This position will organize, assist, direct and perform construction work on-site required to serve member villages with electrical energy through a diesel generation and distribution system. Instruct power plant operators during the operations and maintenance period in use of equipment, methods and safe practices involved in construction. Correct operational problems and perform maintenance and repair on the distribution system and power plants. Maintain good relations with the village council and member-owners and build their understanding and confidence in AVEC’s value, mission and goals.
Perform their assigned duties under the supervision of the Operations Manager and/or a Senior Maintenance Technician, as directed by the Operations Manager.
Perform complex maintenance skills in major overhauls and repairs, replacement of parts, assemblies and preventative maintenance, such as dismantling, examining and replacing defective parts as necessary, fabricate or improvise temporary replacement.
Instruct AVEC Plant Operators in the proper operation and maintenance procedures of electrical power plans and power distribution systems, including necessary forms required for information and upkeep of a power plant and safety rules.
Supervise and instruct apprentices and Maintenance Technicians of a lower grade in operation, maintenance repair of power plants and support systems.
Repair and perform necessary corrective and preventive maintenance to the power plant building, fuel tank farm and distribution systems.
Be capable of general familiarity and perform elementary repairs to electrical distribution systems. Take on more complex tasks on distribution systems as knowledge and experience is improved.
Perform inspections, maintenance and major modifications, handle complex troubleshooting and repair situations and perform complete major overhauls without outside assistance involving diesel engines from 25 to 1,000 hp and regulated generators from 15 to 750 KW.
Bench check repairable components and subassemblies. Determine the extent of repair/rebuild and accomplish the same. Inspect completed or "in progress" work to assure compliance with standard procedures and technical publications. Direct, supervise and inspect work of lower grade Maintenance Technicians and/or Apprentices; who may be assigned to assist in overhaul of component assemblies.
May be required to assist in construction and engineering projects.
Repair on/off road mobile equipment used in support of AVEC's projects.
Complete all required forms, reports and other necessary paperwork in a timely manner as directed.
Must safeguard, protect and assure the proper use of all AVEC funds and/or property, including monies received of members for transportation to the central office, travel requests, purchase order books, tools and materials.
Must employ sound judgment in selecting modes of transportation and weigh carefully all costs before using charter service.
Must be reliable, dependable and fully cable of working independently on complex assignments and supervise other employees after a short indoctrination to the system.
Assists in the inspection of village systems and is alert and reports safety hazards to the Utility Board, Plant Operator or AVEC staff and corrects as soon as possible.
Particularly alert to avoid any environmental damage, oil spills or similar mishaps.
The incumbent works in a safe manner and insures the property of others or the Cooperative is not damaged.
Complies with, and insures others comply with, all aspects of the OSHA for work performed.
The incumbent may be required to take a written and/or oral test to establish the level of job knowledge prior to upgrading.
Employee must be insurable by the Cooperative insurance company at standard insurance rates, the individual must maintain a driving record during all periods of employment which permits insurability at standard insurance rates, and the individual must be willing to consent to release of information regarding his/her driving record on an annual basis.
Performs other duties and projects as assigned.
Education: High School Graduate or Equivalent
Experience: 2+ Years of Diesel and Electrical experience Areas of Experience: Diesel and electrical related field and utility experience; preferred. Must be familiar with and typical tools and test equipment common to the trade. Experience and capable of using discretionary decision making and sole charge of independent actions.
Technical Education (Diesel) – 6,000 hour minimum organized journeyman course and diesel mechanics or equivalent military or commercial schooling with recognized journeyman status equivalent; total education and experience equivalent to meet diesel requirement of 6,000 hours; preferred Familiar with at least three (3) major diesel engine manufacturer products, at least one of which is Cummins, Detroit diesel or Caterpillar. Demonstrate the ability to disassemble, completely overhaul to factory tolerances and reinstall external and internal diesel engine components and accessories, such as head assemblies, turbocharges, oil pumps, injectors, water pumps, blowers, etc. Demonstrate the ability to perform complex troubleshooting and repair reoccurring trouble on diesel engines from 25 to 1,000 hp, including complete rebuild from a burnout or frozen condition, with catastrophic component failure. Be familiar with the requirements and need for good preventive maintenance on diesel electric sets. Perform preventive maintenance and make complex modifications in accordance with manufacturer's and engineering recommendations. Two (2) years of full time work experience in the diesel mechanic field to substitute for the equivalent of 6,000 hour journeyman. Familiarity with types of fuel oils and lubricants used in small to medium sized diesel engines. The ability to perform quality arc and acetylene welding. Technical Education (Electrical) – Formal training in the theory of electricity with appropriate completed certificate, plus six (6) months of practical experience; or attend an 18 week commercial or military electrical power generating Plant Operator course with appropriate completed certificate, plus two (2) years practical experience; or one (1) year experience working in regular contact with electrical generators, regulating equipment and distribution systems and completion of not less than two of the following correspondence or vocational courses with appropriate completed certificates:
-Basic Electricity -Electric Transmissions & Distribution -Electrical Wiring -Schematic and Wiring Diagram Reading -Generator and Motor Theory
Demonstrate the ability to perform troubleshooting and repair, either electrical or mechanical problems, on single or double bearing electrical generators from 75 to 750 KW. Knowledge of how to:
Perform pre-operational inspection of generator set and system.
The ability to adjust protective relays and circuit breakers to meet system requirements.
Accomplish parallel operation with load and correct cause of motorized or cross current conditions with up to three generator sets.
Apply quality control techniques to check own work and work of others.