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Hydroelectric Specialist I - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - La Verne, CA

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Company: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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The Hydroelectric Specialist I utilizes journey level electrical skills, experience and knowledge in the practices and procedures of installing, commissioning, maintaining, and operating complex power systems equipment for ongoing operations reliability and uninterrupted service. This includes substation equipment, generation equipment, distribution equipment and protection relay equipment.

Positions assigned to this classification are entry level to the Hydroelectric Specialist classification and are responsible for maintaining equipment at the District’s hydroelectric plants, pumping plants, treatment plants and other facilities. Positions in this classification are distinguished by their responsibility to perform journey-level electrical work while also learning mechanical maintenance work related to power systems equipment. Employee will work under close supervision and will perform progressively higher skilled functions as experience develops through on-the-job and classroom training.

The primary responsibility for this position is to perform onsite electrical diagnostics, maintenance, and repairs for electrical equipment at MWD Pumping Plants, Water Treatment Plants, or Hydroelectric Facilities.

Successful candidates must have a thorough knowledge in the areas of troubleshooting, repairs and testing of motors, circuit breakers, relays, transformers, and associated high, medium, and low voltage electrical systems.

Schedule: 4/10, Monday through Thursday 6:00 am to 4:30 pm

This position will require frequent travel to various District facilities throughout the service area, often requiring overnight stay in the project area.

This is a Water System Operations position and is located at the Weymouth Treatment Plant in La Verne, CA.

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.

To view the full job description click here: Hydroelectric Specialist I



Education and Experience: High school diploma or high school equivalency certificate with a 4 year electrical or mechanical apprenticeship AND 2 years of journey level experience; OR Six (6) years progressive experience related to industrial/utility electrical or mechanical maintenance.

Experience and knowledge as demonstrated by practical application of techniques and practices specific to the operations, maintenance, and repair of hydroelectric plants, pump plants, treatment plants and other facilities. Skills necessary include predictive and diagnostic evaluation of complex utility pump and power equipment using analog and digital test equipment. Also requires basic skills in installation and commissioning, utilizing predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance practices related to industrial/utility maintenance generally obtained through applicable training and experience.


Employees in this position will be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:

• Valid Driver’s license from state of residency equivalent to a California Class A, B, and/or C with appropriate commercial license endorsements (Valid Driver’s license from state of residency equivalent to a California Class C that allows you to drive during the course of your employment is required at time of application.)
• MWD High Voltage Switching Certification
• Crane Certification
• Forklift Certification
• Respirator Certification



• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
• Tuition reimbursement
• Training and advancement opportunities
• Excellent working environment

• Public Transportation reimbursements

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular FT PT Employees (Represented)


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 830 miles of pipeline, and 15 hydroelectric power plants.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email [email protected].

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PT on the date stated in the job. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.

Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).

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