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APPRENTICE I&C TECHNICIAN - 1ST 6 MONTHS

Date Posted: Jul 4, 2019

Location: Jewett, 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.

More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

This position is governed by a local union contract.

 

Summary:

An Apprentice I&C Technician, working under the direction of a journeyman and /or Supervisor, provides maintenance support to troubleshoot, calibrate, and maintain all instrumentation associated with the boiler, turbine, generator, and all auxiliary equipment for the plant.

 

 Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

 

  • Recognize safety hazards and follows safety guidelines for personal protection, protection of co- workers and the protection of the public.
  • Gain knowledge of environmental rules and regulations, and effectively apply them to all work situations.
  • Install, calibrate, test, troubleshoot, and maintain protective relays, computers, metering, monitoring, and control systems on boilers, turbines, generators, and plant auxiliary equipment. In shop location includes performing bench work and component troubleshooting.
  • Read  and interpret electric generating plants P&ID’s and CWD’s to locate, identify, troubleshoot, and repair plant systems, interlocks, etc.
  • Use test equipment (oscilloscopes, multi-meters electronic bridges, loop calibrators) and hand tools (i.e. drills, screwdrivers) as necessary to troubleshoot and maintain devices and systems for the power plant.
  • Complete all written and electronic records (i.e. work orders, calibration sheets, time cards, material requests) required to document the work in progress and as it is completed.
  • Learn power plant layout and system operation.
  • Successfully complete apprenticeship training at each six month level.
  • Continually update knowledge of plant systems and instrumentation.
  • Make decisions about how best to repair equipment and what resources (tools, time equipment) will be needed. 

 

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. Climb stairways, ladders, and work from aerial devices.
  • 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).
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as required i.e.…steel-toed boots, respirators, goggles, safety glasses etc.
  • Employee must arrange own transportation to plant and may be assigned to work at any plant at any time.

 

Minimum Requirements:

 

1st 6 Months:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Associates’ Degree in instrumentation, engineering, or a related technical discipline OR two (2) years military experience in electronics repair and calibration may be substituted for formal training.
  • Successful applicant must receive a rating of “recommended” on the NRG Pre-Employment Skills Assessment test. 
  • Valid Driver’s License.

 

2nd 6 months:

  • Completion of 1st 6 months apprentice training and on the job experience observing and practicing the skills of an I&C Technician.
     

3rd 6 months - 6th 6 months:

  • Completion of each consecutive six-month apprentice training and on the job experience practicing the skills of an I&C Technician.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

  • Ability to complete classroom and on-the-job training.

 

 Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

 

  • 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.
  • 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 use mathematics including algebra and geometry to take measurements and perform computations required for installation and calibration of equipment.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair pneumatic, electronic and digital controllers used in control loops.
  • Ability to calibrate and perform maintenance on temperature, level, and pressure instruments and transmitters.
  • Ability to Tag Out/Lock Out equipment per NRG’s Tag Out/Lock Out procedure.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated software.
  • Ability to operate Company vehicles and equipment (e.g. forklift, plant vehicles, etc.) and maintain operating licenses and certifications.
  • Ability to accept responsibility for crew activities.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of plant operations, equipment and skill area knowledge to daily decision making.
  • Ability to do routine cleaning of work area.
  • Ability to complete all written and electronic records to document work in progress and completed.

 

 Physical Requirements:

 

  • 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.
  • Ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals.
  • Ability to discern assorted colors.

 


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