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Hydroelectric Plant Electrician I - Bryon Location

  • California Department of Water Resources
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Mar 26, 2020

Job Description

THIS EXAM IS NOW GIVEN ON-LINE - Final Filing Date:  Continuous
Who should apply:  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications as stated may apply for and take this examination.
Once you have taken this examination, you may not retake it for nine (9) months.

All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements as stated to be accepted into the examination.  Part-time or full-time jobs, regardless of whether paid or volunteer positions, and inside or outside California state service will count toward experience.

Special Testing Arrangements:
If you require assistance or alternate testing arrangements due to a disability, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact Information section.

All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements as stated to be accepted into the examination.  Part-time or full-time jobs, regardless of whether paid or volunteer positions, and inside or outside California state service will count toward experience.

Either I

Completion of a recognized apprenticeship as a hydroelectric plant electrician. (Apprentices who are within six months of completion of their apprenticeship may be admitted to the examination, but they must present evidence of completion of their apprenticeship before they may be appointed).



One year of journeyperson experience performing electrical maintenance and repair work on the heavy equipment used in electrical generating or pumping plants.

A Hydroelectric Plant Electrician I, under direction, installs, repairs, and maintains electrical equipment in hydroelectric generating or pumping plants; and does other related work.

Installs, repairs, and maintains wiring circuits for electrical equipment, motors, and control devices; disassembles, repairs and reassembles, motors, generators, large transformers, oil circuit breakers, disconnects switches, voltage regulators, power switchboards, and other electrical equipment; performs electrical troubleshooting and diagnoses trouble under emergency conditions; installs conduit, pulls wire, and does control board wiring; instructs and leads unskilled assistants; tests and services storage batteries.

This examination consists of the following components:

Training and Experience Evaluation - Weighted 100% of the final score.
The examination will consist solely of a Training and Experience Evaluation.  To obtain a position on the eligible list, a minimum score of 70% must be received.  Applicants will receive their score upon completion of the Training and Experience Evaluation process.

In addition to evaluating applicants' relative knowledge, skills, and ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of education and/or experience, emphasis in each exam component will be measured competitively, relative job demands, each applicant's:

Knowledge of:
1. Methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the installation, maintenance, repair, and replacement of high voltage electrical equipment including large generators, transformers, motors, voltage regulators and circuit breakers.
2. Purpose and operation of equipment used in protective and control circuits.
3. National Electric Code and Electrical Safety Orders of the Division of Industrial Safety.
4. Mathematics normally required in this trade.

Ability to:
1. Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance.
2. Diagnose, locate, and correct trouble in control and relay circuits.
3. Prepare rough sketches and cost estimates of electrical work.
4. Keep simple records and make reports.
5. Read and understand wiring diagrams and blueprints.
6. Instruct and supervise unskilled assistants.

A departmental, open eligible list for the HEP Electrician I classification will be established for: Department of Water Resources.

The names of successful competitors will be merged onto the eligible list in order of final score regardless of exam date.  Eligibility expires twelve (12) months after it is established.  Applicants must then retake the examination to reestablish eligibility.

Veterans' Preference will be granted for this exam.  In accordance with Government Codes 18973.1 and 18973.5, whenever any veteran, or widow or widower of a veteran achieves a passing score on an open examination, he or she shall be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligible list.

Veterans status is verified by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR).  Information on this program and the Veterans' Preference Application (STD. 1093) is available online. Additional information on veteran benefits is available at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Here is a list of suggested resources to have available prior to taking the exam:
Employment History - Employment dates, job titles, organization names and addresses, names of supervisors or persons who can verify your job responsibilities, and phone numbers of persons listed above.
Education - School names and addresses, degrees earned, dates attended, courses taken (verifiable on a transcript), persons or office who can verify education, and phone numbers of persons or offices listed above.
Training - Class titles, certifications received, names of persons who can verify your training, and phone numbers of persons listed above.

If you have any technical questions concerning this examination bulletin, please contact:
California Department of Human Resources
Attn: Examination Services
1515 S Street
Sacramento, CA  95811
Phone: 1-866-844-8671
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice)
TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

If you have any administrative questions concerning this examination bulletin, including provisions of reasonable accommodation for this testing process, please contact:
Department of Water Resources
Phone:  916-653-4838

Examinations will be administered for the following counties: Butte, Contra Costa, Merced, Kern or Los Angeles. Please indicate on the Examination Application (Form STD 678 Rev. 7/2019), under Question 1, the county where you would like to take the examination.  We're advertising for Contra Costa county as Delta Field Division is located in Byron, but we're on the boarder of Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Joaquin counties, which is why we're advertising in so many areas.

The link to take the exam online is in the bulletin.
To view a copy of this bulletin for complete details, please visit DWR current exams:

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