NORTHWESTERN ENERGY Assistant Operator in GREAT FALLS, Montana

Req #2440. Local utility is currently seeking a Assistant Operator, Great Falls MT. The Hydro Assistant Operator is responsible for the safe operation of the Hydro Electric Power plant equipment, including turbine generator, auxiliary and station service equipment and associated transmission and distribution facilities, stream flow and transmission line energy accounting, line switching and proper clearance procedures. The Assistant Operator will be responsible for trouble shooting electrical and mechanical problems. This position will require working a 12 hour shift rotation when performing the relief duties in the Hydro System Operators position and working 10 hour shift when performing duties in the operations run position. An 8 hour shift may be required when performing maintenance duties. Relief work in both classifications will require working weekends and holidays on a 24 hour notice. GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or equivalent. Must pass physical test to access all areas of the hydro plants, including climbing ladders, confined and cramped wet slippery quarters and traveling rough terrain. Valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record. Commitment to safe working practices and knowledge of safety policies/procedures. Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record. Have working knowledge of A.C. and D.C equipment. Have a working knowledge of plant relaying and metering. DESCRIPTION OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives. Perform all operations and maintain the GCC, and power plant in a safe, reliable, and compliant manner. Calculate hourly, daily and monthly accounting of generation and water flows. Relief of the Hydro System operator and the Great Falls area run position. Switching orders for clearance procedures. Operate plants by computerized equipment. Coordinate off hour issues/callouts. React and address alarms as necessary and diagnose plant issues. Maintain good communication with operations, maintenance, engineering, and management. Comply and follow all site safety requirements and procedures, including documented procedures and guidelines of external agencies. Identify safety hazards and take corrective actions as necessary. Respond to Control Center power generation requests. Safely and efficiently operate plant control systems equipment. Maintain power generation and safeguard station equipment during emergency situations. Perform startup and shutdown of main plant components and auxiliaries. Perform routine operational tests and adjustments on all power plant systems and components as required. Insure compliance with all applicable Federal and State regulations related to the operation of the plants as well as safe work practices and public safety. Maintain accurate operating logs, reports, records, time sheets, work orders and other administrative documents related to the power plants; complete any other required paper work, computer work, and documentation. Maintain and update plant operating manuals, technical references, prints and diagrams and preventive/predictive maintenance records; develop and revise plant operation and maintenance procedures. Perform and maintain housekeeping standards and duties including sweeping, mopping, taking out trash, shoveling snow and chopping ice by hand or with portable crane. Conduct routine inspections of plant systems and equipment including reading and recording gauges and meters. Investigate and trouble shoot problems with plant power generation including turbine control equipment and electrical and mechanical systems; provide follow-up reports/analysis as needed. Represent NorthWestern Energy and interact effectively and responsibly with internal company employees and external agencies; includes providing feedback to production teams and operators. Issue and perform Lockout/Tagouts as required. Perform preventive and predictive maintenance