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State of Montana Operations/Maintenance Engineer-58401 in Helena, Montana

Department Overview: * The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) mission is to help ensure Montana’s land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. The Department consists of the Director’s Office; the Conservation and Resource Development, Forestry, Trust Lands Management, and Water Resources Divisions; the Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission; the Board of Oil and Gas; and an extensive network of 35 field offices. *Job Overview: The purpose of the job is to perform operations and maintenance engineering for the Broadwater hydroelectric powerplant and facilities, and other SWPB projects as required. The Broadwater Project consists of a hydropower generating facility at the stated-owned Broadwater Dam. Broadwater Dam, on the Missouri River, was originally built in 1940 to serve primarily as an irrigation diversion structure. In 1987, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation initiated construction of a run-of-the-river, 10 megawatt hydropower facility at Broadwater Dam for the generation of electrical power and to serve as a state revenue source. The facility became operational in June 1989 and DNRC is charged with its management, operation, and maintenance. The plant consists of an intake with trash rack and trash rake machine, waterway to route water through the turbine, hydraulically controlled gates to regulate flow, drive train consisting of generator, gearbox, runner, and guide bearings, computer-automated control system, and a spillway to pass water during periods when the turbine is shut down or its capacity of 6600 cfs is exceeded. The State Water Projects Bureau (SWPB) administers the operation, maintenance, management, and rehabilitation of state-owned water projects including 22 dams, approximately 250 miles of irrigation canals, and one hydropower facility. The SWPB also assists in the operation and maintenance of nine (9) dams owned by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Water from state-owned facilities is marketed to local water users associations, primarily for irrigation use. In 2014, SWPB had 1,800 water market contracts with 18 water users associations. The total combined volume of water marketed was 309,899 acre-feet. Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities): * _Design :_ * Evaluate Project performance to determine if design changes are needed. * Evaluate design options and conduct feasibility studies to determine the best option to pursue. * Prepare engineering drawings and instructions for repairs and improvements to be completed in-house. * Prepare scope-of-work, prints, design calculations, and cost estimate for repairs and improvements to be completed by contractors. * Assist with Project Management for work completed by contractors, including serving as on-site contract monitor. * Conduct Project Staff training on changed procedures as a result of design changes. _Operations:_ * Operate Broadwater Project facility equipment including cranes, pumps, motors, trash rake, generator, compressors, and heaters. * Operate the Broadwater Project turbine/generator equipment and spillway control system both locally and through remote operating stations. * Be knowledgeable of, and provide comments on, the following documents: Security Plan, Emergency Action Plan (EAP), Dam Safety and Surveillance Monitoring Plan (DSSMP), Owners Dam Safety Program (ODSP), and the Public Safety Plan (PSP). * Perform routine inspections of the facility and equipment. * Diagnose and engineer solutions to correct operational issues. * Respond to emergency shutdowns and assist with emergency repairs. * Conduct Project Staff training on operations topics. * Support Project efforts regarding cultural features preservation, wetlands mitigation, fisheries mitigation, annual inspections, and FERC Part 12D inspections. * Represent the Project to the public, in the absence of more senior personnel. * Contact senior DNRC staff for guidance and direction in unfamiliar situations. _Maintenance_ * Diagnose and engineer solutions to correct maintenance issues. * Oversee and assist with routine and special maintenance of Project machinery and systems. * Oversee the construction and installation of Project repairs and improvements. * Prepare and maintain list of supplies, parts, and materials needed to be stocked on site. * Conduct Project Staff training on maintenance topics. _Documentation:_ * Establish and maintain logs as required. * Create backups of key electronic data per Project policy. * Keep and archive records in accordance with Project policy. * Establish and maintain a set of necessary Project drawings. * Establish and maintain replacement schedules for Project equipment. * Review operations and maintenance reports which document operations and maintenance procedures conducted, including findings and follow-up actions. * Establish and maintain Project documentation including specifications, safety data, and required regulatory information. * Establish and maintain operations procedures to include all necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). * Establish and maintain all necessary Operations and Maintenance (O&M) manuals. * Establish and maintain maintenance procedures to include all necessary Preventive Maintenance Instructions (PMIs) and Corrective Maintenance Instructions (CMIs). * Be knowledgeable of, and recommend improvements to, the Project Policy manual. * Conduct Project Staff training on documentation topics. _Bureau Assistance_ * Apply knowledge and skills to assist with the design, operation, and maintenance of other State Water Projects Bureau projects. _Other Duties as Assigned:_ * This position performs a variety of other duties in support of ongoing Division and Department operations. This includes managing special projects, representing the Division or Department at various meetings and conferences, and participating in ongoing training and educational programs. Supervision - The number of employees supervised is: None. Travel: 25% *APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: * The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.   *REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR THIS POSITION ARE: * * Resume * Cover Letter * References HELPFUL HINT: You must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application. Failure to attach the required material will result in your application being incomplete. DNRC Benefits: * Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays * Health, Dental, Prescription, and Vision Coverage * Retirement Plans For a complete job description for this position, please contact Becky at Rebecca.quick@mt.gov. *Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): */List the required education and experience required for the first day of work, including alternative methods of acquiring minimum qualifications./ * The incumbent must· have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Industrial or similar Engineering or related degrees. * The incumbent must·be a licensed professional engineer as required by 37-67-301, MCA, and the Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. * 3-4 years of job-related experience in an engineering role similar to the one described herein. *_Knowledge, Skills, Abilities_ * Ability to plan and organize work. * Ability to perform engineering design calculations. * Proficiency in the use of personal computers, laptops, printers, scanners, and standard office software including Internet access, email, word processing, spreadsheet, and time reporting. * Knowledgeable in of the operation and maintenance of hydropower systems. * Knowledgeable of operation, maintenance, and operating characteristics of a variety of electrical and mechanical devices. * Knowledge of automatic control systems including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, ladder logic, and Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs). * Knowledgeable of applicable codes, standards, and safety regulations. * Have an excellent working knowledge of mechanical equipment, hydraulics, water systems, electrical systems, instrumentation, and PLC/SCADA systems. * Familiarity with Flow Diagrams, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), mechanical drawings, architectural drawings, electrical one-lines, conduit lists, valve lineups, panel schedules, loop drawings, and valve and instrument specification sheets. * Familiarity with instrumentation calibration techniques. * Familiarity with industry safety practices such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Lock-Out/Tag-Out (LOTO), confined space entry, arc flash protection, and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) use. * Ability to clearly and effectively communicate technical data and status to coworkers and superiors and to work cooperatively with others. The following is desired: * Expertise with MATLAB, MathCad, or similar software. Special Information: Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver's license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months. Eligibility to Work: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a "green card". Job: Engineering* *Title: *Operations/Maintenance Engineer-58401 Location: Helena Requisition ID: 22142525

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