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Date: Aug 9, 2017

Location: Abernathy, TX, US

Company: nrg

NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power portfolio. A Fortune 200 company, we create value through reliable and efficient conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country. More information is available at Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.



Provides regional support to the Golden Spread plants in Northern Texas – Denver City (Mustang Station), Amarillo (Panhandle Wind Ranch) and Abernathy (Antelope Elk Energy Center).  This position works with Plant Managers, Operations staff to ensure environmental compliance with applicable state and federal environmental permits, regulations and NRG policies.  This role will include oversight of required samples and data collection systems, filing necessary reports, coordinating necessary testing, conducting sampling as needed, and recommending appropriate actions to ensure continued compliance with existing and new regulations and permits.  This position will also be responsible for carrying out special projects associated with the retrofit of the existing assets and future expansion projects.  Implements region wide environmental programs within the day-to-day facility operations with a focus on regulatory compliance.   Develops and leads training for all staff and contractors.  Conducts detailed investigations of environmental related incidents.



  • Operate, inspect, and monitor in a safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound manner steam power plant equipment (i.e. Boiler / Furnace equipment, Turbine/Generator and its associated auxiliary equipment, Fuel Systems, Plant Auxiliary Systems includes valves, pumps, blowers, Environmental Control Process equipment, and Water Treatment Systems).
  • Recognize safety hazards and follow safety guidelines for personal protection, protection of fellow workers and the protection of the public.
  • Learn proper operating procedures.
  • Observe variations in operating conditions and interpret meter and gauge readings to troubleshoot plant equipment to resolve operational problems.
  • Monitor and record data available through the use of various instruments, recording charts, annunciator systems and other monitoring devices onto shift logs as directed by plant operational procedures.
  • Perform routine cleaning of work area.
  • Employee must arrange own transportation to work location and may be reassigned to another location at the Company’s discretion.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental engineering or a similar Environmental or Engineering degree
  • Masters degree preferred.
  • Three years’ experience in a power plant environment, or related environment such as a chemical or industrial environment.
  • Experience leading and supervising people preferred.   
  • Detailed knowledge of power plant equipment such as motors, pumps, boilers, turbines, generators, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, cooling towers, pollution control equipment, AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc.
  • Knowledge/ability to understand fundamental principles related to Physics, Mathematics, AC and DC electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermodynamics, chemistry, and metallurgy.
  • Demonstrate the above by completing an initial qualification program (Basic Duties and Phase I), through periodic initial and refresher training programs, and by successful performance on periodic oral and written examinations.
  • Knowledge of power plant safety, especially in areas such as chemical handling, high energy systems, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, first aid, rotating machinery, heavy equipment operations, etc.
  • Knowledge/ability to master and apply the fundamentals of personal computer operation, e.g., basic word processing, basic spreadsheets, and electronic mail.


 Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Knowledge of power plant system operations and basic power plant principles used daily in decision making and work tasks.
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate various switches and valves and the effect each has on the total operation of the generating station.
  • Ability to handle multiple task or assignments at the same time.
  • Ability to Tag Out/Lock Out equipment per NRG Texas Tag Out/Lock Out procedure.
  • Ability to use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to perform flow, pressure and meter calculation.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, schematic diagrams, procedures and technical manuals.
  • Ability to communicate plant system and equipment conditions on to others.
  • Ability to perform checks (e.g., PM’s) on running and idle equipment.
  • Ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals from control panel.
  • Ability to discern assorted colors.
  • Ability to record and analyze readings of various electrical and mechanical meters.
  • Ability to work without supervision inspection while carrying out duties.Ability to operate Company vehicles and equipment (e.g. forklift, plant vehicle, etc.) and maintain operating licenses and certifications. TDL is required.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated software.
  • Ability to perform routine laboratory tests and analysis on samples from power generation processes, (i.e. boiler water, make-up demineralizer, etc.).
  • Ability to operate various computer systems to receive, analyze, comprehend and input data.
  • Ability to generate work notifications for execution of equipment repair.
  • Ability to communicate information clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to assist Head Operators and others in performance testing.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment


Physical Requirements:

  • Power Plant Environment-Work both inside and outside in all temperatures and climate conditions in accordance with Heat Stress procedures. Around large rotating equipment, energized electrical equipment in high noise areas, and/or in confined places, on elevations in excess of 250 feet, or from platforms at heights of 5 feet or greater. Climb stairways, ladders, and work from aerial devices.
  • Must be prepared to work irregular or rotating shifts and respond to emergency callout 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • Ability to work in mentally stressful environments: must be able to react to crises where immediate action is required to correct or curtail potentially damaging or hazardous situations.
  • Daily work expectation requires ability to perform tasks by walking, standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching, squatting, twisting, pushing, pulling, shoveling, climbing, and working with hand tools (up to 25 pounds) in position above and below head, and extended from body to complete repairs.

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace.  To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability
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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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