SMUD also has this position posted at the Journey level, if interested, applicants are welcome to apply for that position here.
Introduction: Open until filled - This posting may close at any time without notice after 12/02/2021 so you are encouraged to apply early.
This position is located at SMUD's Hydro Generation Operation Facility (Fresh Pond) located approximately 60 miles east of Sacramento, 15 miles east of Placerville.
*COVER LETTER REQUIREMENT* To be further considered for this position you are required to respond to the following questions in the cover letter portion of your application:
If you have participated in a formal Apprentice Plant Mechanic or related program, explain when you participated (dates), for how long (years), and for what organization(s) did you serve the apprenticeship.
Describe your experience as it relates to this position.
In order to qualify for the advanced apprentice level, applicant must show completion of at least to two years of a recognized apprenticeship program, or equivalent experience as it relates to the essential job functions for this position.
This posting will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill current and future limited term and full time Hydro Plant Mechanic, Apprentice vacancies.
Purpose: Under general supervision, performs mechanical maintenance, repair and overhaul of hydroelectric.
Nature & Scope: This is the entry-level Apprentice classification in the Plant Mechanic series. As an Apprentice, it is expected that an incumbent will satisfactorily progress concurrent with development of the required skills to qualify at journey-level proficiency and that employees in this classification will perform the more skilled tasks as training permits.
Major Duties & Responsibilities: At the Apprentice level, an incumbent is in a learning capacity and assists in the duties specified below for a Plant Mechanic:
Performs skilled mechanical work in the installation, maintenance, repair, overhaul, and rebuilding of equipment and facilities of electrical generating plants.
Works on hydro, and on related subsystems for lubrication, cooling, governing, water storage, and on-plant and site services.
Consults drawings, manuals, catalogs and other sources of information.
Lays out work, cuts, fits, joins and performs skilled operations on light and heavy metals and other materials; does pipe work and makes pressure tests.
Cleans and overhauls valves, pumps, spray systems, condensers and pressure vessels; aligns shafts, fits bearings and replaces seals and packing.
Maintains, repairs and overhauls geared mechanisms and operating machinery; runs tests and makes adjustments.
Operates vehicles, industrial tractors, cranes and hoists; performs rigging incidental to regular assignments.
Undertakes skilled tasks of the acquired specialized craft.
Knowledge Of: Gains knowledge of: Safety procedures; hydraulics; various mechanical systems (water); valve disassembly; rigging procedures; and common shop equipment. May require knowledge of: ferrous and nonferrous materials; procedures to machine a variety of materials; and, sheet metal work, layout and manufacture.
Skill To: Learns to and develops proficiency in skill to: Perform basic shop mathematics; use and read precision instruments such as micrometers, veneer calipers and dial indicators; complete work requests clearly and accurately; read complex written text contained in plant procedure manuals; read and understand blueprints and schematics; produce a finished product within tolerances; safely operate cranes; operate drill presses; and communicate effectively orally. May require the skill to: safely operate machining equipment, engine lathes, milling machines (vertical and horizontal), cutting machines, threading machines, lapping machines, grinders (air, electric, and surface); use TIG, MIG, gas, arc and/or plasma welding; use cutting torches; perform certified; and, preparing pipe or material for welding and pipefitting.
Desirable Qualifications: Experience with the following:
Lathe and Mill machining
Hydro mechanical maintenance
Crane operation and maintenance
Hydro mechanical valves, gates and turbine
Motors and generators
Additional Posting Info for Candidate: This position will require traveling to various work site locations, therefore successful candidate may be required to possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License (CDL) and a satisfactory driving record (not more than two moving violations in the last two years.