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Date Posted: May 19, 2020

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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Job Summary: 


This position supports the plant by serving as the station’s Outage Planner/Coordinator.  This position supports various asset management initiatives and teams.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Promote safety by assuring that all safety rules and regulations are followed including the coordination and supervision of equipment isolation and tagging procedures.
  • Developing and drafting written maintenance plans for the plant including weekly and outage maintenance scheduling and establishing plant maintenance priorities.
  • Develops detailed outage plans for inspection outages and overhauls.
  • Pre-plans forced outage schedules to ensure minimal plant down time to maximize revenue.
  • Maintains control over outage required work to ensure timely implementation.
  • Maintains the site long term maintenance plan to ensure equipment overhauls are performed within recommended frequencies to maximize plant reliability.
  • Develops bid specifications and negotiates contractor support for major overhaul work such as turbine overhauls, boiler restoration, and various improvement projects.
  • Plans and tracks outage budgets and expenditures for cost control.  Prepares cost control recommendations and work scope changes for plant management.
  • Builds Requests for Expenditures for outages and outage related projects. Determines priority, cost, manpower and time estimates, re-evaluating estimates to reflect changing job requirements and preparing job sequence requirements for major plant projects and for specific maintenance work.
  • Accumulating and analyzing data on actual versus estimated time, equipment, and manpower requirements.
  • Establishing and validating estimates for recurring maintenance work using past history, supervisory, planner, and craftsman knowledge.  Conferring, as needed with representatives of equipment manufacturers on matters concerning the servicing, assembly, or maintenance of equipment.
  • Recommending improved practices, methods and procedures to increase efficiency, quality, and reduce equipment downtime.
  • Initiating work orders for major scheduled or forced outages and participating in developing weekly plans.
  • Coordinating maintenance planning activities and reviewing work orders with the appropriate supervisors and other elements to assure mutual agreement with understanding, arranging for critical equipment isolation with operations to coordinate plant maintenance planning activities.
  • Informing and instructing others in the application of work planning practice.
  • Collateral duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Assist field coordination between contractors, consultants, and material suppliers on assigned projects.
  • Presents outage status to plant and senior management as required.
  • Develops long lead material and services requirements for outages and outage plan.
  • Works closely with the Operations, Maintenance, and Business Managers to ensure Outage Back Log is prioritized and managed.
  • Leads outage meetings.
  • Tracks and manages outage schedules.
  • Communicate and lead in accordance with company vision and core values.
  • Support station safety, maintenance performance, root cause analysis, condition-based monitoring, proactive maintenance initiatives.
  • Support of station forced outages and maintenance outages.  This may at times involve working night shift hours and/or weekends.
  • Development of engineered work packages.
  • Maintain historical database / reduction of maintenance backlog and equipment history in SAP.
  • Weekly and monthly report outs as required.


Working Conditions:


  • Normal power plant environment and/or out of doors work environment.  Includes working at heights, high/low ambient temperatures and high humidity areas at generating unit work locations.
  • Requires operation of a motor vehicle; Valid State Driver’s License.
  • Regular extended and non-standard hours during critical issue resolution and to achieve project milestones.
  • Occasional travel to corporate locations and other company plants.
  • Requires wearing personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, ear plugs, fall protection etc.).
  • Requires working around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials and chemicals.


Minimum Requirements:


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in operations or maintenance activities is desired.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Project
  • Working knowledge of Primavera project portfolio management software. 


Preferred Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferred or two plus years’ experience in Gas operated power plants. 


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communications skills including written, verbal, and motivational.
  • Ability and willingness to lead and train subordinates to fully realize maximum team potential.
  • Ability to coordinate numerous activities under stress with poise, safely and successfully.
  • Possess an excellent working knowledge of operations and maintenance for efficient and effective production.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn SAP workflow computer application within four months.
  • Strong background of MS office suite applications especially Excel.
  • Ability to develop outage schedules and weekly maintenance schedules.


Physical Requirements:


  • Requires standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, climbing stairs and ladders, and entering plant equipment to access, inspect, or collect data on plant equipment.


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

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