Apprentice Wireman- Goldendale, WA

Employer: Klickitat County PUD Dist #1

Job Description:
A Wireman Apprentice commits to a three-year apprenticeship program and works under the supervision of a Journeyman Wireman at all times.
Under the direction of a Journeyman Wireman, the Wireman Apprentice duties include and are not limited to: Assist in operating and expanding the PUD's SCADA and other control and communications systems; providing technical support as directed for the operation of all equipment associated with generation and renewable energy facilities, Water/Wastewater Systems/Facilities, electrical transmission and distribution systems, and substations.

Residency Requirement: Emergency and on-call personnel are required to respond within twenty (20) minutes, not to exceed 30 minutes to all outage situations.
Duties may include by not limited to the following:
• Assist with for all aspects of maintenance and troubleshooting of KPUD Electrical and Water/Wastewater SCADA systems.
• Shared responsibility for all aspects of maintenance and troubleshooting of KPUD Water/Wastewater systems and controls, including PLC’s, HMI’s, and ancillary equipment.
• Must have the ability to critique and evaluate new and existing designs, including electrical control systems of all Water/Wastewater systems and facilities, including HMI and communications.
• Assist in the implementation of a critical spare electrical-parts program for all KPUD Water/Wastewater Systems.
• Assist in the implementation of routine maintenance and inspection program of all electrical components in KPUD Water/Wastewater facilities.
• Remain informed, through all available resources of control developments, procedures, and practices.
• Working knowledge of Fiber-Optic systems, plant communications systems, radio, and cellular communications systems
• Assist in expanding, maintaining, and operation of the PUD's electrical and water-wastewater SCADA reporting systems.
• Assist in the design, construction, implementation, and testing of Water/Wastewater department projects, as necessary.
• Maintain software/software files, records and databases used by the metering/substation department.
• Develop plans and procedures for the most effective use of working time for the above responsibilities and authorities.
• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:
• Fundamentals of electricity and mathematics as pertains to substation construction and maintenance work and the National Electric Code.
• Personal computers and operating systems, PLC’s, HMI’s, and associated software.
• Allen Bradley (Rockwell) communications and configuration, including Ethernet, DeviceNet, ControlNet, HART, and fiber-optic.
• Water and Wastewater Systems and Facilities.
• Pneumatic control systems and interfaces.
• Advanced knowledge and ability related to all aspects of closed-loop control, including pneumatics, hydraulic, pressure, temperature, and speed controls.

Ability to:
• Fulfill the physical requirements of the job, including walking over rough terrain, working outdoors in inclement weather, operating physically demanding machinery and frequent driving by small truck.
• Demonstrate ability to apply and learn mathematical concepts required for the position (Pre-employment testing will be used to verify skill levels).
• Maintain a professional and courteous manner with customers and fellow employees, communicate clearly, orally an in writing.
• Demonstrate good organizational and time management skills; set priorities and handle multiple deadlines and projects with interruptions.
• Work scheduled and unscheduled overtime.
• Work practices, installation methods and procedures, test procedures and equipment, materials, tools, and equipment used in the installation, operation and maintenance of electrical equipment and power systems.
• Use of standard office and industrial control computer software, and maintain a clean and professional.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers and coworkers.
• Obtain First Aid and CPR certification

Minimum Qualifications: Graduate of an Instrumentation and Control program recognized by IBEW leading to journey-level status, or equivalent education/experience desired. Three years Electrical construction, maintenance, and troubleshooting experience, with emphasis on 600-volt systems and below; and five years minimum working in an I&C capacity desired
• Valid First Aid/CPR Card, or the ability to obtain within 3 months of regular status employment.
• Post-offer background check required.
• Post-offer drug test required.
• Post-offer physical/functional test required.
• Apprenticeship or other education/training required as a condition of employment, or progression or advancement.
• Emergency and on-call personnel are required to respond within twenty (20) minutes, not to exceed 30 minutes to all outage situations.

Education: High School Diploma or equivalency.
Valid Driver license: Yes, valid Washington State driver’s license; and a valid Washington Commercial Drivers License (CDL) “Class A ”, with air brakes and hazardous material endorsement, within 6 months of date of hire.
Preferred Qualifications: Valid Journeyman Certificate or equivalent, Journey level Instrumentation and Control preferred.


Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the job.

Professional Competencies:
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Problem-solving
• Basic knowledge of standard operating systems and office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
• Demonstrated organizational skills with proven ability to be detail-oriented, prioritize workloads, multi-task, and maintain a professional demeanor.
• Demonstrate good decision-making skills.
• Effectively and professionally interact with customers in difficult, stressful situations.
• Demonstrated organizational skills with proven ability to be detail-oriented, prioritize workloads, multi-task, and maintain a professional demeanor.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and establish and maintain effective working relationships and good public relations with other employees, agencies, and the general public, including individuals from diverse backgrounds or cultures.

Typical Physical Demands/Working Conditions
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to drive, climb, bend, lift, stand, sit, read, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects, tools, and controls.

The position requires mobility. Fulfill the physical requirements of the job, including working in both the shop and in the field, working outdoors in inclement weather. Must be able to lift and carry up to 60 pounds and may be exposed to energized equipment. May be exposed to heat, radiation, and loud noises. Must be able to work in elevated positions.

Work schedule is comprised of 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Be able to work unscheduled overtime. Required to have a carry a personal cell phone for which you will receive a stipend.

Contact Person: Judy Woody
Phone: 5097737601
Location: Goldendale, WA
Application Method: Application
Base Pay: Union Scale

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Posted on March 11, 2022

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