Coal Plant Operator - Powerton Station
Midwest Generation - Waukegan, IL

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Midwest Generation LLC, a worldwide leader in the production of electric power has 4 sites in Illinois that generate electricity safely and reliably. Our plants make electricity through burning coal, a fossil fuel. Midwest Generation is one of the largest independent power producers in the United States.

We are seeking qualified candidates for the position of Coal Plant Operator at our Powerton Station located in Pekin, IL. The general requirements and responsibilities are as follows:

Job Responsibilities:

Working together under general supervision coordinate, instruct, train, and check the work of employees responsible for coal handling activities; operate locomotives and railroad cars; operate, inspect and service coal handling equipment; operate car dumpers and their auxiliary equipment; operate ash handling cranes; shift barges and railroad cars; lubricate equipment; operate ash and slag handling equipment; is a member of the station's fire brigade or acts as station fire guide for outside fire departments; perform all activities in accordance with applicable health, safety, and environmental standards; utilize computer and other technology based work management systems as may be required in performing work duties; perform all activities in a high quality manner to achieve best industry practice; perform general cleaning and housekeeping duties; interact with station personnel, contractors, and others to perform coal plant operator functions; respond to overtime requests as needed; handle special assignments; and perform related work as required.

Essential Functions:
  • Operate, inspect, maintain, and lubricate such coal handling equipment as conveyors, trippers, crushers, feeders, breakers, screens, stackers, and loaders, ash and slag handling equipment, dust control equipment and bag houses.
  • Shift barges and railroad cars by operating pullers and manipulating cables; operate car heating equipment; inventory railroad cars; act as a weigh master; prepare locomotives for operation and standby, and other related railroad car activities.
  • Read, interpret, and implement technical information found in manufacturers' and OEM technical manuals, electrical and mechanical P &IDs, and operating and maintenance procedures.
  • Operate, inspect, and lubricate ash handling cranes, car dumpers and auxiliary equipment, locomotive and gantry cranes, barge unloaders, fuel handling mobile equipment such as tractor-bulldozer-scraper combinations, vacuum trucks, street sweepers, water wagons, backhoes, and other mobile equipment.
  • Prepare work permits and administer the SAFE Access to Plant, or similar systems, as it applies to the equipment under the control of the Coal Operator.
  • Inspect, repair, adjust, service, and troubleshoot equipment.
  • Maintain records of coal cars, barge movements, and tonnages and input information into computerized system.
  • Write work orders and input data into work history file.
  • Maintain equipment and working area in a clean condition including shoveling, vacuuming, degreasing, washing, sweeping, and utilize other various cleaning methods.
  • Perform electrical disconnect switching and grounding; perform electrical and mechanical operations to place equipment in and out of service safely, for permit work.
  • Perform maintenance activity as required in support of the overall maintenance of the plant.
  • Assist in the planning and layout of jobs including parts identification and ordering of equipment needed to complete the job.
  • Conduct shift change by briefing the incoming Coal Plant Operators of current plant status and issues.
  • Adjust belt scrapers, seals, and side skirting; align feeder belts.
  • Perform routine equipment testing and maintain environmental logs.
  • Monitor equipment condition utilizing control room indication, field devices, and portable test equipment.
  • Utilize computer-based management systems as made available for operational and management requirements.
  • Assist other job classifications as may be required.

High School degree or equivalent education
Ability to pass appropriate test
Possess a valid driver's license

Must have knowledge of job safety requirements, strong verbal and written communications skills, interpersonal skills and possess a demonstrated ability to learn. Three years of previous experience related to power plant operation, maintenance and operating coal handling equipment is strongly preferred.

Midwest Generation is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We support and promote diversity in the workplace.


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