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Date Posted: Nov 13, 2019

Location: Houston, 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 is governed by a local union contract.



Provide manual machinist support of power generation equipment in the Central Repair Shop.

Provide mechanical maintenance support to maintain equipment in an electrical generating power plant; may perform Head Mechanic duties during absence of a Head Mechanic.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Recognizes safety hazards and follows safety guidelines for personal protection, protection of fellow workers and the protection of the public.
  • Knowledgeable of environmental rules and regulations, and effectively apply them to all work situations.
  • Ability to operate manual lathes to 138” swing, manual boring mills to 17’ swing, and large manual horizontal boring machines.
  • Installs, maintains tests, inspects, and repairs generating station equipment such as boilers, turbines, pumps, condensers, heat exchangers, and pressure vessels.
  • Replaces bearings, packing in pumps and valves, shaft seals, sleeves, seats, and other miscellaneous parts used in plant equipment.
  • Works with apprentice mechanics and skill enhancement employees to teach proper, safe use of tools and maintenance procedures.
  • Employee must arrange own transportation to work location and may be reassigned to another location at the Company’s discretion.


Working Conditions:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Work with and around hazardous and non-hazardous materials (reference the waste management guidance manual).


Minimum Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience manual machinist skills required. 
  • Previous experience working with large lathes, mills, vertical boring machines and horizontal boring machine. 
  • Must receive a rating of "recommended" on the NRG Energy pre-employment skills assessment.
  • Must have journeyman level mechanical aptitude skills and demonstrated abilities.
  • Valid state Driver’s License is required.
  • Must be prepared to work irregular or rotating shifts and respond to emergency callout 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Have previous experience in the repair, inspection, and/or maintenance of related power plant or machine shop equipment.


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to use hand tools (e.g. wrenches, screw drivers, sledge hammers, etc.)
  • Ability to operate Company vehicles and equipment (e.g. forklift, mobile crane, etc.) and maintain operating licenses and certifications.
  • Knowledge of rotating equipment and general industrial maintenance activities and procedures.
  • Ability to operate oxygen and acetylene torches.
  • Ability to operate machine shop equipment (i.e. drill presses, lathes and boring mills).
  • Ability to follow, interpret and act on written and verbal job instructions, and reports, technical manuals and data.
  • Ability to use basic math and geometry.
  • Ability to use measuring devices such as micrometers.
  • Ability to calculate measurements and computations used to repair and maintain power plant equipment.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated software.
  • Ability to Tag Out/Lock Out equipment per NRG Tag Out/Lock Out procedure.
  • Ability to diagnose and correct mechanical equipment troubles and repairs or recommend major repairs.
  • Ability to perform preventative and corrective maintenance procedures on mechanical equipment.
  • Ability to perform plumbing and pipe fitting tasks.
  • Ability to set up rigging for installing and removing equipment.
  • Ability to order proper materials for job completion.
  • Ability to complete required records for work performed.
  • Ability to clean work area routinely.
  • Ability to certify as a “code” welder with proper training.
  • Ability to use gases and/or arc welding equipment for mechanical repair and fabrication of plant equipment.
  • Ability to remove and replace insulating materials with proper training.


Physical Requirements:

  • Climb stairways, ladders, and work from aerial devices.
  • 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
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as required i.e.…steel-toed boots, respirators, goggles, safety glasses etc.
  • Have ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals.
  • Ability to discern assorted colors


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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