Control Room Operator

Date:  Jan 16, 2023

JOLIET, IL, US, 60436

Company:  NRG

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Job Purpose:


Responsible for operating and directing the safe operation of equipment for stopping, starting, and/or regulating power plant boilers, steam generators and systems, under the direction of plant management, for maximum efficiency and output


Essential Functions:


  • Operate unit(s) and associated plant equipment, within limits, for maximum efficiency and output while maintaining environmental compliance and safety.
  • Coordinate operation and maintenance activities on the unit(s) to minimize impact on generation; advise plant management when proposed operation or maintenance activities affect availability of generation.
  • Inspect and maintain plant equipment, steam turbines, power boilers, turbine driven generators, mechanical and electrical auxiliaries, fuel systems, lubricating systems, and water recirculation and treatment systems; coordinate the activities of PPT’s assigned to support the equipment being operated.
  • Monitor equipment conditions using all indications available in the control room, on site, and portable test equipment.
  • Diagnose equipment problems, report abnormal conditions to plant management, and prepare detailed work requests for plant defects.
  • Inspect plant and equipment and prepare defect reports; ensure maintenance requests are completed to a satisfactory standard; ensure the plant work requests are properly submitted through the work management system; assist in planning, organizing, and executing unit outages for inspections, overhauls, repairs and cleaning.
  • Read, interpret, and implement technical information found in manufacturers’ and OEM technical manuals, electrical and mechanical P & IDs, and operating and maintenance procedures.
  • Assist in the planning and layout of jobs including parts and equipment identification and ordering needed to complete the job.
  • Prepare work permits and administer the LOTO (Lock Out, Tag Out) system as it applies to the equipment for which the Control Room Operator is responsible.
  • Is a member of the plant’s fire brigade or acts as plant fire guide for outside fire departments;
  • Perform all activities in accordance with applicable health, safety, and environmental standards;
  • Utilize computer and other technology based work management systems as may be required in performing work duties.
  • Participate in ongoing training to maintain and enhance the skills required to perform all Control Room and PPT-Operator/Mechanic duties and assist in the training of others.
  • Make daily checks to ensure safety and cleanliness of the plant is maintained to a high standard, and ensure PPT-Operator/Mechanics carry out scheduled operational checks.
  • Conduct shift change by fully briefing the incoming Control Room Operator and ensure all PPT- Operator/Mechanics assigned to the plant under the control of the Control Room Operator fully brief their reliefs.
  • Perform maintenance activities as required in support of the overall maintenance of the plant.
  • Perform disconnect switching and electrical and maintenance operations to place equipment in and out of service.
  • Monitor and, as necessary, perform routine chemical analysis of plant water to determine the chemical constituents and take corrective action to maintain plant quality within prescribed limits as required.
  • Prepare, maintain, and administer procedures and reports related to the operation, monitoring and maintenance of the plant; maintain accurate logs of daily operation, check sheets, change charts and ink recorders.
  • Prepare and maintain quality assurance procedures and technical instructions and actively support and participate in the use and continuous development of the quality management system.
  • Prepare work orders and input data into work history. (SAP)
  • Assist other classifications as may be required.
  • Clean, paint, and lubricate equipment
  • Conduct and assist OJT instruction of other operators and/or trainees
  • Maintain housekeeping standards in all areas of plant as assigned
  • Will be required to coordinate the work of others
  • Respond to overtime requests as needed, handle special assignments, and perform related work as required






High School degree or equivalent education.

Candidates must receive a rating of “Recommended” on the company’s Pre-Employment Skills Assessment.

Basic computer knowledge

Three to seven years of operating and/or maintenance experience 


Preferred Qualifications

Three to seven years of operating and/or maintenance experience as a power plant operator or Control Room Operator in a power plant.



Must have knowledge of job safety requirements, strong verbal and written communications skills, interpersonal skills and possess a demonstrated ability to learn.  Complete an electrical power plant operating training program and possess or be prepared to obtain certification 



Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:


This position is exposed to both indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, cold and hot temperatures and moderate to high noise levels.  The position requires a person to occasionally bend, stoop, reach, push, pull, walk, sit, stand and climb.  This is a 24-hour, 7-day work environment, so the position may require overtime and may work a variety of shifts. 




(Management reserves the right to change, rescind, add, or delete the duties and responsibilities of positions within the job classification at any time.)




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.

Official description on file with Human Resources

Nearest Major Market: Joliet
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago