Operator/Mechanic (Millwright, Power Plant, Hydro, Turbine)

  • Wrangell, AK, USA
Technician/operations/mechanical Field operations-support Maintenance Operations Plant Operator Plant operations

Job Description


The base location for this position will be the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility located approximately 40 miles southeast of Wrangell, AK. Job duties may require occasional travel to other SEAPA facilities.


The base location for this position will be the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility located approximately 40 miles southeast of Wrangell, AK. Located in the heart of the Inside Passage and the Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan offers abundant recreation opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. The quaint waterfront community enjoys a stunning backdrop of mountains with direct access to boating, hunting, fishing, crabbing, shrimping, hiking, and whale watching. Ketchikan also has a strong sense of community and a rich cultural heritage.


The Operator / Plant Mechanic performs typical operations and maintenance duties associated with hydroelectric power generation and transmission facilities. The standard work schedule is 8 ten-hour days of work and 6 days off. The position requires on-site residency in employer-provided housing during each 8-day period of work.


  • Operates, maintains, and repairs hydroelectric generating facility systems and equipment
  • Issues and provides control of switching and tagging procedures for system clearances and hot line orders
  • Monitors and controls voltage, frequency, real and reactive power flow throughout the system
  • Coordinates system operation with and between facility operators, municipal electric systems, and large power customers
  • Maintains records and operating logs on generating facility systems and equipment
  • Responsible for keeping all necessary equipment in good repair, removing unsafe equipment from use, and recommending replacement options
  • Operates and maintains substations, switchyards, and submarine cable sites
  • Operates and maintains facility vehicles and heavy equipment
  • Participates in ordering, receiving, and inventorying parts
  • Completes scheduled preventative work orders
  • Performs unscheduled maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair on facility equipment
  • Maintains a positive and supportive working relationship with co-workers
  • Performs other related duties as assigned



  • High School diploma
  • Valid Alaska driver's license


  • Must be a team player, self-motivated, and exhibit professional skills that reflect well on the Agency, which also includes dedication to the mission of the organization, observation of all health and safety regulations, and use of safety equipment as needed
  • Ability to perform energy isolation of plant systems and equipment
  • Ability to operate, test, maintain, and repair plant mechanical systems and equipment
  • Proficiency in reading and interpreting electrical and mechanical drawings
  • Verifiable experience leading to knowledge of mechanical equipment, power generating equipment and machinery
  • General understanding of electrical generation and transmission equipment and of basic engineering and physical parameters relating to the facility operation
  • Must be motivated and have the ability to quickly learn plant operations and system control concepts
  • Skilled in the use of precision measuring devices
  • Familiarity with alignment procedures
  • Ability to operate and maintain vehicles and mobile heavy equipment
  • Ability to work with little or no supervision

Physical Requirements:

  • Required to speak clearly and hear well when communicating over the telephone, radios, and in person
  • Physically able to walk, climb stairs, climb ladders in excess of 100 feet, stand, and lift materials up to 60 lbs.
  • Requires the ability to safely traverse uneven, wet, and challenging terrain
  • Requires working in different types of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Requires work indoors in an industrial power plant environment
  • Requires work outdoors and exposure to all seasonal weather conditions
  • Requires occasional work in elevated positions, around and over water, in wet, dirty, greasy and oily conditions
  • Travel in fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, and boats
  • Risk of exposure to energized equipment, noise, rotating machinery, falling from heights, working around water, uneven terrain, slippery conditions, and other hazards associated with remote field work or an industrial setting
  • Exposure to indigenous wildlife, including insec