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O&M Technician - O&M Technician Sr.

Appalachian Power Company
Full-time
Remote friendly
Worldwide

Job Summary

Perform skilled work in a safe manner necessary to operate and maintain gas/oil fueled electric generating units composed of gas/steam turbines, generators, boilers/heat recovery steam generator (HRSGs), transformers, pumps, condensers, switchyard and related auxiliary equipment. Operate the plant in startup, shutdown, and normal steady state mode. Direct the work of outside operators, support personnel and contractors. Participate and direct others in development of operating procedures for normal operating conditions. Perform skilled work in the checking, inspecting, repair, maintenance, installation and construction of plant equipment and structures. Perform and direct others in the troubleshooting of routine problems. Perform technical and skilled work in conjunction with troubleshooting of electrical and electronic systems, digital control systems, communication systems, instruments and control systems, computers and computer networks, annunciator systems and recorders. Perform technical work in chemical analyses, industrial hygiene and environmental testing and calculations related to the operating efficiency of power plant equipment. Conduct tests, surveys and layout work on plant projects. Communicate and coordinate activities affecting safe and efficient operation of plant in an often distracting and multitasking environment. Prepare written reports on unit conditions and operations. Provide effective interaction with Production Optimization Group. Demonstrate ability to work with others at all levels.

Job Description

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and show strong leadership in safe and healthy work behaviors and environmental stewardship. Adhere to proper operating practices and procedures designed to prevent injury, illness and environmental noncompliance. Observe and comply with governmental and company environmental, safety and health regulations. Demonstrate a strong work ethic, integrity and willingness to work and communicate effectively with all AEP employees and contractors.

  • Start-up, operate, control, synchronize and shutdown turbines, generators, condensers, boiler/heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), boiler feed pumps, exciters, transformers, switchyard and auxiliary equipment safely and efficiently. Operate valves, pumps and controls from the control room and remote locations as needed. Take appropriate actions in the event of abnormal plant equipment conditions and in accordance with plant guidelines for out-of-spec parameters. Monitor controlling, indicating and recording devices, compare results with established standards and make adjustments as required to operating conditions. Instruct others in proper equipment checks to ensure safe and efficient operations of the plant. Enter and review data in the logbook.

  • Monitor and respond to alarms and unusual conditions to ensure proper operation of equipment within established standards and report irregular and abnormal operating conditions to supervision.

  • Maintain and monitor proper boiler water chemistry and other plant cycle chemistry by reviewing operational data and collecting and analyzing samples. Analyze data such as chemical test results, conductivity, pH, flow and temperature readings, etc. and make appropriate adjustments. Direct others to make appropriate adjustments. Maintain and operate the water treatment plant.

  • Communicate with corporate Production Optimization Group (POG) to obtain dispatch orders, confirm status and abnormal conditions. Regulate the unit(s) output in accordance with requirements and plant conditions.

  • Monitor, inspect, install, remove, test, adjust, calibrate, troubleshoot and repair electrical, electronic, instrumentation and plant controls systems and components. Conduct electrical system interlock and circuit breaker trip checks to determine proper operational performance. Assist in interlock tests and functional tests on control systems, relays and instrumentation. Perform control system monitoring and program simple modifications using a computer interface terminal. Use elementary, schematics, wiring and controls diagrams to locate, troubleshoot and repair control systems involving electrical, mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic components. Use electrical and instrumentation test equipment to troubleshoot and calibrate plant equipment.

  • Perform mechanical maintenance work including equipment alignment and rebuilds and the use of machine shop and portable machining equipment. Repair rotating equipment, valves, actuators, piping, etc.

  • Perform and instruct predictive and preventive maintenance work by inspecting, monitoring, lubricating, and testing plant equipment to determine conditions such as wear, corrosion and deposits. Perform inspections and corrective maintenance activities on plant equipment and components. Conduct chemical tests and inspections to ensure proper operation of the plant. Maintain tools, equipment and work areas in clean and orderly fashion. Assist in developing predictive maintenance schedule and plan activities.

  • Use work management systems to initiate, retrieve and update work orders, material requests, PM's and time entry, etc. Use various computer applications and software programs such as DCS, P-GADS, TAPIS, PI, etc. to extract data, analyze trends and report status to ensure plant reliability and efficienc

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Work Experience requirement listed below: Should have 3 years of power plant experience, of which 2 years should have been experience in operations, maintenance, electrical, instrumentation and controls in gas turbine/HRSG systems. Must have performed the duties of, and maintained all the qualifications, certifications and licenses of Operation and Maintenance Technician, or the equivalent, and must be able to pass an examination and/or demonstration as determined by the company

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

The required Pre Employment tests are listed below: EEIMASS - Plant Maintenance Sel Sys EEIPOSS - Plant Operator Sel Sys PHYPS - Physical Exercises-Plant/Store .

Physical demand level is Medium

  • Should have 3 years of power plant experience, of which 2 years should have been experience in operations, maintenance, electrical, instrumentation and controls in gas turbine/HRSG systems.

  • Must have a working knowledge of the principles of operating the plant safely and efficiently during start-up, normal operation and shutdown of boilers / HRSGs, turbines, generators, condensers, boiler feed pumps, exciters, transformers, etc. and their auxiliaries and accessories. Must have the skills and thorough knowledge of plant operations outside of the control room.

  • Must have knowledge and skills needed to analyze, interpret, calibrate and adjust plant instruments and controls, and be capable of readily detecting and making repairs to control systems and understand protective systems.

  • Must have a working knowledge of chemical tests, procedures, reagents, etc. to perform chemical analysis, industrial hygiene evaluations and environmental sampling.

  • Must have a working knowledge of plant maintenance, materials, practices, tools, rigging, scaffolding and blocking involved in the work.

  • Must have a working knowledge of the heat balance systems and the effect of unbalances on operating efficiency.

  • Must be able to read, interpret and work from complex prints and specifications.

  • Must possess a valid State Stationary Engineer's license where required Successful completion of the Plant Operator Selection System (POSS) and the Plant Maintenance Selection System (MASS) tests are required for this position. A review of Employment Testing Information, Test-Taking Tips, together with the POSS and MASS Practice Tests may be helpful. A link to these materials may be found at AEP.com Careers by selecting Employment testing. A physical abilities assessment is also required for this position.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Work Experience requirement listed below: Must have performed the duties of & maintained all the qualifications, certifications & licenses of Operation & Maintenance Plant Technician Assc, or the equivalent & must pass an examination and/or demonstration as determined by the company Must have a basic knowledge of the heat balance systems and the effect of unbalances on operating efficiency. Must have the ability to direct and coordinate the work of employees and contractors.

Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills. Possess the ability to communicate effectively with peers and plant management. Should have 12 to 18 months of power plant experience in operations, maintenance, electrical, instrumentation and controls in gas turbine/HRSG systems. Must have a basic knowledge of applicable operating and maintenance instructions and procedures.

Understand the care and attention required for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the equipment to which assigned. Must have basic knowledge of principles of operating the plant safely & efficiently during start-up, normal operation & shutdown of boilers,HRSGs,turbines,generators,condensers,boiler feed pumps,exciters,transformers & their auxiliaries & accessories. Must have the skills and knowledge of plant operations outside of the control room.

Must have basic knowledge and skills needed to analyze, interpret, calibrate and adjust plant instruments and controls, and be capable of detecting and making repairs to simple control systems and understand protective systems. Must have basic knowledge of chemical tests, procedures, reagents, etc. to perform chemical analysis, industrial hygiene evaluations and environmental sampling. Must have a basic knowledge of minor plant maintenance, materials, practices, tools, rigging, scaffolding and blocking involved in the work.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

The required Pre Employment tests are listed below: EEIMASS - Plant Maintenance Sel Sys EEIPOSS - Plant Operator Sel Sys

Physical demand level is Medium

Compensation Data

Compensation Grade:

SP20-005

Compensation Range:

$29.06-36.32 USD

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