Technician Operator, Geothermal
Northern California Power Agency - Middletown, CA

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The Technician Operator position consists of five levels of competency. Individuals can either enter into the classification at the beginning level of the job or somewhere between the entry level and the top step depending on the qualifications brought with them. It is the expectation of NCPA that all employees progress to the top level. In order to progress to the top level an employee must complete all components in a competency level within the associated training matrix. Employees who successfully complete a training level matrix and who received a rating of “meets requirements” or higher on their last annual performance appraisal will be promoted when qualified. Upon completion/demonstration of competencies employees will be expected to perform work in all completed levels and other job-related duties as required. All employees have the right to challenge any component in the training matrix by proving proficiencies verbally and practically.

Under general supervision of the Technical Supervisor and at times under the general direction of the Mechanic Operator / Technician Operator Lead Person; to maintain, test, install and repair electrical equipment, control system and instrument systems and accurately and reliably maintain these assets in a geothermal power generating facility. The measure of accuracy and reliability is the safe, effective and efficient performance of the Facility.
· Troubleshoot repair, calibrate, test and install communication and control system hardware, software, and equipment in geothermal power generating facility.
· Examples of common systems : Telemetry, two-way radio, fiber optics, SCADA & DCS, RTU’s, serial comms (RS-232/RS-485),PLC’s, protective relay (transfer trip & power line carrier), routable network security, physical security (alarms & video surveillance), Various types of instrumentation & electrical systems that include transmitters, motors, motor starters and control circuits, valves and actuators.

This position is predominately technician based with operation support.

Examples of Duties:

Level I
Description: This is the entry level for the Technician Operator position at which the employee must perform the duties as described below while attaining skills and experience through academic and hands-on training.

· Assists journey level workers design, lay out, install, maintain and repair electrical systems that operate and control power plant equipment such as generators, pumps, motors, compressors and valves on the condenser, cooling tower and Stretford Systems.

· Assists journey level workers maintain and repair protective relays, metering, switch gear, transformers, generators, voltage regulators and breakers.

· Assists journey level workers test, troubleshoot and diagnose malfunctions, or failure of circuitry, control systems and electrical systems of equipment using precision instruments and multi-function meters; under direction disassembles/reassembles electrical wiring or system component, replaces or repairs defective parts, tests and calibrates to ensure function within specified standards.

· Assists journey level workers install conduit, power and control cables; terminates power control cables and connects power to pumps and motors.

· Assists others with the construction, installation, repair and maintenance of turbines, generators, pumps, motors, and compressors using a variety of hand and power tools.

· Assists locating and ordering electrical parts and material.

· Learns and studies the maintenance and repair of electrical equipment and control systems at the geothermal power plant; receive training and instruction from journey level technicians.

· Participates in and successfully completes course work in electrical apprenticeship program, equivalent academic program or any combination which provide adequate training to progress to Level II.

· Maintains electrical equipment and maintenance records.

· Maintain tools and test equipment.
· Performs housecleaning and other job-related duties as required, including assisting other crafts.
· Regularly operates Agency vehicles going to and from job locations.

· Maintain tools and test equipment.

· Performs other job-related duties as required.

Level II
Description: This level of the Technician Operator position requires the completion of all Level II training requirements. The employee must perform the duties as described below and as defined in Level I while attaining Level III skills and experience through academic and hands-on training. Level II knowledge and skills can focus on either electrical or instrument duties and responsibilities.

Electrical Duties and Responsibilities
  • Installs conduit, power and control cables, terminates, connects and verifies proper installation.

· Inspects and maintains battery systems, lighting, heat trace, annunciation systems and other electrical equipment.

· Uses tools such as drill press, power saw, hydraulic hole punch, pipe threader, pipe and conduit cutter, tubing and conduit bender to install instrumentation or power cables.
· Recommends materials and equipment.

· Assembles electrical components using soldering equipment and hand tools.

· Tests assembled instruments for circuit continuity and operational reliability.

Instrument Duties and Responsibilities
· Installs, maintains, assembles, installs and makes repairs/adjustments of pressure gauges, temperature indicators, transmitters and level controllers located on pumps, motors, tanks, pipes and valves.

· Disassembles/reassembles malfunctioning instruments, replaces or repairs defective parts, tests and adjusts calibration to ensure function within specified standards.

· Test and troubleshoot instruments to determine cause of malfunction or failure of electrical component, using test equipment such as an oscilloscope, multimeter, dead weight tester, frequency generator and frequency counter.
· Recommends materials and equipment.
· As required and following specific training, operates forklifts, cranes and tows small trailers.

· Maintains schematic drawings, equipment files, blue-prints, sketches and reports and records design changes made in instruments, circuits and systems.

Level III
Description: This level of the Technician Operator position requires the completion of all Level III training requirements. The employee must perform instrumentation duties as described below and as defined in lower levels while attaining Level IV skills and experience through academic and hands-on training. Level III knowledge and skills focus on both journey level electrical and instrument duties and responsibilities.

· Diagnoses cause of malfunction or failure of motors, breakers, transmitters, plant lighting, and repairs problem.

· Designs, installs, maintains and repairs electrical systems that operate such equipment as generators, pumps, motors, compressors, valves, etc.

· Inspects and replaces circuit boards.

· Designs and redesigns loops and interlocks.

· Installs, replaces, upgrades electronic control equipment and systems

· Test and troubleshoot instruments to determine cause of malfunction or failure of electrical component, using advanced test equipment such power factor test gear and relay test/calibration equipment.
· Maintains, inspects and replaces brushes, commutators, windings and bearings of motors, exciters and converters.
· Insures electrical and electronic equipment is properly labeled.
· Confers with vendors to request service parts, products or clarification of product specification and performance.

· Trains and instructs workers in the proper electrical system installation and maintenance and repair of instruments and control systems.

Level IV
Description: This level of the Technician Operator position requires the completion of all Level IV training requirements for operational duties and responsibilities. The employee must perform the duties as described below and as defined in lower levels while attaining Level V skills and experience through academic and hands-on training.

Operational Duties and Responsibilities
  • Reviews, coordinates and reports work orders, work activities and equipment clearances with appropriate personnel.
  • Checks equipment to be cleared in advance to guarantee its condition to others. Informs Senior Control Operator and Supervisors of the status of equipment and systems.
  • Under direction of the Operator Technician Lead Person or a designee, operates various equipment and performs basic equipment clearances on low voltages (<

; 600 volt) electrical breakers, steam line equipment and effluent equipment. Conducts online test of equipment before certifying its status and performance. Level V Description: This is the top level of the Technician Operator position and requires the completion of all Level V training requirements. The employee must perform the duties as described below and as defined in lower levels. · Maintains, assembles, installs and makes repairs/adjustments to controllers, remote terminal units, and peripheral computer components such, controller/recorders, printers and monitors. Also switchgear, transformers, D.C. systems, instrument and communication equipment. · Diagnoses cause of controller malfunction or failure; inspects, tests, troubleshoots, disassembles controller components.

· Analyzes, reviews, and modifies software to increase operating efficiency or adapt software program to operational requirements.

· Assists users in resolving computer hardware and software problems.

· Confers with hardware and software vendors to request service, parts, products or clarification of product specifications and performance.

· Assist IT in the coordination and troubleshooting of the installation and maintenance of the power plant telephone system.

· Installs, tests, calibrates and repairs electrical protective relays, electro-hydraulic control system equipment, fire alarm systems, switchgear, transformers and all other electrical systems in facility including D.C. systems.

· Disassembles/reassembles electrical/electronic control systems, replaces or repairs defective parts, tests, and adjusts calibration to ensure function within specified standards.

· Test and troubleshoot electrical/electronic control systems to determine cause of malfunction or failure of component, using test equipment such as an oscilloscope, kilowatt hour meter, high potential meter, frequency generator, frequency counter and other precision multi-function meters and instruments.
  • Maintains electrical/electronic drawings and records design changes made in electrical/electronic systems.
  • Trains and instructs workers in the maintenance and repair of electrical/electronic control systems.
  • Tests, analyzes and diagnoses causes of malfunctions or failures to electrical, controller, communication and instrument systems. Assists users in resolving hardware and software problems.
  • Trains and instructs workers in the maintenance and repair of electrical equipment, instrument, computer and electronic control systems.

Typical Qualifications:

Training and Experience Requirements

Requirement:
Level I: High School Diploma or possession of Certificate of Equivalency.

Level II: Completion of the NCPA Level II training program or three years of equivalent journey level electrical or technical experience.

Level III: Completion of the NCPA Level III training program or four years of equivalent journey level electrical and technical experience.

Level IV: Completion of the NCPA Level IV training program or four years of equivalent journey level electrical and technical experience and operations experience.

Level V: Completion of the NCPA Level V training program or six years of equivalent journey level journey level electrical and technical and operations experience.

Requirement: Maintaining a level of technical proficiency in current job as demonstrated by performance reviews and evaluations.

Desired Skills:
· Power Plant experience
· HMI experience (Siemens T3000, Intelution or Wonderware)
· PLC experience (Siemens, Allen Bradley, Scada Pack, etc.)
· PC based computer training and networking experience

Drivers License Requirement

Possession of an unrestricted Class C California operator’s license by the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles. Possession and maintenance of a good driving record as demonstrated by the absence of multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents within the last three (3) years.

Supplemental Information:

Representative Physical and Job Demands
  • Regularly lifts and moves equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Regularly reaches and grasps hand tools and other objects using manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
  • Frequently feels and visually inspects weld surfaces requiring sense of touch, close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Regularly talks and listens to others to exchange and obtain information to maintain diagnose and repair electrical, control and instrument equipment and systems.
  • Regularly uses hand tools and other objects using manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination to adjust install and connect equipment.
  • Awareness of high voltage and other electrical hazards while installing, replacing, or removing equipment.
  • Regularly works in outside weather conditions and is exposed to wind, rain, snow, ice and heat.
  • Works with chemicals, solvents, and acids.
  • Works in a high noise environment.
· May be required to work extended hours and on normal days off.
  • Regularly climbs ladders and stairways, walks on and works off of platforms, near super heated surfaces, slippery surfaces or uneven surfaces in precarious locations, elevated heights (excess of 50 feet) and works from a boom of a basket truck.
  • Regularly walks, stands, reaches, stoops, kneels, and crouches. Occasionally digs trenches, holes, etc.
  • Maintains tools and equipment.
  • Regularly operates Agency vehicles normally required for the performance of their job duties.
  • Performs housecleaning and other related duties as required.
  • Occasionally is required to wear respirator type equipment.

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