Power Plant Operator I (SB-023-23E) Whittier

  • LA County Sanitation District
  • Whittier, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Agriculture / Farm / Ranch Related Other
  • Salary: $7,168.00 - $8,906.00 Monthly USD

Job Description




The list of eligible candidates resulting from this posting may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur in the next twelve (12) months. Positions that become available may have specific shift assignments and respirator requirements.


To perform journey level technical operations at a high-pressure steam generating plant, utilizing a computer-based electronic control system

Under the general supervision of the plant superintendent and technical guidance of a senior operator, incumbents operate plant equipment via a computer-based plant control system; monitor and regulate combustion, boiler and water levels; control pressure and temperature of super-heated steam; set valves and controls for specified fuel feed rate, draft openings, water level and steam pressure of boiler, and for proper operation of combustion control systems, feed water regulation, stoker and dampers; activate auxiliary equipment of turbine-generator unit; synchronize generator to line; monitor air pollution control equipment and quality control analyses; participate in start-up and shut-down of equipment for maintenance and repair; compile data on steam generation, refuse or landfill gas burned, and turbine and generator operations; implement directives for process changes; periodically inspect the plant; lead a shift during the absence of higher level power plant operations employees; and perform related duties as required.


Applicants must possess all of the following:
  • A valid California Class C driver license
  • One of the following:
    • Option A : Three (3) years of experience as a Power Plant Operations Assistant or equivalent industrial or military experience in a power generation or petro-chemical process facility
    • Option B : Two (2) years of operations experience as a Power Plant Operations Assistant plus twelve (12) units of approved educational credits


Knowledge of:
  • General operating characteristics of steam boiler, electric generating plants
  • Principles of combustion
  • Power plant safety practices and procedures

Ability to:
  • Oversee the operation of high pressure (600 psi or higher) steam generating plant equipment to ensure uninterrupted plant operations on an assigned shift
  • Coordinate and lead the work of a small crew
  • Understand and interpret operational information and recommended process changes
  • Evaluate plant emergency conditions and implement corrective action


This posting will remain open until current vacancy is filled and is subject to closure without notice.

Selection Process:
  • All applications will be reviewed to determine if the conditions and qualifications for testing are met.
  • Candidates considered to have the best qualifications will be invited to the written examination.
  • The selection process will consist of a written test weighted at 50%, and an interview weighted at 50%.
  • Candidates must receive a qualifying score on each selection component to move forward in the selection process.
  • The written exam for the first round of qualified applicants will take place during the week of March 6.

Please apply online at www.lacsd.org within the application period. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed LACSD Employment Application or online application. Check your email regularly throughout the recruitment process as notifications may be sent via e-mail. Please make sure that your registered email address is accurate and current. To ensure proper delivery add info@governmentjobs.com to your contact list.

The individual(s) recommended for hire must undergo a job-related pre-employment physical, as well as a reference check, background check, DMV report, and a drug and alcohol test.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Districts strongly encourage qualified minorities, women and disabled persons to apply.

To learn more about how the Sanitation Districts converts waste in to resources, please visit the following video: Converting Waste into Resources


  • CALPERS: The Districts belong to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), and all monthly status new hires will be enrolled in CalPERS. Most new hires will be enrolled in the defined benefit formula of 2% @ 62 in accordance with the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and are required to contribute to the plan (7% for the 22/23 fiscal year; Effective July 1, 2023 the required contribution will be 7.75%). Those who qualify based on current or previous public service may be enrolled in the defined benefit formula in place on December 31, 2012, which was 2% @ 55 and are considered “classic” members. For “classic” members, the Districts pay the “employee share.” Please contact the Human Resources Department for more information regarding contribution rates. Although Districts employees are exempt from Social Security, employees are required by federal law to contribute a percentage of their salary for Medicare coverage.

  • DEFERRED COMP MATCH: For some bargaining units, the Districts provides a matching contribution to an eligible deferred compensation plan pursuant to Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code. The match with each paycheck will be the lesser of: 3% of the employee's base monthly salary as listed in the Salary Schedule; and the amount the employee is contributing with that paycheck. The annual total combined employee and employer contribution are subject to IRS limits.


Employees receive annual salary increases until reaching step 5 of the salary range and are provided with opportunities to promote. Cost of living adjustments are implemented annually in accordance with labor agreements.


  • MEDICAL: Districts paid. Employees may choose from several HMO and Indemnity plans. As of January 1, 2023, the Districts contribute $1,833.55 per month for medical insurance. Depending on the choice of health plan, the Districts contribution covers all or a large portion of the premium for family coverage.

  • DENTAL: Districts paid. The Districts pay the full premium for employee and dependent coverage for a prepaid dental program which provides for most routine dental care through a panel of contracting dentists with no deductibles. Employees are eligible to enroll in an indemnity plan if requested within thirty days after completion of three years of employment (sooner for some bargaining units), or during subsequent open enrollment periods.
  • VISION: Employee paid.
  • LIFE: The Districts pay for a term life policy. Employees can buy additional types and amounts of life insurance coverage at group rates.
  • VACATION: Employees receive 88 hours of paid vacation after one full year of service, increasing up to 128 hours per year after five years, 168 hours per year after 15 years and up to 208 hours after 25 years. Prior to one year of full service, employees are given partial vacation time on January 1, based on the time worked in the preceding year.
  • SICK LEAVE : Eight hours of full-pay sick leave per month.

  • PERSONAL LEAVE: Employees may use up to 24 hours per calendar year from current sick leave for personal reasons. Some bargaining units allow up to 40 hours per calendar year from current sick leave for personal reasons.

13 paid holidays and one-half paid holiday depending on the employee's work schedule.

Employees may be eligible for tuition reimbursement for approved accredited course work.

For some bargaining units, the Districts will provide student loan payment reimbursements for principal or interest paid by the employee on a qualified education loan incurred by the employee for the education of the employee. The annual maximum reimbursement is $5,250 and the lifetime reimbursement limit is $21,000.

  • A rewarding career contributing to society and the environment.
  • Flexible work schedules (e.g. 9/80 schedule) depending on the worksite.
  • Clear policies and procedures.
  • Health and safety programs.
  • Carpool opportunities with monetary incentives depending on the worksite.
More detailed benefits information can be found here: Districts Benefits

NOTE: The provisions of this posting do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this posting may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Updated February 8, 2023

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Whittier, California United States View Map