Operations and Maintenance Technician 1

Date:  Jun 24, 2024


Company:  NRG

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Job Summary:

Operates and monitors auxiliary equipment and systems which support the safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound production of electricity.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operate, inspect, and monitor in a safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound manner steam power plant 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).
  • Observe variations in operating conditions and interprets meter and gauge readings to troubleshoot plant equipment to resolve operational problems.
  • Recognizes safety hazards and follows safety guidelines for personal protection, protection of fellow workers and the protection of the public.
  • 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.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Complete Gas Turbine Fundamentals Course.
  • Ability to use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to perform flow, pressure and meter calculations.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, schematic diagrams, procedures and technical manuals.
  • Operate computer keyboards and printers.
  • Communicate conditions of plant system and equipment to others.
  • Discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals from control panel.
  • Work without supervision inspection while carrying out duties.
  • Take, record, and analyze readings of various electrical and mechanical meters.
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate various switches and valves and the effect each has on the total operation.
  • Ability to operate Company vehicles and equipment (e.g. forklift, cherry picker, etc.) and maintain operating licenses and certifications.  Valid State Driver’s License is required.
  • Knowledge of steam 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.
  • Ability to handle multiple task or assignments at the same time.
  • Ability to Tag Out/Lock Out equipment per NRG Tag Out/Lock Out procedure.
  • Ability to use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to perform flow, pressure and meter calculation.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, schematic diagrams, procedures and technical manuals.
  • Ability to communicate plant system and equipment conditions on to others.
  • Ability to perform checks (e.g., PM’s) on running and idle equipment.
  • Ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals from control panel.
  • Ability to discern assorted colors.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated software.
  • Ability to perform routine laboratory tests and analysis on samples from power generation processes, (i.e. boiler water, make-up demineralizer, etc.).
  • Ability to operate various computer systems to receive, analyze, comprehend and input data.
  • Ability to generate work notifications for execution of equipment repair.
  • Ability to communicate information clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to assist Head Operators and others in performance testing.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment.



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 in excess of 200 feet, 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 requires 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 to complete repairs.
  • Lift, carry, position and use tools and/or equipment (weighing up to 50 lbs.) in awkward positions, swing various weights of sledge hammers, stoop and bend to reach valves, pull on chain-falls or come-a-longs.
  • Ability to twist the body and neck while driving company vehicles or operating company equipment.
  • Performance of duties may cause frequent jarring of the body.
  • Work with and around hazardous and non-hazardous materials (reference the waste management guidance manual).
  • 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.


Minimum Requirements:

  •  High school diploma or GED.
  • 1-2 years’ experience as a Plant Operator in a power plant environment or Operator experience in another industy  and skill to include on-the job training.
  • Must receive a rating of “recommended” on NRG’s Pre-Employment Skills Assessment.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possess a valid driver’s license.


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 in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement covering this position.

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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