Lead Wind Turbine Technician
Edison Mission Group - Bloomfield, NE

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EMG subsidiary Edison Mission Operation & Maintenance, Inc. (EMOMI) operates eight natural gas power plants in partnership with other companies in California and a waste coal plant in West Virginia. EMOMI also operates a number of wind farms located in Iowa, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Power from these facilities is sold under contracts to various utilities.

Job Responsibilities
  • Perform scheduled and breakdown maintenance tasks on the wind turbines and other tasks required for wind turbine operation. Under the direction of the O&M Project Manager, assign work to other wind turbine technicians and contractors, supervise maintenance activities, order parts and services.
  • Follow safety procedures, observe safe working practices and maintain a safe working environment.
  • Assign work to wind turbine technicians.
  • Assist in the training and development of operation and maintenance personnel.
  • Supervise plant operation, including directing plant start-up and shut-down to meet contract requirements, expectations of customers and to maintain safety and efficiency.
  • Plan, organize, and execute maintenance activities.
  • Monitor equipment performance and diagnose potential problems. Develop and implement changes for maximum equipment performance and reliability.
  • Direct and coordinate the activities of independent contractors and suppliers.
  • Ensure necessary tooling and other resources are made available to perform operation and maintenance activities.
  • Ensure that plant activities are performed in compliance with governmental rules and regulations, company policies and procedures and accepted industry standards.
  • Communicate effectively with operation and maintenance personnel as well as internal and external suppliers.
  • Assist in the supervision of the review, development and implementation of directives, plant procedures, memorandums and informal letters in order to maintain operating procedures consistent with optimum plant performance and Company Policy.
  • Provide support to the Project Manager in the preparation of periodic reports and charts relating to wind turbine operation and maintenance, budgeting, and other related functions.
  • Troubleshoot mechanical, electrical and hydraulic problems related to the wind turbines.
  • Repair or replace mechanical and electrical components on the wind turbines.
  • Use a multimeter and megohmmeter for troubleshooting electrical circuits, motors and generators.
  • Understand the Operator Interface on the wind turbine to be able to start and stop the turbine and change appropriate control parameters.
  • Read and understand electrical and hydraulic schematics.
  • Perform all aspects of turbine repairs including generator replacements, gearbox replacements and blade replacements.
  • Troubleshoot and repair the SCADA communication system.
  • Perform simple maintenance tasks such as replacing oil filters and greasing bearings.
  • Perform torque checks on bolts using manual and hydraulic torque wrenches.
  • Perform rigging to lift equipment and direct crane operations.
  • Operate and maintain service vehicle.
  • Maintain tools in good working order and well organized.
  • Perform housekeeping functions that include sweeping, dusting, picking up refuse, wiping down equipment.
  • Write and maintain equipment logs, service reports and equipment history.
  • Responsible for handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous substances, monitoring accumulation sites, labeling containers, observing hazardous waste storage areas for unusual occurrences, and maintaining hazardous waste storage areas in clean and orderly fashion.
  • Maintain a professional and positive company image and positive relationship with peers.
  • Perform other duties as directed.
  • Working hours are primarily during the day shift. Must be able to work overtime with some weekends and holidays. Alternate schedules may be required during emergency breakdowns.
  • Able to work at heights of over 250ft.
  • Since the turbines are on a 250+ ft. tower employee must be able to climb this distance up a ladder several times a day. Once up tower they will need the physical strength to pull up tools and parts weighing as much as 35 lbs using a pull rope.
  • Able to work in adverse outdoor weather conditions with summer time temperatures above 100 °F and winter temperatures of -10 F.
  • Tools and/or a quantity of hand tools generally weight up to 30 lbs. Some mechanical components are irregularly shaped, and may weigh up to 75 lbs. Also, while working with pressurized systems, it may be required to lift cylinders that contain high-pressured gases, and are 4 to 5 feet in height, and may weigh up to 75 lbs.
  • Mechanic duties require manual dexterity and the ability to properly use hand and power tools.
  • Good writing skills are necessary to fill out service reports and other documentation needed.
  • The lead technician may be required to work extended periods of time outside normal business hours.
  • May be called for unusual occurrences and emergency situations.

Qualifications
  • An in depth understanding of the different components of the wind turbine including the hydraulic pitch system, computerized control system and the power conversion unit. Thorough knowledge and understanding of approved mechanical maintenance methods and practices, Accident Prevention Manual, Station Procedures, EME and EMOMI policy. The lead wind turbine technician must posses the skills to perform mechanical and electrical equipment repairs. The lead wind turbine technician must have the ability to communicate orally and in writing and the ability to work without direct supervision during performance of work. The lead wind turbine technician must be willing to train the other technicians.
  • High school graduate or equivalent. Technical training and/or apprenticeship training in print reading, mechanical theory, electrical theory and specific equipment training desirable.

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