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Oglethorpe Power Plant Operations Apprentice Level I in Dalton, Georgia

Position Summary:

The Plant Operations Apprentice Level I will be introduced to, learn and support safe work practices and skills for the operation and maintenance of a combined cycle energy facility and simple cycle energy facility. Apprentice Level I will provide entry level support in both areas of operations and maintenance. The individual will learn, assist and be mentored on performing operator rounds, troubleshooting, preventive, corrective and predictive maintenance on plant systems/equipment to ensure safe, efficient, and reliable plant operations, as well as learn about the safety, environmental, reliability and corporate policies/procedures for compliance and governmental regulations. Individual will be responsible for working toward completion of all requirements listed in Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program as power-plant operator.

Required Qualifications


High School Diploma or equivalent required.


Entry Level-Experience in skilled trades such as construction, electrical, maintenance, automotive, welding preferred.

Specialized Skills:

  • A strong ability to work in a team environment.

  • The ability to extract, comprehend and develop instructions from technical manuals, journals, and drawings, technical literature, and other job-related material; and to effectively communicate orally and in writing using the English language.

  • The ability to discern the colors red, green, amber and blue as used in troubleshooting electrical diagrams, control system process and in color coding used in electronic and electrical component repairs.

  • The ability to lift weights or twist with a force of up to 75 pounds, as in the removal and replacement of access doors to equipment, turning of valves, and hoisting of material overhead.

  • The ability to work in confined spaces and at heights, as in entering internal areas of the turbine for inspection or repairs during outages, climbing ladders to gain access, working within tight quarters of surrounding piping and conduit to perform troubleshooting functions.

    Licenses, Registrations, and/or Certifications:

    Valid Driver's License which meets the insurance eligibility requirements under Oglethorpe Power's qualification program.

    Percent of travel involved:


    Unusual hours required of this position:

    Will require scheduled and call out overtime as plant operating and maintenance needs dictate. Production schedules require 24-hour coverage, rotating shift schedules are required.