Northern California Power Agency

Hydro Communications Technician (20058678)

Sacramento/Metro Area
Until filled
$51.83-$75.48 Hourly


The Hydro Comm Technician troubleshoots, repairs, calibrates, maintains, tests and installs communications and control system hardware, software, and equipment in hydroelectric power generating stations and facilities.  Systems include:  microwave, telemetry, two-way radio, fiber optic, multiplex carrier, VoIP & POTS telephone, SCADA & DCS, RTU’s, serial comms (RS-232 / RS-485), frame relay, protective relay (transfer trip & power line carrier), Electronic Security Perimeter (Routable Networking components including Defense-in-Depth strategies), routable networks security, physical security (alarms & video surveillance), misc. electronics, AC/DC, instrumentation, DC Power, and PV systems.


Essential Duties / Skills: (other duties may be assigned)

  • Networking (firewalls, routers, switches, VLAN, encryption, TCP/IP, UDP, VPN, OSI model)
  • SCADA (management, graphical development, data historian, OS patches, security)
  • Power Plant Control System Security (network security, defense-in-depth, risk modeling/remediation, NERC CIP compliance / monitoring, ports/services)
  • PLC interface with DCS distributed control system (input/output, scaling, PLC programming)
  • Telemetry (modbus, DNP, Serial, RTU, I/O)
  • Telecom (VoIP, POTS, DDS, T1, etc.)
  • Microwave (Hardware, software, troubleshooting, etc.)
  • Two-Way Radio (900 MHz, Motorola MotoTrbo, etc.)
  • Fiber Optics (OTDR, Maintenance, etc.)
  • Auxiliary Equipment (Batteries, solar, back-up generators, AC/DC, peripheral computer components)
  • Project Management (develop wiring diagrams, layout drawings, & engineering specifications for system modifications)
  • Assists with maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment and systems


Desired Skills:

  • Hydroelectric power plant experience.
  • Ability to operate, control and monitor hydroelectric generating units and auxiliary equipment.



  • High school diploma with additional education and/or certifications (GROL, NARTE, CISSP, CISCO, etc.) highly desirable.
  • Completion of a recognized Comm Tech apprenticeship program or equivalent course work in electronics and data communications.
  • At least five (5) years of responsible experience maintaining, installing & repairing electronic control systems & data communications equipment.
  • Knowledge of:  R56 standards , FCC rules / regulations, NERC CIP standards, Radio frequencies, electronics and instrumentation theory, DC/AC theory, Networking and Security principles.
  • Unrestricted CA Drivers License and clean driving record.
  • Ability to climb towers up to 175’ and complete physically demanding work in rough natural terrain.
  • Willingness to be available for work during off hours in case of emergency.
  • Willingness to relocate permanent residence to within 50 miles of Murphys, CA.


Benefits:  NCPA offers excellent benefits including CalPERS medical and retirement plan.  See our website for more details on NCPA’s extensive benefits package.