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Ops Spec Trainee Valley (O&M 2, 3, OS)


Gilbert, AZ, US

Date:  Apr 7, 2024

Requisition ID: 16920


Join us in building a better future for Arizona!

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power and named one of Arizona's best employers by Forbes. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.


Why Work at SRP

SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health, and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Pension Plan (at no cost to the employee)
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Available your first day: Medical, vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Over 200+ hours of PTO (includes vacation days, holidays, floating holidays, and sick leave)
  • Parental leave (up to 4 weeks) and adoption assistance
  • Wellness programs (including access to a recreation and fitness facility)
  • Short and long-term disability plans
  • Tuition assistance for both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • 10 Employee Resource Groups for career development, community service, and networking



Located in Gilbert, Arizona, the Santan Generating Station is a mix of power generating units that are fueled by natural gas. It is owned and operated by SRP. Santan is able to responsively serve SRP’s expected needs throughout the year. The original plant is made up of four combined-cycle, combustion and steam generation units, all completed between 1974 and 1975. An additional unit made up of two combustion turbines and one steam turbine began operation in 2005. Another generating unit made up of one combustion turbine and one steam turbine reached commercial operation in March 2006. Together, these units provide a maximum gross capacity of approximately 1,415 MW.


Seeking Control Room Operator (Operations Specialist) for combined cycle power generation facility.  Must have experience operating large frame combustion turbines and steam turbine/generator systems and equipment.  Knowledgeable in balance of plant systems for combined cycle operation as well as water treatment plant for the production of various water needed at the facility.

Operations Specialist Trainee (OST) duties are: Satisfactory completion of all training objectives to develop the skills necessary for progression to the Operations Specialist position. The OST will be involved in all aspects of operating a power generation facility. Various facilities use operating personnel to perform maintenance functions as well as operations duties. The degree of these maintenance functions will vary between facilities and are not necessarily listed in the bullets below but are expected of this position.  

Possess the following qualities - leadership, critical thinking, analyzing, decision making, initiating, teamwork/teambuilding.

What You'll Do

Major duties: The duties specified are only those typically required for the job. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Under limited supervision is responsible for learning the facility specific operation of coal, natural gas and fuel oil fired steam generating units and steam turbine generators, simple cycle gas turbines and combined cycle units, conventional and pumped storage hydro units, internal combustion engine units, solar powered units, wind powered units and fuel cell powered units, and their related equipment.

  • OST is responsible for learning to operate and monitor equipment and auxiliaries by remote control from the control room as well as from throughout the facility using pertinent information from Distributed Control Systems, gauges, instruments, and communication facilities located in the control room and throughout the plant.
  • OST is responsible for operation of all units in his charge with his related equipment.  In addition to his power plant duties, this may include regular O&M duties at the site, including housing areas, civil works, roadways, water or sewer systems, etc.
  • OST is responsible for learning to coordinate and maintain unit availability with AGC, which includes preparation and planning for load reductions/increases based on system demands. Duties require a complete and thorough knowledge of the entire plant operation as it relates to the generation of power.
  • OST is responsible for learning to operate units within environmental and SRP guidelines.
  • OST is responsible for learning how to direct the work of other classifications and assists as directed by others in the completion of tasks.
  • The OST will be required to train personnel in other classifications in the proper operation of plant equipment, controls, and procedures.
  • OST is responsible for learning how to evaluate plant processes and issue clearances, as needed; this requires a thorough knowledge of the clearance procedure.


The typical duties are not intended to include all duties that comprise the job content but are intended to illustrate the levels of difficulty of the job. Overlapping of typical duties and responsibilities exists and may occur between classifications. Employees may be assigned to perform duties of either higher or lower classifications. Shift work, non-continuous multi-shift, and overtime may be required.

What It Takes To Succeed

Training Objective:


  • Training objective is the successful completion of all training curriculum defined by the Operations Specialist Trainee program.  All testing and Job Performance Measures must be completed successfully. All training shall be completed within two years or less of your first day of employment in the position but, with Plant Manager’s agreement, can vary due to work demands.  
  • Skills training can and will change to meet the needs of the facility.  Mandatory Regulatory Training will be completed to comply with SRP policy.


Progressionary Training Objectives:

  • Successful completion of the OST curriculum. Upon completion of the OST curriculum training, progression to the Operator Specialist classification is expected without having to wait for there to be an opening in that classification at their current facility.  Failure to complete the OST curriculum, testing and Job Performance Measures in the specified amount of time will, at management's discretion, result in either a) an opportunity to bid to another position or b) removal from the position.



If you are a current employee in a role which requires this assessment, you do not need to take the assessment.

As part of the application process, all applicants will be taken to the SHL sign-in screen to take the Trades Assessment. Please select the assessment option and sign into the SHL system to take the assessment.  If you have previously taken the assessment, the system will determine if your test score is still valid.  If it is, your score will be submitted to your application and your application will be complete.  If your test score is no longer valid, you will be directed to the assessment to complete it.


Journeyman level and above preferred, need someone who we can train up quickly that has prior power plant control room operator experience. 


High School, GED or Equivalent.

Testing and Certifications

Must possess the appropriate valid Arizona driver’s license.
Appropriate respirator medical certification, fit test and training required.
Physical Agility Test
For specific list of training certifications contact departmental manager.
Trades Assessment


Hybrid Workplace

SRP currently offers a hybrid workplace, which allows employees whose jobs can be performed remotely, and who have sufficient technical capability, to telework up to three days per week. Although teleworking is available, all employees must live and work in Arizona. We are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of all team members, and by following a number of health and safety protocols, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

To promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Work Authorization

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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