This is an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 represented classification, which has over 100 years of experience representing employees at PG&E. This job is subject to collective bargaining.
Hydro Operators are responsible for safely operating, monitoring, and maintaining hydro- electric equipment and facilities, which include waterways, reservoirs, dams, and powerhouses.
This position will be a six-week rotating schedule, working both days and nights as a 12 hour shift 0600-1800 and 1800-0600.
**Offers for this position will be contingent upon review and approval by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC)**
All employees assigned to the Helms Pumped Storage Project shall be paid the established Helms Powerhouse premium rate of 5 percent above each step of the respective classification’s basic wage rate for the first year and 7.5 percent above the basic wage rate for such classification after one year in the classification at Helms. Accordingly, such individuals employed at the Helms facility shall be considered as resident employees. Such employees shall be required to have the knowledge and capability of performing normal and emergency operating functions at the Helms Project. Furthermore, such employees may be assigned to a shift schedule in accordance with the provisions of Section 202.17 of the Physical Agreement due to irregular water or plant conditions.
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 202.11 of the Physical Agreement, such employees at the Helms Project may be required to work a schedule of ten consecutive workdays with four consecutive days off. Helms’ classifications will also be required to reside at Company residences adjacent to Helms for the first two years in the job and pay the established Company housing rent. They will also be required to ride in a helicopter. Furthermore, the terms and conditions set forth in Company’s letter to Union date August 14, 1981 shall be in effect for all individuals employed at the Helms Powerhouse Project as follows:
1. Company Owned Housing (Helms)
The established rent is currently $70 per month and is subject to change by bargaining between the parties. The residences will be equipped with telephones, and the current plans are to provide PT&T restricted one plus dialing lines for each residence. The residences will be equipped to receive TV broadcasts.
2. Emergency Transportation
Company will make every effort to provide the employees and their families with emergency transportation via helicopter. If winter weather conditions prohibit the use of helicopters, alternate transportation will be provided which will include emergency transportation and medical supplies. Weather permitting, there will be regularly scheduled trips to Helms throughout the year.
3. Additional Classifications (Helms)
It is anticipated that intermittent employees will be needed in the classifications of Cook, Cook’s Helper, and Housekeeper. It is intended that the members of employees’ families will be considered for these classifications if they so desire and if they have the necessary qualifications.
4. Helms Project Rate
When it is necessary to utilize electric and hydro operating classifications at Helms, the appropriate rate of pay will be the highest System Operator rate established for the Hydro Generation Department.
Must be at least 18 years of age
Must possess a High School diploma, GED or equivalent work experience
Must possess a valid California Driver’s License
Ability to work in all types of weather extremes
Ability to drive safely in all weather and road conditions
Ability to work extended hours, nights, weekends and holidays, and various work schedules
Must be able to wear company provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Must be able to lift a 250-pound oil barrel a minimum of one time a day with another person or by using a handcart
Must be able to lift 100 pounds
2 years working experience operating or maintaining a power generating facility
Ability to reside at PG&E-owned housing close to or on remotely located job site
Ability to work shift schedule
10 years’ experience as a power plant operator
Familiarity with lock out tag out (LOTO)
Hydro Electric Generation experience
PLCs, Combined Cycle, Steam, Biomass, and Co-Generation plant operator experience
Working experience operating or maintaining a power generating facility
A Journey-level certification in a technical discipline (electrician, electrical machinist, mechanic, electrical technician, operator or similar technical field).
Use of a mobile two-way radio
Relevant Hiring Hall experience
Relevant PG&E Experience
Previous Military experience
Physical Test Battery
Work Orientation Inventory-Physical/Technical Driving
Console Operator Basic Requirements Assessment (COBRA)
PG&E Employees: You must have qualified on all prerequisite tests prior to submitting an application; and all secondary tests prior to interviewing. For more information on prerequisite and secondary exams, including study guides, please visit the Pre-employment testing program website.