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The Plant Operator is responsible for monitoring the status of all plant systems on a continuous basis. The Plant Operator responds to alarms by taking appropriate corrective actions and executes plant shut-down and start-up procedures as required. The Plant Operator assures that the plant meets its generating requirements while operating in a safe and efficient manner.
Receive and respond to electrical and fuel dispatcher's orders and requests.
Acts as representative and routinely interfaces with various agencies, including Transmission Operators, Reliability Coordinators, and Scheduling Coordinators following their documented procedures and guidelines.
Operate control panels to regulate the load on turbines, emissions, and fuel supply to maintain safe, reliable and compliant conditions.
Perform shipping and receiving functions including loading, unloading, inventory auditing, and materials handling. Issue, receive and maintain inventory.
Perform emergency activities to maintain power generation and safeguard station equipment.
Complete other tasks as requested by plant management.
Report upset conditions or other anomalies in plant status to plant management.
Make entries in the Operating Log and approve and issue Tagouts as required.
Performs all shift operations, including startup and shutdown of main plant components and auxiliaries.
Conducts routine tours of the plant to inspect equipment, provides feedback to the O & M Supervisor, and to other employees as directed.
Complies with all site safety requirements and procedures. Identifies safety hazards and takes corrective actions as necessary.
Becomes lead system representative on assigned systems.
Maintains accuracy of operating logs, records, time sheets, work orders and other administrative documents related to the power plant.
Performs routine cycle chemistry testing and makes the necessary adjustments to optimize efficiency.
Checks daily consumption rates of chemicals, gases, fuels, water and other consumables; monitors inventories and initiates action to replenish when appropriate.
Performs electrical and mechanical inspections, trouble-shooting, and maintenance tasks under direction of management as required and takes ownership of assigned equipment.
Investigates plant problems, incidents, accidents and unusual events, and provides analyses, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans.
Reads and records gauges and meters. Performs routine operational tests and adjustments on all power plant systems and components as required.
Develops, assists, and revises operations and maintenance related procedures.
Performs and maintains housekeeping standards and duties.
Performs routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; support corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment..
Performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements.
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 customers' needs are being met.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Physical requirements include; working while standing or sitting for extensive periods (12 hour shifts), requiring stair and ladder climbing; and occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds. Protective equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection and others must be worn in the performance of some duties. Work with hazardous materials may be required.
This position requires extended working hours and varied shifts with the possibility of weekend, callout, and holiday work as required by schedules, work load and plant conditions. "On Call" status may be required.
All personnel are required to comply with the Fitness for Duty policy. This policy includes but is not limited to a 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 is required.
Minimum 3 years operations and maintenance experience in gas turbine electrical power generation. An Associate Degree in a technical field is desirable.
Ability to do mechanical work using hand tools.
Ability to occasionally drive and operate a forklift.In order to maintain flexibility in the facility's shift schedule, the Plant Operators are required to qualify Maintenance Mechanic or I&E Technician.
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.