NRG Energy, Inc. PLANT OPERATOR LEVEL I in Osceola, Arkansas

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Job Summary:

Plum Point Energy Station is a 670 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:

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

  • Assures that the plant meets its generating requirements while operating in a safe and efficient manner

  • Responds to alarms by taking appropriate corrective actions and executes plant shut-down and start-up procedures as required

  • 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 do so in a safe manner resulting in no accidents and in compliance with all environmental permits at all times

  • 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


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent including knowledge of English, mathematics and grammar

  • Two (2) years experience in plant operations or a related industrial field (chemical manufacturing, refinery, oil/gas field operations)

  • Candidates must receive a rating of Recommended on the NRG Pre-Employment Skills Assessment

  • 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

Working Conditions:

  • Power Plant environment

  • 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

  • "On call" status will periodically be required

  • Some overnight travel required

  • Rotating shift work is required

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

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

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