Plant Engineer

Date:  May 26, 2023


Company:  NRG

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Job Summary: 


The Engineer position provides technical support to the various station process groups to ensure safe and efficient plant operation. Conduct inspections, develop reports, and perform troubleshooting. Collect and trend plant operational data, analyze and make recommendations for improvement. Analyze systems to ensure the most efficient and cost-effective operation to maximize reliability and efficiency of electrical generation at the facility. Gather key plant operational data and formulate reports to present to key stake holders. Coordinate repair activities on power plant related systems.  Assist in developing and/or reviewing quality plans in addition to monitoring and auditing supplier quality. Review equipment performance, applicable service bulletins, and operational history to develop immediate and long-range plans.  Support various compliance assessments with outside entities to meet expectations with regulatory compliance. Support the culture for safety, environmental compliance, quality, and diversity.

The Cottonwood Generating Station is a 1280MW Combined Cycle facility with four GE 7FA 1x1 units.  It is located in Deweyville, Texas.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Support and emphasizes the importance of safety and environmental programs
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of power plant operation and systems.
  • Develop and present reports on key plant performance metrics
  • Evaluate component condition and repair options
  • Perform site inspections and condition assessments to support maintenance planning
  • Participate and/or leads teams that focus on specific problem areas or needs for generating units
  • Communicate with customers regarding condition of equipment and repair work scope
  • Inspect completed work or work in progress to assure job quality
  • Perform field inspections and takes field measurements
  • Coordinate activities with Vendors/Contractors, other divisions and departments
  • Recognizes problems and is proactive in helping to resolve them
  • Champion the Change Management program
  • Perform root cause analysis of system and equipment problems
  • Develops quality work plans when required
  • Performs engineering calculations
  • Assists in outage planning and economic evaluation of projects as needed
  • Develops and maintains technical specifications
  • Identifies and implements new or existing repair technology
  • Identify deficiencies on systems which would contribute to the risk of forced and/or partial outages.
  • Provide technical support for critical plant equipment-particularly turbines, generators, and boilers.
  • Support reliability programs and analyze historical data and develop reports.
  • Revise and create prints and drawings.
  • Ability to write or assist in the preparation of Technical Specification documents.
  • Knowledge of Lockout-Tagout process
  • Manage the stations’ Abandoned Equipment process
  • Manage the stations’ Structural Integrity Inspection process
  • Manage the stations’ High Energy Piping program
  • Manage the stations’ NERC compliance program
  • Manage the stations’ Natural Gas Pipeline Inspection program
  • Manage the stations’ Cathodic Protection program


Working Conditions:

  • Office and outdoor power plant work environment
  • High/low ambient temperatures and high humidity
  • May require working at heights
  • May require some travel
  • Requires operation of a motor vehicle and a valid driver’s license
  • Requires wearing personal protective safety equipment while in the plants
  • Overtime or non-standard hours may be required
  • Requires operating a personal computer
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project, PI, SAP S4


Minimum Requirements:

  • Engineering degree from an accredited college or university
  • 2 plus years’ experience in electrical systems, plant process controls, and mechanical systems.
  • Valid driver’s license


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering strongly preferred
  • Combined Cycle GE 7FA preferred
  • Experience with Heat Recovery Steam Generators
  • Knowledge of metallurgy of steam turbines and components
  • Knowledge of mechanical hydraulic control systems for large steam turbines


  • Note: Position will be filled at the level of skills and ability of the selected candidate



Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced experience with breakers, exciters, generators, transformers, motors, switchgear and miscellaneous electrical equipment
  • Ability to provide technical support for electrical testing, inspection, repair and development / implementation of technical solutions of in-service power generation components
  • Good understanding of work planning and scheduling.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage projects in his area of specialization.
  • Detailed knowledge of power plant systems and equipment in area of specialization.
  • Ability to understand and interpret drawings and specifications.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply applicable industry and corporate codes and standards.
  • Ability to perform inspections of power plant systems and equipment and take field measurements.
  • Ability to organize and interpret data collected in the plant and to make recommendations based on the findings.
  • Ability to use standard business software to produce spreadsheets and reports.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with other personnel.
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional working relationship with others.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to read and follow written corporate policies and procedures.


Physical Requirements:

  • Requires standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, climbing stairs and ladders, and entering plant equipment to access, inspect and/or collect data on plant equipment.
  • Ability to travel.


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.




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