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SOLAR FIELD MAINTENANCE

Date Posted: Apr 19, 2018

Location: Nipton, CA, US

Company: NRG

Job Description

NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power portfolio. A Fortune 200 company, we create value through reliable and efficient conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers serve almost 3 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.

Job Description – Solar Field Maintenance Lead

Summary:

Provide maintenance support to troubleshoot, test, repair, install and maintain all instrumentation and controls associated with the Solar Field (CSP) and its auxiliary equipment. May perform Head Solar Field Technician duties during absence of the Head Solar Field technician. This position is at our Ivanpah Generating Station facility in Nipton, CA.

 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.
  • Install, calibrate, test, troubleshoot and maintain, Computers, Remote I/O, Cameras, Weather Instrumentation and control systems on plant auxiliary equipment. In shop location includes performing bench work and component troubleshooting.
  • Test and locate faults on control and power circuits; potential and current transformers; and similar devices on AC and DC circuits.
  • Perform corrective maintenance as directed and/or required
  • Reads, and interprets electric generating plants P&ID’s and CWD’s to locate, identify, troubleshoot, and repair plant systems, etc.
  • Uses test equipment (oscilloscopes, multi-meters) and hand tools (i.e. drills, screwdrivers) as necessary to troubleshoot and maintain devices and systems for the power plant.
  • Completes all written and electronic records (i.e. work orders, fault tracking/historian, time cards, material requests) required to document the work in progress and as it is completed.
  • Continually updates knowledge of plant systems and instrumentation.
  • Makes decisions about how best to repair equipment and what resources (tools, time equipment) will be needed.
  • Work with solar field control system to interpret faulty components, provide historical trending, move components in and out of maintenance and return to service.

Education:

  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent knowledge of English, mathematics and grammar.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of formal training in electronics, instrumentation, engineering, or a related technical discipline.

Experience:

  • Three (3) years industrial experience in electronics repair and calibration or two (2) years military experience in electronics repair and calibration.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Qualified candidates must receive a rating of Recommended on the NRG Pre-employment Assessment Test.
  • Good mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to discern assorted colors.
  • 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 power systems and RS-485 signaling systems.
  • Ability to calibrate and perform maintenance on weather instrumentation.
  • 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. CA DL is required.
  • Ability to influence others toward action or a particular point of view.
  • 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:

  • Performance of duties may require response calls after normal work hours and working irregular shifts
  • 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.
  • Daily work expectation requires ability to perform tasks by walking, standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching, squatting, twisting, pushing, pulling, shoveling, climbing on uneven terrain 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, stoop and bend to reach various components.
  • 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.
  • 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.… gloves, steel-toed boots, respirators, goggles, safety glasses, snake gators etc.
  • Have ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals.
  • Ability to discern assorted colors

Working Conditions:

Solar Field Maintenance Lead Work is sometimes strenuous. They stand for long periods of time and frequently work on ladders. Some may work in dusty, dirty, hot, or wet conditions, or in confined areas, ditches, or other uncomfortable places. Power Plant Environment-Work both inside and outside in all temperatures and climate conditions in accordance with Safety procedures. May work around large rotating equipment, energized electrical equipment, on elevations in excess of 400 feet or from platforms at heights of 5 feet or greater. Climb stairways, ladders, and work from aerial devices.

 


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

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