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Hydro Technician


Blairstown, NJ, US, 07825

Job Function:  Plant Operations
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  14584

FirstEnergy at a Glance

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a diverse generating fleet with a total capacity of nearly 17,000 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This position is with FirstEnergy Generation Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. [FOS]



Under general directive supervision, works with and directs a crew of employees in operation, maintenance, overhaul and repair of hydro turbines and all auxiliary associated equipment.
- Responsible for compliance with current Company safety rules and procedures including operating practices, safety procedures, and all regulatory requirements. Conducts and adheres to pre-job briefings for each task.
- Starts stops and operates turbine generators and auxiliaries, as required. Observes and records readings of required indicators and/or instruments, for safe operation within prescribed limits.
- Installs, adjusts, maintains, analyzes problems, and repairs all mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, microprocessors, and electronic (solid state) sensing, programmer logic controllers (PLC), transmitting, indicating, integrating, recording and regulating apparatus, equipment and circuitry associated with the Station.
- Performs all types of tests, calibrations and repairs to instrumentation, test apparatus and laboratory equipment. This includes all equipment associated with environmental protection and monitoring. Participates in scheduled regulatory certification tests and in the preparation of the required data reports. Adheres to all environmental requirements.
- Troubleshoots, repairs, installs, tests, removes and replaces motors, generators, rotating equipment, rectifiers, batteries, transformers, regulators, reactors, circuit breakers, disconnecting switches, instruments, control relays, communication equipment, lightning arrestors and other equipment with control apparatus in the generating station, associated substation and facility.
- Performs any mechanical maintenance installation and repair on station equipment, structures and buildings.
- Performs pipe fitting, pipe covering, insulation, incidental machining, non-code welding, brazing, flame and arc cutting.
- Operates plant equipment needed to perform job duties including vehicles, cranes, hoists, etc.
-  Directs the work of others assigned to assist as well as directing, training, inspecting and instructing employees of lower or the same job classification in all aspects of unit operation, auxiliary operation and repairs.
- Installs, troubleshoots, inspects, tests, repairs, replaces, maintains, adjusts, aligns and balances mechanical, electrical, instrument and control equipment. Operates various testing equipment and instruments.
- Sets up rigging and scaffolding.
- Performs insulation and refractory work.
- Operates and maintains water treatment equipment.
- Performs any task assigned for continuity or restoration of service in and emergency.
- May be required to be “on call” and to report in a timely manner.
- Performs routine clerical work including station logs (such as maintenance repairs and outage logs), time reports, material requisitions, etc.
- Works as part of a crew as required.
- May, at certain times, be required to report to other locations for work in accordance with the Mobile Maintenance Agreement.
- Maintain equipment and work areas in a neat, clean and safe manner.
- Reads and interprets complex blueprints, wiring and schematic diagrams, as required to perform both internal and external switching and tagging (mechanical and electrical).
When work within this job classification is temporarily interrupted or delayed, employee may be assigned to other work which the employee may reasonably be expected to perform with safety to self and others.


- Must demonstrate through testing and documentation, knowledge and experience previously acquired, of solid state electronics and complex wiring and schematic diagrams (electrical and mechanical).
- Must possess working knowledge of various shop tools and equipment; may be required to perform basic arc welding and gas burning.
- Must be able to perform operations of considerable complexity and variety and have an understanding of technical problems, under general supervision.
- Must possess a high degree of analytical ability and independent judgment. Must be able to interpret and work from complex drawings, blueprints and specifications.
- Must be able to work with highly complex and varying issues at all times - requiring diversified skills and frequent intra-Company contacts.
- Must be willing to receive instructions, communicate effectively, and cooperate with fellow employees at all times in the performance of work. Must be willing to work overtime, alternative schedules, and weekends.
- Must be familiar with the Company’s safety rules applicable to this and related jobs.
- Must understand and follow the Company’s lockout/tagout rules.
- Must be able to perform alignment and balancing of mechanical and electrical equipment.
- Must possess effective oral and written communication skills to organize and present ideas, reports, and analyses effectively.
- Must possess at least a two-year (associate) college technical degree or equivalent. Equivalency = 6 years industry applicable experience (power plant experience preferable) or 6 years as a journeyman in a certified program (electrician, millwright, pipefitter, boilermaker), or completion of appropriate level of studies in a military technical school (e.g., nuclear propulsion).
- Must be able to report to the work site as scheduled and respond to overtime in a reasonable period of time.
- Must be able to train and direct others and receive and issue orders in a manner that will maintain safety and to obtain satisfactory work results from men/women assigned to work with him/her.
- Must be willing to acquire additional knowledge and skills required for performance of the duties of this position through attendance at Company provided training classes and other means.


Level 1- Rate 1 of (1151) Hydro Technician (Less than 1 Yr.)
Level 2 - Rate 2 of (1151) Hydro Technician (Less than 1 Yr.)
Level 3 - Job Rate of (1151) Hydro Technician (Less than 1 Yr.)
Level 4 -  Rate 2 of (151) Hydro Technician
Level 5 - Job Rate of (151) Hydro Technician)
Level 1 with two-year degree or equivalent. Rate 1 of (1151) Hydro Technician (Less than 1 Yr.) will apply until entry level training and qualification requirements have been completed and 6 months have elapsed.
Level 2 Rate 2 of (1151) Hydro Technician (Less than 1 Yr.)  will apply until the training and qualification requirements for this level have been completed and 6 months have elapsed.
Level 3 Job Rate of (1151) Hydro Technician (Less than 1 Yr.) will apply until the training and qualification requirements for this level have been completed and 6 months have elapsed.
Level 4 Rate 2 of the (151) Hydro Technician will apply until the training and qualification requirements for this level have been completed and 6 months have elapsed.
Hydro Technician. The (151) Hydro Technician Job Rate will apply when all training, OJT/OJP, and qualification requirements have been met. (Max. 2 years)


EEI Testing

We administer selection tests for a variety of positions. The required tests have been developed by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a trade association of investor-owned electric utility companies.  We strongly encourage potential employees to review all information, including the sample test brochures, and to use the available practice tests before taking the actual tests.  Click this link to access the practice tests. You will be prompted for a name and password. Use firstenergy for both.

Practice tests provide sample questions and detailed discussions of the correct answers. It's important to take the practice test as you would the actual one, with similar intensity and concentration.  You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. 

Note: EEI website does not allow access to actual tests. Testing is held at various locations throughout our service territory based on where the job is located.

Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

Position Classification

Bargaining Unit 

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