5 years or equivalent education and experience
Massachusetts 1st or 2nd Class Engineer License - Preference: Required
Massachusetts Industrial Grade II Waste Treatment License - Preference: Nice to have
PurEnergy Operating Services is looking for a Lead Merchant Plant Operator to join our strong team at our Pittsfield, MA plant location. PurEnergy is a dynamic company founded on a synthesis of talented and seasoned individuals who have a wealth of experience in the energy industry. The plant is a 160 MW, natural gas, with a #2 fuel oil as backup which is stored on site. The equipment is gas turbine combined cycle. The Lead Merchant Plant Operator directs merchant plant operators; controls, monitors, starts, stops, regulates, and evaluates boilers, turbine generators, and auxiliary equipment, and performs routine maintenance. Some essential duties include:
•Starting, stopping, regulating, monitoring and controlling boilers, turbine-generator and all auxiliary equipment, normally through the DCS and directs all plant activities via the control room, including operations and maintenance.
•Monitors and adjusts related set points locally and on the DCS within administrative guidelines to optimize plant performance.
•Observes, records, and interprets indications from equipment readings outside of the control room.
•Performs functional testing of plant systems and components. Interprets acceptability of data in comparison with established standards or sound power plant practices. Determines the need for and performs routine operational tests and adjustments on all power plant systems and components as required.
•Assists in the investigation of plant problems, incidents, accidents, and unusual events, and provide analyses, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans.
•Performs, monitors, and records water analysis on boilers, cooling tower and demin system. Makes necessary adjustments to maintain steam and water quality and performs regenerations; neutralize effluent water to the sewer.
•Performs switching and tagging and housekeeping duties as required.
•Conducts routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; supports corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment when property trained or supervised.
•Presents on-the-job training to new operators.
•Uses computerized programs such as LOTO, e-mail, and spread sheet applications on a daily basis
•Maintains logs, records, and data sheets; prepares reports, trends, time sheets, material requisitions, work orders, and other administrative documents related to the business of power and steam production. Writes, reviews, and revises operating and related procedures.
•Provides advice and counsel to the Plant manager, other merchant plant operators and maintenance personnel regarding technical and administrative conduct and shift operations.
•Communicates with and represents the Company in its relations and communications with the public, steam and power customers, vendors, contractors, regulators, and other non-company associates.
•High School or vocational school diploma, plus five years’ experience in a power plant/control room environment, or equivalent education and experience. Ability to read, write and comprehend technical information is essential.
•Knowledge of power plant equipment such as motors, pumps, boilers, turbines, generators, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, cooling towers, pollution control equipment (i.e. dust suppression, bag house, scrubber, selective catalytic reduction unit), AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc.
•Basic understanding of fundamental principles of physics, mathematics, AC and DC electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermodynamics, chemistry, and metallurgy.
•Ability to read and understand mechanical and electrical drawings such as P&IDs, single line diagrams, schematics, and logics.
•Knowledge of power plant safety, especially in areas such as chemical handling, high energy systems, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, first aid, rotating machinery, heavy equipment operations, etc.
•Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plant equipment as well as basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, rigging equipment and other implements.
•Massachusetts 1st or 2nd Class Engineer License Required/Massachusetts Industrial Grade II Waste Water Treatment License a plus