Portland District People: Jacob Moore

Portland District People: Jacob Moore

Portland District People
Jacob Moore
Plant Mechanic, Lookout Point Dam

Describe your job?

I just finished up a four-year apprenticeship in Portland District’s power plant training program. As a power plant mechanic, I perform routine and non-routine maintenance on equipment at nine of the dams in the Willamette Valley Project. This equipment includes hydroelectric generators, spillway gates, regulating outlets, emergency diesel generators and fish facilities, to name a few.

What challenges do you encounter when doing your job?

I think one of the biggest challenges with my job right now is learning about all the new system changes that are being made. Many of the systems that have been in place since the projects were built are being upgraded or completely replaced. Staying current on training so I am able to work on the new equipment is very important.

What do you like most about working for the Portland District?

The best part about my job is the diversity of the work I get to do. There are five flood control dams and four power plants in the Willamette Valley that need maintenance. We very rarely spend more than a few days at one place and the variety of projects we get to work on keeps the job interesting.

Tell us about your first job?

My first job was fin clipping Chinook salmon at the Oakridge Fish Hatchery where I was required to stand for six to eight hours with my hands in 40 degree water – while trying to completely clip the adipose fin off a 4-inch salmon fry. That job made me appreciate every job I had after – and helped solidify my decision to go to college.

What are your hobbies? Why do you like them?

I spend as much of my free time as I can outdoors.  Depending on the time of year, I am usually either at a High Lake fishing for kokanee or at the coast chasing salmon. In the fall I spend as much time in the woods as I can, chasing deer and elk with my bow or muzzleloader. In the spring, my wife and I and look for deer and elk sheds as often as we can.  I enjoy the new challenge each day brings and how two days are never the same with these hobbies.

Jacob MooreWhat is your favorite travel destination and why?

I am not really into the sightseeing and traveling thing.  Most of my favorite travel destinations aren’t far from home, but away from people. In the spring I spend many weekends at Wickiup Reservoir camping with my family. It’s a great place for my two-year-old son to play and there are many lakes and rivers close by where we can fish.  In the summer I spend most of my weekends salmon fishing at Winchester Bay.  In the fall and winter I am usually camped with my family somewhere in the mountains, depending on what tags we have.