The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Hydroelectric Specialist I - Parker Dam, CA (2 positions)

Job Locations US-CA-Parker Dam
Job ID 2024-2659
Org Data : Descr Linked
Gene Camp
Posted Date
5 months ago(1/29/2024 11:56 AM)
Application Filing Period
Jan 29, 2024 - Jun 14, 2024 @ 4:30 pm PT
# of Openings
USD $43.43/Hr.
USD $57.22/Hr.
Work Schedule
Bargaining Unit Name / Code

The Hydroelectric Specialist I utilizes journey level electrical skills, experience and knowledge in the practices and procedures of installing, commissioning, testing, maintaining, troubleshooting and operating complex power systems equipment for ongoing operations reliability and uninterrupted service. This includes substation equipment, generation equipment, distribution equipment and protection relay equipment.


In this position, you will perform maintenance of equipment at the District’s hydroelectric plants, pumping plants, treatments plants, and other facilities. You will install, maintain, test, adjust, troubleshoot, and repair substation equipment which includes transformers, regulators, load tap changers, circuit brakers and switches, motor-operated and manual switches, bus work, wiring battery banks and chargers, and other related equipment and substation structures. You will also perform testing on substation apparatus such as power factor, transformer turns ration, megger, ductor, battery load testing, oil sampling, and other analytical tests; install, commission, maintain, troubleshoot, and calibrate power system substation protection control, monitoring and metering equipment; and operate substation equipment, including switching and grounding.


In performing the job duties of this position, you will follow safety rules and practices to maintain and provide a safe work environment; work at times in confined spaces and in elevated areas such as heights from ladders, structures, scaffolds, buckets, and boom trucks; and occasionally work long hours during shutdowns or emergency conditions.


Positions in this classification are distinguished by their responsibility to perform journey-level electrical work while also learning mechanical maintenance work related to power systems equipment. You will work independently or on a small team without greater than normal supervision and will perform progressively higher skilled functions as experience develops through on-the-job and classroom training in progression to a Hydroelectric Specialist II.


This position is located at our Gene Camp facility, which makes it eligible for a 5% premium pay on top of the hourly rate.

Schedule: 4/10, 6:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday alternating every other week to Tuesday through Friday.


This position will require frequent travel to various District facilities throughout the service area, often requiring overnight stay in the project area.

This is a Water System Operations position, and is located at the Gene Pumping Plant in Parker Dam, CA. This reporting facility is within commuting distance to Lake Havasu City and Parker, Arizona.

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.


To view the full job description click here: Hydroelectric Specialist I




Education and Experience: High school diploma or high school equivalency certificate with a 4 year electrical or mechanical apprenticeship AND 2 years of journey level experience; OR Six (6) years progressive experience related to industrial/utility electrical or mechanical maintenance.

Experience and knowledge as demonstrated by practical application of techniques and practices specific to the operations, maintenance, and repair of hydroelectric plants, pump plants, treatment plants and other facilities. Skills necessary include predictive and diagnostic evaluation of complex utility pump and power equipment using analog and digital test equipment. Also requires basic skills in installation and commissioning, utilizing predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance practices related to industrial/utility maintenance generally obtained through applicable training and experience.



Employees in this position will be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:

• Valid Driver’s license from state of residency equivalent to a California Class A, B, and/or C with appropriate commercial license endorsements (Valid Driver’s license from state of residency equivalent to a California Class C that allows you to drive during the course of your employment is required at time of application.)
• MWD High Voltage Switching Certification
• Crane Certification
• Forklift Certification
• Respirator Certification




• Competitive compensation 
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans. 
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan. 
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System 
• Tuition reimbursement 
• Training and advancement opportunities 
• Excellent working environment 


For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular FT PT Employees (Represented)



The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative that, along with its 26 cities and retail suppliers, provides water for 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email:


Metropolitan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other protected characteristic(s).


Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PT on the date stated in the job. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.


Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).


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