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POWER PLANT MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

Q20

BASIC PURPOSE

Positions in this job family are responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of mechanical, electrical, electronic and pneumatic equipment used in the commercial generation of electrical power.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS

The functions within this job family will vary by level and craft, but may include the following:⦁    Tests and calibrates, to established standards, equipment such as pressure and temperature transmitters, valve positioners, pneumatic controller, electronic controllers, pressure and temperature switches and other process control equipment.⦁    Installs, adjusts, inspects, services and repairs a variety of mechanical equipment and mechanical parts of electrical machinery utilized in an electrical power station including vertical and horizontal hydro-electric and thermal generation equipment.  Overhauls and adjusts turbines, generators, boilers, pumps, valves, pneumatic controls and auxiliary equipment.⦁    Makes repairs on high pressure vessels, such as boiler tubes, hand holes, drums, steam lines, fire boxes, nose castings and expansion joints; welds turbines, diaphragms, condensers, compressors, centrifugal pumps, pump shafts and generators; uses stainless steel, cast iron, brass, aluminum, copper and other alloys.⦁    Manufactures replacement parts and repairs and refinishes metal components using special machine shop equipment such as carbide tool grinders, hydraulic shears, hand saws, hydraulic presses, milling machines and lathes.⦁    Installs insulation, metal covering, and insulating blankets on high-pressure stem piping, low-pressure steam piping, air, and condensate, low and high-pressure water lines.  Removes and reinstalls insulation when lines need maintenance.⦁    Develops, implements and maintains an effective program of equipment and outage maintenance work; performs equipment inspections to ensure that the equipment is safely maintained and operable; performs related testing and repair as needed.⦁    Installs, tests and maintains heating, ventilating and air conditioning such as compressors, condensers, pumps, control systems, fans humidifiers, chillers and heat exchangers.⦁    Installs, tests, maintain and repairs high voltage generators, motors, actuators equipment, turbine controls, station auxiliaries, lights and control measuring devices.⦁    Supervises a program of preventive maintenance of the electrical and/or mechanical equipment, structures and building of power station operation; makes regular inspections and tests of facilities to determine the overall condition of the power plant.⦁    Performs basic routine task of the assigned craft; completes required course work as an apprentice.⦁    Provides direct oversight and on-the-job training to apprentices.  ⦁    Coordinates with other crafts on logistics of assigned projects.⦁    Evaluates performance or provides input in evaluating employees.⦁    Plans and assigns jobs to crews; may serve as a field engineer to solve problems on site.⦁    Insures availability of parts and supplies, by assessing jobs and determining parts that are needed for the job.

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS:

The Power Plant Maintenance Technician job family consists of four levels of work, which are distinguished, by the level of complexity, of the assigned duties and responsibility assigned and the level of expertise for the completion of assigned projects.

Level I Code: Q20A Salary Band: L

This is the apprentice level where incumbents perform progressively more responsible work of the crafts assigned, beginning with the most basic or routine tasks and work under immediate supervision.  They must complete a prescribed course of study and/or a specified length of on-the-job training.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include ability to read, interpret and carry out complex written or oral instructions; and possess general knowledge of the methods, practices, tools, materials and machines used in the assigned craft.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of two years of experience performing skilled maintenance work in one of the following maintenance crafts: electrical, mechanical, machinist, H.V.A.C., insulator or electronic/instrumentation; or two years of experience staging parts, equipment and materials in a large industrial warehouse or for large construction jobs; or completion of two years of a four year apprenticeship program in the maintenance craft to which assigned; or completion of a two year course of study, in the maintenance craft to which assigned, at a recognized trade, technical or vocational school; or an equivalent combination of education in maintenance and experience in maintenance.

Level II Code: Q20B Salary Band: M

This is the journeyman level where incumbents perform at the full performance level in the assigned craft.  Incumbents at this level will have oversight and training responsibilities for apprentices.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include significant knowledge of the basic principles of the assigned craft; of the operations of mechanical equipment and machinery utilized in an electrical generating plan; of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in maintaining power station equipment; and of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the craft.  Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to understand mechanical problems and repair procedures; to use mechanical tools and equipment; and to read and interpret blueprints, sketches and written instructions.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus one additional year of qualifying experience

Level III Code: Q20C Salary Band: N

This is the specialist level where employees perform the most complex tasks for the assigned craft; they will provide technical training for other employees in the assigned craft, or serves in a specialized role conducting state inspections.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus ability is required to train subordinate employees.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus one additional year of qualifying experience.

Level IV Code: Q20D Salary Band: O

This is the leadership level where incumbents will be responsible for planning, organizing and/or supervising a crew of employees in the assigned craft. They will schedule major projects; coordinate with other crews, divisions or crafts; and ensure that crews receive appropriate safety and technical training. This includes assigning and reviewing work, ensuring completion of assigned activities and providing training as a lead worker or project leader.  It may also include supervisory responsibilities with administrative tasks such as completing performance evaluations, approving leave and initiating disciplinary actions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus knowledge of the principles of effective supervision.  Ability is required to understand troubleshooting, repair procedures and to supervise the work of subordinates.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one additional year of qualifying experience.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience and/or education must be in the craft designated by the hiring agency.  Some positions will require two years of experience in digital or analog electronics, or process control instruments; or completion of a course of study in electrical or electronics at a recognized trade, technical or vocational school.

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