Auxiliary Operator - 1st, 6 months

Date:  Nov 17, 2021


Company:  NRG

NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

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This position is governed by a local union contract.


Job Summary: 


Under the direction of head operator or supervisor, Auxiliary Operators operate and monitor auxiliary equipment and systems that support the safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound production of electricity.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Recognizes safety hazards and follows safety guidelines.
  • Operate, inspect, and monitor in a safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound manner steam power plant equipment including (i.e. steam generators, turbines, generators, auxiliary equipment and systems, environmental control process equipment, and water treatment systems).
  • Observe variations in operating conditions and interpret meter and gauge readings.
  • Monitor and record data available through the use of various instruments, recording charts, annunciator systems and other monitoring devices onto shift logs as directed by plant operational procedures.
  • Perform checks (e.g., PM’s) on running and idle equipment.
  • Perform routine cleaning of work area.
  • Employee must arrange own transportation to work location and may be reassigned to another location at the Company’s discretion.


Working Conditions:

  • Power Plant Environment-Work both inside and outside in all temperatures and climate conditions in accordance with Heat Stress procedures. Work around large rotating equipment, energized electrical equipment in high noise areas, and/or in confined places, on elevations in excess of 250 feet, or from platforms at heights of 5 feet or greater.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Possess or obtain within 60 days an Associate’s Degree in Process Technology or related field
  • OR
  • High school diploma 4 years power plant operations or relevant military experience
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must live within reasonable commuting distance of the W.A. Parish Generating Station, in Thompsons, TX.
  • Successful candidates must receive a rating of Recommended on the NRG Pre-employment Assessment Test. 


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to operate various switches and valves and knowledge of the effect each has on the total operation of the generating station.
  • Ability to work without supervision while carrying out duties.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks or assignments at the same time.
  • Ability to communicate plant system and equipment conditions on to others.
  • Ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals from control panel.
  • Ability to monitor, comprehend, and record data available through the use of various instruments, recording charts, annunciator systems and other monitoring devices onto shift logs as directed by plant operational procedures.
  • Ability to Tag Out/Lock Out equipment per NRG’s Tag Out/Lock Out procedure.
  • Ability to perform checks (e.g., PM’s) on equipment.
  • Ability to operate companies vehicles and equipment (e.g. forklift, plant vehicle, etc.) and maintains operating licenses and certifications. TDL is required.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated software.
  • Ability to use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to perform flow, pressure and meter calculation.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, schematic diagrams, procedures and technical manuals.
  • Ability to record and analyze readings of various electrical and mechanical meters.
  • Ability to generate work notifications for execution of equipment repair.
  • Ability to communicate information clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate various computer systems to receive, analyze, comprehend and input data.
  • Ability to perform routine laboratory tests and analysis on boiler water and make-up demineralizer samples.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Ability to assist others in performance testing



Physical Requirements:

  • Must be prepared to work irregular or rotating shifts and respond to emergency callout 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • Ability to work in mentally stressful environments: must be able to react to crises where immediate action is required to correct or curtail potentially damaging or hazardous situations.
  • Daily work expectation requires ability to perform tasks by walking, standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching, squatting, twisting, pushing, pulling, shoveling, climbing, and working with hand tools (up to 25 pounds) in position above and below head, and extended from body to complete repairs.
  • Lift, carry, position and use tools and/or equipment (weighing up to 50 lbs.) in awkward positions, swing various weights of sledge hammers, stoop and bend to reach valves, pull on chain-falls or come-a-longs.
  • Ability to twist the body and neck while driving company vehicles or operating company equipment.
  • Performance of duties may cause frequent jarring of the body.
  • Work with and around hazardous and non-hazardous materials (reference the waste management guidance manual).
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as required i.e.…steel-toed boots, respirators, goggles, safety glasses etc.
  • Ability to discern assorted colors.




This job description reflects an assignment of essential functions, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  Other duties and tasks may be assigned to this job at the Company's discretion.



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