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 Job Title: O&M Technician-Midwest
 Company Name: NAES Corporation
 Employment Type: Full Time
 Location: HAYS, KS, United States
 Department: Midwest Energy
 Salary: Highly Competitive
 Shift Hours/ Days: Rotating shift schedule
 Shift Details: Weekend and/or holiday rotation as needed.
 Hours/Pay Period: 80
 Degree Required: High School/GED
 Job ID: 2013.01696
 Date Posted: Feb 11, 2013
 Years Experience: 2
 Service Category: Operations & Maintenance
 Location: Hays KS
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  Complete Description

NAES Corporation is currently seeking an O&M Technician to join the team at the Goodman Energy Center located in Hays, Kansas.  The facility produces 76 MW utilizing 9 Wartsila 20V34SG gas fired reciprocating engines.  Additional Midwest Energy plants operated by NAES are:  Great Bend, a 10 MW facility utilizing four 1 MW Worthington dual fuel diesel engines and two 2 MW Hamilton dueal fuel diesel engines; Colby, a 14.5 MW facility utilizing one simple cycle W-191 Westinghouse gas turbine, and Bird City, a 2 MW facility utilizing two electro-motive diesel engines.

NAES is the energy industry's largest independent, third-party provider of operations and maintenance services, and also serves the industry with specialized support services, gas and steam turbine inspections, mechanical shop repairs, electrical and mechanical construction and maintenance, and the placement of technical personnel. NAES is a full service provider offering a complete array of services dedicated to making facilities run more safely, reliably and cost-effectively.


Support operation and maintenance of complex functions of reciprocating natural gas fueled internal combustion engines, diesel engines and gas turbine. Responsible for the safe operation and monitoring of engines, generators and associated balance of plant equipment to include the start up and shut down of plant equipment.

Develops and conducts the plant's predictive maintenance program, administering and maintaining plant maintenance and inventory control; conducts plant performance evaluations and collects associated data.

Performs tests, calibrations, and repairs to instrumentation, including all equipment associated with environmental protection and monitoring in accordance with the standards and protocols of the plant.

Participates in the Plant safety tagging and record maintenance, helps to ensure that plant operations are in compliance with regulatory and environmental requirements. Records maintenance actions taken on appropriate logs.

Operates generators and auxiliaries to include start-up and shut-down. Observes and records readings of required indicators and/or instruments for safe operation within prescribed limits.

Makes recommendations for improvement of plant performance and operation safety relevant to assigned area of responsibility.

Prepares plant statistical reports, assists with the preparation of O&M capital budgets, maintenance of plant configuration drawings, databases, operation and maintenance procedures as needed.

Assists with the development and administration of specified packages for the initial and continual training of other plant's O&M Technicians upon request.

Handles related electrical maintenance duties to include the wiring and disconnection of motors, replacement of thermocouples and fuses.

Responsible for the inspection, testing, troubleshooting, service and repair, calibration and installation of pneumatic and/or electric control instruments. Installs, maintains, and troubleshoots all mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, micro- processors, and electronic (solid state) sensing transmitting, indicating, integrating, recording and regulating apparatus, equipment and circuitry associated with the plant.

Installs, tests, removes and replaces motors, generators, rotating equipment, rectifiers, batteries, transformers, regulators, reactors, circuit breakers, disconnecting switches, instruments, control relays, communication equipment, lightning arrestors and other auxiliary equipment with control apparatus in the generating station and associated substation.

Performs mechanical maintenance installation and repair on plant equipment, structures and buildings - including incidental welding, brazing, flame and arc cutting which are not restricted by safety, or structural code requirements, as well as the more complex tasks involving compliance with codes and regulations.

Safely operates plant equipment needed to perform essential job duties, e.g., vehicles, cranes, hoists, welding and cutting equipment, etc. Uses appropriate safety equipment and techniques in the daily performance of all work activities.

Reads and interprets complex blueprints, wiring and schematic diagrams, and performs both internal and external switching and tagging for mechanical and electrical systems.

Updates station logs, e.g., maintenance repairs and outage logs, time reports, material requisitions, etc. in accordance with the protocols of the plant. Completes appropriate plant documents to requisition necessary plant parts, e.g., purchase order request, work order, etc.

May arrange for the transfer and/or receipt of fuel for plant operation.

Reads, understands and complies with all regulatory procedures and facility safety protocols.

Work shift hours, overtime, or irregular hours as needed to support reliable operation of the facility.

Maintains high standards of safety and housekeeping of the assigned maintenance areas.

Cooperates and participates as a team member to accomplish plant goals and objectives.

Ensures adequate turnover of information between shifts, or between projects.


Education, training and experience equivalent to Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering/Technology or other relevant academic discipline; and three years of relevant experience as a O&M Technician (or the equivalent).

Experience with electric generating equipment and operations, to include the repair and maintenance of diesel generators and gas turbines, is preferred.

Knowledge of electrical and mechanical maintenance and related equipment is necessary for successful performance on the job.

Must successfully complete a plant operators knowledge examination.

Good oral and written communication skills are necessary as well as some familiarity with computer-based productivity tools relevant to the plant, e.g., Microsoft software products, databases for work orders (CMMS), maintenance logs, and procurement systems, etc.


Physical requirements include: possibility of working on feet for extensive periods, requiring stair and ladder climbing; and routinely lifting 50 pounds. Protective equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties (e.g. hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, chemical suits, hot gloves and high voltage protective equipment, etc.). Work with hazardous materials may be required.

Position requires extended working hours and varied shifts with weekend and holiday work, as required by schedules, work load and plant conditions. "On call" status will periodically be required.

All employees will participate in the Fitness for Duty Program. This program includes a post-offer physical examination and drug screening and post employment random drug screening. There are extensive smoking restrictions in and around the facility.

NAES offers competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package (including retirement) and promotional opportunities.

No phone calls please.

It is the practice of NAES to seek employees of the highest quality and to select the individuals on the basis of merit and competence, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, military status or affiliation protected under USERRA, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by applicable local, state and federal law.

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