Hydro Mechanic, Cowlitz Hydroelectric Facility

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Apr 12, 2019
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Fleet Management Public Works
  • Salary: $48.65 Hourly

Job Description

Position Description

Tacoma Power hasan opportunity for a Mechanic at the Cowlitz HydroelectricFacility on Riffe Lake, near Mossyrock, Washington.

Hydroelectric Mechanics perform skilled work in the journey-level maintenance and repair of hydroelectric facility equipment, apparatus, fixtures, structures, heavy equipment and vehicles used at hydroelectric sites, hatcheriesand recreational facilities. The position requires the combined mastery of a mechanic, machinist, millwright, welder, pipe fitter and plumber; andunderstanding ofbasic electricity.

The ideal candidate has an exceptional mechanical mind and demonstrated ability to solve complex mechanical problems and troubleshoot elaborate mechanical systems.

We have a great team of dedicated, hardworking professionals. This candidate needs to work well with others in a collaborative crew environment.

Responsibilities include:
  • Perform periodic overhauls, maintenance and repairs to hydroelectric generators; repair or replace governor controls, turbine runners, seals, rings, bearings and bushings, high-pressure valves and lubricating and piping systems;
  • Make drawings or plans and fabricateand/or machine parts and hardware from raw materials using shop equipment and machinery;
  • Maintain project well and potable water systems, raw water disposal and fire maintenance systems;
  • Lead a work party in performing maintenance or repair work;
  • Perform hydro plant operations including turbine/generator units, spill gates, river outlet valves, emergency generators, and other equipment as required during emergencies, testing, or other situations requiring manual operations;
  • Unit operations through computerized plant control systems;
  • Work with engineering in planning and testing equipment modifications or replacement;
  • Maintain and repair project housing, buildings and facilities; install windows, doors and cabinets, construct concrete forms, pour and finish cement work, construct new buildings, bridges, towers and overhaul work boats.

Work is performed indoors and outdoors in sometimes pristine and sometimes inclement weather; and in high or confined places or near high voltage power lines andloud environments. For more information about Tacoma Power's Hydroelectric Plants, please go to the Tacoma Public Utilities website at http://www.mytpu.org/tacomapower/about-tacoma-power/dams-power-sources/hydro-power .


  • Graduation from high school or equivalent;
  • Completion of a recognized mechanical or machinist apprenticeship program or 3+years training in Industrial Mechanical Maintenance;
  • 5+ years journey-level mechanic/machinist involving industrial mechanical and maintenance duties;
  • 2+ years as a journey-levelmechanic/machinistat a power generating station may substitute for experience and training;
  • Highly skilled in the operation of lathes, milling machines, in-line drill presses and other tools in a machine shop;
  • Valid Washington State Class A Commercial Drivers License required before completion of probation with maintenance thereafter;
  • Tanker endorsement may be required;
  • First Aid, CPR, flagging and forklift certification required prior to completion of probationary period with maintenance thereafter;
  • Unrestricted respirator clearance at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.
By completion of probation you must reside within 30 minutes of the HydroProject so that you can respond to emergency call-outs. Relocation assistance may be provided.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Methods, equipment and materials used in mechanical maintenance and repair, construction, carpentry, plumbing, air conditioning/heating and basic electricity
  • Interpret and apply health and safety regulations
  • Interpret and apply applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Apply basic First Aid and CPR procedures.
  • Interpret and apply the principles of mechanics, fluids and hydraulics as used in power generation and associated equipment
  • Interpret and apply the principles of basic operation of hydroelectric plants
  • Obtain and hold safety clearances on rotating equipment for maintenance purposes
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Operate and maintain lathes, mills, drills and common machine shop tools and equipment
  • Prepare and use rigging for lifting heavy loads by crane or portable equipment
  • Use a variety of welding and cutting equipment
  • Use machines and hand tools in performing carpentry, painting, plumbing, cement work and vehicle service and repair
  • Operate cranes and hoists
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Work independently with little direction
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Prepare and work from blueprints, shop drawings and sketches.
  • Prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations
  • Operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Rodney Croston, if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn , Facebook , or Instagram !

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Tacoma Power
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration. Candidates invited to an interview may be required to take a "hands on" practical assessment.

Individuals given a conditional offer of employment must also pass a background check and a pre-employment medical examination that includes a drug screen and respirator certification.

This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between The City of Tacoma and IBEW Local 483. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Human Resources Department at (253) 591-5400 before the closing date to apply.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous