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Operator Trainee Applicant Pool

Date: Aug 2, 2022

Location: Pearl City, Hawaii (HI), US, 96782

Company: hawaiianel

We recognize our competitive advantage -- our people. We believe in our people, who share our vision of meeting the needs of our employees, customers, and communities and who carry out the continued success of the company.


Our employees are committed to the company's foundational values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and community commitment. In turn, we invest in our employees, providing opportunities for challenge and advancement and offering a competitive compensation package.


Posting End Date: 08/16/2022 at 11:59PM HST



The  Department of the P GENERATION Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 6 Bargaining Unit vacancy available: four (4) at the Waiau Station Operations Department and two (2) at the Kahe Station Operations Department. (Role: Non-Exempt)



Trains to perform the duties of Equipment Operator. Performs unskilled manual tasks as directed.



  • Attends instruction classes and studies Operator Trainee Program on company time to prepare to pass examinations to qualify for Equipment Operator position.
  • Trains to perform the following operations:
    • Determine operating status of equipment from previous shift personnel and log book entries.
    • Watch carefully all equipment for normal operation; report any unusual conditions to the Shift Supervisor.
    • Operate circulating water pumps, feed pumps, auxiliary coling water pumps, condensate pumps, condensate booster pump, vapor extractor pump, distilled water make-up pumps, generator air cooler pumps, sump pumps, various other pumps & systems equipment, evaporator and demineralizers.
    • Operate the hydrogen and seal oil systems; the feed water heaters, controls, traps and drain pumps; the HP drip receiver; the traveling screens, which include the proper disposal of any trash caught; the lubricating oil storage and purifying system, which includes the periodic change of filter bags and strainer cleaning and various other strainers, pumps and systems equipment. Cuts-in and cuts-out one-half of condenser for cleaning.
    • Regulate the steam to the air ejector and the turbine steam seal as required. Inspect the generator winding for oil and/or moisture. Watch for condenser leaks; notify the Shift Supervisor if leak occurs. Feed sawdust into the traveling screen pit when necessary.
    • Take complete log sheet readings.
    • Use company provided computer to update timesheets, write work notifications, and professionally communicate via email and other means as necessary.
  • Keeps equipment and floor clean.
  • Maintains shift until properly relieved.



  • Performs similar and incidental duties as required.



  • Ability to identify and distinguish different colors and color hues required.
  • Must pass the Edison Electric Institute Plant Operator Selection System (POSS). Note: Employees who became regular on or before April 15, 1985 AND who have taken and passed the Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) do not need to take the POSS.
  • Must pass Job Sample Test.
  • High School diploma or GED.  Preferred requirements: 12 months of related experience in a similar position or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Role: Non-Exempt

Number of Vacancies: 6 

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday

Work Hours: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Oahu - Waiau Generating Station or Kahe Generating Station

Wage: 30.31 – 30.31 


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.


The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at


Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Should there be no candidates with this experience, the company may consider applicants without such experience who meet the knowledge/skill requirements. If such a candidate is hired, he or she will initially be placed on a development plan commensurate with his/her education and experience level.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.

By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:

This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  

Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii