Competently maintains the facilities / cooperative’s mechanical equipment including all associated auxiliary and support equipment.
Ensures the plant is maintained in compliance with applicable codes, standards, regulations, KEA policies, and procedures.
Performs duties while following all Safety and Environmental standards and regulations.
Performs preventive, predictive, corrective, and emergency maintenance on all mechanical systems and equipment and coordinates work with other departments and contractors.
Coordinates work with other departments & contractors
Ensures adequate supply of spare parts, tooling, and materials are available and ready.
Incorporates safe behavior into all activities and consistently complies with all established environmental, safety, and health policies and procedures
Maintains the facilities mechanical equipment including all associated auxiliary and support equipment
Troubleshoots and monitors plant mechanical equipment and systems
Supports the computerized maintenance management systems
Subject Matter Expert (SME) in assigned areas and provides training to other plant personnel
The Mechanic Technician typically works the day shift (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM), however will need to be able to work overtime, irregular hours and on short notice, an adjusted work schedule, based on plant requirements.
Minimum Qualifications: Qualified candidate will have a minimum 3 years’ experience as a Mechanical Technician and 5 years’ in power plant operations
Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a team member
Ability to make safe, well-thought out critical decisions
Ability to effectively problem solve
Ability to safely operate equipment
Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:
Experience EMD 710 Series and Caterpillar 3500 and C27 Engines preferred
Experience with general vehicle, engine, and heavy equipment maintenance preferred
Beginner level proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Projects, Outlook and OneDrive
Education Required: High school diploma or equivalent. Associate degree preferred.
Licenses Required: Valid driver’s license
Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
Work outdoors for long periods of time while exposed to various weather conditions
Walk on uneven surfaces and stack platforms and climb stack ladders hundreds of feet high
Distinguish colors and accurately read and interpret instruments and gauges
Hear and understand audible alarms and detect changes in noise levels of rotating equipment and portable radio communication
Occasionally work in confined spaces
Occasionally lift and or move objects up to 50 pounds
Required to be a IBEW local union 1547 member
Temporary housing provided in KEA owned apartment building.
Compensation: $54.99 per hour / DOE
For more information about KEA please visit our website: www.kea.coop
Interested applicants should submit a resume to email@example.com.
Kotzebue Electric Association (KEA) is a non-profit, electric cooperative located in Kotzebue, Alaska
Approximately 875 members
KEA is governed by a 9-member board of directors
Board members are elected by the cooperative membership
The KEA Board of Directors establishes the goals and priorities of the cooperative
The Board of Directors has been instrumental in KEA’s adoption of renewable energy sources
Kotzebue is the largest of 12 communities in Northwest Alaska
Situated along the Chukchi Sea above the Bering Strait, it is home to many of the lnupiaq people
Northwest Alaska is about the size of Indiana
There are no roads or transmission lines connecting Kotzebue to other communities or the rest of Alaska
The Kotzebue Sound is frozen for about 9 months of the year and wind chill can fall to minus 120º Fahrenheit
Fuel is delivered annually by barge during the summer months
Electricity in Kotzebue
Like most remote communities, Kotzebue originally relied exclusively on diesel generation to produce electricity
Producing electricity using diesel generation is expensive
Electricity in Alaska’s villages often costs more than 4 times the national average
In Kotze...bue it now costs only twice the national average
To provide reliable and affordable electricity to our members
KEA is committed to lowering the cost of electricity by developing renewable energy from:
Our wind farm
Integrating the use of solar energy
Initiating energy efficiency programs
The use of wind and solar energy helps stabilize and reduce energy costs in our community
Kotzebue is a Class 3 wind resource
The average annual wind speed at the wind farm is 14.1 miles per hour
The flat tundra allows the wind to blow close to its full force, without obstruction by trees or mountains
All of these factors make Kotzebue an ideal location for the use of wind energy
During the summer months the sun shines 24 hours per day
Even in the winter solar energy is feasible as an energy source