The Operations Technician (Op Tech) is responsible for monitoring the status of all plant systems, controlling routine plant operations, responding to alarms and abnormal conditions by taking appropriate corrective actions, and performs basic routine maintenance duties. The Op Tech executes plant shutdown and start-up procedures as required and assures that the plant meets its generating
requirements while operating in a safe and efficient manner. The Op Tech carries out these tasks in accordance with Plant Operating and Maintenance procedures and associated vendor and manufacturer technical procedures.
Supervision Received: The Op Tech reports to the O&M Manager. The Op Tech works in coordination with other plant personnel.
Supervision Exercised: None
The Op Tech gives direction to temporarily assigned (including subcontractor) personnel on matters pertaining to plant operations and maintenance.
Physical requirements include: working on feet for extensive periods, requiring stair and ladder climbing, and routinely lifting 50 pounds. Protective equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection and other equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties. Work with hazardous materials may be required.
This position requires working in 12 hour shifts (DuPont) with weekend and holiday work as required by schedules, workload and plant conditions.
This position operates from established and well-known procedures, performing duties independently under general direction and minimum supervision. Decisions are made within prescribed operating procedures and guidelines. The position encounters recurring work situations of high complexity, with occasional variations from the norm.
The Op Tech has the authority to control the operation of the plant, and must do so in a safe and efficient manner and be in compliance with all environmental permits and all safety regulations at all times. This position must effectively communicate information to supervisory and fellow plant personnel relative to the condition of the plant equipment and performance, and provide suggestions for plant improvement.
The Op Tech must ensure that duties are performed in such a way as to create 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 customers’ needs are being met.
Perform “Control Room Operator” position duties; starting, operating, and stopping the plant and responding to abnormal and emergency conditions in the most effective manner, complying with all safety and environmental requirements. Continuously monitor system and component conditions, evaluating those conditions to determine plant and equipment performance. Operate all plant equipment to meet plant dispatch requirements. Report upset conditions or other anomalies in plant status to the O&M Manager, as applicable. Assist in conducting acceptance and performance tests on existing or new plant equipment. Make entries in the Operating Log and approve and issue Safety Tagouts as required. Operate control systems to regulate the load on the Gas Turbines and to maintain proper conditions. Perform emergency activities to maintain electric service and safeguard station equipment as required. Control all plant evolutions to ensure their safe and effective conduct and compliance with established policies and procedures. Perform basic mechanical maintenance duties such as predictive and preventative maintenance, replacing basic parts (filters, gaskets, etc.), and repacking bearings. Perform the tasks of opening, closing, racking, and resetting on switch gear up to 230 kV. Conduct basic trouble shooting and analysis on indication and control equipment. Collect and analyze “trending” information to evaluate equipment performance and to forecast possible equipment failures. Assist in and support major maintenance on plant equipment that is conducted by outside contractors. Forecast, inventory, and reorder spare parts to maintain plant reliability. Assist in physical inventories. Participate in the administrative maintenance of the plant operating manuals, technical references, prints and diagrams and preventative/predictive maintenance records. Maintain complete equipment files, logs, drawings, and schematics for all designated equipment. Operate plant and rental vehicles such as Aerial Lifts and Forklift Trucks.
Complete other tasks as requested by the O&M Manager, as applicable.
Maintain assigned working locations in a neat and orderly condition.
1. High school graduate or equivalent, and trade school, related military service training programs, or technical training school programs. Additional professional training preferred.
2. Minimum of five years of control room experience in power generation facilities, process plants or equivalent military experience. Additional experience with machinery repair and control systems preferred.
3. Must possess basic math skills, good verbal communications skills, and be proficient with the use of power and precision tools.
4. Must be cooperative with those he/she contacts in this work and have the ability to work without direct supervision.
5. Must know the hazards involved and the safety precautions to be practiced in the operation and maintenance of power plant equipment and machinery.
6. Work within and insure strict adherence to all safety practices and procedures.
7. Must be able to respond to audio alarms and variations of sound.
8. Must have a valid driver’s license.