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Northern California Power Agency
Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
40.89 - 56.58 Per Hour
Middletown, CA, California
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
High School or equivalent

Controls Technician


The Technician Operator position consists of five levels of competency.  Individuals can either enter into the classification at the beginning level of the job or somewhere between the entry level and the top step depending on the qualifications brought with them.  It is the expectation of NCPA that all employees progress to the top level.  In order to progress to the top level an employee must complete all components in a competency level within the associated training matrix.  Employees who successfully complete a training level matrix and who received a rating of “meets requirements” or higher on their last annual performance appraisal will be promoted when qualified.  Upon completion/demonstration of competencies employees will be expected to perform work in all completed levels and other job-related duties as required.  All employees have the right to challenge any component in the training matrix by proving proficiencies verbally and practically.

This position is eligible for a $5,000 sign on bonus.

General Scope of the Job
Under general supervision of the Mechanical Supervisor and at times under the general direction of the Mechanic Operator / Technician Operator Lead Person; to maintain, test, install and repair electrical equipment, control system and instrument systems and accurately and reliably maintain these assets in a geothermal power generating facility.  The measure of accuracy and reliability is the safe, effective and efficient performance of the Facility.

• Troubleshoot repair, calibrate, test and install communication and control system hardware, software, and equipment in geothermal power generating facility.
• Examples of common systems: Telemetry, two-way radio, fiber optics, SCADA & DCS, RTU’s, serial comms (RS-232/RS-485),PLC’s, protective relay (transfer trip & power line carrier), routable network security, physical security (alarms & video surveillance), Various types of instrumentation & electrical systems that include transmitters, motors, motor starters and control circuits, valves and  actuators.

Training and Experience Requirements

Level I: High School Diploma or possession of Certificate of Equivalency.

II: Completion of the NCPA Level II training program or three years of
equivalent journey level electrical or technical experience.

III: Completion of the NCPA Level III training program or four years of
equivalent journey level electrical and technical experience.

IV: Completion of the NCPA Level IV training program or four years of
equivalent journey level electrical and technical experience and
operations experience.

Level V: Completion of the NCPA Level V
training program or six years of equivalent journey level journey level
electrical and technical and operations experience.

Maintaining a level of technical proficiency in current job as
demonstrated by performance reviews and evaluations.

Desired Skills:
•    Power Plant experience
•    HMI experience (Siemens T3000, Intelution or Wonderware)
•    PLC experience (Siemens, Allen Bradley, Scada Pack, etc.)
•    PC based computer training and networking experience

Drivers License Requirement

Possession of an unrestricted Class C California operator’s license by the State
of California, Department of Motor Vehicles.  Possession and maintenance
of a good driving record as demonstrated by the absence of multiple or
serious traffic violations or accidents within the last three (3) years.


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