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Operations Specialist I

Date: Dec 6, 2017

Location: Scottsdale, AZ, US

Company: nrg

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 Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

The Operations Specialist I will play a key role in assisting the Operations Manager and Operations Specialist IV by assuring the highest level of safety, health and environmental standards while optimizing asset production and profitability.  The Operations Specialist I will be responsible for supporting all day to day Reporting, Performance, and Monitoring (RPM) Center activities acting as the on-shift Operations Specialist for all assets under the NRG Renew Portfolio 4 GW portfolio. 




  • Support the commissioning of projects by coordinating test energy scheduling and power plant operations activities ensuring safety, regulatory, environmental, and operating compliance.
  • Proactively monitor and document real time activities, performance, and operational status of NRG Renew Assets.  Operator will also be expected to understand and proactively identify abnormal operating and alarm conditions that arise during the shift and react    accordingly
  • Ability to manage power plant operations taking into account different requirements for each plant based on location, generation type, interconnect requirements, regional regulations and customer contractual requirements.
  • Coordinate, document, and implement all necessary remedial actions to maximize the availability of the equipment and production/revenue according to pricing, resources, forecasts, and maintenance procedures.
  • Perform plant scheduling requirements
  • Interpret and execute asset contracts (PPA’s, LGIA’s, O&M agreements). 
  • Operate multiple power plants IAW regulatory operating requirements (i.e.  CPUC/WECC/Prudent Utility Practices)
  • Coordinate with the Fleet’s Plant Supervisors, Boston (when applicable) and Interconnect entities to coordinate activities and interaction with scheduling coordination, and reporting.
  • Maintain control room log, review switching procedures, create work orders in the CMMS system.
  • Implement, manage, update and maintain operating procedures, policies, and training programs documentation.
  • Maintain the O&M Document Control System, which shall include operations and maintenance procedures, instruction books, contracts, technical manuals and drawings, etc.




  • Minimum of two years’ experience in Operations or in a Solar and Wind Field Technician Role.
  • Able to demonstrate competent technical knowledge of plant and system processes and experience in operating electrical and SCADA systems.
  • Possess knowledge of functional systems interactions and must be able to pay attention to critical elements in a complex and regulated environment.




  • BS degree or formal operations apprenticeship training or equivalent
  • Experience will be considered if relevant




  • Ability to coordinate multiple activities and ensure safety, quality and schedule adherence.
  • Ability to take direction, identify problems, develop solutions, conduct analysis independently and in collaboration with others
  • Ability to work in difficult customer situations and communicate clearly and accurately via verbal and written medians
  • Ability to work in a high stress environment where decisions directly impact personnel safety and equipment reliability
  • Available for 24-hour on-call duty to meet customer requirements




  • Proficient computer skills using MS Excel, MS Project, MS Word, and Outlook
  • Experience using SCADA, PI, and CMMS Systems
  • Technical writing skills
  • Must possess a basic knowledge of power generation principles, operations and maintenance principles, and testing practices for power generation equipment


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

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