The Plant Operator is
responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the plant necessary to meet
generation requirements while monitoring the status of all plant systems.
Plant operations include but are not limited to plant start-up and shut-down
and routine maintenance and repair of generation equipment and all instruments,
control systems, electronic and electrical equipment. The Plant Operator is
expected to perform high quality work in the operation, inspection, repair,
testing, adjustment, installation and removal of all electronic and electrical
power plant equipment and systems.
OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety
all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy’s values, mission, and
strategic business objectives
with all site safety requirements and procedures
safety hazards and takes corrective actions as necessary
and maintain the Huron Generating Station in a safe, reliable manner
and respond to SOCC generation requests. (A dispatch call for generation
may require a 10 minute response time to comply with NERC Standards).
as representative and routinely interface in an effective, responsible manner
with internal company employees and various agencies, including Transmission
Operators, Reliability Coordinators, and Scheduling Coordinators following
their documented procedures and guidelines.
in the administrative maintenance of the plant operating manuals, technical
references, prints and diagrams and preventive/predictive maintenance records.
up and operate machine shop tools in the performance of all machine work to
close tolerances. Align and balance rotating equipment.
disassemble, repair and adjust all types of mechanical equipment.
preventive and predictive maintenance duties on all major equipment and systems
as well as emergency backup systems.
repair, install and remove all types of electrical equipment including motors,
generators, transformers, breakers, switches, control equipment, wiring,
electrical signal and communication systems, and storage batteries.
trouble shooting and analysis on DCS, PLC and PWPS turbine control equipment.
shipping and receiving functions including loading, unloading, inventory
auditing, and materials handling. Issue, receive and maintain inventory
of spare parts to maintain plant reliability
emergency activities to maintain power generation and safeguard station
all shift operations to maintain safe, reliable and compliant conditions,
including startup and shutdown of main plant components and auxiliaries.
and record gauges and meters.
routine operational tests and adjustments on all power plant systems and
components as required.
routine inspection of the plant to inspect equipment, provide feedback to SD
Production, and to other employees as directed.
Lockout/ Tagouts as required.
accurate operating logs, records, time sheets, work orders and other
administrative documents related to the power plant.
routine cycle chemistry testing and make the necessary adjustments to optimize
daily consumption rates of chemicals, gases, fuels, water and other
consumables; monitors inventories and initiates action to replenish when
plant problems, incidents, accidents and unusual events, and provide analyses,
recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans.
and assist in developing and revising operations and maintenance related procedures.
and maintain housekeeping standards and duties.
other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements.
requires the use of established procedures, while performing duties under
general direction with minimal supervision. A wide variety of work situations
will be encountered from typical maintenance to complex challenges.
The Plant Operator
has the authority to control the operation of the plant, and must do so in a
safe manner resulting in no accidents while maintaining compliance with all
environmental permits at all times. Effective communication with supervision,
employees, and regulatory agencies regarding plant status and performance is
All employees have
the responsibility to both the customer and their co-workers to do the job
right the first time and to ensure the customers' needs are being met.
Plant Operator reports to the Project Manager
REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
include; working while standing or sitting, requiring stair and ladder
climbing; and occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds. Protective equipment such
as hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection and others must be worn
in the performance of some duties. Work with hazardous materials may be
requires varied shifts with the possibility of weekend, callout, and holiday
work as required by schedules, work load and plant conditions. Timely
response to callouts is required. “On Call” status may be required.
All personnel are required to comply with the
Fitness for Duty policy. This policy includes but is not limited to a
post-offer physical examination and drug screening and post employment random
drug screening. There are stringent smoking restrictions in and around
be able to demonstrate a good safety record
possess strong interpersonal communication skills
Ability to understand procedures and
instructions specific to the area of assignment as would be acquired in four
years of high school is required
Minimum 3 years operations and
maintenance experience in gas turbine electrical power generation
A degree from an accredited
Instrument Technician Program and two years work experience as a technician in
a related industry desirable
Ability to do mechanical work and
skilled in the use of hand and power driven tools
Ability to work well with others and
be self-directed, as well as apply creative solutions to unique mechanical
problems with emphasis on IC&E preferred
Must be able to effectively work
with plant drawings
Willingness to manage workloads for
South Dakota Production Department
Must have excellent organizational
Must have excellent skills in oral
and written communication, and interpersonal relations
Must have strong computer
Knowledge in working with systems up
to 13,800 volts desirable
considering applicants for this position, the selection process will take into
consideration the needs of NorthWestern, including such factors as
reorganization requirements, diversity opportunities, relocation requirements,
employee development and job succession. If any of the preceding language
conflicts with the applicable bargaining unit agreements, the bargaining unit
agreement will prevail.