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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Hydro Plant Mechanic, Advanced Apprentice (Open until filled) in Sacramento, California


Posting/Working Title:

Hydro Plant Mechanic, Advanced Apprentice (Open until filled)


Power Generation

No. of Openings:



Under general supervision, performs mechanical maintenance, repair and overhaul of hydroelectric.

Nature & Scope: This is the entry-level Apprentice classification in the Plant Mechanic series. As an Apprentice, it is expected that an incumbent will satisfactorily progress concurrent with development of the required skills to qualify at journey-level proficiency and that employees in this classification will perform the more skilled tasks as training permits.

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Desirable Qualifications:

Experience with the following:

  • Lathe and Mill machining

  • Hydro mechanical maintenance

  • Welding

  • Heavy rigging

  • Complex hydraulics

  • Crane operation and maintenance

  • Hydro mechanical valves, gates and turbine

  • Motors and generators

Base Salary Hourly High:


Selection Process:

Initial Review, Qualifications Interview, Follow-Up Interview

Pay Scale Group:


Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge Of: Gains knowledge of: Safety procedures; hydraulics; various mechanical systems (water); valve disassembly; rigging procedures; and common shop equipment. May require knowledge of: ferrous and nonferrous materials; procedures to machine a variety of materials; and, sheet metal work, layout and manufacture.

Skill To: Learns to and develops proficiency in skill to: Perform basic shop mathematics; use and read precision instruments such as micrometers, veneer calipers and dial indicators; complete work requests clearly and accurately; read complex written text contained in plant procedure manuals; read and understand blueprints and schematics; produce a finished product within tolerances; safely operate cranes; operate drill presses; and communicate effectively orally. May require the skill to: safely operate machining equipment, engine lathes, milling machines (vertical and horizontal), cutting machines, threading machines, lapping machines, grinders (air, electric, and surface); use TIG, MIG, gas, arc and/or plasma welding; use cutting torches; perform certified; and, preparing pipe or material for welding and pipefitting.

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Position Location:

Fresh Pond

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

At the Apprentice level, an incumbent is in a learning capacity and assists in the duties specified below for a Plant Mechanic:

  • Performs skilled mechanical work in the installation, maintenance, repair, overhaul, and rebuilding of equipment and facilities of electrical generating plants.

  • Works on hydro, and on related subsystems for lubrication, cooling, governing, water storage, and on-plant and site services.

  • Consults drawings, manuals, catalogs and other sources of information.

  • Lays out work, cuts, fits, joins and performs skilled operations on light and heavy metals and other materials; does pipe work and makes pressure tests.

  • Cleans and overhauls valves, pumps, spray systems, condensers and pressure vessels; aligns shafts, fits bearings and replaces seals and packing.

  • Maintains, repairs and overhauls geared mechanisms and operating machinery; runs tests and makes adjustments.

  • Operates vehicles, industrial tractors, cranes and hoists; performs rigging incidental to regular assignments.

  • Undertakes skilled tasks of the acquired specialized craft.

Base Salary Hourly Low:


Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

  • This position will require traveling to various work site locations, therefore successful candidate may be required to possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License (CDL) and a satisfactory driving record (not more than two moving violations in the last two years.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

California Equal Pay Act

SMUD is committed to ensuring we're a workplace where diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), are part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Northern California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

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Open until filled - This posting may close at any time without notice after 12/02/2021 so you are encouraged to apply early.

This position is located at SMUD's Hydro Generation Operation Facility (Fresh Pond) located approximately 60 miles east of Sacramento, 15 miles east of Placerville.

COVER LETTER REQUIREMENT To be further considered for this position you are required to respond to the following questions in the cover letter portion of your application:

  • If you have participated in a formal Apprentice Plant Mechanic or related program, explain when you participated (dates), for how long (years), and for what organization(s) did you serve the apprenticeship.

  • Describe your experience as it relates to this position.

In order to qualify for the advanced apprentice level, applicant must show completion of at least to two years of a recognized apprenticeship program, or equivalent experience as it relates to the essential job functions for this position.

This posting will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill current and future limited term and full time Hydro Plant Mechanic, Apprentice vacancies.