Plant Operator

Date:  Jun 29, 2024

OSCEOLA, AR, US, 72370

Company:  NRG

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Job Summary: 

Plum Point Energy Station is a 680 net MW coal-fired power plant located approximately 50 miles north of Memphis near Osceola, Arkansas.  The Plant Operator is responsible for monitoring the status of all plant systems and equipment on a continuous basis.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Responds to alarms by taking appropriate corrective actions and executes plant shutdown and start-up procedures as required
  • Assures that the plant meets its generating requirements while operating in a safe and efficient manner
  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation, testing, inspection, and maintenance of all equipment related to an electrical generation facility
  • Operates equipment safely and with the intent to minimize risk to personnel and equipment
  • Operates/maintains plant equipment at maximum operating efficiency
  • Contributes to plant profitability by eliminating wasted materials and supplies and maintaining high productivity
  • Performs necessary maintenance activities
  • Writes and maintains equipment logs, operational logs, and other reports as required in a clear professional manner
  • Maintains readings, records and reports
  • Participates in daily preventative, scheduled and corrective maintenance activities in a safe, effective, and timely manner
  • Provides assistance with plant clean-up and housekeeping activities as required
  • Establishes good working relations with teammates, team leaders, plant technical experts, and engineers
  • Operates station vehicles such as forklifts, trucks, overhead cranes, and mobile cranes
  • Reviews instruction manuals and develops troubleshooting procedures for equipment
  • Reports upset conditions or other anomalies in plant status to the Shift Supervisor
  • Make entries in the Operating Log and approve and issue Tag outs as required
  • Receive and respond to electrical, steam and fuel dispatcher's orders and requests
  • Perform emergency operations to maintain electric service and safeguard station equipment
  • Provide direction to Auxiliary Plant Operators to effect changes in plant conditions and chemistry
  • May also give direction to maintenance personnel on matters pertaining to plant operations
  • Performs other duties as required
  • Operate from established and well-known procedures under general directions and minimum supervision
  • Make decisions within prescribed operating and causality procedures and guidelines
  • Execute on recurring work situations of high complexity, with occasional variations from the norm
  • Has authority to control the operation of the plant, and must always do so in a safe manner resulting in no accidents and in compliance with all environmental permits
  • Effectively communicate information to supervision and fellow plant personnel, relative to the condition of the plant equipment and performance, and provide suggestions for plant improvements
  • Perform duties in such a way to result in an optimum cost-benefit ratio
  • Has the responsibility to both the customer and co-workers to do the job right the first time and to ensure the customer’s needs are being met


Working Conditions:

  • Protective equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties (e.g. hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, chemical suits, hot gloves and high voltage protective equipment, etc.)
  • Work with hazardous materials may be required
  • Position requires extended working hours and varied shifts with weekend and holiday work, as required by schedules, workload and plant conditions
  • "On call" status will periodically be required
  • Some overnight travel required
  • Rotating shift work is required


Minimum Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Two (2) years’ experience in plant operations or a related field required.
  • Requires operation of a motor vehicle; valid Driver’s License required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate Degree in a technical field desirable.


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledgeable of and adheres to all safety procedures including lock-out/tag-out and the use of personal protective equipment
  • Ability to read, understand and respond to written instructions and logbook notations
  • Understands and follows regulatory requirements
  • Demonstrates ability to use plant drawings, blueprints, and manuals
  • Demonstrates knowledge of equipment layout and plant systems


Physical Requirements:

  • Work on feet for 12-hour periods
  • Frequent stair and ladder climbing
  • Routine lifting of 50 pounds
  • Have ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals
  • Ability to discern assorted colors



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.


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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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