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Fountain, Colorado
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
4-6 Years
Education level:
Associate Degree

Instrument & Control Technician

Perform operations, testing, maintenance and administrative functions of a distributive control system (DCS) and all associated field devices including the Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) for a simple cycle gas power plant.  Position is based at the Southwest Generation Fountain Valley Power plant in Fountain, Colorado.  The facility utilizes six (6) GE LM6000 PC gas turbines to deliver power to Xcel Energy under a long-term tolling agreement that expires in 2032.  The facility achieved commercial operation in September 2001

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administers processes and procedures as required by the O&M Manager which includes:
    • Identify and implement On-condition tasks.
    • Evaluate recommended changes based on cost/benefit.
    • Specify instrument and electrical changes as required.
  • Required to complete the O&M Tech I qualification process. Qualification is required within 2 years of date of hire.
  • Work safely, following company and operator policies, procedures and work practices in a positive, cooperative, and productive manner.
  • Computes and analyzes test data.
  • Use installed and portable test equipment and technical manuals to troubleshoot equipment and systems.
  • Monitor, maintain and review all system startup procedures to determine control and electrical personnel support requirements.  
  • Coordinates job activities relating to job planning, work methods, job standards and job reporting for the work assigned.
  • Perform both routine and non-routine preventative and corrective maintenance on plant equipment.
  • Required to be “On Call” while off shift to support emergency repair or monitoring as necessary.
  • Assist other plant personnel as needed.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of site buildings and grounds.
  • Maintain, calibrate and repair plant instrumentation and control devices.
  • Prepares, maintains and provides a variety of reports/documents as required or upon request.
  • Reviews P&I Drawings and logic diagrams.
  • Communicates condition of plant systems, equipment and pertinent information to others.
  • Coordinates job activities relating to job planning, work methods, job standards and job reporting for the work assigned.
  • Creates procedures related to instrumentation and electrical systems.
  • Directs and performs work in accordance with policies and procedures as established by the company and regulatory agencies.
  • Operate all plant mobile equipment, forklift, man lift, etc.
  • Maintain documentation records of calibration, tests and certification of electrical and instrument equipment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of equipment operating limits, parameters, operating procedures and systems.  Performs corrective actions if limits are exceeded.
  • Working knowledge of combined cycle power plant system, power plant operations, and maintenance, electrical principles, work practices, procedures and materials.
  • Ability to interpret control drawings and P&ID’s.
  • Ability to make maintenance related decisions with minimum direct supervision.
  • Knowledge of instrumentation test equipment, signal generators, relay tests sets, oscilloscopes and computers.
  • Knowledge of industry related CEM System hardware, software and reporting.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills and possess the ability to learn.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude with an advanced understanding of chemistry, physics, electricity and mathematics.
  • Ability to follow both verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate basic computer knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point and various other programs.
  • Must be able to interact and communicate well with individuals in all areas of the company and outside vendors.  

Education and Experience:

  • A two-year technical degree and minimum of 5 years of power plant and/or industrial electrical, instrumentation or electronics experience is required.
  • In lieu of a degree, significant power plant and/or industrial electrical or electronics experience may also qualify an applicant for this position.
  • Experience with Distributed Control Systems (DCS), GE Mark VI and ABB Bailey INFI 90,, Various PLC Controllers, Teledyne Monitor Labs CEMS controls and equipment.  Programming and configuration capabilities preferred.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to accomplish physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation

  • Employee will be required to adhere to large amounts of standing, walking, bending, squatting, and lifting. May be required to lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs. Will use arms and hands to signal, grab, hold, turn, push, and pull: objects, materials, controls and tools. Will occasionally work at heights, climb ladders, stairways, and work from platforms. Will use vision abilities to focus, see short and long distances, colors, depth perception and peripheral vision. Will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to: hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, ear plugs/muffs, masks/respirators, safety vests, gloves and steel-toe boots.
  • Able to hear (at some dB limit of loss) plant alarms, equipment condition, and to receive oral instructions.
  • Able to see to determine plant operating conditions and to avoid safety hazards.

Working Environment:

  • Work is generally performed inside the power plant, but may work in all weather conditions ranging from warm/hot - cool/cold. Occasional rain and snow. Noise levels will be moderate to high. Job site will contain light to heavy equipment vehicles, small to large equipment, materials, communication equipment and tools. People standing, walking, sitting, signaling and talking. Bells, whistles and alarms.

EEO Statement:

Southwest Generation is an Affirmative Action Employer, Females/Minority/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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