Senior Power Plant Operator TC-K

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Department of the Army

Who May Apply: US Citizens Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision. Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to Lead Must demonstrate the ability to lead, direct, and train journey level Operators, other workers, and power plant trainees. Requires the ability to perform most of the tasks of a Senior Power Plant Operator in a power generating plant of at least 100 megawatt power generating capacity, with occasional supervisory checks and guidance. The ability to take sole command of any normal or abnormal power plant operation problem and execute a desirable solution such as could be exhibited in a recovery from a power blackout in the plant. The ability, without more than normal supervision, to assist, or relieve, the Control Room Operator of his/her routine duties including starting and stopping a generator, changing generation, adjusting voltage, performing switching, isolating hazardous energy, selecting proper arc flash PPE, adjusting river flows, and maintaining station records. – Failure to meet this Screen out Element will result in an ineligible rating. Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprint reading) Ability to Lead or Supervise Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc. Operation of Hydroelectric Power Equipment Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic) Theory and Instruments (Electrical Electronic) Used in Shop and Trade Practices Use of Measuring Instruments PHYSICAL EFFORT: Eye and hand coordination required to operate switches and controls. Job requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking and climbing ladders and stairs. May be required to operate large valves, apply gate locks, lift deck hatches and other jobs requiring up to 75 pounds of pulling or turning force. Lifts and carries equipment and supplies frequently up to and occasionally over 45 pounds. Work requires prolonged standing, walking, climbing, bending, stooping, twisting, pulling, pushing, and kneeling. WORKING CONDITIONS: Works on a rotating shift, at times alone, inside, in well-lighted, work areas. Works outdoors, at times alone, for short periods with exposure to climate extremes. Occasionally works in proximity to high voltages and currents. Incumbent is often exposed to equipment and machinery noises and outside the control room employee will be subject to the discomfort of wearing safety equipment such as hard-hats, earplugs, and respirators. Must wear appropriate safety equipment and protective clothing and successfully complete and maintain all occupational health requirements, including pulmonary capacity and other routine occupational and pre- employment medical examinations. Incumbent may be the lone operator on shift during nights, weekends and holidays.
About the Position: Serves as the senior hydro-station operator in direct charge on a shift, responsible for the operation of a hydroelectric power system with eight generating units, including remotely controlled units, and consists of adjunct operating facilities such as fish facilities, spillways, remotely controlled powerhouses, regulating outlets, remote flood control structures and related equipment.