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Southern California Edison Hydro Operator Mechanic, 6400 [ON-SITE] in Lee Vining, California

Job Description

Join the Clean Energy Revolution

Become a Hydro Operator Mechanic, 6400 at Southern California Edison (SCE) and build a better tomorrow. In this job, you’ll operate and maintain attended and unattended hydroelectric generation stations; dams, intakes, fore bays, spillways, and water conduits; and related electronic, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.

As a Hydro Operator Mechanic your work will help power our planet, reduce carbon emissions and create cleaner air for everyone. Are you ready to take on the challenge to help us build the future?

A day in the life - Get ready to think big, work smart and shine bright!

  • Operates digital control systems (DCS), switchboards, and manually operated controls to operate equipment such as impulse or reaction turbines, electric generators, power circuit breakers and transformers, pumps, cooling and lubrication systems, and flow line gates and valves.

  • Receives, verifies and performs step-by-step operating procedures. Issues, transfers and releases work authorizations to include approvals, permissions and clearances.

  • Checks computer screen displays, takes instrumentation readings and conducts inspections of equipment and facilities. Determines nature and cause of abnormalities and initiates corrective action.

  • Maintains manual or terminal entry station logs and operating and various other reports and records. Maintains recording instrument readings. Services, cleans, and lubricates equipment.

  • Operates telecommunication equipment.

  • Performs housekeeping and material handling.

  • Operates motor vehicles.

  • Operates switching up to 230kv on Transmission & Distribution equipment.

  • Writes switching programs. Performs periodic, preventive, corrective, and emergency maintenance such as disassembling, repairing, and assembling of plant equipment; replacing, adjusting packing; lubricates equipment; assist others such as mechanics, and technicians; troubleshoot malfunctions.

  • Trains peers and others to enable them to become more proficient.

  • Diagnose, report, and record equipment problems.

  • Write maintenance orders.

  • Operate equipment such as snow vehicles, station cranes, and hoists.


The essentials

  • Minimum Two (2) years of Power Plant Operations experience.

  • Must pass all required tests

  • Maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License.

The preferred

  • Experience in Substation Operations

  • Experience in Hydro Electric Power Plant Operations

  • Knowledge of: Electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical equipment, basic computer theory and language, system construction, capacity, limitation, theories of operation and operating procedures; plant design and equipment locations, valve configurations, and normal range of flows, temperatures, levels, methods to clear equipment; tools, safety rules, equipment and systems malfunctions; reporting procedures and practices, maintenance procedures and practices; electrical and mechanical prints, rigging standards, generation plant terminology and nomenclature.

  • Function and purpose of hydro station and related equipment and switching procedures; security; Accident Prevention Manual; fire control procedures; procedures and reference sources for the operation of hydro generation station facility, computer control systems; maintenance of records. Rigging standards and techniques.

  • Ability to: Understand and follow instructions or procedures for electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic diagrams; detect and diagnose equipment and system malfunctions and take corrective action to restore to normal operation; stop damage or waste; communicate clearly; operate computer control systems; write legibly and compute accurately.

  • Occasionally perform heavy physical work.

  • Perform lubrication of equipment; and cleaning and housekeeping duties.

  • Climb ladders or stairways; see, smell, hear or feel to determine operating conditions;

  • The knowledge, skills and abilities required of this job are of a level comparable with those with a high school education and considerable experience operating and maintaining a generation facility.

You should know

  • Work Mode: This position’s work mode is On-site . The employee will report to an SCE facility or in the field location. Further details of this work mode will be discussed at the interview stage.

  • Visit our Candidate Resource page ( to get meaningful information related to benefits, perks, resources, testing information, and hiring process, and more!

  • This position requires testing and applicants who are identified to continue through the selection process will be invited to test via email. We invite you to visit our Candidate Resource page for further information and to access information guides. For Information Guides ( , please reference tests: Hydro Station Operator II & III Test-2402, EEI POSS Test- 5100 and Edison Individual Contributor Workstyles- 8203. Candidates who have previously passed these assessments, in some cases, may not need to retest again for this position.

  • Position will require daily travel and being out in the field throughout the Bishop Mono Basin service territory.

  • The Bishop Mono Basin resources are located close to Yosemite National Park. It's one of the most remote and scenic regions within the SCE service territory.

  • Relocation may apply to this position.

  • This position has been identified as a NERC/CIP impacted position - Prior to being hired, the successful candidate must pass a Personnel Risk Assessment (PRA) or Background Investigation. Once hired, the candidate must complete specified training prior to gaining un-escorted access to assigned work location and performing necessary job duties.

About Southern California Edison

The people at SCE don't just keep the lights on. Our mission is so much bigger. We’re fueling the kind of innovation that’s changing an entire industry, and quite possibly the planet. Join us and create a future with cleaner energy, while providing our customers with the safety and reliability they demand. At SCE, you’ll have a chance to grow personally and professionally, making a real impact in Southern California and around the world.

At SCE, we celebrate our differences. We are a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.

We are committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodations at (833) 343-0727.