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Southern Company Operations Technician (SPC Mankato Energy Center) in Mankato, Minnesota

Operations Technician (SPC Mankato Energy Center)


Experienced Operations Technician

Southern Power Company

Mankato Energy Center

(Mankato, MN)

Position Summary

SPC is currently seeking candidates for an Experienced Operations Technician position to operate & maintain our combined cycle power plant in Mankato, MN. Additional responsibilities will include: monitoring, troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing the plant’s electrical, instrumentation and mechanical power plant systems, and various other responsibilities as required. Maintain plant maintenance records in a computer based work order system (Maximo®), participate in the plants maintenance program as a system owner and actively participate in the fleet-wide operation review boards as a system owner. This is a multi-crafted position that has the responsibility of performing various other duties that are expected; these include project management and system ownership assignments.


  • HS Graduate or Equivalent.

  • 2-Year College/Technical Degree preferred.

Job Experience

  • 2 years combined cycle operations experience as a control room and/or field operator preferred

  • Experience with Siemens FD3/FD4 combustion turbines major maintenance programs including combustion inspection, HGPI, major overhaul procedures including related auxiliary equipment is preferred.

  • Experience with Toshiba steam turbines in combined cycle service is preferred.

  • Possession of a 1-A or Chief-A Minnesota boiler license is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Desired

  • Ability to define problems, data collection, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to apply principle of logical thinking and deal with situations that will be encountered.

  • Strong mechanical and electric aptitude and a demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and repair electrical and mechanical equipment are required.

  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills are required.

  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and acquire basic computer skills. Experience in (Maximo®) work order management system is preferred.

  • Must be able to learn how to independently operate a combined cycle plant and communicate effectively with plant stakeholders.

  • Ability to perform physically demanding activities (i.e. climbing stairs & ladders, lifting heavy equipment) while working safely in all types of weather.

Other Attributes

  • Must be a self-starter.

  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills, team player.

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

  • Must be able to support a 24/7 schedule, including holiday and back shift work when necessary.

  • Must be able to pass the pre-employment testing: TECH - Technician Occupations and GPO.

  • Must be able to obtain a Minnesota A class boiler license within 18 months of employment.

Demonstrate “Our Values”

  • Safety First - We believe the safety of our employees and customers is paramount. We will perform and maintain every job, every day, safely.

  • Unquestionable Trust - honesty, respect, fairness, and integrity driver our behavior. We keep our promises and ethical behavior is our standard.

  • Superior Performance - We are dedicated to the superior performance throughout our business. Our priorities are safety first, teamwork, diversity and continuous improvement through strong leadership.

  • Total Commitment - We are committed to the success of our employees, customers, and shareholders, and to citizenship and stewardship in all our actions.

*Limited Relocation Assistance may be available for this job*

Practice Test

Many of our tests have practice tests available; there is one available for the TECH test and the GPO test.

  • Click this link for the GPO study guide:

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Logon to this website and follow the instruction below to access study materials for the TECH test:

Use the following information to log into the site to access the practice test:

  • Username: southern

  • Password: testing

Practice tests: TECH - Technician Occupations

Minnesota Boiler License

For information on Minnesota boiler license requirements visit the website below:

Limited Relocation assistance will be provided.

In addition to the contingencies listed above, you will be required to complete a Post Offer Employment Test (POET). The purpose of the POET is to assess whether potential new hires can safely perform the essential physical functions of the job.

With 4.4 million customers and more than 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 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 Field: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

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: SPC2000112