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City of Ames Power Plant Engineering Co-op in 50010, Iowa

Power Plant Engineering Co-op



Power Plant Engineering Co-op


$20.00 Hourly


50010, IA

Job Type



Electric Services

Job Number



10/2/2020 5:00 PM Central

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General Information

The City of Ames Electric Department is currently accepting applications for co-op positions with expected dates of employment to be January 11, 2021 through August 12, 2021 and May 16, 2021 through December 16, 2021.

Co-ops will receive experience working in an active power plant. Power Plant Co-ops perform engineering services relating to inspection, improvement, efficient operation, maintenance, environmental assessment and compliance, and management of the power generation facilities of the municipal electric utility.

All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including work boots, will be provided by the City. Full-time student status is maintained throughout the coop/internship. Co-op's working over 40 hours in a week will receive overtime pay.

Please visit us at the ISU 2020 Fall Engineering Career Fair September 15th and 16th for more information!

Examples of Essential Job Functions


Manage projects from design to install such as new chemical feed system, a fly ash removal system and installation of platforms, overseeing contractors, keeping projects on schedule and within budget, and assuring good project completion with proper running, spare parts, and good documentation.

Research problem areas in plant such as excessive corrosion on equipment, constant mechanical failures, new material types for ash moving, thermodynamics of the boiler, and flows through piping and equipment.

Perform field inspections and documentation of equipment, parts, and running conditions. Update Piping and Instrument Diagrams. Review equipment and develop inventory based on criticality.


Manage projects from design to install such as converting DC drives to AC, replacing inverters and battery sets, and updating plant breakers.

Setting up Power Plant best practices for equipment maintenance and operations.

Work with management and electric technicians to determine project feasibility, design, equipment, and work flow.

Perform field inspections and documentation of electrical cabinets, terminations, and one-line diagrams.

Process Improvement:

Develop tracking systems for operational data and part inventories. Develop best practices for operations and maintenance procedures. Work with plant management to determine process improvements.

Research bottle necks in processes, unsafe work practices, and areas of high spending. Design improvements and propose projects to management. Manage the approved projects to completion.

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:


-Must be enrolled in ISU's Co-op Program.

-Full-time student status must be maintained throughout the co-op.

-Field of study must be in Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering.


-A sophomore or junior level in program of study.

-Experience in Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering.

Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver's license required.

NOTE: Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.

Supplemental Information

Physical and Environmental Characteristics

General Physical Characteristics: The work involves sitting 60 percent of the time; standing and walking 40 percent of the time, frequently lifting objects under 10 pounds; infrequently lifting objects from 10 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 involving small defects or parts, use of measurement devices or assembly of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Required Physical Activities: Including, but not limited to climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, sitting, reclining, walking, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking, and hearing.

Environmental Conditions: The work is primarily performed inside with some outside exposure, and includes being potentially exposed to extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, mechanical and electrical hazards, atmospheric conditions that may affect the respiratory system or skin, conditions requiring use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including a full face respirator, confined spaces, heights, and poor lighting conditions including darkness.

Examples of Equipment Used on the Job: A variety of general purpose office equipment, including scientific calculators, adding machines, photocopiers, etc.; computer and peripheral equipment, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, engineering graphics, project management and engineering design software; a variety of printed materials; a variety of diagnostic equipment including electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic test equipment; a variety of general purpose hand tools and maintenance equipment; a variety of safety equipment and clothing.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, an interview, a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check and motor vehicle record check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

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 identityon their first day of 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.