Combustion Turbine Technician

Date:  Feb 8, 2024

Antioch, CA, US, 94509

Company:  NRG

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Job Summary: 


A rotating shift and/or day shift employee that is responsible for the safe, reliable, and efficient operation and maintenance activities for the Marsh Landing Generating Station in Antioch, CA.  The facility is a nominal 760 MW simple cycle generating facility whose major equipment includes 4 Siemens SGT-5000F gas turbines.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Ability to work with other assigned personnel in the performance of all shift activities in a professional manner.
  • Installing, maintaining, analyzing, and modifying instrument and control systems associated with plant generating units, environmental systems, and auxiliary systems.
  • Diagnosing, isolating, and resolving problems with the operation of the instrument and control systems involving electronic, electrical, and complex distributed control systems.
  • Verifying the accuracy of the operation and calibration of instruments and controls to ensure instruments are within Company and industry standards, adjusting and replacement of defective equipment.
  • Performing maintenance of instruments and controls, adhering to service schedules; maintaining service records.
  • Uses test equipment & hand tools to troubleshoot/maintain devices & systems for the plant.
  • Perform changes or additions to personal computers and computer programs using various programmable logic controllers, data loggers, distributed control systems, and performance monitoring systems.
  • Perform tasks as necessary for continuity or restoration of service in an emergency.
  • Read and interpret instruction manuals, blueprints, and control system drawings.
  • Perform the required activities of the control room and roving operator watch station, which includes the operation, maintenance, and performance monitoring of all equipment; test and treatment of plant water chemistry; creation and maintenance of plant records; extensive use of personal computers and distributed control systems; etc.
  • Maintain high professional, personnel, equipment safety, and environmental consciousness while adhering to compliance standards and practices.
  • Maximize plant efficiency and profits without degrading personnel and equipment safety practices, environmental requirements, or concerns for the long-term operation of the plant.
  • Interface and effectively communicate with, CAISO, and Direct Energy.
  • Ensure all environmental permit conditions are consistently complied with.
  • Perform other assigned independent, team or shift activities that include but are not limited to; industrial safety program activities; routine maintenance tasks; housekeeping and general facility preservation; and whatever other activity you are directed to perform.
  • Take the lead in assigned maintenance activities in the areas of mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and controls, and warehousing due to specialty training and experience.
  • Interface with the Plant Computerized Maintenance Management System (SAP) which requires proficiency in all modules; (1) Work order module; (2) Purchasing module; (3) Inventory Control module; (4) Timekeeping module.
  • Assist in developing and defining operational policies and procedures as requested.
  • Assist in identifying and implementing plant or profit improvement projects.
  • Assist in developing the annual budget and training plan for plant operations by providing the needs of the plant using your specialized skill or training.
  • Respond quickly to plant conditions or requirements which may involve extended and/or abnormal work hours.
  • Cross train in the required plant disciplines of operations and maintenance, including Electrical; Instrumentation and Controls; and Mechanical skills.
  • Assist in the selection, administration and oversight of contractors, which support plant activities.  Examples include but are not limited to: electrical, mechanical, and gas maintenance activities, janitorial, building and grounds, predicative maintenance, HVAC, etc.
  • Operate company vehicles including trucks, forklifts and other mobile equipment.
  • Perform plant housekeeping functions.
  • Will involve work with OSHA classified hazardous materials.

Working Conditions:

  • Power Plant Environment-Work both inside and outside in all temperatures and climate conditions in accordance with Heat Stress procedures. Around large rotating equipment, energized electrical equipment in high noise areas, and/or in confined places, on elevations in excess of 100 feet, or from platforms at heights of 5 feet or greater. Climb stairways, ladders, and work from aerial devices.
  • Work irregular or rotating shifts and respond to emergency callouts.


Minimum Requirements:


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 years formal training in electronics, instrumentation, engineering or related technical discipline, or
  • 2 years military experience in electronics repair & calibration substituted for formal training. or
  • 2 years’ experience of industrial Instrument & Control maintenance experience in repair, inspection, calibration & troubleshooting of related power plant/industrial equipment will substitute for the formal education or military experience.
  • Must be able to read and comprehend extensive written procedures for the operation and maintenance of the plant.
  • Must receive a rating recommended on the NRG’s pre-employment testing process.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Additional background/skills in a discipline such as engineering, electrician, water chemistry, instrument, and control, or gas turbines.
  • Significant experience or ability to be versatile in the use of personal computers and numerous software applications.


Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Qualify and maintain qualification as a control room and roving operator.
  • Work extended hours when required.
  • Complete plant qualification program to the level of Gas Turbine Technician within 18 months.
  • Perform and accept supervisory responsibility.
  • Productively work independently and as an overall integral plant staff team member.
  • Work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Lock Out/Tag Out equipment per NRG’s Lock Out/Tag Out procedure.


Physical Requirements:


  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination including a drug and alcohol test.
  • Must have the ability to distinguish between colors; to climb ladders and to work at heights of up to -100 feet above the ground; to close and open large valves and breakers; operate various size components from small electrical switches to computer keyboards; to perform chemical sampling procedures; and ability to "handle" quick changing situations under stress
  • Must be capable of performing work requiring safety equipment including switching suits, fall protection, chemical suits, goggles, respirators, and any other equipment identified for the safe operation and maintenance of the plant.
  • Travel for training and/or other company business. This includes travel by automobile and commercial airlines.


Please Note:  Salary offered will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s education and/or experience and consistent with the job location’s market pay rate.

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.  

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