Coal Plant Operator

Date:  Jan 19, 2023

PEKIN, IL, US, 61554

Company:  NRG

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Job Summary: 


Working together under general supervision coordinate, instruct, train, and check the work of employees responsible for coal handling activities; operate locomotives and railroad cars; operate, inspect and service coal handling equipment; operate car dumpers and their auxiliary equipment; operate ash handling cranes; shift barges and railroad cars; lubricate equipment; operate ash and slag handling equipment; is a member of the station’s fire brigade or acts as station 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; perform all activities in a high quality manner to achieve best industry practice; perform general cleaning and housekeeping duties;  interact with station personnel, contractors, and others to perform coal plant operator functions; respond to overtime requests as needed; handle special assignments; and perform related work as required.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Operate, inspect, maintain, and lubricate such coal handling equipment as conveyors, trippers, crushers, feeders, breakers, screens, stackers, and loaders, ash and slag handling equipment, dust control equipment and bag houses.
  • Shift barges and railroad cars by operating pullers and manipulating cables; operate car heating equipment; inventory railroad cars; act as a weigh master; prepare locomotives for operation and standby, and other related railroad car activities.
  • Read, interpret, and implement technical information found in manufacturers’ and OEM technical manuals, electrical and mechanical P &IDs, and operating and maintenance procedures.
  • Operate, inspect, and lubricate ash handling cranes, car dumpers and auxiliary equipment, locomotive and gantry cranes, barge unloaders, fuel handling mobile equipment such as tractor-bulldozer-scraper combinations, vacuum trucks, street sweepers, water wagons, backhoes and other mobile equipment.
  • Prepare work permits and administer the SAFE Access to Plant, or similar systems, as it applies to the equipment under the control of the Coal Operator.
  • Inspect, repair, adjust, service, and troubleshoot equipment.
  • Maintain records of coal cars, barge movements, and tonnages and input information into computerized system.
  • Write work orders and input data into work history file.
  • Maintain equipment and working area in a clean condition including shoveling, vacuuming, degreasing, washing, sweeping, and utilize other various cleaning methods.
  • Perform electrical disconnect switching and grounding; perform electrical and mechanical operations to place equipment in and out of service safely, for permit work.
  • Perform maintenance activity as required in support of the overall maintenance of the plant.
  • Assist in the planning and layout of jobs including parts identification and ordering of equipment needed to complete the job.
  • Conduct shift change by briefing the incoming Coal Plant Operators of current plant status and issues.
  • Adjust belt scrapers, seals, and side skirting; align feeder belts.
  • Perform routine equipment testing and maintain environmental logs.
  • Monitor equipment condition utilizing control room indication, field devices, and portable test equipment.
  • Utilize computer-based management systems as made available for operational and management requirements.
  • Assist other job classifications as may be required.


Working Conditions:


  • This position is exposed to both indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, cold and hot temperatures and moderate to high noise levels.


Minimum Requirements:


  • High school diploma
  • Successful applicant must receive a rating of “recommended” on the NRG Pre-Employment Skills Assessment test.
  • 6 months experience working in an industrial environment (including manufacturing or power environments)
  • 6 months experience in a labor or apprentice role  
  • OR   
  • An Associate’s degree in an industrial related field.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Three years of previous experience related to power plant operation, maintenance and operating coal handling equipment.


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Must have knowledge of job safety requirements, strong verbal and written communications skills, interpersonal skills and possess a demonstrated ability to learn. Three years of previous experience related to power plant operation, maintenance and operating coal handling equipment is strongly preferred.


Physical Requirements:


  • The position requires a person to occasionally bend, stoop, reach, push, pull, walk, sit, stand and climb. 



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