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Oglethorpe Power Mechanic in Rome, Georgia


Location:Rocky Mountain Hydroelectric - Rome, GA

Job Code:184

of Openings:1


Perform checkout, troubleshooting, Installation, and repair of mechanical equipment associated with a Hydroelectric power plant. Perform preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance on mechanical equipment, which includes but not limited to, alignment and balancing, vibration data collection and preliminary analysis, and oil sample collection and review of analysis results. Ability to use precision tools such as micrometers, depth gauges, calipers, feeler gauges, etc. Ability to read blueprints, drawings, and O&M manuals.

Job Duties:

  • Takes the lead in performing checkouts, maintenance, and troubleshooting of mechanical equipment such as, but is not limited to, blowers, compressors, diesel engines, pumps turbines, generators, HVAC systems, valves, piping systems, pneumatic systems, and hydraulic systems. During the performance of these duties the incumbent may be required to carry up to 75 pounds of tools, equipment and/or materials. The incumbent may also be required to work inside confined spaces and other normally inaccessible spaces in the performance of these duties. To access the work locations, the incumbent must be capable of climbing up and down several hundred steps, climb scaffolding, work at heights, within confined spaces, near or over water, near high voltage equipment, and must be able to wear, and use required personnel protective equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus, full face cartridge respirators, and air line supplied respirators.

  • Maintain work area and equipment in a clean and orderly manner.

  • Observe corporate and plant(s) safety rules and practices.

  • Engage in operations for alteration, installation, or replacement of station mechanical components by working with blue prints, mechanical schematics, logic diagrams, plans or sketches. Make necessary changes, remove old components, install new components, and field check the system, as assigned.

  • Perform a variety of duties such as equipment inspection to determine extent of defects, diagnosis of faulty operations and apply corrective methods.

  • Engage in operational tests, lubricate equipment, verify working clearances, and check completed work.

  • Perform preventive and predictive maintenance testing and servicing of components and equipment.

  • ​Operates all shop equipment and has basic welding skills using SMAW, GMAW, and FCAW welding processes to perform, non-structural welds involving reconditioning of parts or to fabricate new parts from drawings or plans. Set up machines for desired operation and performs work within specified tolerances and standards. In the process of performing this work, the individual will be exposed to high voltage, welding arcs, and heat/flame. The incumbent must be able to wear and use required personnel protective equipment.

  • Balance and align plant equipment in the plants owned and/or operated by Plant Operations. In the process of performing this work, the individual will be exposed to rotating equipment and may be exposed to high voltage. The incumbent must be able to wear and use required personnel protective equipment.

  • Maintain job related qualifications and system knowledge on the mechanical equipment at the plants serviced. This to be done by attending and participating in scheduled training and safety meetings and acquiring and maintaining skill levels and certifications to complete job tasks.

  • Perform preliminary design of modifications to mechanical systems, which are reviewed for accuracy and for additional support requirements by the Maintenance Manager or his designee.

    Required Qualifications:

    Education:High school diploma or equivalent

    Experience:Five (5) years of progressively responsible power plant mechanical maintenance experience in a hydroelectric or thermal electric power plant.

    Equivalent Experience:Eight (8) years of progressively responsible mechanical experience in an industrial plant is equivalent. Two (2) years of college or technical training in a related technology program are equivalent to two (2) years of experience. Completion of the Rocky Mountain Hydroelectric Plant Maintenance Training Program for a Maintenance Mechanic as outlined in Maintenance Training Procedure RMP MD-A002 is equivalent to five (5) years of experience.

    Licenses, Certifications and/or Registrations:Valid driver’s license that meets the insurance requirements under Oglethorpe Power’s Drivers Qualification Program.

    Specialized Skills:

  • The ability to develop instructions from technical manuals, journals, drawings, and other job related material and to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing using the English language.

  • Decision making capabilities.

  • Lift weights up to 75 pounds.

  • Must pass the Basic Aptitude/Skills exam.

  • Ability to troubleshoot mechanical equipment malfunctions.

  • Ability to instruct subordinate mechanics in the performance of testing, checkout, and troubleshooting of mechanical equipment.

  • Ability to provide technical direction and leadership to mechanical contractors brought in to augment the work force in the performance of modifications and major repairs of mechanical equipment.

  • Ability to perform predictive maintenance on plant mechanical equipment. This shall include, but not be limited to vibration data collection and analysis and oil sample collection and review of analysis results.

  • Ability to install new and modify existing mechanical equipment to improve plant operations.

  • Ability to wear and use required personnel protective equipment including respirators (self-contained breathing apparatus and face cartridge respirators and air line supplied respirators).

    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.