The Utility Operator is an entry level position and will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all power plant equipment and assistance with maintenance tasks as assigned.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Participates in training program and will become qualified as an Auxiliary Technician
- Performs all station shift operation and maintenance including startup and shutdown of main plant components and auxiliaries
- Conducts routine tours of the plant to inspect equipment; provides feedback to the Lead Operations and Maintenance Tech and to other employees
- Complies with all site safety requirements and procedures. Identifies safety hazards and takes corrective actions as necessary.
- Maintains accuracy of shift operating logs, records, timesheets, work orders and other administrative documents related to the power plant
- Performs routine cycle chemistry testing and makes the necessary adjustments to optimize efficiency. Checks daily consumption rates of chemicals, gases, fuels, water and other consumables; monitors inventories and initiates action to replenish when appropriate.
- Conducts bulk offloads of plant chemicals as required
- Performs all plant switching and tagging of equipment in accordance with approved procedures and prudent operations and maintenance practices
- Performs electrical and mechanical inspections, troubleshooting, and maintenance tasks under direction of management when assigned
- Reads and records gauges and meters. Performs routine operational tests and adjustments on all power plant systems and components as required.
- Develops, assists, and recommends revisions to operations and maintenance related procedures
- Performs and maintains housekeeping standards and duties
- Performs routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; supports corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment when properly trained or supervised
- Performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements
- Displays routine proficiency improvements towards becoming qualified as an Auxiliary Technician
- Communicates with other company personnel on-site and at other locations
- Assist other team members and work with all departments to support the Kings Mountain Energy facility in achieving their goals
The Utility Operator operates from established and well-known procedures under general directions. The Utility Operator encounters recurring work situations of high complexity, with occasional variations from the norm.
The Utility Operator must perform all activities in a safe manner and in compliance with all environmental permits at all times. The Utility Operator must effectively communicate information to supervisors and fellow plant personnel relative to the condition of the plant equipment and performance, and provide suggestions for plant improvements.
All employees have the responsibility to both the customer and their co-workers to do the job right the first time and to ensure the customer’s needs are being met.
Safety is a core value of NAES and as a condition of employment, all employees are expected to be mentally alert and work safely at all times. Additionally, employees are required to adhere to all safety warnings and posted safety signs whenever on company property. Furthermore, employees must follow all NAES safety rules and procedures. Effectiveness in carrying out this responsibility is part of the evaluation of each employee’s performance.
The Utility Operator reports to the O&M Manager and receives direction from the Lead Operator. The Utility Operator may work with maintenance personnel on matters/issues pertaining to maintenance.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Physical requirements include standing on feet for extended periods of time, stair and ladder climbing and routinely lifting up to 50 pounds. 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, work load and plant conditions. Must be able and willing to work overtime which can either be scheduled or call-in.
All employees will participate in the Fitness for Duty Program. This program includes a post-offer physical examination and drug screening and post -employment random drug screening. There are extensive smoking restrictions in and around the facility.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English and to do basic mathematics; high school diploma or equivalent preferred.
- Some power plant experience in operations and/or maintenance is desired
- Knowledge of mechanical and electrical equipment, including motors, pumps, boilers, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, pollution control equipment, AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc. and associated maintenance functions is desired
- Knowledge of power plant safety, policies and procedures, especially in areas such as chemical handling, high-energy systems, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, first aid, rotating machinery, and heavy equipment
- Knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, AC&DE electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermal dynamics and chemistry
- Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plants
- Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment such as winches, hoists and slings
- Ability to locate, troubleshoot and adjust defects in mechanical equipment and/or maintain, install, modify and troubleshoot plant electrical systems and equipment
- Valid driver’s license required