION INFO: Job Title: Senior Power Plant Operator

SERIES & GRADE: WB-5407-00/00 TC-K

SALARY: $50.09 / Per Hour

WORK HOURS: Full Time 40 Hours Week

This position is located in the Lookout Point Dam Powerhouse Control Room. Lookout Point Dam is at river mile 21.3 on the Middle Fork Willamette River, about 22 miles southeast of Eugene, Ore. Lookout Point Dam is an earth and gravel-filled dam with concrete gated spillways and a powerhouse with 135 MW of generating capacity. It was completed in 1954 and in coordination with Dexter, Hills Creek, Cougar, Dorena, Cottage Grove, Fern Ridge and Fall Creek dams, the nine dams work together for the purposes of flood risk management, power generation, water quality improvement, irrigation, fish and wildlife habitat and recreation. All of the above facilities are controlled from the Lookout Point Powerhouse Control Room.

Work in a rural area close to Eugene Oregon. An easy 25 mile drive from Eugene/Springfield, the area has easy access to the Cascades and the Coast. Eugene and the area around Lowell is an ideal place to raise a family and enjoy the great outdoors with easy access to all of the amenities of the college town of Eugene and surrounding area. The climate is very mild throughout the year and the summers are outstanding. Come and join a great team of professionals that love the mission and service that we provide to the communities of the Willamette Valley.


Serve as the senior hydro-station operator in direct charge on a shift, responsible for the operation of a hydroelectric powerhouse with six to nine generating units, including remotely controlled units, and consist of adjunct operating facilities such as a navigation lock, fish facilities, spillways, remotely controlled powerhouses, regulating outlets, remote flood control structures and related equipment.

During other than day shifts, and on weekends and holidays, is the senior employee at the project and serves as the Project Manager’s representative. The principal duty station is the project control room where the communication systems are located and from this command center operates, controls, coordinates and directs the operation of the project. Routinely makes or directs inspections to insure that established operating procedures are being followed and also to make first-hand evaluation of emergency situations which arise. Perform and direct work in accordance with current work practices as established and modified and assumes responsibilities for completion of work tasks in a manner which will insure safety of self, others and equipment.

POSITION POSTING DATES:   5/5/17-5/19/17

Experience Required:

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Equipment, Assembly, Installation, Repair, Etc.
  • Operation of Power Generation Project Equipment
  • Technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Use of Measuring Instruments
  • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprint reading)
  • Dexterity and Safety
Posting End Date: May 19, 2017