The incumbent is responsible for instructing subordinate instrumentation and control technicians and/or other crafts in the performance of testing, check out, troubleshooting, and maintenance of instrumentation, communication, computer, and control equipment. Provides technical direction and leadership to instrumentation and control contractors in the performance of modifications and major repair of instrumentation and control equipment. Responsible for providing reliable and efficient electric power generation in compliance with corporate safety policies and procedures, mandatory electric reliability standards, FERC, EPA, EPD, OSHA, DOT and all applicable governmental regulations.
- Takes the lead in performing check-outs, maintenance, and troubleshooting of instrumentation, communication, and computer equipment and control systems including the following:
- 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 instrumentation, communication, computer and controls 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 calibration, tuning, and programming of microprocessor – based systems.
- Locate and repair defects and failures in the control systems, involving electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic units, which control level, pressure, temperature, position, flow and other plant parameters.
- Perform corrective, preventive, and predictive maintenance, software changes, and update of programs on the plant data acquisition, alarm, and control systems.
- Maintain power plant test equipment and calibrated tools within accepted operating parameters. The incumbent must be able to wear and use required personnel protective equipment.
- Maintain job related qualifications and system knowledge by attending and participating in scheduled training and safety meetings and acquiring and maintaining skill levels and certifications to complete job tasks.
- Performs preliminary design of modifications to instrumentation, communication, computer, and control systems which are reviewed for accuracy and for additional support requirements by the Instrument and Controls Supervisor and/or Maintenance Manager.
Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
Experience: Five years of progressively responsible power plant instrumentation, communication and controls maintenance experience in a hydroelectric or thermal electric power plant.
Equivalent Experience: Eight years of progressively responsible instrumentation, communication, and controls experience in an industrial plant is equivalent. Two years of college or technical training in a related technology program are equivalent to two years of experience.
Licenses, Certifications and/or Registrations: Valid driver’s license, which meets the insurance requirements under Oglethorpe Power's Drivers Qualification Program.
- 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 instrumentation, communication and control system malfunctions.
- Ability to instruct subordinate instrument & control technicians in the performance of testing, check-out, and troubleshooting of instrumentation, communication and control equipment.
- Ability to provide technical direction and leadership to instrument & control contractors brought in to augment the work force in the performance of modifications and major repairs of instrumentation, communication, and control equipment.
- Ability to perform predictive maintenance on plant instrumentation, communication, and control equipment.
- Ability to install new and modify existing instrumentation and controls 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).
Percent of travel involved: Varies from 2% to 30%, based on assignment within Plant Operations.
Unusual hours required of this position: The incumbents are subject to being called out at any hour to address maintenance problems at the facilities operated and maintained by Plant Operations. The incumbents may be assigned to a group of employees who maintain power plants on a rotating shift basis. The groups may change shift hours periodically to provide continuous service.
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.