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Date Posted: Feb 13, 2020

Location: Denver City, TX, US

Company: NRG

Job Description

NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

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This position supports the plant’s mission to achieve maximum unit availability in a safe, efficient, and cost effective manner within all environmental and regulatory standards. Responsibilities include installing, maintaining, analyzing, and modifying instrument and control systems associated with plant generating units, environmental systems, plant chemistry, and auxiliary systems.  This position also diagnoses, isolates, and resolves the most complex problems on the steam power and automatic control systems and instrumentation. Planning and scheduling of one’s own work and coordinating activities of outside contractors as necessary.  Develop and maintain a professional relationship with all work groups/teams through effective communication initiatives. In addition, this position instructs other technicians as assigned. 



  • Diagnosing, isolating and resolving problems with the operation of the instrument and control systems involving electronic, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic and complex distributed control systems.
  • Verifying the accuracy of the operation and calibration of instruments and controls to ensure instruments are within Company and industry standards, making adjustments and replacements of defective equipment.
  • Performing maintenance of instruments and controls, adhering to service schedules; maintaining service records.
  • Uses test equipment & hand tools (i.e. drills, screwdrivers) to troubleshoot/maintain devices & systems for plant
  • Repair, calibrate continues emissions monitoring system (CEMS) equipment and maintain test gas documentation. Stay up-to-date in the knowledge of the ESC/CEM for UNIX System (DAHS) software and install updates and supplements.
  • Performing changes or additions to personal computers and computer programs using various programmable logic controllers, data loggers, distributed control systems, and performance monitoring systems.
  • Analyzing complex test and operating data; preparing charts and graphs; and reporting on results as assigned.
  • Tuning and modifying complex control systems on Boiler/Turbine/Generator and other Combustion Controls. 
  • Interfacing with manufacturers’ representatives, production crew and other engineering personnel during installation and start-ups of new systems.
  • Perform any task necessary for continuity or restoration of service in an emergency.
  • Communicates condition of equipment and status of jobs to group leaders, supervision, operations, and other craft personnel and outside service representatives.
  • Reads and interprets instruction manuals, blueprints, and control system drawings, and applies knowledge to daily tasks.
  • Completes all written and electronic records ( i.e. work orders, calibration sheets, material requests) required to document the work in progress and as it is completed.
  • Continually updates knowledge of plant systems and instrumentation.
  • Makes decisions about how best to repair equipment and what resources (tools, time equipment) will be needed.
  • Coordinates work activities with other crafts/contractors
  • Works with materials/chemicals (i.e. asbestos, silica, fiberglass, ammonia, hydrazine, lead, chlorine, PVC, Acetone, PCB's, mercury), oil, grease, etc
  • Assure that procedures are issued and controlled as required by the QA/QC plan.
  • Provide engineering support for plant engineers and vendors for new projects and retrofits for existing equipment.
  • Maintain Certification as a Visible Emissions Evaluator (Federal Reference Method 9) – if required.
  • Maintain and enhance the safety of the I&C shop by implementing the Safety Plan and the goals established for the department, e.g. Job Safety Awareness forms, Safety Observations, Safety Meetings, etc.



  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent knowledge of English, mathematics and grammar required.
  • Must have 2 years formal training in electronics, instrumentation, engineering or related technical discipline, or 2 years military experience in electronics repair & calibration substituted for formal training.



  • Must have 2 years of industrial Instrument & Control maintenance experience in repair, inspection, calibration & troubleshooting of related power plant equipment.
  • Successful candidates must receive a rating of Recommended on the NRG Pre-employment Assessment test.  


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):


  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work harmoniously in a team environment.
  • Excellent communications skills including written and verbal. 
  • Complete understanding of plant operations and equipment required including knowledge of regulatory and plant specific codes and standards. 
  • Ability to read English and understand technical manuals, classroom materials, and electrical and mechanical drawings and relate these to actual equipment.
  • Ability to operate and use such test equipment as multi-meters loop calibrators, and frequency devices. Ability to use hand tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers, and small electrical hand tools.
  • Leadership qualities and the ability to interface with multiple disciplines required. 
  • Ability to use a PC and learn associated software – i.e. databases, spreadsheets, and operating systems, MS office suite applications especially Excel.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn SAP workflow computer application within four months.
  • An understanding of the Reliability Based Maintenance and Root Cause Analysis required.  
  • Ability to discern assorted colors.
  • Ability to use mathematics including algebra and geometry to take measurements and perform computations required for installation and calibration of equipment
  • Ability to calibrate and perform maintenance on temperature, level, and pressure instruments and transmitters.
  • Ability to operate Company vehicles and equipment (e.g. forklift, plant vehicles, etc.) and maintain operating licenses and certifications. TDL is required.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair pneumatic, electronic and digital controllers used in control loops.
  • Good mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in written reports, condition of equipment and status of jobs to crew leader, supervision, operations, and other craft personnel and outside service representatives.
  • Knowledge of electricity, voltage, and current relationships.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Company environmental guidelines.
  • Sound level of knowledge of maintenance activities and procedures performed on control systems used in power generation.
  • Ability to read and interpret instruction manuals blueprints and control system drawings; applies knowledge to daily tasks.
  • Ability to learn mechanical and electrical control equipment and basic power plant equipment operation.
  • 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.


Physical Requirements:


  • Power Plant Environment-Work both inside and outside in all temperatures and climate conditions in accordance with Heat Stress procedures.  Work 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
  • Requires wearing personal protective safety equipment.
  • Work in and around rotating equipment, high voltage electrical equipment, high noise areas and elevations.
  • Work in all temperatures and climatic conditions. Some temperatures can be extreme.
  • Work in confined spaces, some requiring the use of respirator protective equipment.
  • Established facial hair in the sealing area of a respirator is not permitted when wearing respirators.
  • Contact lenses are not permitted except for specific medical reasons.
  • Substantial footwear must be worn.
  • Performance of duties may require working rotating shifts as needed and response to calls 24 hours/day, seven days/week. Overtime and non-standard work hours as required.
  • Requires operation of a motor vehicle, valid Driver’s License required.
  • 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.
  • Lift, carry, position and use tools and/or equipment (weighing up to 50 lbs.) in awkward positions, swing various weights of sledge hammers, stoop and bend to reach valves, pull on chain-falls or come-a-longs.
  • Ability to twist the body and neck while driving company vehicles or operating company equipment.
  • Performance of duties may cause frequent jarring of the body.
  • Work with and around hazardous and non-hazardous materials (reference the waste management guidance manual).


These statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job.

This job description reflects an assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Other duties and tasks may be assigned to this job at the Company's discretion.





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