Jun 26, 2019

Generator Technician

$59,537 - $83,775 yearly
  • City of Sacramento
  • City of Sacramento Department of Utilities, 35th Avenue, Sacramento, CA, USA
Full time Government Skilled Labor

Job Description

The City of Sacramento, Department of Utilities is seeking to fill the position of Generator Technician in the Operations and Maintenance Support unit. 

Under general supervision, the Generator Technician performs a variety of skilled and technical tasks in the inspection, repair, preventive, and corrective maintenance and modification on Internal Combustion (IC) engines, diesel generators, and other IC gaseous engines; tests, replaces or adjusts engine components such as valves, pistons, bearings, emissions systems, and other related systems; and, interprets schematic wiring and modifies diesel control circuits. 


This is the journey-level classification.  Incumbents perform routine task and as proficiency increases incumbents, under general supervision or technical guidance may perform more difficult assignments.  The Generator Technician class is distinguished from the Senior Generator Technician in that in addition to the latter having independent responsibility for completing task of a complex nature, Senior Generator Technicians may also serve as team leader and provide technical insight over projects.


General supervision is provided by a Supervising Generator Technician or a higher-level administrative or division manager. 


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist and participate in routine inspections and make modifications to IC engines, diesel generators, and associated equipment.
  • Perform preventive and corrective maintenance on Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) and annunciator panels.  
  • Perform load testing on units to identify possible problems and prevent wet stacking. 
  • Make electrical and mechanical wiring modifications to diesel control circuits.  
  • Rebuild and repair gas compressors (turbochargers) used for forced-induction of IC engines, head gaskets, seals, water pumps, catalytic converters, torque heads, belts and hoses.
  • Conduct automatic and manual transfer tests of simulated power outages to ensure generators are functioning properly. 
  • Test batteries, fuel coolant, and oil; ship oil samples for analysis. 
  • Transport and dispose hazardous materials.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification. 


Knowledge of:

  • Basic electrical, mechanical, thermal, and hydraulic principles and practices. 
  • Engine Control systems and other program logic controls that are associated with IC power generation.
  • Electrical and mechanical safety procedures.
  • Applicable local, state and national regulations such SMAQMD, CARB and EPA. state and national regulations.
  • Natural Fire Protections Codes.
  • Lockout/tagout Procedures.
  • Appropriate electrical and mechanical personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • IC Diesel and other  gaseous IC engines.
  • Technique in tracking, transporting, and disposing hazardous materials.
  • Rigging standards and principles of safe and efficient methods for handling heavy objects.
  • Computer technology.                      

Skill in:     

  • Interpreting electrical and mechanical drawings. 
  • Identifying and repairing problems with engine control systems.
  • Interpreting schematic diagrams and wiring.         
  • Correcting wet stacking conditions.   
  • Rigging for the handling of heavy objects.
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosing electrical problems.
  • Maintaining records manually and electronically.

 Ability to:

  • Read electrical and mechanical drawings and prints.
  • Use electrical testing and calibration equipment to include but not limited to:  Digital-Volt-OHM-Meters, DVOM), Mega-ohmmeters, Oscilloscopes, Power Quality Meters, and Loop Calibrators.
  • Use calibrated mechanical tools to include but not limited to: torque wrenches, dial indicators, micrometers, and vacuum and pressure manometers.
  • Use stationary machine tooling to include but not limited to: drill presses, grinders, band saws, pipe threads/cutters, lathes, iron workers and hydraulic presses. 
  • Follow applicable state and national regulations; safety guidelines; and procedures.
  • Rebuild engines.
  • Interpret and analyze characteristics of oil samples.
  • Identify wet stacking problems in gasoline and diesel engines.
  • Record and track the transporting of materials.
  • Rig and handle heavy objects.
  • Operate cranes and forklifts.
  • Climb into confined spaces that may contain hazardous gas.
  • Lift moderately heavy objects weighing up to approximately 50 pounds.



Successful completion of a two-year technical electrical or mechanical trade school; or military training/apprenticeship.



One year of experience in the general maintenance, servicing, and repair of diesel and gas engines and other electrical systems related to light and heavy duty machinery and mechanical equipment. 


Three years of experience in the general maintenance, servicing, and repair of diesel and other gaseous  IC engines and other electrical systems related to light and heavy duty machinery and equipment. 

Should the combination of experience/education you are using to qualify for this position include education, then proof of said education in the form of college transcripts, certificates, and degrees must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, faxed to (916) 596-1556, or emailed to employment@cityofsacramento.org by the final filing deadline. If submitting in person or via fax/email, please include your name and Job #006061-19-DOU on your documents. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.
An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted before you will be considered for any positions.

Special Requirements

Driver License

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Ability to obtain a valid California Class A Driver License with appropriate Hazardous Material and Tank Vehicle Endorsements during the probationary period. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  
  • Ability to attain California state issued Crane and Forklift Certifications by the end of the probationary period. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process:

.  EXAM #006061-19-DOU

Closing Date:  4/24/2019

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