Plant Operator Assistant
VA Tech - Montgomery, VA

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The Plant Operator Assistant operates all ash removal and related equipment. Assists plant operator with the operation of coal, gas, and oil fired boilers and auxiliary equipment and in the operation of air pollution control equipment. Operates boilers and turbo-generators for training purposes and during emergency conditions. Performs preventive maintenance on plant equipment, including lubrication. Assists in water handling and testing including the regeneration of demineralizers, condensate polishers, and domestic softeners. Operates loader and coal delivery systems as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will have strong mechanical experience. Ability to perform water analysis and softener regeneration procedures. American Society of Power Engineers Power Plant 3rd Class (PO3) or equivalent, or must obtain within 18 months of employment into position. Ability to work shift work. Ability to safely, frequently and independently move and handle (including pushing/pulling) items weighing up to 50 pounds. Ability to climb steps and ladders up to four stories. Ability to work in confined spaces, in extreme heat and dusty environments. Though work is performed primarily indoors, must be able to work outside in all weather conditions. Work may require bending, crouching and/or kneeling, standing, sitting and walking for up to one hour duration at a time. Ability to interpret instructions and complete assignments as part of a team. Ability to key and record data.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience in a power plant and/or with high pressure boiler related experience. American Society of Power Engineers Power Plant 3rd Class (PO3) or equivalent.

Special Requirements

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