City of Ames Power Plant Auxiliary Operator (Civil Service) in 50010, Iowa

Power Plant Auxiliary Operator (Civil Service)



Power Plant Auxiliary Operator (Civil Service)


$28.43 - $35.57 Hourly


50010, IA

Job Type



Electric Services

Job Number



10/1/2018 8:00 AM Central

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General Information

The City of Ames' Electric Services Power Plant is currently conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

Performs work related to the operation and care of power plant equipment; performs related work as required.

This is a 12-hour shift schedule that includes rotating days, nights, and weekends, including holidays.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Examples of Essential Job Functions: Assists Plant Operator and Fireworker in the operation and inspection of such equipment as boiler feed pumps, circulating water pumps, condensate pumps, fans, feed water heaters, steam turbines and generators, and combustion turbines and generators; operates and inspects auxiliary equipment such as water pumps, air compressors, oil pumps and other plant auxiliary equipment; performs routine inspections of the above equipment; observes pressures and temperatures of the turbine and other equipment and keeps such records; routinely performs water chemistry testing and chemical additions to correctly maintain boiler water, condensate, cooling tower water, evaporator water, makeup water, zeolite water, demineralized water, and steam; operates boiler bottom ash removal equipment and fly ash removal equipment; operates feeders and related equipment of the refuse derived fuel handling system; operates light vehicle to travel to remote locations for inspections and equipment readings; records data relating to auxiliary equipment of the power generating system. Performs general maintenance duties as required; lubricates auxiliary equipment.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent.; courses in steam and mechanical fundamentals of power plants or power plant experience desirable.

Licenses and Certificates: Must possess a valid driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of the principles, methods, procedures, and practices used in the safe operation of the electrical power generation plant; knowledge of the machinery and equipment used in electrical power generation; knowledge of water chemistry and testing as it applies to an electrical power generation plant; knowledge of all safety rules as stated in the adopted safety manual.

Skill in the use of common hand and power tools; skill in the maintenance of simple records; skill in the application of safety practices and procedures.

Ability to recognize an emergency condition and react quickly; ability to make minor repairs to power plant equipment; ability to work safely with and around mechanical equipment; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to operate light vehicle; ability to work effectively with co-workers.

Supplemental Information

Required Physical Activities: Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking, and hearing.

General Physical Characteristics: The work involves sitting 25 percent of the time; sitting and using arm/leg controls 5 percent of the time; standing (but not walking) 35 percent of the time; standing and walking 35 percent of the time; frequently lifting objects under 10 pounds; routinely lifting objects from 10 to 25 pounds; occasionally lifting objects from 25 to 50 pounds; and infrequently lifting objects over 50 pounds.

Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection, and operation of machines (including inspection).

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed inside and/or outside and includes being exposed to extreme heat, noise, vibration, mechanical hazards, chemical hazards, atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin, oils, requirement of wearing a respirator, confined spaces, and darkness or poor lighting conditions.

Examples of Equipment Used on the Job: Light vehicle; general purpose hand and power tools and maintenance equipment; a variety of safety equipment and clothing, a variety of measurement and diagnostic tools and equipment; water lab equipment.


Screen for Minimum Qualifications: To be considered for this position, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications and fully complete the application including the Supplemental Questions..

Candidates who submit a completed application and meet minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the written exam. The date and time will be communicated to the candidates a week before the written exam. The written exam will take place in Ames, IA. A 70% score from the Written Exam will be considered passing and eligible to move to the Phone Interview.

Phone Interviews: The City of Ames will reach out the candidates who passed the written exam to set up a time to have the phone interview. A 70% average score from the Phone Interview will be considered passing and eligible to move to the On-site interview.

The hiring department may forego the phone interview step and offer onsite interviews to qualified applicants depending on the number of candidates who passed the written test.

On-site Interview Process: Candidates who pass the phone interview step will be invited to participate in an on-site interview process.

The civil service score for Power Plant Auxiliary Operator will be based on the performance on the oral board portion of the on-site interview. A 70% average score from the oral board panel will be considered passing. Passing candidates will be certified to the civil service list for this position, which is effective for up to one year from the date of certification.

In the event that a large number of applicants pass the phone interviews; preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum. Above minimum qualifications would consist of 6 months of work experience in a Power Generating Facility.

The selection process will also include completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check, and physical. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

Residency Requirement: The required area is the area bordered by the Boone and Story County lines on the north and south, State Highway 65 on the east; and on the west, County Road R27 north of Boone, and the Des Moines River south of Highway 30 to the Boone County line. Communities intersected by the borderlines, and Zearing, shall be considered within the area. The permitted residency area is that area inside the borderlines. The area adjacent to but outside the borderlines is not included. After completing the probationary period, a new employee shall, within three (3) months, reside within the residency area. The department head may allow an employee up to an additional three (3) months if the employee provides documentation of financial commitment to move within the residence area.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.