To provide precise and accurate analytical data and technical support to EKPC, the member cooperatives and state and federal regulatory agencies. To perform complex analyses of coal, water, air, and oil samples. To gather data, maintain records, operate lab equipment, and assist with environmental clean-ups, as needed.
Central Lab Technician All Levels:
Collects and transports samples.
Operates analytical equipment for data assimilation and reporting.
Performs routine and unscheduled maintenance on lab equipment.
Assists with implementation of new test procedures.
Compiles, records, and reports data from lab analysis performed.
Standardizes and calibrates all test equipment.
Assimilates data and maintains test results in permanent records.
Operates plant demineralizer water treatment facility.
Maintains a clean, orderly, and safe lab area.
Central Lab Technician Level 1
Collects DGA oil samples from transformers at power plants.
Collects DGA oil samples from transformers and regulators at substations.
Collects oil samples for PCBs.
Collects PCB oil samples.
Safely enters a substation.
Assists in checking coal sampling systems at plants.
Monitors sample system through cycle at plants.
Transports coal samples (two splits) from plants.
Preps coal samples.
Pulverizes coal samples.
Completes chain-of-custody paperwork on mercury traps for “Appendix K”.
Cleans, inspects, and maintains/repairs pulverizers and air handling system.
Collects water samples at EKPC plants and HQ.
Disposes of used chemicals.
Completes chain-of-custody paperwork.
Assists in KPDES sampling at outfalls.
Disposes of oil according to HAZMAT requirements.
Uses GPS to find Service Centers, plants, and/or substations.
Applies Chemical Hygiene plan for safe laboratory practices.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Central Lab Technician Level 2
Conducts DGA testing on oil for combustible gas content.
Run particle count test on lube oil samples to determine contamination.
Conducts moisture analysis.
Preps samples PCB oil analyses on Gas Chromatograph.
Conducts Total Acid Neutralization Test.
Maintains PCB Analyzers.
Maintains DGA Analyzers.
Maintains Particle Count Analyzer.
Maintains Moisture Analyzers.
Checks balances and standards.
Conducts test of pulverized coal on TGA Analyzers for moisture, ash, and volatile matter.
Conducts Loss of Ignition (LOI) test on ash samples from plants.
Conducts analyses of special coal samples.
Conducts test on mercury in coal samples.
Conducts BTU test on coal, wood, and fuel oil.
Conducts sulfur analysis on fuel oil.
Conducts specific gravity test on fuel oil.
Conducts benzoic test with the Bomb Calorimeter.
Maintains Bomb Calorimeters.
Maintains Sulfur Analyzers.
Maintains Mercury AMA Analyzers.
Maintains TGA Analyzers.
Maintains Fuel Oil Sulfur Analyzers.
Conducts field pH analyses on water samples.
Puts Smith demineralizer water in service.
Regenerates Smith demineralizer water system.
Completes field log when collecting environmental samples.
Conducts field temperature.
Measures flow at KPDES outfalls.
Maintains pH meter.
Assists Environmental Supervisor on oil spill reporting and remediation when requested.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Central Lab Technician Level 3
Conducts PCB soil analyses.
Conducts PCB wipe analyses.
Troubleshoots and calibrates DGA Analyzers.
Troubleshoots and calibrate PCB Analyzers.
Troubleshoots moisture analyzers.
Reviews and uploads data to DGA database.
Performs SPCC inspections at Substation when equipment is changed out.
Manually calculates coal and fuel oil analysis whenever necessary.
Conducts quality control tests on second coal splits from plants.
Troubleshoots and calibrates Bomb Calorimeters.
Troubleshoots and calibrates Sulfur Analyzers.
Troubleshoots and calibrates coal Mercury Analyzers.
Troubleshoots and calibrates TGA Analyzers.
Troubleshoots and calibrates Fuel Oil Sulfur Analyzers.
Maintains and troubleshoots Smith demineralizer water system.
Troubleshoots and calibrates pH meter.
Compiles collection bottles for a sampling event.
Assists Chemist with monitoring bias test at plants to ensure coal sampler is functioning properly.
Performs other duties as assigned.
High school diploma or equivalent required. Associate’s degree in Environmental Sciences or other related area preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
Three (3) years of lab related experience
Skills and Abilities:
Experience in collecting and testing samples of coal, oil, water, and air preferred.
Experience with lab equipment including, but not limited to Gas Chromatograph, Coal equipment (Calorimeters, TGA, Mercury AMA, Sulfur analyzer), Moisture and Particle Count Analyzers.
Must be able to read and interpret test procedures and equipment manuals as well as schematics and charts/graphs.
Requires knowledge of state and federal EPA regulation (40 CFR Part 136) and their application to the utility industry.
Requires a familiarity knowledge of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) laboratory procedures and equipment and the ability to interpret and follow ASTM procedures.
Must have the ability to perform complex tasks with minimal or no assistance and supervision.
Must possess the ability to work with departmental personnel, plant personnel and supervisors in implementing procedural or process changes.
Excellent verbal and written skills are required.
Must have a valid driver's license.
Must be able to effectively use Microsoft office applications.
Technical/Professional Knowledge & Skills
Contributing To Team Success
Conditions of Employment
Usual office conditions apply to this position with occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.
Must work in inclement weather conditions, around dusty areas, chemicals, and high noise levels and occasionally climb ladders.
Must pass aptitude test and physical ability test.
Non-scheduled overtime is a normal part of the position.
Some travel within the system and occasional out-of-state, which may be overnight.
Weekend work is an occasional part of the job.
Must be able to wear a respirator and pass a Pulmonary Function Test each year.
Internal Number: 4722
About East Kentucky Power Cooperative
East Kentucky Power Cooperative is an electric generation and transmission company headquartered in Winchester, KY, just 15 minutes east of Lexington. We also have facilities across the state of Kentucky that generate electric power and service centers for local power lines and substations support.
More than 1 million Kentucky residents and thousands of businesses depend on East Kentucky Power Cooperative every day for reliable, affordable energy. Based near Lexington, Kentucky, we proudly generate and transmit energy to 87 counties, helping local families and businesses thrive. We work closely with 16 electric cooperatives to offer energy-efficient, demand-based options to help our members manage their bills while building vibrant local economies that bring jobs and investment into the state. As passionate as we are about providing smart energy solutions, we are equally excited about people. We strive to cultivated connected workplaces where great ideas are born and rewarding careers are built.
EKPC offers a wage and benefits package that ranks among the best in the state! There is no waiting period on our medical, dental and vision insurance plans so you are covered on da...y one, and the dental plan is free for employees! Our generous 401(k) retirement plan allows employees to start contributing to their plan after a month of service, and after 3 months of service, EKPC will automatically contribute 6% of base wages AND match employee contributions up to 4%! Our competitive vacation and sick leave package starts day one to allow for flexibly and a healthy work-life balance. For more information on our plentiful benefits package visit our website at https://www.ekpc.coop/work-ekpc
EKPC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veteran