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 Job Title: O&M Plant Tech 1 - Plains End
 Company Name: NAES Corporation
 Employment Type: Full Time
 Location: ARVADA, CO, United States
 Department: Plains End
 Salary: Highly Competitive
 Shift Hours/ Days: 12 hours a day
 Shift Details: modified DuPont
 Hours/Pay Period: 80
 Degree Required: High School/GED
 Job ID: 2013.01716
 Date Posted: Mar 1, 2013
 Years Experience: 4
 Service Category: Operations & Maintenance
 Location: Arvada CO
 Plant Configuration: Combined Cycle
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  Complete Description

NAES Corporation, a leading provider of 3rd party O&M services to the Independent Power Industry, is currently recruiting for the following position at the Plains End facility in Arvada, CO.

Plains End is comprised of two units: (i) Plains End I, an approximately 113 MW natural gas-fired reciprocating engine peaking facility that began commercial operations in May 2002 and (ii) Plains End II, an approximately 115 MW natural gas-fired reciprocating engine peaking facility that began commercial operations in May 2008.


The O&M Plant Technician 1 (PT1) assists in the safe and efficient operation of the power plant and the supporting equipment and systems. The PT1 carries out all routine operation, analysis, inspects and monitors operating components and reports plant status. The PT1 is responsible for performing all the routine maintenance and repairs on plant facilities and equipment.  The PT1 performs tasks in accordance with the Plant Maintenance Program and associated maintenance and repair procedures.


The PT1 will assist in start-up, shut-down and normal operations of power plant systems.

The PT1 will operate the engines all plant auxiliary equipment such as:  air compressors; water systems; waste water systems; generator system; locally controlled electrical and mechanical equipment.

The PT1 will perform operating tests and inspections, and make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment assigned to achieve proper operating conditions.

PT1 will execute orders from the O&M Supervisor, Plant Lead Tech (PLT) and Shift Lead Tech (SLT) at isolated panels for clearing equipment or making it ready for service in accordance with operating instructions and procedures; clear, tag, test and safety tape these operations.

The PT 1 will maintain logs and rounds as assigned.

The PT1 will report any abnormal or irregular conditions that develop during the progress of the work and take corrective measures within the scope of operating instructions.

The PT1 will perform maintenance during maintenance periods.

Has a good understanding of NERC policies and procedures, and ensures any abnormalities related to NERC are reported to the SLT or PLT.

The PT1 will complete other tasks as required by the O&M Supervisor, PLT and SLT.


The PT1 operates from established and well-known procedures under minimum supervision performing duties independently with only general direction given. The PT1 encounters recurring work situations of moderate complexity, with occasional variations from the norm.  Decisions are made within prescribed operating and casualty procedures and guidelines.

The PT1 must perform work in a safe manner resulting in no accidents, in compliance with all environmental permits at all times. The PT1 must effectively communicate information to supervision and fellow plant personnel, relative to the condition of the plant equipment and performance, and provide suggestions for plant improvements.  The PT1 must perform duties in such a way to result in an optimum cost-benefit ratio.

All employees have the responsibility to both the customer and their co-workers to do the job right the first time and to ensure the customer's needs are being met.


The PT1 reports to the O&M Supervisor and periodically receives work direction from the PLT or SLT.


Physical requirements include:  working on feet for 12 hour 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 post-offer physical examination and drug screening and post employment random drug screening.  There are extensive smoking restrictions in and around the facility.


Ability to understand procedures and instructions specific to the area of assignment as would be acquired in four years of high school.

Minimum of two years experience in Power Plant Operations desirable.

Experience in water chemistry control, analysis of water conditions, water treatment facility operations and chemical handling requirements is required. Theoretical and practical knowledge of reciprocating engine operations, closed system steam generation, industrial safety, hazardous waste management and inspection/recording of plant parameters is highly desirable.

Experience with piping and instrument schematics and process controls desirable. Extensive working knowledge of power plant industry desirable.

Must successfully complete a plant operator's knowledge examination. 

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

No phone calls please.                 

 Additional Information

Rotating Shifts may be required.

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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