1151 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA 98802

509-884-7191 / 1-800-503-7990

Journey Hydro Mechanic

Job Number: W2010
Status: In Process
Closing Date: 9/10/2020 5:00 PM
Location: Wells Hydroelectric Project (Azwell, WA)
Wage/Salary: $48.22/hour
Duration: Regular, Full-Time
Allow Email Submissions: Yes
Allow Postal Submissions: No

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Position Summary:

Journey Mechanics are responsible for major mechanical systems associated with operation of a large hydroelectric generating station.  Work shift may be Monday – Thursday or Tuesday – Friday. The Journeyman Mechanic will work under the general direction of the Wells Project Mechanical Foreman.

This position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement and is subject to a one-year probationary period.

Essential Functions:

  • Comply with federal, state and District safety rules and safe clearance procedures
  • Operate, rig and signal gantry and mobile cranes
  • Fabricate, machine and weld steel and aluminum metals
  • Troubleshoot, repair and maintain hydraulic and pneumatic systems for hydroelectric equipment and auxiliary systems
  • Plumbing of steel, copper piping and stainless tubing
  • Work respectfully and cooperatively with diverse groups of people and maintain professional interactions at all times in the workplace
  • Ensure compliance with all District policies
  • Adhere to the District's Safety Policy and Procedures
  • Operate District vehicles that may be equipped with a GPS device that monitors vehicle location while conducting business on behalf of the District
  • Other duties as assigned

Due to the nature and scope of the essential functions, the importance of personal interactions between this position, employees and contractors, and the availability of job-related tools, equipment and resources at work, performance of the essential functions requires regular, consistent, on-site attendance while working independently and with others.

Education and Experience requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of High School education or equivalent
  • Successfully completed a Three Year Apprenticeship for Hydro Mechanic or five years of equivalent work experience in a large hydroelectric generating station
  • Capability of working alone or with other crafts personnel in a safe and effective manner
  • Work experience performing inspection, repair, maintenance and installation of hydropower plant equipment and apparatus in a hydroelectric generating station
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants with experience in rigging, welding certifications, or crane operator certification

​Preferred skills:

  • Fabricating
  • Machining
  • Millwright skills
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Hydraulic Systems

​Competency Requirements:

Safety: Demonstrates that safety is the top priority when performing any job duty or task; prioritizes personal safety and the safety of co-workers and the public.

Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.

Productivity: Is able to demonstrate completion of assigned tasks through work product and documentation. This will include evidence that clearly shows work was completed on time and with above average quality.

Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual respect with all co-workers.

Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts when redirected and develops methods to achieve results and remain accountable

Professionalism: Interact daily with others in a professional manner. Treat others and be treated with respect; perform with integrity, honesty and professionalism; participate constructively in open communication; help to resolve issues and difficult situations in ways that reduce conflict and maintain good working relationships; improve work performance and take an active part in generating a mutually supportive environment. Recognize that diversity is an asset and value cultural, physical and professional differences


Must possess or obtain and maintain:

  • Current First Aid/CPR Card
  • A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire).  A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.

Background screening

Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Douglas County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District's critical physical and/or cyber assets.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires the ability to perform the following physical activities with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Ability to distinguish basic colors
  • Ability to repeatedly lift heavy objects, sometimes weighing up to 100 pounds
  • Ability to work in elevated areas, climb ladders and stairs and walk over uneven surfaces
  • Ability to physically perform heavy work on a variety of surfaces; floors, grating, ladders, etc.
  • Ability to work in all temperature conditions and outside in all weather conditions
  • Capability of working over water at heights of up to 100 feet
  • Ability to pass a physical required for working in a Compressed Air Environment
  • Applicant must be physically able to perform the various duties of a mechanic including working in hot, cold, wet, and noisy environments
  • Must have a full range of hearing and sight for personal safety
In addition to excellent wages, employees of Douglas County PUD enjoy the following benefits: two medical insurance plan options, vision insurance, dental insurance, health reimbursement account, short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, 8 paid holidays per year plus 3 floating holidays, a personal leave program, deferred compensation plan with employer matching, and membership in the Washington State PERS pension plan.  ​

​SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS (please include when applying):

Mechanic Skills Experience Record​

How to apply for this job:

Resumes must be submitted with our Resume Cover Sheet ( click here to download ). Your cover letter and resume listing qualifications, our Resume Cover Sheet, and any supplemental materials (if required) must be received by 9/10/2020 5:00 PM .

Resumes must be submitted with our Resume Cover Sheet ( click here to download ). This position is open until filled, please send in your cover letter, resume listing qualifications, our Resume Cover Sheet, and any supplemental materials (if required) as soon as possible.

Postal Mailing Instructions:

Please note on the outside of the envelope:

Journey Hydro Mechanic - Wells Hydroelectric Project (Azwell, WA)

Mail to:
Human Resources
Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County
1151 Valley Mall Parkway
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

No e-mail or fax submissions, please.

Email Instructions:

Please include the job number ( W2010 ) in the subject line of your email and send to careers@dcpud.org . Please submit all emailed materials as attachments in PDF format.