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Date Posted: Mar 4, 2019

Location: Waukegan, IL, 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.

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Job Summary: 

  • Provide support for process improvements, performance monitoring, root cause analysis, engineering, and construction activities, and operating and maintenance functions to ensure safe and efficient plant operation.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Provide direction to operations and maintenance departments to ensure that plant equipment remains reliable. This includes both technical and financial decisions which impact the overall unit availability and cost control.
  • Provide technical support, testing and inspection expertise within their assigned process areas to ensure safe, reliable, and efficient plant operation.
  • Optimize station equipment operation to meet key performance indicators
  • Develop O&M and Capital budgets for the process equipment.  Assemble ten-year plans and budgets for projects to establish accurate projected cash flows out into the future.
  • Develop strategic plans for equipment overhauls to optimize equipment life and time between overhauls.  
  • Develop outage schedules, coordinate and perform outage inspections for all process equipment
  • Utilize predictive and preventative maintenance (PM/PDM) techniques to monitor and improve equipment.  Evaluate and analyze process variables to identify status and trending of key operating parameters.
  • Conduct root cause analysis of equipment problems and provide recommendations to prevent future incidents.  Assemble all equipment failure reports.
  • Develop, review & revise station procedures & technical instructions and documentation of equipment testing and inspections.
  • Provide engineering, design, economic justification, and specify parts and materials for projects and modifications.  Implement projects and process modifications.
  • Conduct and/or procure training as required within their process.
  • Interface with outside engineering resources on an ‘as-needed’ basis.
  • Work effectively in a team environment as a leader, member and/or facilitator.
  • Perform other duties and assignments as required.



Essential Functions for Emphasis - Electrical

  • Electrical test engineer with electrical power plant and electrical protection system experience.
  • Experience with a generator, transformer, breaker and bus equipment and related protective equipment a must.
  • Knowledge of voltage regulation equipment a plus.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Electrical Engineering Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in technical support of a power plant, or support of processes within a large industrial environment


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough understanding of Power Plant processes and equipment and the interrelationships between them.
  • Overall understanding of Power Plant operations and maintenance requirements.
  • Thorough knowledge of the operation, maintenance, and control of plant systems and equipment specific to the process area of the position. (e.g. Boilers and related auxiliary equipment, Turbine-Generators and related auxiliary equipment, Balance of Plant systems and equipment, Fuel Handling Systems and equipment, Electrical systems and equipment, Instrument & Controls systems, Plant Chemistry control and Water Treatment systems)
  • Ability to effectively supervise, train and direct others (peers, employees, contractors/vendors) in an understandable, clear and consistent manner
  • Ability to read and understand technical information, prints and engineering data, interpret charts, graphs, and gauge scales. Ability to troubleshoot and repair equipment and systems.
  • Risk management - able to make the good judgment on the utilization of sometimes limited resources.
  • General with a thorough knowledge of root cause analysis and proficient in technical report writing.
  • Proficient in the use of PC, and Windows & Microsoft Office applications with particular emphasis on spreadsheet, scheduling, equipment performance and word processing programs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


Physical Requirements:

  • This position is a combination of work in office and industrial settings. 
  • Must be able to wear required personal protection equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, safety glasses, goggles, face shields, hearing protection, respirators, fall protection harnesses, and other PPE as required.
  • Duties require extensive manual dexterity in the use of computer terminal and keyboard while sitting for long periods of time preparing budgets, work scopes, outage schedules, and other reports as needed.
  • May be required to perform equipment inspections by climbing vertical ladders in excess of 20 feet and stairways in excess of 50 feet, using a step stool, kneeling, bending, walking over uneven surfaces such as loose rock, open grating, up and down staircases.
  • May also be required to operate mobile equipment such as zoom booms or scissor lifts to reach heights to inspect equipment, which includes pushing or pulling equipment into place, climbing into a basket, and riding in the basket while the equipment is operating.
  • The compartments where certain equipment may be located may exceed temperatures of 130°F.
  • May be required to prepare and conduct training, including mentoring individuals one-on-one.  In conducting training, the specialist may be required to carry training materials, and to stand for extended periods of time.
  • This position may require some domestic travel.


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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