Palo Verde Maintenance Apprentice

Date: May 25, 2024

Location: TONOPAH, AZ, US, 85354

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.  


The Maintenance Apprentice progressively learns to become a highly skilled worker in a maintenance discipline (ex: Electrical, I&C, Mechanical, Valves, HVAC, Welders). The apprentice is trained under a schedule of on-the-job training and related instruction, with periodic ratings of progress. In addition,  also designated college courses on industry-related topics are completed. 

Minimum Requirements

1) Must have a high school diploma/GED

2) Must be at least 18 years of age

3) Must be able to satisfy applicable Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), security, physical and psychological requirements to work within the protected area.

4) Must have completed ONE of the following requirements:


  • Must possess a two- or four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution (regionally accredited institutions of higher education are those fully accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and/or Western Association of Schools and Colleges)  


  • Have four (4) years maintenance craft experience in the military (Please attach your DD214 to your resume)


  • Have completed the Palo Verde Generating Station / Western Maricopa Education Center Pre-Apprenticeship Program.


  • Must have completed the core course requirements outlined in Appendix A - Maintenance Apprenticeship Prerequisites (of 30DP9MP26)


 Appendix A - Maintenance Apprenticeship Prerequisites (of 30DP9MP26)

Course Number              Course Title  Credit Hours       
CIS 105

Survey of Computer Information Systems


Survey of Computer Information Systems



First Year Composition


ENG102 or ENG111

First Year Composition or Technical and Professional Writing



Intermediate Algebra


PHS110 or PHY101                

Fundamentals of Physical Science or Introduction to Physics



Energy Industry Fundamentals




College transcripts will be used as a basis for crediting related instruction hours. Equivalencies are determined by the Maricopa Community College District. 


Official or unofficial transcripts must be attached to your online application at the time of submittal to be considered. Please attach your transcripts to your resume. You must attach a resume, transcript and/or your DD214 to be considered for this position

Nuclear requirement

Any PVGS employee may be called upon to serve as a member of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and will be expected to fulfill their obligation as an ERO member. Any PVGS employee may be called upon to support a refueling or short-notice outage. This includes line roles and responsibilities as necessary to execute outage activities. This is a condition of employment at PVGS.

Major Accountabilities

1) Completes all Related Instruction scheduled during the apprenticeship. Achieves a passing score for all courses and exams required by the program.

2) Completes the number of on-the-job training tasks required. Performs and assists in the performance of work as assigned.

3) Demonstrates safety as a personal value.

4) Assists in development and support the team's vision, mission, CSI's and strategic plan.

5) Prepares all documentation in accordance with policies and procedures. Controls all documentation as to content, confidentiality and accuracy.

6) Performs other related duties to enhance skill development.

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


A test using a computer with keyboard will be administered. Tests are only administered to referred candidates. More information about our tests and the testing process can be found HERE. 



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.  


Location-Based Role:
This position requires employees to work at the (Location), with some flexibility. Flexibility will be determined with the hires employee and leadership, but the ultimate decision is the company's.


Flex Role:
This position is not required to be performed at a specific APS facility as long as adequate technology and a solid ergonomic set up are present. Pending agreement with leadership, employees hired into this role will be able to choose where they prefer to perform their work, but the ultimate decision is the company's. Employees will have two options to choose from: 

  • APS office based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from an APS facility.
  • Home based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from his/her home.


*Employees in Flex roles are required to reside in Arizona (or NM for Four Corners-based employees). Role types are subject to change based on business need.


Hybrid Role:
This position combines working in the office and at home, based on the needs of the business. The schedule will be determined with the hired employee and leadership, but the ultimate decision is the company's.


Any PVGS employee may be called upon for random Fitness For Duty Testing (FFD) during scheduled working hours. Employees must report to FFD at Palo Verde as soon as reasonably practicable, but no more than 120 minutes after being notified. Employees who are onsite when notified will have no more than 60 minutes to report after being notified.

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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