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Oglethorpe Power Combustion Turbine Technician in Forsyth, Georgia

Combustion Turbine Technician

Location:Smarr Energy Facility - Forsyth, GA

Job Code:185

of Openings:1


This position is responsible for the daily performance, operations and maintenance of two (2) simple-cycle combustion turbines, specifically Siemens v84.2 technology, to a standard that optimizes reliability, availability and O&M costs while maintaining the highest standards in safety, environmental, and NERC electrical reliability. Technician must understand and apply concepts to operate the equipment and perform plant systems analysis to take actions for identifying, resolving and/or avoiding failure modes. In addition, the individual performs operator rounds, troubleshooting, preventive, corrective and predictive maintenance on plant systems/equipment to ensure safe, efficient, and reliable plant operations, as well as enhance equipment longevity. The incumbent is responsible for continuous improvement and providing reliable and efficient electric power generation in compliance with corporate safety policies and procedures, environmental, mandatory electric reliability standards, FERC, EPA, EPD, OSHA, DOT and all applicable governmental regulations.

Preferred multi-skilled journeyman Electrician with Operations experience in the power industry (civilian or military) or similar industrial environments. Alternatively, we will consider journeyman Mechanics and Instrument and Controls with Operations experience.

Job Duties:

  • Responsible for daily plant operations and maintenance to ensure safe, efficient, and reliable plant operations, complying with corporate policies and procedures, and all governmental regulations. Must strive to achieve dispatch orders and keep GSOC informed of all changes in plant capability. Daily activities include start-up and shutdown of the plant equipment, operator rounds, oversee plant physical security, clearances, receiving materials/inventory, maintaining 3-part communications with GSOC, shift log communications, and issuing applicable Operational Advisory and Event Reports. Documenting and communicating operational or maintenance conditions and activities to allow the efficient and orderly transfer of information to others.

  • Responsible for assigned work orders and systems ownership. Compliance with the Conduct of Maintenance Program engaging in the 4-week and outage planning and preparations, including reviewing, updating or developing Job Plans, ordering parts and updating inventory requirements. Take appropriate corrective actions to address abnormal conditions, engage supervisor and other resources, and utilize MAXIMO work order/management processes. Complete required reporting, documentation, change management control and VAULT drawing updates.

  • Maintain individual safe work practices while performing duties, including completing required training, understanding and following the OPC Safety Manual/Procedures. Perform the function of LOCKOUT/TAGOUT (LOTO) Authority for establishing and maintaining safe isolation of equipment/device for the protection of all personnel performing work within established boundaries. In addition, participate in monthly safety meetings and complete all required training to ensure personal compliance, safe work practices, operational excellence, and technical knowledge.

  • Responsible for administration of contracts as assigned and coordination of contract support services as required. This project/contract management may include capital project scoping document preparation, budget management, contractor oversight, status reports, and administrative duties as required.

  • Compliance Reporting, responsible for the preparation of required documentation and reports to the Corporation's local, division and senior management, owners, regulatory authorities and other agencies to assure compliance with regulations and the terms of the Management Services Agreement.

Required Qualifications:

Education: High School Diploma or equivalent required. Associate’s degree in engineering, engineering or related physical science, or equivalent preferred.

Experience: Six years’ experience in operation or maintenance of an operating commercial power production facility, a large natural gas facility, or combustion turbine driven naval vessel.

Equivalent Experience: Eight years’ experience in operation or maintenance of an operating commercial power production facility, a large natural gas facility, or combustion turbine driven naval vessel. In addition, a highly developed analytical and technical problem solving background.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A strong ability to work in a team environment.

  • Motivated, highly driven with initiative self-paced learning with the ability to progress into independent decision-making capabilities in stressful situations with minimum supervision.

  • The ability to extract, comprehend and develop instructions from technical manuals, journals, and drawings, technical literature and other job related material.

  • The ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing using the English language and strong computer skills; beneficial if familiar with applications such as Outlook Email, MSOffice Suite, IBM-Maximo and Vault.

  • The ability to learn effectively use of control systems (such as Siemen T3000, GE Mark V/VI, Allen Bradley PLCs, etc…)

  • The ability to learn and to assist in performing troubleshooting electrical, instrument and mechanical systems for malfunctions, complete preventative maintenance and predictive maintenance technologies with progression to perform tasks with minimal guidance or supervision.

  • The ability to learn to work on and around high-voltage electrical equipment.

  • The ability to support providing technical direction and oversight of contractors brought in to perform equipment repairs or projects.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and perform at a self-directed work level when not being directed by the Combustion Turbine Technician or Supervision.

Licenses, Certifications and/or Registrations: Valid driver’s license which meets the insurance eligibility requirements under Oglethorpe Power’s qualification program.

Unusual hours and requirements: Will require scheduled and call out OT as plant operating and maintenance needs dictate. Production schedules require 24 hour coverage, rotating shift schedules are required.

Travel is required for the role between 6-8 weeks out of the year (15%.). Travel is typically within the state of Georgia to support other OPC facilities during outage or special projects.

Status: Full-time

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability.