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Employer: City of Winfield
Division: Electric Utilities
Job Title: Power Plant Operator I
Salary: $0 Hourly

Job Description:

Position Title: Power Plant Operator 1
Department: Electric Production
Reports to: Power Plant Superintendent
Category: Non-Exempt
Pay Grade: 15 ($17.31 - $25.31)

Position Summary:
Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators. Serves as an operator on rotating shift or as a relief operator; will be responsible for answering emergency calls and dispatching for all utilities after normal hours of operation.

• Monitor and inspect power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
• Take readings from charts, meters and gauges at established intervals, and take corrective steps as necessary.
• Control and maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, and chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, and auxiliary power.
• Open and close valves and switches in sequence upon signals from other workers, in order to start or shut down auxiliary units.
• Record and compile operational data, completing and maintaining forms, logs, and reports.
• Assists the Power Plant Maintenance Supervisor in maintenance tasks of boiler equipment, pumps, motors, valves, electrical components, piping and insulation.
• Operates electric generators including dual fuel high pressure steam boiler and Steam turbine, combustion turbine as well as diesel powered units.
• Uses Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
• Chemically treats water and performs basic water tests.
• Performs custodial duties, grounds maintenance and plant security.
• Performs call-out duties.
• Performs substation operations and maintenance.
• Complies with safety policies and procedures.
• Responds logically to emergency conditions.
• Regulate equipment operations and conditions such as water levels, based on data from recording and indicating instruments or from computers.
• Start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, and other power plant equipment, and connect or disconnect equipment from circuits.
• Clean, lubricate, and maintain equipment such as generators, turbines, pumps, and compressors to prevent equipment failure or deterioration.
• Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power, or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
• Place standby emergency electrical generators on line in emergencies and monitor the temperature, output, and lubrication of the system.
• Receive outage calls and call in necessary personnel during power outages and emergencies.
• Collect oil, water, and electrolyte samples for laboratory analysis.
• Inspect records and log book entries, and communicate with other plant personnel, to assess equipment operating status.
• Deals with the public in a manner that positively promotes the image of the City and handles complaints tactfully.
• All employees of the City of Winfield are subject to immediate callout when an emergency, disaster or breach of homeland security occurs. Such call to respond and assist may involve those activities to his/her regular job responsibilities and incorporate other non-job related duties as necessary and required of an employee. An employee’s response to these matters may require the working of unusual, long hours over an extended period of time with infrequent breaks or rest periods.
• “This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.”

• Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
• Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
• Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
• Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
• Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
• Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
• Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
• Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
• Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
• Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
• Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
• Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
• Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
• Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
• Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
• Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

• Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
• Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
• Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
• Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
• Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
• Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
• Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
• Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
• Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
• Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
• Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
• Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
• Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
• Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
• Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
• Gross Body Equilibrium - The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
• Memorization - The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

Experience and Education:
• Any combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation. Two years of trade school or equivalent experience in the mechanical trades with progressively responsible experience in the operation of high pressure steam generators will meet these requirements.
• Must complete the qualifications set forth by the City of Winfield to be classified as a Power Plant Operator I within one year of hire. Failure to meet this requirement will result in termination of employment.
• Must possess a valid Kansas driver's license.

Physical Requirements:
Shows ability to stand, walk, sit, climb, bend, crawl, kneel, twist, push, pull, reach, grasp and perform similar body movements.
Possesses hand/eye/foot coordination adequate to operate plant controls, welder, and computer, perform plant repairs and similar operations and operate a vehicle and fork lift.
Ability to talk and hear in person, by telephone, two-way radio, and to hear plant malfunctions.
Ability to see and read instructions, gauges, dials, training material and plant logs.

Vacancy Number: 152

Open Date: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: