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Southern Company Instrument & Controls Technician (Mankato Energy Center) in Mankato, Minnesota

Instrument & Controls Technician (Mankato Energy Center)


Instrument and Controls Technician (Mankato Energy Center)

Plant Summary

Mankato Energy Center is located 80 miles southwest of Minneapolis, MN consisting of (1) Siemens FD4 gas only and (1) Siemens F3 dual fuel CT in 2x1 combined cycle utilizing Nooter-Eriksen HRSG’s, and a Toshiba ST.

Summary of Position Duties

This position performs technical and analytical services essential to the control system and associated equipment (electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic) for the operation of one combined-cycle unit. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting the plant control and electrical systems and completing repairs as necessary. These systems include: digital control system, circuits, power circuits, and control devices on plant equipment outside the control room. Employee will participate in the plant maintenance program as a system owner and document plant maintenance records in a computer based work order system, MAXIMO®.

Job Experience and Education

  • 2-Year College/Technical Degree and/or Navy Nuclear EM/ET training preferred.

  • Two years’ experience in electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic instrumentation and process controls for power plants preferred.

  • Experience with digital control systems, PLCs, Siemens T3000, CEMS, and Emerson Ovation Control System desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must be able to troubleshoot complex systems.

  • Detailed knowledge of smart instrumentation troubleshooting, repair, and calibration desired.

  • Detailed knowledge of plant control and data acquisition systems desired.

  • Must have good problem solving and analytical skills necessary to determine current / future operating conditions and trends for optimizing plant performance.

  • Must have superior interpersonal skills, proven written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as an effective team member

  • Knowledge of power plant operation is desired, combined cycle knowledge is preferred.

Behavioral Attributes

  • Safety as a core value

  • Must demonstrate "Our Values"

  • Must be able to handle complex, pressure situations and be adaptable to a changing work environment.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrates initiative and personal drive

  • Values continuous learning and teamwork

  • Must be able to work with limited supervision

*Limited Relocation assistance may be provided for this job.*

Other requirements

  • Successful completion of the Technical Aptitude Test for Instrument & Controls Technicians.

  • Must be available for night, overtime, weekend, and holiday work as required.

  • Respond promptly to emergency call outs when necessary.

  • Occasional travel - Up to 25%.

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Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Minnesota-South Minnesota-Mankato

Operating Company: Southern Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

Mankato Plant (MankatoPlant)

1 Fazio Lane

Mankato, 56001

Req ID: SPC2000111