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Power Plant Operator 

Req Number SKI-19-00005  
Salary $45.66/Hourly  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location To Be Determined  
Shift Days  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Number of Openings 2  

The Powerplant 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 Powerplant Operator and / or Senior Powerplant Operator.  This position needs to work independently, be self-motivated, and exercise sound judgment. 

The Powerplant Operator may perform functions individually, or with assistance of other operators, mechanics, electricians, technicians, apprentices, fish counters, security guards, etc.  The Powerplant Operator is directly responsible for creating and maintaining operating reports and records at District Projects.  The Powerplant Operator is responsible for ensuring operations are conducted in an environmentally sound manner.

The Powerplant Operator shall perform all safety regulations and safe clearance procedures in a professional manner.

The Power plant Operator 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. 

This position is required to pass a CIP Security Background Check.


  • Perform daily functions under general direction of the Chief Operator and/or Senior Powerplant 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 SOP’s, 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 Chief Operator while addressing the problem as appropriate.
  • 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, co-workers, 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.
Position Requirements


  • High school diploma or GED from accredited institution.
  • Journeyman operator card/status recognized by the District and Union.


  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  • Valid First Aid card including CPR training, requirements for Industrial First Aid.


  • 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.
  • Have the ability to read and interpret instruction books, maintenance management program sheets, blue prints and schematic diagrams.
  • Thorough knowledge of Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Ability to adjust to varying workload demand.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and cooperate with all levels of District personnel, contractors and customers.
  • Ability to perform, delegate or provide instruction of operational duties at all District facilities within Hydro jurisdiction.
  • Demonstrate ability to give, follow and understand oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to operate and train in proper operation of project equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Demonstrate ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment especially in stressful or crisis situations.
  • Knowledge of applicable District computer systems and programs.
  • Write legibly and be able to maintain records, station log, files and fill out forms.


  • Ability to work irregular hours under isolated conditions.
  • Duties are performed at District power plants and switchyards in varying weather conditions.
  • Requires excellent mental and physical fitness to perform duties in potentially stressful situations.
  • Must be medically qualified, successfully pass respirator fit testing and training, and demonstrate and maintain ability to use SCBA.
  • Ability to perform activities at unprotected height of less than 10 feet.
  • Ability to work in high noise/vibration areas.
  • Work in confined space or areas restricting movement.
  • Work in close proximity of rotating and high voltage equipment
  • Ability to work in extreme heat or cold both inside and outside the power plant.
  • Ability to ascend/descend stairs and ladders.
  • Ability to lift/carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to reach above shoulder level.
  • Ability to differentiate colors and utilize senses (sight, hearing, touch, feel, and smell) to monitor plant operation.
  • Use computers and write legibly.

Position Open Until Filled

About the Organization Employees are our greatest assets at Grant PUD. Our dynamic team of skilled individuals define this utility. We welcome your unique experiences, skills and passion

As an equal opportunity employer, we strive for an environment of mutual respect that values diversity. We recruit, hire, train and promote all job classifications. A variety of exciting challenges and growth opportunities exist at Grant PUD. We offer training, benefits and multiple opportunities to serve the diverse needs of our regional community.

Our Mission:
To efficiently and reliably generate and deliver energy to our customers.

Our Vision:
Excellence in service and leadership
We continually ask how our performance aids in improving service quality, reliability and care for the environment in the most cost-effective manner.

Safety: We believe that employee and public safety is paramount

Innovation: We make decisions that best serve present and future generations

Service: We are committed to excellent customer service

Teamwork: We are one team with the same mission

Respect: We honor the rights and beliefs of those we work with and serve

Integrity: We hold ourselves and others accountable to professionalism in our actions and words

Heritage: We protect, preserve and perpetuate the spirit of the PUD and the Wanapum relationship  

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