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Evergy, Inc. Mgr Wind Operations in Spearville, Kansas


JOB TITLE: Mgr Wind Operations


DEPARTMENT: Western Plains Wind Farm

LOCATION: Spearville, KS

SALARY: $106,100 - $141,500

Scheduled Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Summary of Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

This position reports directly to the Senior Director Renewables, Gas and Oil Generation and the selected candidate will manage all aspects of a 280 MW Siemens 2.3 108 Wind Site, a 200 MW GE Wind Site, Site Supervisors, Planner and Technicians to perform scheduled and unscheduled repairs on commercial wind turbines using prudent utility and wind industry practices and in accordance with contractual agreements..

Additional duties will include working closely with a maintenance planner to develop assets, BOM’s, PM’s and the store room in the CMMS. They will manage/supervise contactors and employees performing turbine service/maintenance, Balance of Plant (BOP) maintenance and repairs to the O&M building, string roads, crane pads, fencing, met towers, communication systems, and computer networks, parts inventory, parts ordering, parts shipping & receiving, inventory security, stocking shelves, fork lift operation, parts checkout within the CMMS, budgeting & budget forecasting, project development & management.

  • Champions the Evergy safety culture and establishes a high standard of safety for the site. Conveys an expectation of safety compliance among all work groups.

  • Performs Safety Observation Surveys on site workers and activities.

  • Identifies the need for site improvements and turbine upgrades, enters and tracks them in a 5-year plan, develops funding projects based on that plan, provides justification for and obtains funding, manages approved projects and oversees project completion.

  • Provides guidance and oversight in troubleshooting and repairing turbine platforms.

  • Performs audits of maintenance activities on the WTG’s to ensure work quality/craftsmanship standards are complied with.

  • Identifies substation maintenance requirements and schedules contractors to perform the work in accordance with NERC PRC-005-2 and Evergy PSMP and substation standards.

  • Implements sound reliability centered maintenance practices and processes to include predictive technologies.

  • Ensures storeroom and inventory by establishing and adjusting max-min levels, creating stock codes, conducting re-order reviews, and creating requisitions. Performs all storeroom tasks.

  • Works as part of a team to identify and develop site procedures, site policies, technician training needs, safety programs, and work practices.

  • Submits monthly and quarterly NERC GADS/Regulatory compliance reports.

  • Maintains the site within regulatory compliance of all federal, state, and local regulations and associated permits, including applicable safety, health and environmental regulations.

  • Addresses site concerns from local, state, and federal agencies.

  • Interacts with landowners and wind site neighbors. Addresses any concerns/questions they may have.

  • Oversees and administers site computer hardware/software systems including the WTG SCADA system.

  • Provides upper management with daily, weekly, monthly status reports as needed.

  • Participates in the development of the annual O&M budget and manages the site in accordance with it.

  • Performs minor facility (BOP) maintenance.

  • Performs high voltage switching operations; apply grounds, and LOTO in the substation.

  • Performs weekly, monthly, and quarterly NERC substation and T-Line inspections.

  • Performs HV switching in the substation/collection system and at the WTG’s.


Education and Experience:

A technical degree or engineering degree and prior experience with high voltage switching is highly preferred. Prior management or supervisory experience is required. Some related experience in industrial power generation or WTG maintenance with knowledge of the Siemens 2.3 108 platforms to include electrical troubleshooting, maintenance requirements, and OEM upgrades and retrofits or related technical/engineering experience is highly preferred. Knowledge of Reliability Centered Maintenance and implementation a plus.

Skills, Knowledge or Abilities Required:

Candidates must be proficient in computer programs to include Microsoft Office products with a strong emphasis on Excel, computerized maintenance management systems (WAM), turbine SCADA systems (Siemens), PeopleSoft, PowerPlan, and possess basic IT knowledge. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to work independently, a willingness to administer policies and procedures in a remote location with minimal oversight, have good oral and written communication skills, project management/supervisory skills, and experience in directing a team. Candidates must be able and willing to climb 80 meter steel towers to fulfill the duties described herein. Must be able to obtain high angle rescue certification. Some evening and weekend work is expected in include on-call shifts. Candidates must be willing to live within 45 minutes of site

Licenses, Certifications, Bonding and/or Testing Required:

Must possess a valid driver's license and a safe driving history.

Working Conditions: Field environment. Some travel and overnight trips to perform management duties at another wind site and travel to the corporate general office for meetings and training will be required.

Evergy has a clear mission – To empower a better future. Evergy chooses to live this mission by valuing People First. We know to accomplish becoming the most innovative and reliable energy company, we need a team with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. So, our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We are committed to celebrating diversity and building a team where everyone – regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status – has a voice and can bring their best every day. We know that the more diverse and inclusive we are, the better we will be. Evergy is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Disclaimer: The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Shift Standard

Job Field: Power Plant/Generation

Req ID: GEN005D