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Energy Northwest Mechanic in Richland, Washington

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Responsible for the installation and maintenance of mechanical equipment and associated tooling for a large nuclear generating plant.


Install, troubleshoot, disassemble, inspect, repair, and test rotating equipment such as pumps, fans and gearboxes. Install, troubleshoot, disassemble, inspect, repair, and test valves, piping, valve operators, tanks, etc. Perform rigging duties and crane operation. Perform specialized maintenance tasks including: welding, machining, HVAC maintenance, reactor vessel maintenance, specialized valve and valve operator maintenance, specialized rotating equipment maintenance, diesel engine maintenance, and fire protection maintenance. Decontaminate, clean, and overhaul contaminated tools and equipment. Perform other tasks as required.


Journey Level - A high school diploma or GED is required. Journeyman classification requires at least four years of applicable experience achieved through: successful completion of a four-year apprenticeship; OR two-year trade school or equivalent military training plus three years of applicable experience; OR an Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in the mechanical field plus three years of applicable experience. Experience is applicable if it has been in the maintenance of equipment such as pumps, valves, engines, or HVAC units normally associated with power generating facilities. Must be able to provide documentation of apprenticeship, trade school, experience, and training.

In-Grade Level - A high school diploma or GED is required. Minimum requirements include completion of one of the following: * Two year technical program in the mechanic trade (automotive, manufacturing, welding etc.), or * Completion of a mechanical apprenticeship program, or * Equivalent military training or * 8 years Commercial Nuclear Experience with hands on experience/knowledge/qualifications using tooling and other mechanical techniques that would be commonly used in a mechanical maintenance application. Initial placement will be at 75% of the journey level wage. It is expected that the candidate will work through the required training and mentoring to achieve journey level wage after 2 years in role. Must be able to provide documentation of apprenticeship, trade school, experience, and training.

Pay Range:

This is a bargaining unit and the pay is:

Journey Level: $55.22

In-Grade: $41.42

Typically, selected candidates are hired between the minimum and midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience and qualifications, market rate, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.

Offers will be negotiated based on each candidate's qualifications.

Incentive Compensation

This role is eligible to participate in our annual incentive plan. Incentives are earned based on employee performance against defined metrics and company goals.


Energy Northwest (EN) offers a highly competitive and substantial benefits package which allows qualifying employees (and their families) to enroll in medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits may include flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, supplemental life insurances, credit monitoring, and identity theft insurance. EN offers three retirement programs to qualifying employees including a matching 401(k) deferred compensation plan, the Washington State Pension Plan (PERS), and a 457(b) savings plan. Qualifying employees will also accrue 160 hours of personal time per year and nine paid holidays throughout the calendar year.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate due to race, color, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, national origin, veteran status or on the basis of disability.

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As a regional leader in clean energy generation and public power solutions, Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar, battery storage and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear power facility. Energy Northwest is a Washington state joint operating agency comprised of 27 public power member utilities, serving more than 1.5 million customers. The agency continually explores new generation projects and solutions to meet its members’ needs.