Process Specialist (DCS)

Date:  Oct 20, 2021


Company:  NRG

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Job Purpose:


Oversee the performance, maintenance, operation and repair of assigned equipment to ensure safe and reliable operation of the power plant.  Select and oversee contractors in order to accomplish work not completed by the plant personnel. Oversee and support maintenance, contractor and OEM outage activities.


Essential Functions:


  • 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 assigned process equipment.  Assemble 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 work scopes, budgets, coordinate and perform outage inspections for all process equipment along with providing input to scheduling.
  • 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 equipment failure reports.
  • Develop, review & revise station procedures & technical instructions and documentation of equipment testing and inspections.
  • Oversee the engineering, design, economic justification, and specification of parts and materials for projects and station modifications.  Implement projects and process modifications.
  • Use existing monitoring tools such as EDS, PI and APR to identify equipment issues before they become equipment failures. 
  • Interface with outside engineering resources as needed.
  • Work effectively in a team environment as a leader, member and/or facilitator.
  • Perform other duties and assignments as required.





One of the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in an Engineering Field and a minimum of 2 years of experience working in a power plant or industrial manufacturing industry; or
  • Associates Degree in a technical field and a minimum of 4 years of experience working in a power plant or industrial manufacturing industry in a similar role; or
  • Eight years of experience working in a power plant or industrial manufacturing industry in a similar role




  • Thorough knowledge of operation, maintenance and control of plant systems and equipment specific to the process area of the position, specifically: digital control systems, PLCs, HMIs.
  • Overall understanding of power plant systems, operations and maintenance requirements.
  • Basic knowledge of applicable safety and environmental regulations.
  • Ability to read and understand technical information, prints and engineering data, interpret charts, graphs, and gauge scales.
  • Experience with Digital Control Systems (DCS).
  • Experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).
  • Knowledgeable in process controls, control system configurations, and design within a power plant environment.
  • Experience managing small to large control projects, including installations, system upgrades, and maintenance
  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair equipment and systems.
  • Ability to use good judgment to accomplish tasks with limited resources.
  • Ability to complete job tasks with a safety first mentality.
  • General knowledge of root cause analysis.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications with particular emphasis on spreadsheet, scheduling, equipment performance and word processing programs.
  • Experience with SAP is preferred.


Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

  • 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, gloves, goggles, face shields, hearing protection, respirators, fall protection harnesses, and other PPE as required.
  • Must be able to operate a motor vehicle. 
  • Must be able to use computer terminal and keyboard, while potentially sitting for long periods of time.
  • May be required to perform equipment inspections by climbing vertical ladders in excess of 20 feet and stairways in excess of 50 feet, using step stool, kneeling, bending, walking over uneven surfaces such as loose rock, open grating, and up and down staircases.
  • May be required to ride in mobile equipment such as booms or scissor lifts to reach heights to inspect equipment.
  • May be required to enter compartments where equipment is located that can exceed temperatures of 130°F.
  • 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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