Responsible for monitoring, attending and operating all combustion turbines, steam turbines, heat recovery steam generators and auxiliary equipment at the J.M. Shafer Station. Also responsible for performing skilled maintenance work on mechanical, electrical, and electronic equipment, as qualifications allow. Supports shift Senior Technician/Operations or Maintenance Supervisor in operating a combined cycle generating facility in conformance with facility’s Power Purchase Agreements, Operating Agreements, plant procedures, environmental regulations and safety procedures with minimal guidance or assistance. Keeps Senior Technician/Foreman fully informed of plant operating status, unusual conditions, and faulty equipment
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Support shift Senior Technician/Operations or Maintenance Supervisor in operating a combined cycle generating facility in conformance with facility’s Power Purchase Agreements, Operating Agreements, plant procedures, environmental regulations and safety procedures with minimal guidance or assistance. Keep Senior Technician/Foreman fully informed of plant operating status, unusual conditions, and faulty equipment.
Responsible for maintaining and/or repairing a combined cycle generating facility and all associated auxiliary and support equipment with minimal guidance or assistance, and for performing overall plant preventive and corrective maintenance as assigned.
Following satisfactory completion of required training, handle hazardous material/waste as required.
Learn and apply safe, effective use of hand tools, precision equipment and specialized test equipment used in maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of plant equipment.
Complete and maintain first aid and CPR certification.
Ensure adherence to spill prevention and emergency response procedures.
Communicate verbally and/or in writing detailed status of plant conditions to fellow Combined Cycle Technicians at shift turnover.
Perform water chemistry analysis on various plant water systems; ensure water chemistry is within proper control ranges; and make adjustments to water chemistry, as needed, by controlling chemical feed and/or blowdown rates.
Utilize the computerized maintenance management system (Asset Suite) to manage inventory, work management and procurement activities.
Responsible for operating fluid valves, as required to maintain proper system operation and mechanical isolation and for operating electric circuit breakers, as required, to maintain proper system operation and electrical isolation.
Operate and/or maintain water purification system in accordance with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and plant procedures, and monitor demineralized water to ensure quality is within acceptable limits.
Diagnose cause of plant equipment malfunctions or failures and take appropriate remedial action as authorized or required.
Read, understand and comply with all regulatory procedures and facility safety programs, and maintain adherence to all plant environmental permits.
Work shift hours, overtime, and irregular hours as needed to support reliable operation of the facility, which may involve, from time to time, working hours which will be determined on short notice, based on needs of the facility.
Perform general plant housekeeping, which involves maintaining the cleanliness of all areas of the plant and control room, or other housekeeping duties as assigned.
Maintain plant security in conformance with site procedures.
Perform Collateral Duties in conformance with Collateral Duty Program, as assigned by Plant Management.
Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State’s culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State’s culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
OTHER DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS
Perform other related duties as assigned
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
Planning: ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.
Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Training
A High School diploma or equivalent is required.
Associate’s degree in a related discipline; or equivalent power plant operations and maintenance experience.
Maintain CPR certification, spill/waste handling training requirements and the ability to perform CPR and apply spill/waste training, respirator training and testing, and obtain opacity certification as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
Must have proficient mechanical and electrical troubleshooting and repair skills and ability to solve related practical problems.
Demonstrated ability to make competent decisions in emergency situations.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written, including ability to write operating/maintenance procedures, work requests, purchase requisitions and routine reports.
Demonstrated ability to read and interpret mechanical/electrical drawings, technical manuals and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams/Drawing (P&ID's).
Proficiency in computerized maintenance management system consistent with established procedure and have demonstrated basic computer literacy.
Must have a satisfactory work record.
Ability to conduct training of others in plant operation and maintenance procedures.
Requires at least one (1) year of experience as a Combined Cycle Technician IV.
Four (4) years of related power plant experience, combustion turbine experience desired.
Willingness to work extra or irregular hours, shift work, weekends, holidays, call out and travel as required; and willingness to be on call 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
Willingness to work with high voltages, obtain switching certification, and perform high voltage switching.
Must reside within 20 miles of the base location.
Have good health and physical ability adequate for strenuous work, including ability to wear a respirator.
Must be able to demonstrate that he or she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is primarily required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, bend and frequently utilize a keyboard/computer. Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent will be required to problem solve, read, write and analyze data, work under schedules and deadline pressure, present information to others, work independently and use discretion and judgment for confidential or sensitive projects/issues.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is exposed to an office environment indoors, and will occasionally travel outdoors to multiple locations dependent on work.
Internal Number: IRC33562
About Tri-State G&T Assn., Inc.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.