Control Room Operator

Date:  Nov 2, 2023

Denver City, TX, US, 79323

Company:  NRG

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Oversee the safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally sound operation of plant equipment. Including a natural gas fired combined cycle facility comprised of two GE 7FA combustion turbine generators and an Alstom steam turbine generator. The facility also includes three GE 7FA combustion turbine generators that operate as simple cycle units. Coordinates work efforts of Plant Operators to ensure all procedures are performed in a safe and efficient manner, to protect the safety of personnel and equipment. Act in accordance with the NRG Conduct of Operations.



Why NRG is a great place to work:

  • Great company culture!! Voted as a BEST employer by Forbes
  • A competitive total compensation package, including annual incentive and/or commission
  • Stock Purchase Plan 
  • Benefits on the first day of employment - Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Short Term Disability, Wellness program, etc.   
  • Company-paid life insurance and disability insurance
  • 401 (k) plan to help save for retirement
  • Generous PTO plan, plus 8 company holidays, and 3 floating holidays
  • Numerous discounts, including electricity discounts on NRG brands



Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Operate, inspect, and monitor in a safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound manner power plant equipment (i.e. HRSG equipment, Turbine/Generator and its associated auxiliary equipment, Fuel Systems, Plant Auxiliary Systems includes valves, pumps, blowers, Environmental Control Process equipment, and Water Treatment Systems).
  • Understand and execute the tag out/lock out of equipment per NRG Tag Out/Lock Out procedure.
  • Observe variations in operating conditions and interprets meter and gauge readings to troubleshoot plant equipment to resolve operational problems.
  • Recognize safety hazards and follow safety guidelines for personal protection, protection of fellow workers and the protection of the public.
  • Work with junior level staff to teach proper operating procedures.
  • Monitor and record data available through the use of various instruments, recording charts, annunciator systems and other monitoring devices onto shift logs as directed by plant operational procedures.
  • Perform routine cleaning of work area.
  • Use loose and tight fit respirators
  • Implement Plant Emergency Procedures as needed


Minimum Requirements

  • High School or GED
  • Three (3) years’ experience in power plant operations
  • Successful completion of Control Room Operations Training Program.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Mark VI, Mark VIe, and Ovation DCS control systems experience


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of power plant system operations and basic power plant principles used daily in decision making and work tasks.
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate various switches and valves and the effect each has on the total operation of the generating station.
  • Able to multi-task and prioritize work assignments to ensure safe and efficient plant operation.
  • Strong basic level mathematics skills - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to perform flow, pressure and meter calculations.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, schematic diagrams, procedures and technical manuals.
  • Sound communications skills with the ability to effectively communicate plant system and equipment conditions on to others on shift change and as necessary.
  • Ability to perform checks (e.g., PM’s) on running and idle equipment.
  • Attention to detail with the ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals from control panel.
  • Ability to record and analyze readings of various electrical and mechanical meters.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work without supervision and  inspection while carrying out duties.
  • Ability to operate Company vehicles and equipment (e.g. forklift, plant vehicle, etc.) and maintain operating licenses and certifications. TDL is required.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated software.
  • Ability to operate various computer systems to receive, analyze and comprehend data.
  • Able to describe and to generate accurate work notifications for execution of equipment repair.
  • Ability to communicate information clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to assist Maintenance and others in performance testing.
  • Teamwork skills – able to work harmoniously in a small team environment, support other team members, and manage conflict through respectful communication.


Physical Requirements:

  • 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, or from platforms at heights of 5 feet or greater. Climb stairways, ladders, and work from aerial devices.
  • Must be prepared to work irregular or rotating shifts and respond to emergency callout 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • Ability to work in mentally stressful environments: must be able to react to crises where immediate action is required to correct or curtail potentially damaging or hazardous situations.
  • Daily work expectation may require ability to perform tasks by walking, standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching, squatting, twisting, pushing, pulling, shoveling, climbing, and working with hand tools (up to 25 pounds) in position above and below head, and extended from body.
  • Lift, carry, position and use tools and/or equipment (weighing up to 50 lbs.).
  • Work with and around hazardous and non-hazardous materials.
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as required i.e.…steel-toed boots, respirators, goggles, safety glasses etc.
  • Have ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals.
  • Ability to discern assorted colors.


This job description reflects an assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  Other duties and tasks may be assigned to this job at the Company's discretion.

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/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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