Power Plant Operator - Rotating Shift* (Closes at midnight on July 11, 2013)
Chelan County Public Utility District - Wenatchee, WA

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$38.73 per hour - based on Journeyman Operator status; upon qualification, incumbent will become Senior Operator in accordance with pay rates established by the CBA; currently $42.59.


*This is a rotating 12-hour shift schedule; an example is located in the above right-hand corner .

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload when requested through the online applicaton process, referencing job #10707.


"Senior Operator" (Power Plant Operator) is an employee who works a regular scheduled shift and is qualified by capability and training to perform any operation of the District's generation equipment and associated facilities. The Senior Operator can test, troubleshoot, inspect and assist plant maintenance employees as directed by the Chief Operator or Operations Superintendent. The Senior Operator will direct and train an Apprentice Operator or Generation Apprentice Trainee assigned to work under his/her direction.

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.

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 Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

9. EF Ongoing May be required to drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

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.

High school diploma or certified equivalent.

Requires completion of a recognized operator apprentice program (journeyman status) or relevant education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Relevant power plant operations experience (journeyman status) preferred.

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 valid First Aid and CPR certifications (or obtain within six months of hire). 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 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.

Computers & Equipment:
Small hand tools, all appropriate PPE including but not limited to switch sticks, low voltage gloves, hardhats, fall restraint harnesses, ear plugs, safety glasses/face shields, respirators, etc; volt meters, infra red heat sensors, computers and computer systems, radios, etc.

Physical Requirements:
Comply with all applicable RCWs, WACs and District policies.

Performance of the position requires working safely and may require working in a varied outdoors environment such as all weather conditions, all noise levels, hazardous conditions, and on the full range of outdoor work surfaces. The frequent use of protective clothing and/or all personal devices may be required.

In addition, is required to work a rotating shift schedule and irregular hours; works indoors and outdoors and is subject to prevailing weather and terrain. Works in proximity to high voltages and currents; with proper training and equipment may be required to enter confined spaces or hazardous environments; often exposed to equipment and machinery noises. Duties require walking, standing, sitting, climbing vertical and inclined ladders and stairs, operation of large valves, servolocks, deck hatches and other tasks requiring up to 100 lbs of pulling or turning force, lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. Eye and hand coordination required to operate switches and controls. Requires ability to distinguish colors, communicate verbally and in writing, utilize computers and view data on computer displays, control panels and other control related equipment.

Safety Requirements:
The District promotes an environment where employees think safe, work safe, and live safe. Develop and maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

Language Requirement:
Candidate must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.


Safety-sensitive positions are subject to pre-employment drug screening. An essential function of this job involves duties which categorize this position as safety-sensitive.


A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire). A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.


Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Chelan County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District's critical physical and/or cyber assets.


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/H/V

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