Technician I - Port Westward

Portland General Electric   Clatskanie, OR   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
Posted on May 10, 2023
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Technician I (Operator)

Headquarters: Port Westward, Clatskanie, OR

Rate of Pay: $45.63/hour (Technician II: $56.96/hour; Technician III $63.26/hour) plus opportunities to earn overtime pay and participate in plant's annual incentive program

Shift: Rotating

Technician I is a training position intended to qualify an individual to perform the specific operating, maintenance and administrative functions required at the Port Westward Generating Plant. The successful applicant will join a multi-discipline rotating shift team and work toward qualification as a Tech II within one year. The Tech I will assist with plant operations and maintenance tasks as qualification progresses.


  • Train to become a Technician II (primary initial responsibility) on rotating shifts.
  • Monitor, maintain, operate and test plant equipment and tools, as qualified
  • Perform predictive maintenance, as qualified
  • Perform preventive maintenance, as qualified
  • Perform calibrations as qualified.
  • Use installed and portable test equipment and technical manuals to troubleshoot equipment and system problems, as trained
  • Perform water chemistry analysis, as qualified
  • Perform administrative duties such as data collection, report writing, utilization of relevant computer programs and write procedures
  • Order and receive plant materials
  • Have primary responsibility for plant systems, as assigned
  • Conduct training sessions, as assigned
  • Continuously increase own knowledge level by independent study
  • Participate in self-directed work teams
  • Provide and receive feedback on team and individual performance
  • Practice PGE Core Practices: Customer Focus, Ensures Accountability, Collaborates, Nimble Learning, Instills Trust, Values Differences

Minor Job Responsibilities

  • Perform other plant duties as assigned
  • Operate Company vehicles as assigned


  • Plant personnel - Communicate orally, and in writing daily, to ensure productivity and that work is performed safely
  • Departments internal to PGE (PSES, Health and Safety, Power Operations, other plants, etc) - Solicit and provide information for problem solving, etc.
  • Vendors - Contact vendors to purchase, track and receive material.
  • Computer - Utilize the computer to enhance information transfer, control work order flow, etc
  • Regulators, Auditors, Inspectors - Answer questions and demonstrate procedures and methods


  • Communicate effectively while working rotating shifts
  • Utilize computers in many facets of the job
  • Initiate and promote change and improvement on a routine basis
  • Develop excellence in diverse areas of responsibility
  • Know, understand and follow all safety issues at the plant
  • Learn to give and receive feedback that will promote continual improvement

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required

Three years previous experience working in a power plant performing operations, electrical, instrumentation/control, and mechanical maintenance functions, or five years' operating, electrical, instrumentation/control, or mechanical maintenance with journeyman level experience and equivalent training in other areas.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform non-routine and complex maintenance in most of the following areas:

Mechanical - Valves, Pumps, Compressors, Rigging, Fittings, Hydraulics, Crane Ops, Large Engines, Fans, Piping, Tubing.

Additional ability to perform task in these areas is beneficial:

Electrical - Batteries, Breakers, Switchgear, Transformers, Motors, Regulators, Buses, power supplies

I&C - Sensors, Transmitters, Controllers, Regulators, Pneumatics, Power Supplies, Tubing

I&C - ST Plant Ops, GT Plant Ops, Logics, Schematics, P&IDs, Aux Boiler Ops, Clearances

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully both independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in individual and group goal setting and achievement
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and adapt to change
  • Demonstrated ability to practice teamwork and PGE Guiding Behaviors
  • Valid driver's license and demonstrated good driving habits
  • Must pass the POSS-MASS Aptitude Test


  • Decision making - intermediate
  • Reasoning in problem solving - intermediate
  • Reading and comprehension - intermediate
  • Written communications - intermediate
  • Must climb up to 110 ft of stairs routinely
  • Must climb up to a 220 ft ladder occasionally
  • Must lift and carry up to 100 lbs with assistance and 25 lbs without assistance
  • Continual walking throughout the plant project on a routine basis
  • Participate in Pipeline Safety mandated random drug and alcohol testing



Salary Range:

$45.63 - $45.63


Starting pay is listed in the job posting above. Salary range determined by the current collective bargaining agreement and may include step increases based on time in the position. In addition, this position is eligible for a performance-based incentive bonus.


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