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Journeyman Electrician / Plant Operator

NW Natural, Portland, Oregon

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Close Date: 12/07/2018

Journeyman Electrician / Plant Operator (open until filled)
Union; Up to 2 Positions
Portland LNG Plant; Portland, OR
Regular; Full-Time
Posting # 50271307
August 30, 2018

At NW Natural, we like to say, “We grew up here.” We’ve been an energy supplier and community leader since 1859. Some of our neighbors know us through our philanthropy and volunteer programs and innovative approaches to carbon reduction.

Our customers know us because of the clean, safe, efficient, and low-cost natural gas we provide. We are a service-oriented utility, with a “Best in the West” customer satisfaction ranking. If you share our core values – integrity, safety, service ethic, caring and environmental stewardship – we invite you to apply to NW Natural.

The Journeyman Electrician/Plant Operator role:

Installs, troubleshoots, repairs, and maintains electrical equipment or systems of any voltage and operates and maintains a gas storage plant.

Day to Day:
• Installs electrical and electronic systems and equipment.
• Performs scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.
• Inspects, troubleshoots, and repairs electrical systems and equipment of any voltage.
• Maintains, reads, interprets, and explains plans and procedures to optimize plant performance.
• Assists in planning and designing plant changes, major repairs and upgrades.
• Maintains Plant PC, programmable process controllers and engine control systems, analyzes historical data, troubleshoots problems, and adjusts process computers to optimize facility and equipment operations.
• Maintains gas detection, fire protection, gas quality, lighting, security, and metering systems.
• Operates systems, equipment, and/or instrumentation required to move gas in and out of storage.
• Reads and interprets information pertaining to plant operations.
• Monitors all plant operation.
• Diagnoses problems, troubleshoots, and makes adjustments.
• Maintains plant equipment. Assists with major repairs and overhauls.
• Responds to emergency situations.
• Accurately maintains records and logs.
• Maintains plant’s physical appearance.
• May require Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification.

Additional responsibilities:
• Trains, assists, and provides feedback to less-experienced workers at the direction of supervisor, which may include providing feedback to supervisor on progress of training
• Appropriately wears required protective equipment and safety gear.
• Operates Company vehicles in compliance with state/local laws and Company policies and procedures.
• Acquires and maintains OQ qualifications.
• Acts and communicates in a professional, respectful, and cooperative manner in connection with all activities associated with NW Natural.
• Follows supervisory instructions and is flexible and adaptable to changing conditions and expectations.
• Maintains punctual, regular, and reliable attendance.
• Demonstrates the Company’s core values and complies with all Company policies and procedures.

Come on your first day with:
• Hold a current Journeyman’s Electrician License or greater (or equivalent reciprocity)
• Three years prior networking and electronic experience.
• Knowledge of component level electronic theory, practices, and principles
• Ability to read, understand, and proficiently operate various electronic testing and calibration equipment
• Ability to read and understand electronic schematics, system diagrams, and layouts.
• Ability to install and maintain two-way radio and field data/telecommunications-related equipment and wiring.
• Ability to concentrate on tasks, apply procedures in sequence, perform precision work requiring visual acuity and fine motor skills, make decisions with limited information, and work in a structured team environment.
• Excellent communication and problem-solving skills and ability to guide the work of others.
• Ability to establish priorities, balance multiple assignments, and adapt to changing priorities.
• Ability to interpret piping and instrument diagrams and apply information from technical manuals.
• Ability to read gas meters and pressure gauges and record information.
• Ability to develop and apply skills in operating computer-based control systems, data-collection equipment, and support instrumentation.
• Ability to concentrate on tasks, apply procedures in sequence, make decisions with limited information, and work in a structured team environment.
• Manual dexterity adequate to effectively use basic hand tools including, but not limited to, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.
• Ability to repair, troubleshoot, maintain, modify, and install parts and equipment.
• Ability to do precision work requiring visual acuity, fine motor skills, and concentration.
• Math and reading skills.
• Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.
• Ability to interface with employees and customers to answer questions or resolve issues with tact and diplomacy.
• Ability to diagnose problems and follow through with solutions.

Additional requirements:
• Ability to perform physically demanding work involving walking, standing, bending, twisting, wrist turning, grasping, lifting, squatting, kneeling, reaching, or assuming awkward postures for 8+ hours.
• Ability to work in adverse weather or terrain conditions.
• Ability to safely operate Company vehicles/equipment and perform inspections and minor maintenance as necessary and in compliance with Company policies and state/local laws.
• Valid OR/WA driver’s license, any required certifications and/or endorsements, and satisfactory driving record.
• Ability to hear normal voice at 3 feet; warning signals/horns during plant operations.
• Near/distant vision for driving and reading information to complete work assignments.
• Moderate/severe exposure to uneven surfaces, noise, vibration, high-speed rotating machinery, and odorant inhalation.
• Must be able to successfully meet requirements for respirator use.
• Exposure to confined spaces as defined by the Company’s Confined Space Program
• Ability to see and recognize component and wiring color-codes.
• Must be able to differentiate color.
• Must be able to smell natural gas (methane).
• Must obtain forklift certification within position qualification period.
• Safe handling of materials at extremely hot/cold temperatures +600°F to -260°F; exposure to high-pressure natural gas piping and process systems.
• Ability to climb to heights of 100’ and work in cramped body position during repairs.
• Compliance with federal code requirements for LNG operators.
• Must be able to report fit and ready for duty when working non-traditional shifts.
• Must be able to lift a maximum of 75 lbs.
• Subject to random drug testing.

Qualification Period:
Up to 12 months

This position will be tested on:
ACT Applied Math Level 6
ACT Applied Technology Level 6

What we offer:
• Arguably the most competitive healthcare and wellness benefits in the Pacific Northwest
• Green Team/Diversity & Inclusion Council/Safety Team/Women’s Network
• Numerous volunteer and community engagement opportunities
• Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 15% discount
• 20% Employee discount on Natural Gas

Hourly Wage: $39.71 (Grade 170)

Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including a cover letter and a resume.

Deadline: Open until filled

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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