Auxiliary Operator - Yucca Power Plant

Company Name:
Arizona Public Service Company
Supports the safe, efficient and cost effective production of electric energy by operating and monitoring turbines, generators, scrubbers, bag houses, and plant auxiliary equipment. Performs chemical analysis of boiler water, wells, and circulating water and operating water treatment and chemical addition systems and minor mechanical maintenance. Writes/reviews work scope and hazard/risk assessment of the work assignment. Reasonable and necessary overtime will be required. Shift work may be required.
Selected candidaete will initially be hired into a Helper classification until qualifications and training are validated. Once qualifications and training have been validated, selected candidate will be promoted to the Auxiliary Operator position. Selected candidate must successfully complete required qualification training program within 6 months. Training times may be accelerated as qualifications and training are completed.
Selected candidate who have previously held an Auxiliary Operator (AO) classification at APS will be hired as an AO but will still be required to successfully complete the qualification training program within the 6-month period as stated above.
Minimum Requirements:
Must qualify as an Auxiliary Operator
Successful completion of Auxiliary Operator Trainee program/curriculum or equvilant
Must achieve satisfactory score on the Plant Operator Selection System test (POSS)
Previous Auxiliary Opertor experience at a power plant preferred
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, this position requires 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 for this position will be required to confirm their U.S. 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.
Major Accountabilities:
Reads work orders, technical manuals, blueprints and diagrams related to the work assignment. Writes/reviews work scope and hazard/risk assessment of the work assignment.
Knowledge of APM and safety standards related to auxiliary operator work such as personal protective equipment, hazardous material handling, asbestos containing material (ACM) awareness, MSDS, confined space entry, company LOTO procedures, ladder safety, arc flash protection, and all material contained in the accident prevention manual.
Take field readings from charts, meters, and gauges at established intervals to ensure proper and efficient operation of the plant.
Diagnose and correct equipment, system problems and other abnormal operating conditions by monitoring and inspecting power plant equipment.
Communicate with Control Operator on any abnormal conditions. Coordinate any field action with the Control Operator.
Reports any need for equipment repair.
Under the direction of the Control Operator, manipulate field controls on all power plant auxiliary equipment. This includes the following systems such as boilers, turbines, water, fuel, air, ash handling, pollution control systems, auxiliary power etc. The operation of pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feed water heaters, filters, chemical injection equipment, scrubbers, ZLDs, bag houses etc.
Open and close valves, dampers, switches, and breakers in the appropriate sequence following operating procedures to shut down and start up equipment.
Isolate equipment from all energy sources to remove, inspect or maintain it by identifying the proper equipment and corresponding valves, breakers, switches. Hang LOTO tags at boundary points following the company LOTO procedure to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment.
Inspect records and log book entries, and communicate with other plant personnel, in order to assess equipment operating status.
Clean and ensure the proper lubrication of equipment such as generators, turbines, pumps, fans, conveyors, and compressors in order to prevent equipment failure or deterioration. Checks oil levels, lubricates, joints, adjust belts and tensioners, replace filters, tighten gland and pipe joints for preventative maintenance.
Record and compile operational data, completing and maintaining forms, logs, and reports.
Collect water and oil samples for laboratory analysis.
Perform laboratory analysis on water samples. At Cholla the Water Analyst Position will be required to qualify as an AO on one of the AO areas.
Reset tripped electric relays in coordination with the Control Operator following arc flash protection procedures.
Clear obstructions in filters and equipment by removing debris and back flushing such as with heat exchangers.
Analyze field problems such as hot bearings, plugged filters, low oil, clogged heat exchangers, bottom ash build up, loss of coal flow, lime flow drop off, etc. and take appropriate action to ensure continuous and reliable operation of equipment and systems.
Respond to emergencies such as fires, hazardous material spills and excess water spills.
Communicate with Supervisor, Operations Crew Leader and peers by radio, telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person to provide and receive information-particularly at shift turnover.
Identify and report to the Control Operator all items that have an adverse impact on unit and/or equipment efficiency and reliability.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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 (POSS)
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.
If you have questions about this job opportunity, please contact Henrietta Lewis at Henrietta.
Request #: 20141005
Date Published: 12/24/2014 6:14:48 AM
Location: Yuma, Arizona

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