American Electric Power Plant Equip Oper first 2 Mos - Plant Equip Oper next 4 Mos in Avinger, Texas



Plant Equip Oper first 2 Mos - Plant Equip Oper next 4 Mos

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 associated duties and assist with placing in service, monitoring, and isolating all plant auxiliary equipment systems and/or components of a system. Communicate with operators and supervisors and other appropriate personnel the operating status of the plant's equipment. Assist in performance of semi-skilled work including maintenance and operating duties as assigned and in plant outages as needed. Participates in continuous improvement activities. Monitor and inspect all plant equipment for normal operation. Identify, record, and report abnormal conditions to the proper authority. Communicate to other operators and supervisors the operating status of the plant's equipment during shift change. Assist in troubleshooting equipment problems and document these problems using the appropriate computer tracking systems. Assist in preparing boilers, turbines and auxiliaries for operation and removal from service. Perform routine cleaning of plant areas, tools, and equipment, including outside areas, as assigned. Operate, clean and lubricate equipment necessary to perform these tasks. Assist with isolation of plant equipment and placing/removing clearance tags in accordance with the Company's Clearance Policy. Operate, regulate, adjust, clean and perform minor maintenance on power plant equipment including associated pumps, piping and valves, fittings, etc. Perform routine operation and maintenance of basic water treating systems including chemical control, routine testing of effluents, chlorination, and lubrication. Assist in the proper and safe unloading and handling of bulk products. Assist in collecting and preparing samples, operate sampling equipment and perform tests requiring the use of basic analytical equipment and knowledge of common chemical materials. Prepare bulk supplies of chemicals to specific concentration; assist in special analyses and tests necessary to regulate proper chemical treatment of system. Record all concerns and report to supervisor.

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Avinger, TX

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Job Category:

Power Plants

Minimum Requirements:

Residency Requirement: Successful candidate must live within a 60 minute distance under normal driving conditions to the Wilkes Power Plant.

Education: High school diploma or GED and Associate degree in mechanical, electrical, power plant technology or related technical degree or at least 2 years industrial maintenance and or operations experience is required.

Experience: Preferred: Operations experience in chemical, industrial, refinery or military environments.

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

Additional Information:  

Successful completion of the Plant Operator Selection System (POSS) test is required for this position. A review of Employment Testing Information, Test-Taking tips, and the POSS Practice Test may be helpful. A link to these materials may be found at Careers by selecting Employment testing. A physical abilities assessment is also required for this position. 

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. 

Must be able to learn and comply with all applicable plant operating instructions and procedures.

Must be able to learn and 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.

Must be able to learn and properly use the tools and equipment applicable to work duties.

Must be able to 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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