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At PIC Group, Inc., our emphasis is on excellence.†We recruit the strongest candidates in the power generation industry. As a global service provider, we continually seek talented individuals.

Title: Auxiliary Operator

Position Type: Contract

Location: Portage, WI

Reports to: Operations Manager

Status: Non-Exempt

Job Summary:†

PIC Group, Inc. has an excellent opportunity for an Auxiliary Operator to support a 1200MW coal plant with two (2) 600MW steam turbines located in Portage, WI. The Auxiliary Operator will play a key role providing power plant operation, on the job training, mentoring and leadership of other Auxiliary Operators, and cross-training of other operators that are progressing toward the Auxiliary Operator position. The Auxiliary Operator will report to the Operations Manager and be responsible for plant operations, inspection, maintenance, and overall plant support services, including operations of the backend environmental equipment such as the SCR, scrubber, and baghouse. The Auxiliary Operator is vital to the operations of the plant and ensures safe start-up, operations, and shutdown of the boiler, and balance of plant equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Assuring the turbine, boiler, and coal handling equipment are neat, clean, and operating properly.
Supports the Control Room Operators in the proper operation of the plant with minimal guidance or assistance.
Communicates plant issues and keeps Control Room Operators fully informed of plant operations, unusual conditions, and faulty equipment.
Competently operates and maintains all plant equipment, including caring for and purifying the station oil supply and keeping bearings and equipment well lubricated.
Assuring that all major and minor auxiliary equipment are operating properly.
Operating all ash and slag handling equipment.
Perform tests, takes readings, and records data.
Perform startups, shutdowns, and cares for all turbine and boiler auxiliaries.
Perform maintenance work of ordinary nature when not operating.
Perform all work according to established procedures and safety practices.
Perform other duties which are similar, related, and incidental to the position.
Perform inspecting, adjusting, repacking and operating equipment; minor maintenance; sweeping and scrubbing floors, wiping pipes and machinery; changing oil; testing and treating boiler water; collects samples.
Fully supports the use of a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) by displaying a proficiency in using the system, entering data consistent with the facility maintenance philosophy.
Handles corrective maintenance and preventive maintenance work orders in a timely and high-quality manner as assigned.
Visually inspects and listens to equipment at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustment, or lubrication.
Works with plant chemist, operators, and water treatment vendor to properly monitor overall chemistry program.
Operates water treatment systems in accordance with OEM and plant procedures and monitor water quality to ensure it is within acceptable limits.
Performs capital project and/or major program responsibilities as assigned by Plant Management.
Monitors plant air and water emissions from outside the control room and take steps to maintain within acceptable limits notifying Control Room Operator of abnormal situations.
Observe, report, troubleshoot, and correct situations that are likely to develop into operational problems or safety hazards.
Report and respond to chemical spills and leaks in accordance with plant emergency response plans.
Monitor and operate equipment circuit breakers and switches as directed by the Control Room Operator for safe and efficient operation of the plant.† This includes opening, locking, and tagging for isolation and maintenance.
Obtain thorough turnover from Auxiliary Operator being relieved, including special orders and unusual operating conditions.† Review operating logs and inspect plant equipment, controls, and indications.
As directed by the Control Room Operator, perform periodic tests on critical plant systems and equipment including lube oil pumps, turbine valves, turbine system trips, and boiler trips.
Test and operate plant fire and chemical safety equipment as directed.
Maintain work area in a clean, orderly condition.
Report all maintenance activities to the Control Room Operator.
Participate in scheduled safety meetings and training.
Safely operate vehicles on-site as required.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Control Room Operator and Operations Manager.

Job Requirements:

Ability to work in a team environment and communicate clearly.
Ability to provide on the job training, mentoring, and leadership to other Operators.
Strong operational and mechanical understanding of power plant equipment.
Knowledge of fuel-handling equipment
Knowledge in the overall layout and operations of power plants.
Mechanical, instrumentation and electrical equipment knowledge is required.
Demonstrates knowledge of all facets of power plant operations.
Demonstrates the ability to make competent decisions in emergency situations.
The ability to read and understand plant programs, policies, procedures, and instructions specific to the associated Operations & Maintenance Agreement.
Knowledge of equipment isolation and tagging procedures.
Thorough knowledge of the purpose and proper use of the plant safety equipment.
Excellent problem-solving skills to identify, analyze, and recommend solutions.
General knowledge of mathematics and science at the high school level.
Ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse work group.
Must have and maintain a valid driverís license.
Physical Requirements:

Duties require walking, standing for extended periods of time, crawling, stooping, sitting, climbing vertical and inclined ladders and stairs, and lifting and carrying (up to 20 lbs).
Exposure to extreme heat and cold.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The frequent use of protective equipment (i.e., hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, etc.) may be required.
Education / Experience:

High school diploma or GED equivalent is required.
5+ years of experience and/or equivalent in a coal power plant is required.

PIC Group, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer competitive wages and benefits. We seek out and employ talented individuals who meet the qualifications for each position. Due to the large number of responses we receive to our postings, only those applicants with the required experience and qualifications will be contacted.

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