Hydroelectric Maintenance Machinist

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 31, 2023
Full Time Building Maintenance Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: $47.28 - $52.49 Hourly USD Hourly
  • Salary Top: 52 USD Hourly

Job Description

Position Description

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Seattle City Light is looking for skilled journey level Machinists to join the team at our South Service Center in Seattle. Employees in this journey-level class, perform maintenance and repair hydroelectric generation and distribution equipment. Advanced knowledge of machinist skills is required as well as the ability to interpret blueprints and schematics. Positions in this class fabricate and design parts, equipment and or machinery according to National Electric Code and NEMA Standards using lathes, mills, radial drill presses, sharpers and other machine shop equipment. Assignments at remote facilities conduct preventative maintenance, overhauls, and capital improvement projects of hydro-generators, turbines, and associated machinery at hydroelectric facilities. This position reports to the Hydroelectric Maintenance Machinist Crew Chief.

Job Responsibilities
  • Conducts preventive maintenance and overhaul of hydroelectric generators, adjusts and/or inspects hydroelectric generators, turbines, hydroelectric governors or associated auxiliary equipment including shaft alignment, vectors, Babbitt bearings, slug arc adjustment and electronic micrometer readings.
  • Diagnoses and repairs malfunctioning powerhouse facility equipment.
  • Repairs malfunctioning tools and portable equipment.
  • Fabricates and manufactures parts and equipment such as turbine seal rings, bushings, shafts, intake gate chains, wheel guides and thrust bearings.
  • Inspects work performed by outside contractors to ensure product specifications and quality.
  • Prepare written reports, including activity reports and repair procedures.
  • Maintains all overhead cranes and rigging equipment to W.I.S.H.A. standards.
  • Functions as a rigger and/or crane operator for moving, installing and transporting heavy machinery.
  • Determined raw material needs, calculates and determines dimensions, estimates costs, and determined project specifications in design and fabrication of parts, tools, or prototypes.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member in a diverse work force.


Requires a minimum of two (2) years previous journey-level machinist experience or four (4) years of machine work experience under the supervision of a journey-level machinist (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

Work Environment/Physical Demands:
•Required to be on call 24 hour/day.
•Required to lift materials in excess of 50 pounds.
•Required to work in confined areas.
•Require working around high voltage equipment.
•Required to work in all types of weather.

Certification/License: Current Washington State Driver’s License.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Completion of a Machinist or Millwright apprenticeship program and experience as a journey level worker or above for at least two years.
  • Advanced knowledge of machinist skills
  • Ability to interpret blueprints and schematics
  • Experience in fabrication and design of parts, equipment and machinery per National Standards using lathes, mills, radial drill presses, sharpeners, and other machine shop equipment.
  • Preparation of written reports, including activity reports and repair procedures
  • Experience with computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), such as Work and Asset Management System (WAMS).
  • Familiar with MS Word, MS Excel, and electronic filing.
  • Rigger or crane operator experience for moving, installing and transporting heavy machinery
  • Experience determining raw material needs, calculate, and determine dimensions
  • Knowledge and experience maintaining, repairing and machining hydroelectric generating machinery related components
  • Experience maintaining and repairing overhead cranes
  • Experience servicing and repairing large Babbit bearings.
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment
  • Positive experience, knowledge and use of safe work practices

Additional Information

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice .

The full salary range for this position is $47.28 - $52.49 per hour.

Application Process

It is preferred that you please submit the following with your online application:
  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement
  • A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Who May Apply : This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Seattle City Light values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle City Light encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle’s Fair Chance Employment Ordinance , SMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 . A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020 . Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans

Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: http://www.seattle.gov/light/ .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources | seattle.gov

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

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