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Power Plant Operator - T11199-201908

at City of San Diego

Pay: $25.5 to $30.44/hour
$25.5 - $30.44
Posted: 8/9/2019
Job Reference #: 2525041
Keywords: support

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Power Plant Operator positions provide operation and maintenance duties for the City's Energy Production section at the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant, North City Water Reclamation Plant, Pump Station #2, and other outlying facilities (e.g., 2MW Emergency Gensets); repair, operate, maintain, and overhaul methane/natural gas/diesel-fueled engines, generators, hydro turbine generators, high voltage electrical equipment, and other related support equipment; troubleshoot and diagnose problems such as engine and switchgear malfunctions, defective PLC logic systems, and electrical controls and instrumentation; maintain log books and equipment; perform preventative maintenance; and perform other duties as assigned.

  • Power Plant Operators in the Public Utilities Department will be eligible for an additional 20% of base pay as special assignment pay through June 30, 2020 but may be extended past that date.
  • Power Plant Operator employees may be required to work nights or unusual shifts for an extended period of time for which they may receive 5% additional pay.
  • Power Plant Operator employees may be required to work overtime on a frequent basis.
  • Power Plant Operator employees with a valid Class I or II Stationary Engineer Certification issued from the National Institute for Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers and/or a Chief Stationary Engineer Certification may be eligible for additional pay.
  • Power Plant Operator employees may be required to work in confined spaces for which they may receive 5% additional pay.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
EXPERIENCE: Three years of full-time journey-level experience troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining large engines (600 horsepower or higher), high voltage electrical systems (440 volts or higher), or steam or hot water boilers (250 horsepower or higher).

  • Successful completion of an Associate's Degree, state-accredited Apprenticeship Program, or an equivalent-level Community College certificate in Electricity, Electronics Technology, Equipment Mechanics, or Marine Engineering may be substituted for a MAXIMUM of one year of the required experience.
  • City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours.  OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.
LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.
  • Successful completion of a state-accredited Apprenticeship Program in Electricity, Electronics Technology, Equipment Mechanics, or Marine Engineering.
  • Experience and training on Allen-Bradley PLC as Caterpillar Engine Controller, Emerson (Westinghouse) DCS, and SEL Relay for Electrical Switchgear.
  • Experience and training with troubleshooting, repairing, and overhauling Caterpillar G3500 and G3600 series natural gas engines.
  • Proof of degree/transcript or certificate, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • Proof of apprenticeship completion, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements. 
Required documents should be attached electronically to your application. If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met.  Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days).  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:  Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following:  Confirmation of citizenship/legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check.  The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report.  Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation.  All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins.  A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment.  Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.  Applicants must notify the Personnel Department of any changes in their name, address (home, email), or phone number or they may miss employment opportunities.
Rev. 1 - August 9, 2019 (New Recruitment Date)