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Augusta City of Power Plant Operator Trainee in Augusta, Kansas

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Power Plant Operator Trainee\ Augusta, KS{target="_blank" rel="noopener"} Public Utilities - Electric Production Job Type Full-time



Under general direction, performs skilled level of work in the operation of fossil fueled engines, electric generators and all associated equipment. Performs engine bidding to the SPP market. Additional responsibilities include mechanical, maintenance, and construction as needed.


  • Performs custodial and grounds maintenance, provides plant security, answers phones and dispatches crews for the electrical department.
  • Performs startup and shutdown of dual fueled engines, generators and ancillary equipment.
  • Takes periodic readings and logs data, acknowledges system alarms, monitors equipment metering and gauges and takes corrective action when necessary.
  • Checks all rotating equipment for proper temperatures, oil levels, vibration, and fluid leakage and takes hourly equipment readings, lubricates and cleans rotating equipment as required.
  • Operates computers and communications equipment for dispatching and logging purposes, operates electric SCADA system.
  • Performs basic plant maintenance, groundskeeping, equipment maintenance, janitorial work, and record keeping.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors and the public.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Participates in both internal and external committees as assigned.
  • Develops recommendations for improvements in efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Attends monthly safety meetings.
  • Abides by all standards, conduct and policies, as stated in Employee Handbook.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities With or without accommodations


  • Has ability to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as sitting, standing, walking, bending, climbing, twisting, squatting, reaching overhead, grasping, lifting, balancing, kneeling, pushing, pulling and handling of objects; is on feet most of shift.
  • Has the ability of frequently lifting up to 75 pounds, occasionally 100 pounds with assistance.
  • Has normal eyesight and depth perception, with or without correction. Ability to see and read instructions, meters, gauges, and technical materials. Must be able to distinguish between colors.
  • Must possess hand/eye/foot coordination adequate to operate plant controls.
  • Must hear normal tones, with or without correction.
  • Has ability to work within environment described below.


  • Ability to work under supervision and cooperatively with other employees.
  • Ability to listen, understand, read, and communicate information.
  • Ability to react quickly, calmly and logically in emergencies.
  • Ability to compute, analyze, and interpret numerical data for reporting purposes.
  • Ability to perform tasks accurately, meeting precise tolerances and standards.
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility in work environments, performing a variety of frequently changing tasks.


  • Residency: N/A
  • Response Time: 20 - 30 minutes


While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works inside with temperature xtremes up to 130 degrees in generator operating room. The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including temperature extremes. The employee may regularly be exposed to fumes, diesel fuel, lube oils and other chemicals and toxins. The employee will be exposed to mechanical and electrical hazards. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; is occasionally loud.