Production Trainee (West Phoenix Power Plant)

Date: Jul 10, 2024

Location: PHOENIX, AZ, US, 85043-4900

Company: APS

Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.


Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country’s fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.


Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.  


APS has an immediate opening for a Production Trainee at our West Phoenix Power Plant.

The Production Trainee will support the safe, efficient and cost-effective production of electric energy by supplying and preparing equipment, tools, material and protective devices needed for various jobs.  Hauls and positions material and parts and assists as needed.  Operates hand tools, power tools and forklift.  Digs and back fills with hand tools. During the first 180 days of employment time will be split between classroom training and field work (i.e. helper or laborer types of work).   

The work schedule for this position is a 12-hour rotating shift as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement; LOMA dated December 8, 2015.


Production Trainee Program Requirements:
- Must successfully complete all required training for Production Trainee within 6 months of hire.  
- Reasonable and necessary overtime will be required. 
- Production Trainee will report to Operations based on projected plant needs.


Minimum Requirements:
- High School Diploma or GED
- Must be eighteen (18) years or older.
- Possess a valid drivers license. 
- Pass both the EEI mechanical aptitude test (MASS) and the EEI operations aptitude test (POSS). 
- Must live within reasonable distance (one (1) hour) of headquarters.
- Qualify for Fire Brigade duties.
- Pass a panel interview. 
- Pass APS physical exam (drug test, etc.). 
- This position requires working with aerial equipment, which has weight restrictions of 300lbs or less


Major Accountabilities:
- Complies with safety and environmental rules and regulations.
- Complies with all Company policies and procedures.
- Successfully completes all assigned training per the training plan.
- Hauls and positions material and parts. Assists as needed.
- Operates hand tools, power tools and forklift.
- Digs and back fills with hand tools.
- Performs other duties as assigned.


Training Objectives:
- Safety and plant orientation
- Power Plant Fundamentals (Operations & Maintenance)
- Basic computer skills (how to use CBT)
- Intro into the electric utility business
- Welding and cutting safety
- Mandatory training (includes LOTO, OSHA, Environmental, Safety, etc)


Hands On Training:
- Welding and cutting basics
- Forklift training
- Arial lift equipment (site specific)


Upon successful completion of the Production Trainee Program (maximum six months), the employee will be promoted to next classification in the line of progression.

Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Testing Information


Tests are only administered to referred candidates. More information about our tests and the testing process can be found HERE. 


A written [paper and pencil] test will be administered.
A test using a computer with keyboard will be administered.
A hands-on skills test will be administered.


E-mail will be the method of contact with job applicants for test scheduling.  Please be sure to check your e-mail regularly so that you receive scheduling notifications for testing and updated job information.


Role Type


Plant/Field Role:
This position requires work to be performed in the field and/or at the work site, due to the nature of work.  



Must live or relocate within reasonable distance to the headquarters. Reasonable distance is defined as one (1) hour for Metro and State Region locations. Reasonable distance for Troublemen, Local Representatives, and Substation Technicians is defined as thirty (30) minutes for Metro locations and forty-five (45) minutes for State Region locations. 

    • For jobs in departments (System, Reliability, Hotstick) that require the majority of the work be performed out-of-town and as such, employees/crews are not required to report to the established headquarters unless directed by Leadership; the reasonable distance requirement will be waived.*.

                    *This will not apply to Troublemen, Local Representatives or Substation Technicians.


CIP Requirement:

This position requires Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) access consistent with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards. The applicant considered for this role will be required to obtain and maintain CIP access for the duration of employment in this position. A full seven (7) year criminal history will be obtained through the pre-employment background check process (or, for current employees, through supplemental background check process) to fulfill the CIP access requirements. In addition, this position requires an additional background check every seven years to maintain access.

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