Operator Mechanic 1
Midwest Generation 12 reviews - Industry, CA

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Edison Mission Energy ("EME") is an independent power producer engaged in developing, acquiring, owning, leasing, and operating electric generating facilities. EME is a wholly owned subsidiary of Edison International (EIX), a publicly traded corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Job Responsibilities:

Start-up, operate and shutdown mechanical, and electrical equipment to meet contract and business plan requirements. Manually operate valves, pumps, dampers, and other equipment as necessary. Perform switching of electrical equipment up to 230 kV. Perform operations to place electrical circuits and generating equipment in and out of service.

Monitor equipment for proper operation and make adjustments as required. Diagnose equipment problems and identify abnormal conditions. Respond calmly to emergency situations and take corrective action to operate equipment within safe limits and good industry practice.

Determine the operating status of equipment from previous shift personnel, logbook entries, visual inspection of records, indicating instruments, and by local inspection.

Direct the activities of the Operator Mechanic 2(s) in the day to day operation and maintenance of the plant.

Coordinate plant operations with steam and/or electricity customer, independent system operator or scheduler.

Coordinate and/or nominate fuel with supplier.

Perform safety related duties including determining and applying equipment isolation schedules for lock out/tag out procedures, monitoring of confined spaces, monitoring hot work permits, inspecting excavations, monitoring of barricaded areas and performing PPE assessments. Perform other safety related duties as required to maintain a safe work environment.

Write and maintain equipment logs, procedures, timesheets, expense reports and other documentation as required. Maintain drawings, specifications, test logs and other records. Read, understand and respond to written instructions and logbook notations. Check e-mail, public folders, acknowledgements of information and other electronic or computer generated documents.

Responsible for troubleshooting, diagnosing, procuring parts and performing repairs on equipment. Maintain tool inventories and supplies to perform such tasks.

Participate in daily preventive, planned and breakdown maintenance activities in a safe, effective and timely manner.

Inspect service, calibrate, and maintain automated control systems and instrumentation.

Perform general electrical maintenance such as field wiring and locating and correcting electrical grounds. Disassemble, repair, and reassemble mechanical and electrical equipment. Connect and disconnect AC and DC motors. Thread and bend conduits and tubing. Service brushes on rotating electrical equipment. Pull cable, check phasing and terminates connections.

Assist others with management of change by gathering data, performing diagnostic tests, installing software or hardware changes, perform new equipment installations, and plant improvements. Provides recommendations to maintain and improve equipment performance.

Collect data and perform other tasks associated with Reliability Based Maintenance program. Perform routine equipment lubrication schedules.

Handle, store and dispense hazardous substances. Monitor hazardous material accumulation sites, label containers, observe hazardous waste storage areas for unusual occurrences and maintain areas in a clean and orderly fashion.

Respond to accidents, fires and other emergencies in accordance with established procedures. May be required to assist in fighting fires within the facility with hand-held fire extinguishers.

Tutor, train, instruct, and assist other personnel as required. Maintain own knowledge and skill levels current for equipment, tooling and other change demands.

Function as leader or member of strategic, implementation, and improvement team.

Perform housekeeping activities that include sweeping, dusting, picking up refuse, wiping down equipment, and hosing down areas of the plant.

Direct and monitor contractor activities.

Travel for training and/or other company business.

Operate a company vehicle, forklift, and other mobile equipment.


Thorough knowledge of electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical equipment and systems. Thorough knowledge of plant terminology and nomenclature. Thorough knowledge of power plant equipment, construction, capacities, limitations, theories of operation and operating procedures. Knowledge of the principles of power plant water chemistry. Knowledge of maintenance procedures and practices. Knowledge of proper and safe working practices including methods to implement lockout/tagout of equipment and confined space entry.

Skilled in the use of hand and power tools. Skilled in the use of mobile equipment such as forklifts and man lifts. Skilled in the use of a computer.

Ability to effectively communicate clearly in writing and verbally. Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions. Ability to give direction to other employees. Ability to read and understand technical information, prints and engineering data, interpret charts, graphs, and gauge scales. Ability to troubleshoot and repair equipment and system problems. Ability to interface with others and effectively function as a member and leader of a team.

Equipment may be located in areas requiring working from a step stool or climbing vertical ladders and stairways up to 150 feet.

Physical Demands:
Equipment located in confined spaces may require employee to reach by stooping and/or crawling through tight clearances, or by lying down. Some confined spaces can be accessed only by lowering oneself into the space feet first, after first removing a hatch weighing 10 to 25 pounds.

Employee may routinely be required to stand for extended periods of time and to walk over uneven surfaces such as loose rock, open grating and up and down ladders and staircases.

Employee may need to carry tools, materials and equipment generally weighing up to 80 pounds and more. Some tools are irregularly shaped, and can weigh up to 80 pounds. While working on equipment or instruments with pressurized systems, it may be required to lift tools and cylinders that contain high pressured gases or compressed air and are 4 to 5 feet in height and may weigh up to 75 pounds.

The compartments where certain equipment or instruments need to be accessed may exceed 150 degrees F. Other instruments and equipment to be serviced are mounted on surfaces where the temperature may exceed 600 degrees F.

Maintenance activities may include working on electrical equipment with voltages up to 230 kV. While installing high voltage grounds, the employee will lift ground connections overhead on poles. Overhead work may require the employee to carry and move portable ladders. Large electrical breakers may need to be manually pulled and pushed to complete work.

Employee may be required to work long periods at a computer terminal.

Employee will be required to work rotating shifts. Employee will be required to work overtime.


High school graduate or equivalent. College courses in engineering preferred.


Minimum of five years experience in the operation and maintenance of a power generating facility. Current Operator Mechanic 1 or incumbent Operator Mechanic 2 with a release for upgrade.

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Midwest Generation, LLC is a limited liability company, formed for the purpose of owning or leasing, operating and selling the power...