NRG Careers


Date Posted: Apr 13, 2018

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: NRG

Job Description

As an NRG employee, we encourage you to think creatively and proactively about your career choices.  Our work environment is dynamic and the career opportunities across our businesses offer variety and challenge.  Providing career growth to our own employees is critical to our ongoing success--take charge of your career goals and empower your future!


This position is the second level of Operator-in-training for the facility.  The successful candidate will work day shift as a Mechanic to help round out their knowledge of plant systems as part of the learning process. The Operator III will continue on the path to becoming proficient in plant operating systems including the water, fuel gas, fuel oil, air and flue gas systems.  This will also include a basic understanding of boiler operating principals and ancillary system functions.   It requires demonstrating NRG principles of safe work practices, environment stewardship, teamwork, and ethics.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • The employee must be able to understand and carry-out instructions as required by the job.  Must demonstrate a willingness follow company and facility procedures, and demonstrate a willingness to learn new systems and new equipment as needed.
  • Become proficient in NRG Safety, Security, and Environmental requirements as these pertain to the plant.  Complete Safety and Environmental training programs following initial and annual training as assigned.  Recognize safety and environmental hazards and follow safety guidelines for personal protection, protection of fellow workers and the protection of the public and understand the Policies on Safety and Environmental over production.
  • Ability to Lock Out/Tag Out (LOTO) equipment per NRG LOTO procedure.
  • Ability and willingness to receive shipments of hazardous materials.
  • Security operations including contractor and visitor entry procedures.
  • Ethics and Teamwork are essential characteristics that must be developed and demonstrated.  The operating staff must seamlessly interface with maintenance, instrumentation and distribution personnel.
  • Maintain, inspect, and monitor in a safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound manner steam plant equipment (i.e. Boiler / Furnace equipment, Turbines and associated auxiliary equipment, Fuel Systems, Plant Auxiliary Systems includes valves, pumps, blowers, Environmental Control Process equipment, and Water Treatment Systems).
  • Assist with boiler overhauls, piping and pipe fitting, and troubleshoot plant equipment to resolve operational problems.
  • Must work effectively with all plant personnel as well as the public.
  • Perform routine maintenance on a variety of plant equipment boilers, traps, valves, piping systems, etc.
  • Perform routine cleaning of work area.
  • Employee must arrange own transportation to work location(s).
  • Must be fluent in English and must be able to effectively communicate with all other plant personnel as well as the public.  The ability to communicate by phone and email is essential.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated software (at a minimum: MS Word, MS Excel, Outlook).


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must receive a rating of Recommended on the NRG Pre-employment assessment test.
  • High school diploma or GED Equivalent required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in one or more of the following areas is required:
    • boiler operator
    • electrical/mechanical technician
    • mechanic
    • pipe fitter
    • welder
    • plumbing
    • electrical
    • welding
    • similar military experience 


Desirable Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Knowledge of steam plant system operations and basic plant principles used daily in decision making and work tasks.
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate various switches and valves and the effect each has on the total operation of boilers and steam plant operations.
  • Knowledge of maintenance procedures such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, welding, etc.  Ability to perform maintenance to plant equipment as needed.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks or assignments at the same time.
  • Ability to use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to perform flow, pressure and meter calculation.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, schematic diagrams, procedures and technical manuals.
  • Ability to perform checks (e.g., PM’s) on running and idle equipment.
  • Ability to perform regulatory safety and environmental inspections.
  • Ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals from control panel.
  • Ability to record and analyze readings of various electrical and mechanical meters.
  • Ability to work without direct supervision while carrying out duties.
  • Ability to operate Company vehicles and equipment (e.g. forklift, plant vehicle, etc.).  Valid California driver’s license is required (out of state license is acceptable temporarily).
  • Excel, and MS Outlook).  Ability to learn new computer programs is essential.
  • Ability to assist Operators and Maintenance personnel in performance testing.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment.


Physical Requirements:

  • Steam Plant Environment-Work both inside and outside in all temperatures and climate conditions in accordance with Heat Stress procedures. Work performed is around rotating equipment, energized electrical equipment in high noise areas, and/or in confined places, on elevations in excess of 50 feet, or from platforms at heights of 4 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, gloves, 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.

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace.  To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability  Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.  Official description on file with Human Resources.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland