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Solar Tech Lead

Date: Sep 13, 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.



  • Responsible for performing local plant and unit startup, monitoring, and shutdown as well as preparation and implementation of clearances, switching (emergency and routine), pre-operational and performance testing, and return to service.
  • Performs emergency, preventive, and predictive maintenance on equipment associated with a PV Solar power generating facility.
  • Maintain logs and records as required to record complete operating conditions for the facility and report and irregularities.
  • Performs diagnostic and routine maintenance on programmable logic controllers (PLC's) and associated systems; Protective Relays, Utility Switchyards and Communication Systems.
  • Creates, plans, documents work performed, and closes work orders as required using the work management system.
  • Performs other technical and administrative duties associated with operating and maintaining a power facility; ensuring all OEM Warranty obligations are being followed.
  • Ensures work is performed in accordance with Environmental and Safety requirements.
  • Performs work independently and/or in assigned work crews.
  • May supervise or direct the work of individual technicians and/or crews of technicians of equal or lower levels.
  • Ability to plan, implement, and direct operations and maintenance work activities.
  • Demonstrated crew leadership abilities.
  • Ability to provide a safe and healthful work environment for assigned individuals.
  • Ability to plan for and support environmental awareness and compliance for assigned individuals and work crews.
  • Frequent travel to solar farms within Arizona travel outside of Arizona approximately once a quarter.




  • Knowledge of complex analog and digital instrumentation and control systems; proper methods for troubleshooting, repairing, and adjusting instruments and control systems; proper and safe methods to clear equipment; safe use of tools; plant safety rules; reporting procedures and practices, maintenance procedures and practices; electrical and mechanical prints, and PV Solar plant terminology and nomenclature.
  • Possess 2 year technical degree or equivalent Journeyman certification/qualifications
  • 5+ years of experience, preferably 1 year minimum as a Lead Technician and /or Project Manager.
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbal and written information and directives; troubleshoot equipment and system problems; detect and correct faulty instruments and control devices; install special or sensitive instruments; prioritize work; read and understand technical information, prints, and engineering data; interpret charts, graphs and gauge scales; and interface and work with others.
  • Must be able to use a personal computer keyboard and printer, engineering station keyboard, and various test equipment.  Should have a good working ability with MS Office programs. Must be able to articulate sufficiently to provide complex technical explanations.  Must be able to read and comprehend highly technical instruction books and manuals.
  • Qualified to perform all routine and emergency operations at an electric generation facility and HV Switchyard.


Working Conditions


  • Normal plant and/or office environment, including working at heights, high/low ambient temperatures and high humidity areas.
  • Requires standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, climbing stairs and ladders, and entering plant equipment to access, inspect, or collect data on plant equipment.
  • Requires use of wear personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, ear plugs, etc.).
  • May be required to work around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials and chemicals.
  • Occasionally requires lifting up to 70 pounds, to perform duties and responsibilities.
  • Work overtime and non-standard working hours, as required.
  • Travel required, as needed.

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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