Controls Engineer

Date:  Nov 28, 2021
Location: 

Nipton, CA, US, 92364

Company:  NRG

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Job Purpose:

Provide support for process improvements, performance monitoring, root cause analysis, engineering, and construction activities, and operating and maintenance functions to ensure safe and efficient plant operation.

 

Emphasis:  Instrumentation/Controls/Electronics

 

Essential Functions:

  • Provide direction to operations and maintenance departments to ensure that plant equipment remains reliable. This includes both technical and financial decisions which impact the overall unit availability and cost control.
  • 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 the process equipment. Assemble ten-year 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 outage schedules, coordinate and perform outage inspections for all process equipment.
  • Utilize predictive and preventative maintenance (PM/PDM) techniques to monitor and improve equipment. Evaluate and analyze process variables to identify the status and trending of key operating parameters.
  • Conduct root causes analysis of equipment problems and provides recommendations to prevent future incidents. Assemble all equipment failure reports.
  • Develop, review & revise station procedures & technical instructions, and documentation of equipment testing and inspections.
  • Provide engineering, design, economic justification, and specify parts and materials for projects and modifications. Implement projects and process modifications.
  • Conduct or procure training as required within their process.
  • Interface with outside engineering resources on an “as-needed” basis.
  • Work effectively in a team environment as a leader, member, and/or facilitator.
  • Perform other duties and assignments as required.

 

      Essential Functions for Emphasis:

 

ICE:

  • Experience with Siemens and/or WDPF Digital Control Systems (DCS).
  • Experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).
  • Experience with OPC interfaces and graphic design.
  • 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.

 

Required:

  • Engineering or Technical Degree with a minimum of five years experience in power plant systems OR in working with and relays, breakers, control systems.

OR

  • High school diploma and 10 years experience in power plant systems, specifically experience with maintenance of relays, breakers, and control systems, and running a NERC program experience.   

 

Preferred:

  • Bachelors in Engineering 
  • Power (including solar) experience
  • NERC experience

 

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Thorough understanding of Power Plant processes and equipment and the interrelationships between them.
  • Overall understanding of Power Plant operations and maintenance requirements.
  • Ability to effectively supervise, train, and direct others (peers, employees, contractors/vendors) in an understandable, clear and consistent manner
  • Ability to read and understand technical information, print and engineering data, interpret charts, graphs, and gauge scales. Ability to troubleshoot and repair equipment and systems.
  • Risk management - able to make a good judgment on utilization of sometimes limited resources.
  • General to thorough knowledge in root cause analysis and proficiency in technical report writing.
  • Proficient in the use of PC, and Windows & Microsoft Office applications with particular emphasis on spreadsheet, scheduling, equipment performance, and word processing programs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

 

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, goggles, face shields, hearing protection, respirators, fall protection harnesses, and other PPE as required.
  • Duties require extensive manual dexterity in usage of computer terminal and keyboard, while sitting for long periods of time preparing budgets, work scopes, outage schedules, and other reports as needed.
  • May be required to perform equipment inspections by climbing vertical ladders in excess of 20 feet and stairways in excess of 50 feet, using a step stool, kneeling, bending, walking over uneven surfaces such as loose rock, open grating, up and down staircases.
  • May also be required to operate mobile equipment such as zoom booms or scissor lifts to reach heights to inspect the equipment, which includes pushing or pulling equipment into place, climbing into a basket, and riding in the basket while the equipment is operation.
  • May be required to prepare and conduct training, including mentoring individuals one-on-one.  In conducting training, the specialist may be required to carry training materials, and to stand for extended periods of time.
  • This position may require some domestic travel.
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