Service Technician Trainee - Various Portland Locations, OR

Employer: NW Natural

Job Description:
Service Technician Trainee
Union Position; Up to 12 positions
Customer Field Services; Various Portland Locations
Regular FT
Posting # 4185

The planned start date will be February/March 2023. This is a bargaining unit (union) position, and union dues are applicable. Qualified bidders must be able to respond to a Portland area Resource Center within 40 minutes.

The Role:
Our Service Technicians ensure that our customers are provided with the fuel to provide them a warm, comfortable, and safe environment, especially on a cold winter night. Technicians are responsible for more than just setting meters and troubleshooting gas appliances - they are problem solvers, customer service professionals, and primary first responders to emergency situations. Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you thrive on using your technical ability to solve challenging issues? Do you get satisfaction from making a customer’s day? Are you the sort of person everyone calls when something breaks, or a piece of equipment isn’t working properly and needs repair? If so, please consider applying for our team!

NW Natural offers all new service technician trainees an intensive 24 month training program after hire; as a trainee, you are responsible for bringing the enthusiasm and drive to learn. Our technician family of jobs also offers opportunities within the company to progress in the ranks, so qualified trainees are always in demand!

Join us in our mission to meet our customers’ needs and exceed their expectations!

Day to Day:
Develops and maintains a thorough understanding of Customer Field Services Policy and Procedures and all applicable codes.
Activates, inspects and diagnoses customer-owned appliances and equipment, as well as installing and maintaining NW Natural owned meter sets.
Adjusts air/gas inputs necessary to provide safe and efficient combustion.
Installs, activates, changes, adjusts, maintains, and removes gas metering and regulating equipment, including those with delivery pressures up to 2.0 psig delivery pressure.
Responds to gas leakage and emergency situations.
Position requires shift work including weekends and holidays.
Performs non-technical work including meter turn-offs, rereads, and ERT investigations, replacements, and installations.
Trains, assists, and provides feedback to less-experienced workers at the direction of supervisor, which may include providing feedback to supervisor on progress of training.
Wears required Company-issued protective equipment and safety gear.
Operates Company vehicles in compliance with state/local laws and Company policies and procedures.
Acquires and maintains OQ qualifications.
Acts and communicates in a professional, respectful, and cooperative manner in connection with all activities associated with NW Natural.
Follows supervisory instructions and is flexible and adaptable to changing conditions and expectations.
Maintains punctual, regular, and reliable attendance.
Demonstrates the Company’s core values and complies with all Company policies and procedures.

Come on your first day with:
Demonstrated knowledge, skills and ability in any of the following: mechanical, electrical or construction.
Ability to use associated tools, and the skills/knowledge to apply gauges, piping, pressures, and mechanical concepts.
Manual dexterity adequate to effectively use basic hand tools including, but not limited to, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.
Ability to diagnose problems and follow through with solutions.
Ability to detect natural gas and diesel vapors/fumes.
Basic math and reading skills.
Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
Ability to establish priorities, balance multiple assignments and adapt to changing priorities.
Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.
Ability to interface with employees and customers to answer questions or resolve issues with tact and diplomacy.
Ability to concentrate on tasks, apply procedures in sequence, make decisions with limited information, and work in a structured team environment.
Ability to perform physically demanding work involving walking, standing, bending, twisting, wrist turning, grasping, lifting, squatting, kneeling, or reaching for 8+ hours.
Ability to work in adverse weather or terrain conditions.
Ability to safely operate Company vehicles/equipment and perform inspections and minor maintenance as necessary and in compliance with Company policies and state/local laws.
Valid OR/WA driver’s license, any required certifications and/or endorsements, and satisfactory driving record. Must obtain a valid Oregon/Washington driver's license within 90 days if current valid license is from another state.
Ability to safely use ladders and climb to heights of at least 50 feet.
Must be able to lift a maximum of 60 lbs.
Exposure to confined spaces as defined by the Company’s Confined Spaces Program.
Subject to random drug testing.

Qualification Period:
24 months

What we offer:
Work Life Balance -
10 paid holiday and 3 floating holidays.
3 weeks paid parental leave
Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network
Numerous volunteer and community engagement opportunities
Start with 16 PTO Days

Financial -
Generous 401K company contribution and match.
15% Discount on ESPP
Wellness incentive program

Discounts -
20% off natural gas service
Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
TRI Met Pass for all HQ employees
Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless

Hourly Rate: $34.08

Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application

Deadline: 1/8/23
Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace, and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions.

NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds. NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at or (971) 979-6341.

NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Contact Person: Brianna Hipes
Phone: 9719796341
Location: Various Portland Locations, OR
Application Method: Application online
Base Pay: 34.08

Posted on January 02, 2023

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