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American Electric Power Wind Technician Sr/Flat Ridge 3 in Zenda, Kansas



Wind Technician Sr/Flat Ridge 3

Job Description:

Position Summary:

Support the facility manager and wind team to assure the facility operates in accordance with Safety, Health and Environmental policies and standards while achieving maximum performance, reliability and profitability. Coordinate and perform OEM and contractor oversight, equipment inspections, monitoring and repairs, including the start-up, operation and shutdown of turbines, generators, exciters, transformers, switchyard and balance of plant equipment. Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical systems.


  1. Responsible for exercising care and good judgment in preventing accidents and protecting the safety and health (S&H) of fellow workers. Report unsafe actions, conditions or near misses. Attend and participate in environmental, S&H, technical, business and cultural training/meetings.

  2. Oversee and assist the work of assigned employees, OEM and contractors. Provide instructions and guidance. Conduct JSAs, utilize JHAs and SDSs, etc. and follow established guidelines in job briefings.

  3. Perform equipment inspections, monitoring and repairs to ensure proper, safe and efficient start-up, operation and shutdown of turbines, generators, exciters, transformers, switchyard and balance of plant equipment. Operate valves, pumps, electrical disconnects, breakers and controls. Report all abnormal plant equipment conditions and alarms. Monitor plant performance, investigate and correct abnormal conditions. Troubleshoot mechanical, hydraulic and electrical problems including repair or replacement of parts. Perform testing, analyze and assist in diagnosing problems.

  4. Perform operational wind turbine maintenance and/or installation tasks. Assist with component retrofits, upgrades, and large component replacements. Learn and interface with turbine control and mechanical systems to safely complete maintenance and/or installation tasks.

  5. Perform mechanical, electrical and hydraulic component corrective maintenance and repairs on balance of plant equipment. Oversee equipment inspections.

  6. Monitor control, indicating, and recording devices, comparing results with established standards and make adjustments as required to operating conditions.

  7. Collaborate with Engineering and Monitoring & Diagnostics Center on turbine issues, root-cause investigations, fault diagnostics and performance upgrade analysis.

  8. Gather information regarding turbine issues and performance for reports.

  9. Coordinate warehouse inventory and parts program.

  10. Use work management systems to initiate, retrieve and update work orders, material requests, PMs and time entry, PASTA, etc.

  11. Use computer applications and software programs to extract data, analyze trends and report status to ensure plant reliability and efficiency. Produce, revise and maintain records, technical reports, procedures and plant drawings.

  12. Initiate clearance permits/LOTO, isolate equipment and remove all stored energy in accordance procedure. Initiate permits in accordance with policies and procedures.

  13. Respond to emergencies and assist in maintaining plant security. Maintain proficiency in up-tower rescue, first aid, CPR and AED and incipient firefighting. Understand and adhere to all SPCC and emergency response programs. Conduct daily security checks. Assist in controlling access and activities at the wind farm.

  14. Operate hoists, forklift truck, small tractors, aerial lifts, scissor lifts, mobile and overhead cranes and automotive equipment and inspect scaffold and rigging after completion of training and in accordance with policies and procedures.

  15. Use schematic, wiring and control diagrams to locate, troubleshoot and repair control systems involving electrical, electronic, mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic components.

  16. Perform work as identified in the MESH process and document S&H near misses, incidents, accidents, and environmental hazards in accordance with policies and procedures.

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Zenda, KS

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Education: High School Diploma/GED is required. Associate's degree in wind, electrical, mechanical or an associated technology preferred.

Experience: 4 Years of experience in the wind industry working as a Wind Technician or related work experience in power plant generation (electrical maintenance, operations or plant construction,) or combination of these areas. Electrical experience working on/near various voltages ranging from 24V to 34.5kV, and working knowledge of voltages above 34.5kV recommended.

Licenses/Certifications: Must possess appropriate state driver's license.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Travel is required.

  2. Performance of maintenance programs utilizing thermal imaging.

  3. Familiarity and operating experience with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition SCADA and/or power plant control and monitoring systems.

  4. Experience with Toolbox ST preferred.

  5. Familiarity with Condition Monitoring Systems.

  6. Familiarity with PI, PaSTA, Maximo or similar software.

  7. GWO Safety Bundle Certificate Preferred

  8. Must have the ability to perform work in extreme heat and cold.

  9. Must have the ability to perform the following frequently: bending, squatting, kneeling, twisting/turning, climbing, stooping, overhead reaching, sitting, standing, lifting/carrying, pushing/pulling.

  10. Must be able to physically and mentally perform work in all areas and heights required. Demonstrate ability to climb 300-meter wind turbine. The maximum weight allowed is 265 lbs. per person due to limitations of associated climbing safety equipment.

  11. Must be able to learn the rules, safety practices and procedures.

  12. Must be able to learn all applicable operating instructions and procedures.

  13. Must be able to learn the tools and equipment and their use in the work.

  14. Must be able to understand the care and attention required for the safe and efficient operation of wind turbine.

  15. Must have knowledge of electrical equipment principles, safety procedures and maintenance practices.

  16. Must be able to learn, analyze, and interpret instrument readings and indications, and to detect abnormal sounds in operating equipment.

  17. Must be able to read, interpret and work from electrical blueprints and schematics to troubleshoot equipment.

  18. Must be proficient in MS Office, Word, Excel, similar software, and email.

  19. Must be able to work effectively with other employees.

Physical demand level is Medium

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Geographic Proximity:

Within the Greater Zenda KS Area

Equal Opportunity Employer | Minorities/Females/Disability/Vets