Chelan County PUD is in a rehabilitation phase on its hydro generating units at Rocky Reach and Rock Island hydroelectric facilities. In 2013, the four largest units of Rocky Reach Dams (C8 through C11) were diagnosed with rotor shaft and other component cracks. The vertical Kaplan variable pitch blade units were placed in a fixed position. In 2014 the same large units showed signs of stator winding failures. The first unit (C8) was completely rehabilitated and placed back in service in January 2018. The remaining units require rehabilitation and are currently scheduled to continue through 2021.
The Mechanical Engineer will have a heavy emphasis on complete turbine rehabilitation, design, and complex hydro mechanical equipment design in our hydro electricity generation industry. Working collaboratively, the incumbent will lead the large turbine rehabilitation program, among many other projects. This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Candidates with a Master’s Degree or advanced degree are preferred and should have a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in a related mechanical engineering field.
This incumbent will work collaboratively and independently with our Rocky Reach–Lake Chelan Engineering & Project Management Team on a wide variety of hydro generation projects. The team consists of project managers, mechanical and electrical engineers, construction managers and support staff. The incumbent will interface on a daily basis with others, including generation operations, central maintenance, contractors and consulting engineers. The incumbent will perform advanced level analysis and design of hydro generating equipment, provide technical instruction and analysis on hydro equipment, FEA, quality assurance and control, component QA/QC inspections, and be responsible to oversee compliance with specifications. Additionally, responsibilities include recognizing opportunities and problems in the District’s Generation system and providing solutions for improvements.
Applicants must possess a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and at least seven years' mechanical engineering experience in the power generation field. Hydroelectric generation experience is preferred but not required.
Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and detailed experiences online to our website at www.chelanpud.org (Careers). The position is Open until Filled and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.
Chelan PUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of the organization. M/F/Disability/Vet