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Power Plant Engineer

Date Posted: Nov 15, 2020

Location: Fellows, CA, 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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Plans, schedules, coordinates and provides supervision for sampling, analysis and modifications to station chemistry as well as installation,  maintenance, modification, replacement and repair of station instrumentation and control system related to plant chemistry.  Inspects and evaluates generating equipment and related to station chemistry for Sunrise Generating Station.  Additionally, responsible for tracking plant performance parameters, coordinating appropriate testing to determine root cause of problems, providing system or equipment performance testing, capital project management and recommending appropriate and cost effective solutions to correct problems and/or improve efficiency.



  • Plans, schedules and supervises sampling and laboratory analysis of fuel, water and air related issues and performs other samples for the generation station.
  • Plans, schedules and supervise the installation, inspection, calibration, maintenance and repair of all plant related chemistry as pertaining to the laboratory and field devices.
  • Coordinates and supervises operation and monitoring of condensate, make-up water, service water and wastewater treatment systems.
  • Conducts inspections and evaluates results of turbines and other auxiliary components related to chemical/corrosion conditions.
  • Prepares or assists in preparation of reports, procedures, cost estimates and specifications required for laboratory and plant systems.
  • Completes regulatory agency forms as needed to meet requirements for plant operation to include but not limited to NPDES sampling, APCD Stack P.H., Storm Water Prevention Plan and Fuel related analysis.
  • Oversees and coordinates activities of the laboratory and complies with all personnel policies and procedures.
  • Maintains records and inventory of equipment, parts and consumables required for the maintenance of the station laboratory.
  • Analyzes and implements modifications and improvements to existing laboratory and control systems. 
  • Perform and/or coordinate engineering design modifications.
  • Project lead on site level activities which includes generating, developing and executing projects.
  • Perform as a Project Manager of capital projects.
  • Provide engineering analysis, inspections and support to operations to keep equipment running at maximum reliability and performance levels while maintaining personnel safety, asset safety and environmental compliance.
  • Review and analyze predictive and preventive maintenance data.
  • Monitor unit efficiency.  Identify and troubleshoot deviations from expected values that would improve unit performance.
  • Make recommendations on reducing operational and maintenance expenses.  Provide long range planning for maintenance, repair and capital improvement projects.
  • Ensure appropriate operating permits are maintained.
  • Stay abreast of developments in the energy industry and recommend modifications.
  • Lead performance tests, equipment performance monitoring and trending.
  • Compile and analyze operating data and help develop operational plans and equipment recommendations to optimize facility performance and profitability.
  • Assist in the development of various operations and data reports for internal and external distribution.
  • Support developing elements of the annual operations and maintenance budgets based upon knowledge of inspection, reliability plans and PM requirements.
  • Work closely with operations to optimize and improve unit performance and operations.
  • Support the establishment and enforcement of safe working conditions and practice safe work habits in all activities.




  • Complies with the Facility Environmental, Health and Safety programs.
  • Adheres to company policies and promotes company mission statement.
  • Active participation and support of the facilities.
  • Demonstrates professionalism in all activities.
  • Works in concert with the management team to assure excellence in customer service.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.
  • Available for travel as needed.  Estimate 10-20% travel for training, seminars, and other project support.
  • Participates in corporate safety and environmental programs.




  • Works under limited supervision in a team environment. Supervises operators and
  • contractors as needed. Interacts with all levels of employees through senior
  • management as well as outside business partners such as vendors, suppliers and
  • contractors.




  • Bachelor’s degree and four years in Power or Industrial facilities working in an engineering capacity enhancing plant performance
  • OR
  • Associates and 6 years experience in Power or Industrial facilities working in an engineering capacity enhancing plant performance
  • OR
  • 8 years experience in power or industrial facilities working in an engineering capacity enhancing plant performance
  • Be available for unscheduled overtime outside normal hours for emergency call in.
  • Available for travel as needed.  Estimate 10-20% travel for training, seminars, and other project support.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in computer programs such as Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word and Excel



  • Extensive knowledge of theory and practice of station laboratory and control systems.
  • Familiarity with Federal, State and Local environmental regulations affecting station operations.
  • Working knowledge of fossil generating station operations.
  • Ability to combine theory with practical application in order to analyze laboratory and control problems
  • Knowledge of power plant operation and maintenance activities.
  • Proven ability to communicate technical information to plant personnel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage staff, influencing results through others.
  • On call availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Ability to physically conduct detailed audit/inspection of facilities.


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

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