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Hydroelectric Specialist I (Mechanical/Millwright) - 2 positions at Metropolitan Water District Southern California

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Type: Full Time
Location: La Verne, California

Job Description:
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of twenty-six cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan's mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan's facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five conventional water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.6 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

HYDROELECTRIC SPECIALIST I (Mechanical/Millwright) - 2 positions
The Water System Operations Group, Operations Support Services Section currently has two (2) openings for a Hydroelectric Specialist I (Mechanical/Millwright) within the Power Support Unit at our Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in La Verne, California.

The Hydroelectric Specialist I (Mechanical/Millwright) position is responsible for maintaining equipment at the District's hydroelectric plants, treatment plants, and pumping plants. Positions in this classification are distinguished by their responsibility to perform mechanical maintenance and to develop electrical maintenance work/skills related to power systems equipment, while working under close supervision and performing progressively higher skilled functions as experience develops. Incumbents holding this position are journey level mechanics.

The primary responsibility for this position is to perform onsite mechanical maintenance and repairs to power generation equipment. The work also includes disassembly and overhaul of turbines, generators and balance of plant equipment, and fabrication and machining of replacement parts and assemblies.

Successful candidates must have thorough knowledge in the areas of machining, welding, alignment, assembly and repairs of rotating equipment. Thorough knowledge of machining, welding, alignment, assembly and repairs to and of power generation equipment is preferred.

Employees in this position acquire specialized skills through classroom and on-the-job training or by working with a Hydroelectric Specialist II in order to perform the following job duties:
* Assists with high-level maintenance tasks and activities at hydroelectric plants, pumping plants, treatment plants and other facilities with high voltage electrical equipment to ensure ongoing water and power reliability.
* Assists with predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance associated with large motors, generators, protective relays, programmable logic controllers (PLC), power circuit breakers, variable frequency drives, as well as watt-hour metering and other metering, routers, communications, automation and control instrumentation.
* Assists with testing and/or monitoring the capabilities, limits, serviceability, efficiency and effectiveness of equipment and processes relating to the power and water system using advanced computerized instrumentation.
* Assists with installing and/or commissioning complex rotating machinery, hydraulic power, pneumatic, high voltage and controls systems, protective relays, watt-hour metering as well as auxiliary equipment associated with hydroelectric power, pump and water treatment plant systems to ensure conformance with established specifications.
* Assists with performance and acceptance testing at hydroelectric plants, pump plants, and treatment plants to ensure optimal output to meet operational demands within prescribed operating limits of equipment and power systems.
* Assists with testing, calibration, and maintaining electro-mechanical, electronic, microprocessor and logic based protective relays to insure the effectiveness of system coordination.
* Assists with nondestructive testing such as; infrared thermal imaging, testing of insulating fluids; power factor insulation testing and power quality and quantity measurements for analysis as part of predictive maintenance to optimize equipment performance and life.
* Learns to assist engineering with the planning, coordination, design and installation of new system equipment or modification to existing system equipment.
* May respond to nonscheduled outages, shutdowns or other emergency situations to minimize equipment downtime or interruption of service.
* Learns to assist with the development, planning and coordination of scheduled predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance.
* Acts as a liaison for MWD with outside agencies and vendors such as; SCE, LADWP, DWR, and contractors to coordinate work, witness acceptance testing, and review reports, specifications and test data.
* May be required to procure tools, materials, and equipment. Provides input into the development of the operation equipment budget items and specification for parts, labor and procedures.

Education and Experience:
High school diploma or High School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC) with a 4 year mechanical apprenticeship and 2 years journey level experience, OR 6 years progressive experience related to industrial/utility mechanical maintenance.

Experience and knowledge as demonstrated by practical application of techniques and practices specific to the operations, maintenance, and repair of hydroelectric plants, pump plants, treatment plants and other facilities. Skills necessary include predictive and diagnostic evaluation of complex utility pump and power equipment using analog and digital test equipment. Also requires basic skills in installation and commissioning, utilizing predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance practices related to industrial/utility maintenance generally obtained through applicable training and experience.

Required Knowledge of: Employees in this title are either acquiring the following through classroom and on-the-job training or they are obtaining the necessary experience to competently demonstrate:

Basic knowledge of electrical, mechanical or electronic theories and practices and their application in the operation and maintenance of large-scale electrical/mechanical systems and equipment related to hydroelectric plants, pump plants, treatment plants and other facilities. Applying methods, practices, and tools to insure reliable operations for the movement of water, generation of power, and optimization of electrical equipment demands within established limits and standards.

Required Skills and Abilities to: Basic understanding and ability to interpret electrical or mechanical engineering data and complex schematic diagrams necessary to implement predictive, preventive, corrective and improvement activities, interpret complex instructions, manuals, operating and maintenance procedures and specifications related to hydroelectric plants, pump plants, treatment plants and other facilities. Utilize and maintain tools and diagnostic equipment to test and monitor equipment condition as well as repair, install, and replace equipment necessary to meet water and electrical generation demand and/or capacity. Basic skills using traditional analog and precision digital instruments to ensure critical measurements and alignments as part of diagnostic and predictive maintenance, including laser alignment equipment, analog and digital micrometers, calipers, and other tools related to close tolerance analysis and work. Use PC computer and Microsoft Office applications. . . . To apply for this position, please copy and paste the following link into your browser address bar: