Tacoma Power's Generation Section is seeking an experienced power plant operations and maintenance professional. This position is based near LaGrande, Washington.
We are seeking a collaborative team builder to assist in driving operational excellence efforts at our Nisqually River Hydroelectric Project in LaGrande, WA. The Nisqually River Project is Tacoma Power's second-largest hydroelectric resource, generating enough clean energy to serve nearly 43,000 Northwest homes. The Nisqually Hydro Operations Manager, Assistant's role is to assist in leading their team to safely and efficiently manage the operation and maintenance of the Nisqually Hydroelectric Project powerhouses, dams, reservoirs, parks, and all other related equipment and facilities in an environmentally responsible manner. Also, to maximize the value and reliability of the projects generating resources to Tacoma Power, while complying with federal, state and local regulatory requirements. The assistant manager's role is to empower and support their staff by equipping them with the tools, equipment and training needed to meet the reliability goals, maintenance schedules, and budget expectations through sound resource planning and provision. Responsibilities include:
Develop and implement safe and effective maintenance and operations policies
Prepare daily work assignments for staff
Responsible for emergency operations
Provide first response to trouble calls related to the operations of the unstaffed automated power plants, dams, switchyard, transmission and distribution lines associated with the project
Responsible for project safety program and required training.
Implement and adhere to federal license requirements for river flow and project operations
Coordinate maintenance and outage schedules with Power Management
Purchase materials and supplies for maintenance and construction activities
Oversee and coordinate the operation, maintenance and expansion of project recreation facilities so that Tacoma Power can maintain safe and clean recreational facilities for the public
Monitor, interpret, and implement state and federal guidelines, rules and regulations as they pertain to parks and recreation
Required to live on site and be available for emergency call outs 24/7 including weekends and holidays. Call responsibility will be shared between the manager and the assistant manager with on-call pay provided.
Office and outdoor work environment.
Outdoor activities include inspection of project facilities and dams, monitoring work activities of Project staff, other Tacoma Power staff, contract maintenance crews and construction projects.
May be required to work extended hours during equipment or weather related incidents including natural phenomenon such as earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, etc.
Knowledge & Skills
Knowledge of power plant operation and maintenance practices
Knowledge of theory and practice of electricity, mechanics and hydraulics
Knowledge of applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures
Labor practices, collective bargaining agreements, and human resources related issues
Utility safety practices and environmental protection, safety, and health protection standards
City's HR policies and procedures (FMLA, ADA, discipline, etc.)
Total Quality principles and practices
Acts with integrity, demonstrates leadership and ethical conduct
Applies technology to improve operation
Attracts and develops staff
Plans for future staffing needs
Evaluates employees and provides ongoing performance feedback
Deals promptly with performance problems
Recognizes people for their contributions
Provides opportunities for challenging assignments, learning, job enrichment and career advancement
Manages change and Innovation
Anticipates problems, notices trends, & develops plans in advance to prepare for opportunities or problems
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Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.
Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.
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An equivalent combination to:
Graduation from high school, including or supplemented by courses in electrical and mechanical theory and application
Five or more years’ experience in hydroelectric plant operation, maintenance and supervision
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS Valid Washington Driver's License. Valid First Aid Certificate issued by the American Red Cross. Willingness to locate place of residence at work site in project providing housing.
Tacoma Public Utilities is the public utility service for the city of Tacoma, Washington. It was formed in 1893 when the citizens of Tacoma voted to buy the privately owned Tacoma Light & Water Company. It is the largest department in Tacoma City government, with a 2015–2016 budget of $1.2 billion and 1,378 employees. Operations are funded entirely by revenue generated from sale of services, not from taxes.