Arizona Public Service Nuclear Auxiliary Operator Trainee in Tonopah, Arizona


SUMMARY: Completes qualification within assigned time frame. Operates mechanical and electrical equipment for which qualification has been completed.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED. Must pass EEI POSS testing. Engineering degree or previous nuclear experience preferred.

Nuclear requirement: Any PVNGS employee may be called upon to serve as a member of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and will be expected to fulfill their obligation as an ERO member. This is a condition of employment at PVNGS. Roles and Responsibilities defined in Policy 1503 and implementing policy guide are applicable to all PVNGS employees.

Any PVNGS employee may be called upon to support a refueling or short-notice outage. This includes line roles and responsibilities as necessary to execute outage activities.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES: 1) Complete qualification to operate equipment within assigned time frame. 2) Operates all major and auxiliary plant equipment outside Control Room in areas for which qualification is completed. 3) Monitors, reads and records instruments and equipment outside Control Room in areas for which qualification is completed. Notifies Control Room Operator of any problems. 4) Communicates with the Control Room regarding plant status and conditions on an ongoing basis in areas where qualifications have been completed. 5) Implements station safety tagging and clearance procedures to ensure safe working conditions for personnel and equipment. 6) Maintains awareness and understanding of: plant procedures, government regulations, system operation and design changes, radiation hazards and handling of radioactive equipment in areas where qualifications have been completed. 7) Maintains qualifications per PVNGS Training continuing training programs when qualifications are complete in one or more areas.


High school diploma or GED. Must pass the Edison Electric Institute Power Operation Selection System (POSS) test. Nuclear navy experience; commercial Nuclear Operations experience and/or BS degree in Engineering Technology, or Physical Science strongly preferred. Shift work is required.

Those selected as Trainees must pass the two phases of training qualifications to be retained in the Operations Department. The two phases are:

  1. Classroom Training
  2. On-the-job Training/Oral Board

Trainees who are unsuccessful in passing the course exam at the completion of the Classroom Training or the Oral Board will not be retained in the Palo Verde Operations Department

Please ensure your resume includes the following details: (if applicable)

  1. Nuclear Navy or commercial Nuclear Operations experience
  2. Rank at time of discharge (Nuclear Navy)
  3. Education
  4. Engineering Watch Supervisor or Engine Room Supervisor (Nuclear Navy)

Export Compliance/EEO

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, "U.S. Export Control Laws"). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Testing Information & Contact

Tests are only administered to referred candidates. More information about our tests and the testing process is available through and then clicking on the link for "Pre-employment Testing".

  • A written [paper and pencil] test will be administered.

  • A test using a computer with keyboard will be administered.

  • A hands-on skills test will be administered.

  • A physical ability test will be administered.

E-mail will be the method of contact with job applicants for test scheduling. Please be sure to check your e-mail regularly so that you receive scheduling notifications for testing and updated job information.

Job Title: Nuclear Auxiliary Operator Trainee

Job ID: 20170110

Location: Tonopah, AZ

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular