American Electric Power Instrument Technician 3rd Yr - Instrument Tech 4th Yr in Avinger, Texas



Instrument Technician 3rd Yr - Instrument Tech 4th Yr

Job Description:

* This position is posted as a range: pay grad and title will be based on the experience and qualification of the individual selected.**

Perform work of a highly skilled and complex nature, under the direction of a journeyman or supervisor, related to the analysis, detection and repair of defects in interlock and control systems, electronic devices, including solid state equipment, computers, solid state communication systems, and instruments, such as: meters, gauges, process control valves, electrohydraulic turbine control, Boiler Control Systems, Burner management systems, fuel handling system (gas & coal), water quality instrumentation, CEMS, EPA discharge monitoring equipment and calculations related to the operating efficiency of power plant equipment. Assist in engineering studies and calculations related to the operating efficiency of power plant equipment, and assist engineers in performing other technical services. Actively participates in continuous improvement activities.

The following will be performed under the direction of a journeyman industrial electrician or supervisor:

Locate, inspect, troubleshoot and repair defects in control systems involving electrical, solid state electronic, mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic components, tubing, (or plant specific systems) using elementary or wiring diagrams, schematic diagrams or control diagrams, along with knowledge of process control.

Install, calibrate, and maintain control loops.

Perform necessary functions to place in or remove from service, instrument and control systems undergoing study, tests or adjustments.

Demonstrate basic working knowledge of PLC and DCS Control Systems, using force contacts, and locating hardware I/O addresses with assistance. Learn basic programming logic.

Assist others in preparing necessary data for engineering procedures, specifications, bills of material and requisitions for the installation, maintenance and operation of equipment.

Setting up and connect test devices used in tests on equipment such as boilers, turbines, generators, and other power plant equipment. Assist others in the performance of such tests.

Operate and maintain equipment necessary to obtain temperatures, levels, pressures, and flows. Learn to analyze data and calculate test results. Learn to apply general knowledge of flows using available handbooks, manuals and associated reference material.

Compile and record data relating to tests and investigations. Learn to prepare graphs, curves and reports.

Maintain analyzing equipment to ensure accurate information for plant operations.

Demonstrate working knowledge of industrial processes and systems.

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Avinger, TX

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Job Category:

Power Plants

Minimum Requirements:

Education: High School Diploma or GED and Associate degree in Electronics or Electrical Engineering Technology, Instrumentation Controls. For a Certificate: Electronics/Electrical Engineering or Instrumentation or equivalent

Experience : Without degree, add 4 years of applicable experience in addition to HS diploma or GED

  • With accredited, Associates degree (2 years) - Two years of applicable experience

  • With Certificate of Completion (18 months) - Two years of applicable experience

  • Completion of AEP Apprentice progression

Job experience relative to this position: Steel mills, paper mills, nuclear, nuclear navy service, chemical, oil refinery, power plant, or similar industry.

Licenses/Certifications: Must possess the appropriate State driver's license.

Additional Information:  

Successful completion of the Power Plant Maintenance Selection System (MASS) test is required for this position. A review of Employment Testing Information, Test-Taking Tips, and the MASS Practice Test may be helpful. A link to these materials may be found at Careers by selecting Employment testing. 

Must be willing to work rotating shifts including weekends, nights, and holidays. Minimum long distance travel required but the inspection of remote equipment is a daily requirement for this position. Must respond to callouts in both outage and non-outage work to maintain and support business operational needs and schedules. 

Comply with all applicable plant operating instructions and procedures.

Comply with the rules, safety practices and procedures applicable to the work environment and report unsafe conditions and practices.. Must learn and have a working knowledge of Safety and Environmental guidelines.

Properly use the tools and equipment applicable to work duties.

Read, interpret and work from simple prints and specifications.

Communicate effectively, both verbally and written. Demonstrate professional conduct and effective interactions with employees, contractors and others.  

Must be willing and able to work inside designated confined space entry areas, elevated areas and in hot and cold temperatures. Must be able to wear respirator when required. Train for fire fighting, first aid, AED and other emergency response programs as required.

Demonstration of applicable knowledge, skills and abilities are required for next progression within job family.


The essential and/or marginal job functions and the associated abilities/requirements/conditions outlined above describe the general nature and level of the work performed. They are not intended to and in no way represent an exhaustive listing of all tasks involved in performing the job. 

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