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Plant Specialist/Engineer

Date Posted: Jan 9, 2020

Location: Deweyville, 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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Job Summary: 


The Plant Specialist / Engineer is a position intended for an individual with extensive experience and advanced subject matter knowledge in a power plant.  This knowledge can be gained through experience or a combination of a college/technical training and experience   In this position the individual will be expected to provide advanced technical support for a given area or type of equipment in the plant.


The job level for this position will be based on education, skills, and experience.


The Cottonwood Generating Station is a 1280MW Combined Cycle facility with four GE 7FA 1x1 units.  It is located in Deweyville, Texas.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Perform field inspections, field measurements and equipment walk downs.
  • Support, monitor and emphasize the importance of safety and environmental programs.
  • Perform routine unit/equipment performance monitoring and testing.
  • Attend training in area of specialization.
  • Prepare written reports in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Participate and/or lead teams that focus on specific problem areas or needs for generating units (ie: Root Cause Analysis).
  • Coordinate activities with Vendors/Contractors and outside support groups.
  • Provide technical support to plant operations and maintenance activities.
  • Be proactive with problem recognition, using independent judgment to provide input on ways to solve them.
  • Directs, or performs routine unit/equipment performance monitoring and testing and makes recommendations based on the data collected.
  • Directs the work of other Plant Specialists and contractors.
  • Provides assistance to the training department when training programs are developed in associated area of expertise.
  • Provides technical input on due diligence efforts and new projects a they arise in their technical area of expertise.
  • Participates in the applicable internal and external user groups and implement industry best practices to the fleet as required.


Working Conditions:

  • Normal office environment and/or out of doors work environment.  This could include working at heights, high/low ambient temperatures, and high humidity areas.
  • Requires operation of a motor vehicle and valid Driver’s License.
  • Work overtime and non-standard hours as required.
  • Use of PPE (Personnel Protective Equipment), which may include safety glasses, hard hat, protective footwear, ear plugs, safety harness, respirator, etc. 
  • May be required to work around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials and chemicals.
  • Operation of a personal computer.
  • Business related travel - approximately 25% travel to out of state NRG and vendor facilities; and 25% local travel to NRG facilities.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with 4 years’ of experience in a power plant or 8 years’ experience in a power plant focused on operations, maintenance, or technical field
  • Must have knowledge of Power Plant systems


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering strongly preferred
  • Combined Cycle GE 7FA preferred


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced experience with breakers, exciters, generators, transformers, motors, switchgear and miscellaneous electrical equipment
  • Ability to provide technical support for electrical testing, inspection, repair and development / implementation of technical solutions of in-service power generation components
  • Good understanding of work planning and scheduling.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage projects in his area of specialization.
  • Detailed knowledge of power plant systems and equipment in area of specialization.
  • Ability to understand and interpret drawings and specifications.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply applicable industry and corporate codes and standards.
  • Ability to perform inspections of power plant systems and equipment and take field measurements.
  • Ability to organize and interpret data collected in the plant and to make recommendations based on the findings.
  • Ability to use standard business software to produce spreadsheets and reports.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with other personnel.
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional working relationship with others.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to read and follow written corporate policies and procedures.
  • Committed to the OSHA VPP Guidelines.  Takes responsibility for personal safety and safety of others.


Physical Requirements:

  • Requires standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, climbing stairs and ladders, and entering plant equipment to access, inspect and/or collect data on plant equipment.
  • May require lifting as appropriate to perform duties and responsibilities.



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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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