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Power Plant Technician (IBEW) - Operations (Maxwell, CA)

Maxwell, CA, US, 95955

Requisition ID # 48443 

Job Category : Maintenance / Construction / Operations 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Power Generation

Job Location : Maxwell

Department Overview


The Colusa Generating Station (CGS) started commercial operations in December 2010. The plant is located in Maxwell, CA. This natural gas facility operates 24/7 and is capable of delivering up to 668 MW of power output. The facility utilizes combined cycle technology with two General Electric 7FA combustion turbines and one General Electric D-11 steam turbine.


Position Summary


This is an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 represented classification, which has over 100 years of experience representing employees at PG&E.  This job is subject to collective bargaining.


CGS is seeking an individual who will be assigned to duties related to the operation and maintenance of the generating station, including Control Room Operations and supporting maintenance activities on plant equipment.  The PPT assigned to operations will report to the Operation Supervisor and will be trained to become proficient in two skill block disciplines as required by written agreement.


This position requires the PPT to work a rotating, 12 hour shift.




Operates the plant control systems, control panels and other plant devices during start up, shutdown, normal and emergency operations.  Possesses / obtains thorough knowledge of complex plant processes.  Tasks may include but not be limited to the following;

  • Support and execute plant safety procedures such as Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO), Job Safety Analysis, Confined Space, Hot Work and others.
  • Monitor and control plant operating parameters within required limits and permit limitations.
  • Adjust generator loads and voltages as required.
  • Monitor, control and maintain balance of plant systems.
  • Perform on-line and off-line testing.
  • Prepare plant equipment for maintenance and return to service.
  • Conduct electrical switching.
  • Perform logging and reporting activities.
  • Communicate with dispatch personnel and other PG&E / non PG&E departments and agencies.
  • Assists in maintaining accurate operating procedures and policies.
  • Assists in maintaining accurate prints, configurations and drawings.
  • Predictive, planned, and corrective maintenance as assigned.
  • Provide training and instruction to peers as required.
  • Actively participate in safety meetings and identify areas for continuous improvement
  • Update current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and initiate new SOPs
  • Other duties as assigned.
    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum 5 years control room operations of Power Plant or heavy industrial processes such as chemical plants or refineries.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must possess a High School diploma, GED or equivalent work experience
  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License
  • Ability to work extended hours, nights, weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds to your waist, raise 20 pounds over your head and climb 10 stairs. Must be able to scale a ladder
  • Must be able to work in all types of weather. 


Desired Qualifications:


  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team player
  • Must be able to read and interpret technical drawings such as (including but not limited to) Piping and Instrumentation (P&ID) and electrical one lines.
  • Start up, commissioning, operations and maintenance experience with medium and large frame unit combined cycle facilities.
  • Candidates with DCS and power plant automation systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SAP work management software.
  • Demonstrated technical skills and experience with software such as Microsoft Office products and programs.


Our Mission

To safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers and communities every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.

Our Vision

With a sustainable energy future as our North Star, we will meet the challenge of climate change while providing affordable energy for all customers.

Our Culture

We put safety first.
We are accountable. We act with integrity, transparency and humility.
We are here to serve our customers.
We embrace change, innovation and continuous improvement.
We value diversity and inclusion. We speak up, listen up and follow up.
We succeed through collaboration and partnership. We are one team.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

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