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Powerplant Operator

Grant County, WA

Industry: Energy/Oil/Gas/Utilities/Nuclear Job Number: 44574 Pay Rate: $85 - $95k
The Power Plant Operator is a bargaining unit operator responsible for the safe, efficient and correct operation of District power plant equipment while working under the general direction of a Chief Power Plant Operator and Senior Power Plant Operator. This position needs to work independently, be self-motivated, and exercise sound judgment.

The Power Plant Operator may perform functions individually, or with assistance of other operators, mechanics, electricians, technicians, apprentices, fish counters, security guards.

The successful candidate is directly responsible for creating and maintaining operating reports and records at District Projects. The Power Plant Operator is responsible for ensuring operations are conducted in an environmentally sound manner.

You will perform all safety regulations and safe clearance procedures in a professional manner.

The candidate shall be qualified by experience and training to operate, in accordance with standard operating procedures, the District's generating plants, switchyards, substations, and their appurtenances.

Essential function:

- Perform daily functions under general direction of the Chief Operator and Senior Power Plant Operator

- Assist Incident Commander during outages and accidents

- Effectively communicate plant conditions at shift change or when relieved of duty

- Assist foremen and contractors with clearance requests

- Assist with troubleshooting problems and take lead role when necessary

- Review new and completed projects, test, check for proper operation

- Check for proper completion, including SOPs, turnover packages, corrected prints and test alarm circuits

- Assist engineering with design problems

- Implement and monitor plant security

- Ensure a safe work environment for all employees

- Report safety, project integrity or security issues to the Chief Operator while addressing the problems appropriately

- Ensure co-workers are aware of expectations when delegated work by communicating effectively

- Responsible to ensure accurate communication both to their Chief Operator, Senior Operator, coworkers, foremen and dispatchers regarding decisions, issues and activity updates that might affect them

- Responsible to embrace change, actively search out and follow up on new and better ways to improve the work environment and improve service to District customers, and to promote/implement change

- Demonstrate positive support for and implementation of District decisions

- Actively promote adherence to and enforce District policies and procedures including safety rules

- Understand and promote team concept and encourage participation in decisions and improvements

- Responsible for personal development of apprentices and new employees by training, coaching, and evaluating work performance and behaviors. This includes completing written formal evaluations of employees being trained for Power Plant Operator positions.


Other knowledge, skills, and abilities:

- Knowledge and understanding of Washington State Electrical Workers Safety Rules and Regulations

- Knowledge of applicable Federal and State regulations

- Thorough knowledge and understanding of District Policies and Procedures for employees including personnel and safety policies

- Thorough knowledge and understanding of Safe Clearance Procedures and SOPs

- General knowledge of District's Strategic Plan

- Thorough knowledge of District's powerplants, switchyards, associated equipment and its operation

- Knowledge of maintenance tracking system (Maximo) and process for preventive and corrective work

- Can read and interpret instruction books, maintenance management program sheets, blueprints and schematic diagrams

- Thorough knowledge of Collective Bargaining Agreement

- Ability to adjust to varying workload demand.


$43.69/hr union position with lunches paid for
As a leader in power production for the public sector, so you will be on an industry leading team.
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