Sr. Civil Plant Engineer

Date:  Dec 29, 2021


Company:  NRG

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Job Summary

Responsible for monitoring plant performance parameters and making technical recommendations to Operations, Maintenance, and Plant Management; coordinating appropriate testing to determine the root cause of problems; providing system or equipment performance testing; providing project management for improvement projects; and, recommending appropriate and cost-effective solutions to correct problems and/or improve efficiency to support safe and efficient plant operation. 


Essential Duties/ Responsibilities

• Performs calculations in appropriate engineering discipline.

• Performs field inspections and takes field measurements.

• Performs engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities, such as irrigation projects, dams, levees, tunnels, water and sewage systems, and waste disposal.

  • Performs evaluations and provides repair solutions to structural components and structural systems.
  • Performs Critical Lift Plan reviews and approvals
  • Ensures company resources are used in a cost-effective manner.

• Supports and emphasizes the importance of safety and environmental programs and ensures regulatory compliance.

• Participates and/or leads teams that focus on specific problem areas or needs for generating units; may be required to direct the work activities of others.

• Prepares equipment and system procurement specifications.

• Performs technical/economic evaluations on system and equipment proposals and coordinates evaluations with Procurement.

• Prepares construction, installation, maintenance, and repair specifications.

• Performs project management from conception to completion.

• Supports operations and maintenance with problem-solving, information requests, change analysis, root cause investigations, equipment performance, failure analysis, preventive and predictive maintenance.

• Support projects with engineering expertise for specification, design, and construction of projects in accordance with plant requirements, QA/QC, quality plans and regulatory codes.

• Ensures designs are safe and comply with applicable codes and standards.

• Prepares operating instructions as required.

• Uses AutoCAD, Solid Works, and Sketch-up as required.

• Reviews engineering design standards, guidelines, and procedures.

• Prepares/maintains drawings, manuals, and other documentation.

• Provide technical direction and supervision for NRG crews and contractors performing site maintenance and construction work.


Working Conditions

• Normal office environment and/or outdoor work environment including working at heights, high/low ambient temperatures, and high humidity areas.

• Requires standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, climbing stairs and ladders, and entering plant equipment to access, inspect or collect data on plant equipment.

• Work overtime and non-standard hours as required.

• Requires occasional travel (minimal).

• Requires wearing personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, earplugs, etc.).

• May be required to work around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials and chemicals and hot equipment/environments.

• Requires operation of a personal computer.


Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university.

• Minimum of 5 years experience in power plant engineering or industrial facility.

• Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must possess a valid driver’s license.


Preferred Qualifications

• Registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

  • Basic knowledge of power plant systems and operation consistent with level of responsibility.

• Detailed knowledge of power plant systems and equipment in an appropriate engineering discipline.


Additional KSAs

• Ability to understand and interpret drawings and specifications.

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply applicable industry and company standards and codes

• Ability to use PC and associated software applications (MS Office) to collect and analyze data and produce spreadsheets, databases, and reports. The ability to navigate and use SAP is a plus.

• Ability to effectively communicate technical concepts (verbal and written).

• Ability to support and maintain the schedule on several concurrent assignments

• Ability to read, create and follow written policies and procedures.

• Ability to read, write and understand English.

• Ability to perform economic analyses.

• Demonstrated analytical, problem-solving skills.

• Ability to use AutoCAD, Solid Works, Sketch-up and other applications.

• Knowledge of applicable safety and environmental regulations.

• Committed to making the workplace safe and environmentally sound.

• Willing to accept accountability for own decisions, performance, and behavior.


Physical Requirements



• Requires lifting as appropriate to perform duties and responsibilities.





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