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Operations & Maintenance Technician II - Mechanical Entry Level

Onward Energy

Location: Mankato, Minnesota
Type: Full-Time, Temporary (unspecified), Non-Remote
Posted on: June 22, 2024
Operations & Maintenance Technician II - Mechanical Entry Level
Onward Energy is hiring an Entry Level - Operations & Maintenance Technician II! Read below to learn more
Position Title: Operations & Maintenance Technician II - Mechanical
Reports To: Operations Team Leader
Direct Reports: No Functional Unit: Operations
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Position Type: Full-Time
Office Location: Mankato Energy Center
Plant Location: Mankato, MN
The Company
Onward Energy is an independent power platform that owns and operates over 6,000 MW of utility-scale wind, solar and natural gas generation projects across the U.S. Our Vision is to reliably power a sustainable future. Our Mission is that as North America’s premier independent power generator, we will deliver renewable and reliable power to our customers, opportunities to our associates, sustainable returns to the families who invest in us, and a better world to the next generation. Based in New York, Denver, and Charlotte, Onward Energy is a company where people and power are always on. We are where renewable meets reliable. See www.onwardenergy.com for more information.
Mankato Energy Center (MEC) is a 720-megawatt natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility located within the city limits on the northern edge of the City of Mankato, Minnesota. The project operates in the MISO power market and sells energy under contract to Northern States Power (NSP), a subsidiary of Xcel Energy. MEC I became commercially operational in July 2006 in a 1x1 configuration and is contracted through July 2028. In 2019 MEC II began commercial operations and is contracted with NSP through 2039. MEC I has a SGT6-5000F(3) combustion turbine rated at approximately 225 MW (at ISO Conditions) with a Nooter Eriksen HRSG. MEC II has a SGT6-5000F(4) combustion turbine rated at approximately 232 MW (at ISO Conditions) with a Nooter Eriksen HRSG. Both units deliver steam to a single Toshiba TCDF-40L steam turbine rated at 330MW.
THE OPPORTUNITY
Journey-level position responsible for start, stop and monitoring of equipment including reading gauges, meters and recording activities in operating logs and records. Uses computers and monitoring equipment to measure, record and make adjustments within operating parameters. Performs a variety of plant maintenance tasks including diagnosis, maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment in a safe, efficient and economical manner. Performs overhaul maintenance and system improvement tasks. Incumbents assist in the development of operational procedures, operator training modules and provide input to plant betterment items to improve plant safety, reliability and efficiency. Employees will participate in the plant maintenance program as a system owner and document plant maintenance records in a computerized work maintenance management system (CMMS). Ensures compliance with all local, State and Federal regulations and plant procedures.
The Responsibilities
• Performs a variety of complex technical services/support duties requiring specialized operational knowledge.
• Regularly makes decisions on non-routine or escalated technical issues.
• Responsible to meet contract sales agreement within safe, reliable, and efficient equipment operational limitations during his/her shift.
• Independently prioritizes and executes responsibilities.
• Reviews own work and possibly the work of others; work results are the highest quality standards and advanced technical competency.
• Resolves the most complex technical issues, conferring with management occasionally; may serve as a resource to others in resolution of complex issues.
• Works under limited to no supervision.
• Prepares, maintains and provides a variety of reports/documents as required or upon request.
• Ensures strict adherence to all safety and environmental procedures.
• Participation in the basic safety processes as a key member of the site safety committee and having a shared responsibility for the site’s overall safety performance.
• Communicates condition of plant systems, equipment and pertinent information to others.
• Interpret and respond to visual and auditory signals from control panel.
• Perform control room and outside operation of all station equipment and systems during routine, abnormal, and emergency operations.
• Position requires a qualification process to demonstrate ability to operate the power plant properly and safely.
• Perform start-up, operation, monitoring, shutdown and lock-out of plant auxiliary equipment at the equipment location.
• Operate all plant mobile equipment, forklift, man lift, etc.
• Perform chemical analysis on plant water systems which include boiler water demineralized water, condensate water, feedwater, cooling water, and raw water.
• Operate and perform routine maintenance on a reverse osmosis system and cation/anion bed demineralizing system.
• Perform maintenance and upkeep of site buildings and grounds.
• Ensure adequate supply of oil and chemicals are available to support plant operation.
• Respond promptly to emergency call outs when necessary.
• Work is on a rotating 12-hour shift schedule. Must be available for night, overtime, weekend, vacation coverage and holiday work as required.
• Complete all O&M Tech II training requirements within 18 months.
• Other duties as assigned.
THE PROFILE TO SUCCEED
• High School Diploma, related military service or equivalent required.
• Preferred associate degree (AA) or equivalent from a two-year college, trade school certification or advanced education in mechanical, electrical, or instrumentation.
• Journey-level; generally, 5 years direct related experience including understanding of environmental and safety regulations, and previous experience working as a plant operator.
• Required to acquire a State of MN 2 nd Class A boiler license within 18 months of employment, a 1 st Class A license within 3 years of employment and a Chief A Boiler license within 5 years of employment.
• Requires experience working with and around hazardous chemicals and waste materials.
• Requires previous experience using testing equipment & calibration appliances.
• Requires additional experience with machinery repair and control systems.
• Experience in industrial electrical/mechanical/I&C or certified training/license preferred.
• Power Plant experience is preferred.
• Experience with Maximo CMMS preferred.
• Industrial experience maintaining valves, pumps, motors, welding and repair of other balance of plant equipment preferred.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and possess the ability to learn.
• Strong mechanical aptitude and understanding of chemistry, physics, electricity and mathematics.
• Ability to exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.
• Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to follow both verbal and written instructions.
• Ability to demonstrate basic computer knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and various other programs.
• Ability to interact and communicate well with individuals in all areas of the company and outside vendors.
• Demonstrate knowledge of trips, resets, set points and modes of operation for the combustion turbine, heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine.
• Strong electric aptitude and a demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and repair electrical equipment.
• Valid U.S. Driver license with acceptable MVR history, if applicable.
The Physical Requirements
Must be able to accomplish physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Associate will be required to adhere to large amounts of standing, walking, bending, squatting, and lifting. May be required to lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs. Will use arms and hands to signal, grab, hold, turn, push, and pull objects, materials, controls and tools. Will occasionally work at heights, climb ladders, stairways, and work off platforms. Will use vision abilities to focus, see short and long distances, colors, depth perception and peripheral vision. Will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, ear plugs/muffs, masks/respirators, safety vests, gloves and safety-toe boots.
• Able to hear (at some dB limit of loss) in order to hear plant alarms, equipment condition, and to receive oral instructions.
• Able to see to determine plant operating conditions and to avoid safety hazards.
THE TEAM
The Onward Energy team is comprised of industry professionals who embrace our values of accountability, adaptability, collaboration, and excellence. At Onward Energy, we seek to find solutions rather than assign blame.
THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Performing this job without full/focused attention may cause serious injury or even fatality. Work is generally performed inside the power plant but may work in all weather conditions ranging from warm/hot - cool/cold. Occasional rain. Noise levels will be moderate to high. Job site will contain light to heavy equipment vehicles, small to large equipment, materials, communication equipment and tools.
THE TOTAL REWARDS
Onward Energy total rewards philosophy is motivated by a key tenet of People First,
and offers associates a comprehensive total rewards package which includes market competitive compensation, health, life insurance, and retirement savings benefits.
If you require an accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a disability to HR@onwardenergy.com .
Eeo Statement
Onward Energy is an Affirmative Action Employer, Females/Minority/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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