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Assistant Plant Manager

Fort Pierce Utility Authority

Location: Fort Pierce, FL US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: November 29, 2022
Reference Code: 2022-00054

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Highly skilled technical, administrative, and supervisory work in a 300 MW combined cycle power generation facility.  It includes complex, administrative, supervisory, and technical work in directing the operation and maintenance of a power generation plant.  Responsible for the safe, reliable, and economical operation and maintenance of a modern combined cycle electric power generation plant and for the supervision of Mechanic/Welder(s), Lead Instrumentation and Control Technician, Instrumentation and Control Technicians, Lead Operator/Mechanics, and Operator/Mechanics.  Reports to and is under the direct supervision of the Treasure Coast Energy Center (TCEC) Plant Manager.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

(NOTE:  There are also secondary functions which the employee will be required to perform.)

  • Plans, assigns, and supervises operation, maintenance, and repair of a power plant.
  • Reviews condition of buildings, machinery, and equipment.  Checks the condition of machinery in operation or available for operation.  Checks the physical appearance and condition of buildings and grounds.  Reviews repair work for proper performance.
  • Assures compliance with all applicable North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards requirements, Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC) reliability standards requirements, and all FPUA reliability standards.
  • Responsible for alterations and improvements to the plant; reviews with superiors and subordinates, blueprints, drawings, plans, and specifications relating to installation and repair of plant equipment.
  • Sets expectations for employees and assures all activities are carried out incorporating safety, quality, and productivity.
  • Keeps records and prepares reports on plant operation.  Submits requests for new materials and supplies, drafts specifications and evaluates bids and contracts.  Supervises the maintenance of plant records and prepares periodic and special activity reports.
  • Responsible to assure permit conditions are met and assures permit renewals and applications are made in a timely manner.
  • Interview, select, evaluate, and prepare performance reviews and recommend disciplinary action of subordinates when required.
  • Responds to emergency calls regarding plant equipment breakdowns and operating emergencies.
  • Prepares, or causes to be prepared, reports, analyses, and permits. 
  • Prepares budgets and assures adherence to appropriate fiscal controls for the Department. 
  • Prepares and administers contracts for improvements, repairs, and overhauls.
  • Plans and schedules long range outages of generating units.
  • Make periodic inspections to assure that all equipment is functioning properly and continuously reviews plant operations for compliance with personnel assignments and operating procedures. 
  • Reviews condition of buildings, equipment, and control systems.  Reviews repair work for proper performance.
  • Responsible for all areas of operational procedures and operator training including testing, skills verification, and skills refresher training. 
  • Assigns employees to various maintenance projects, instructs in proper methods to be used, supervises subordinates, and inspects job progress, as well as completed jobs.
  • Supervises various repair work on turbines, boilers, condensers, and other plant installations.
  • Confer with Plant Manager on plant malfunctions, maintenance, and operating needs. 
  • Assist in planning future plant needs including maintenance tools and equipment.
  • Coordinates and directs contractors and contract labor.
  • Acts as Plant Manager during absence of the Plant Manager.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering.  Seven (7) years supervisory and managerial experience in the operation and maintenance of an electric power generation plant and ten (10) years of experience in the installation, maintenance and operation of power plant or related equipment in steam power plant operations. 

A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, machines, equipment, controls. Processes, materials, maintenance, and operations procedures of an electric power generating plant.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of electric power generation and of plant construction and equipment. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards connected with power plant operation and of necessary safety precautions.
  • Considerable knowledge of the mechanics and designs of power plant equipment and ability to read and interpret blueprints, plans and specifications relating to such equipment.
  • Considerable knowledge of modern management techniques and procedures.
  • Considerable ability to plan, lay out, schedule, assign and inspect the work of power plant personnel.
  • General ability to prepare specifications and monitor contractors.
  • General ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates and other organizational units of the Utilities Authority.
  • General ability to communicate effectively.
  • General ability to operate a computer.
  • Considerable ability to instruct, train, and supervise subordinates and maintain effective working relationships.
  • General ability to evaluate equipment performance and detect potential problems.
  • May require announced or unannounced overtime work and the ability to respond to call-out work during non-working hours or emergencies.
  • May be required to enter confined space which, in turn, will require respirator fit testing, appropriate training for confined space entry, respirators, and air breathing apparatus.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

May be required to undergo respirator fit testing, spirometry (pulmonary function) testing and evaluation, appropriate training in using applicable respirator(s) safely and properly, identified by occupation, subject to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NIOSH), OSHA 1910.134 and industry standards.

A valid State of Florida Driver’s License is required, and a valid State of Florida Commercial “B” License is preferred.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS

Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over); heavy carrying (45 lbs. and over); reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; use of both hands; climbing (use of arms and legs); use of both eyes; distinguishing basic colors; distinguishing shades of colors; good hearing (without hearing aid); straight pulling, pulling hand over hand; pushing; walking; standing; crawling; kneeling; bending; balancing; smelling; stooping; running; shoving; twisting.  Wear restrictive safety equipment including but not limited to safety glasses, face shields, hearing protection devices, gloves, and hard hats.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.  Temporary modifications to provide reasonable accommodations do not waive any essential functions of the job requirements.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

Normally works inside in air conditioning; however, may be required to work in heat; in cold; in high humidity; in bright sunshine; in dampness; in chilling conditions; with flames; with electricity; in dust; in dry conditions; with petroleum based products; with oils; with natural gas; on slippery or uneven surfaces; on or with ladders or scaffolding; at heights above ground level up to 50’; below ground confined spaces (ditches, tunnels, holes); with feet, legs, or hands in water; with explosives; with vibrations; working closely with others; working alone; with poor lighting; with poor ventilation; miscellaneous odors and fumes; with odors of gas; atmosphere or safety equipment used or needed air pack; hearing protection; hard hats; safety glasses; goggles; face shields and safety belts.

About this Employer

Florida Municipal Power Agency is a wholesale power company owned by electric municipals. We provide economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities and maintain a positive and engaging environment for our staff. FMPA strives to provide competitively priced, reliable and clean power to our communities. Through hard working and talented people, we have built a team of reliable and dedicated individuals. FMPA offers a total rewards package as well as a professional compensation program that includes annual performance evaluations to acknowledge the success of our employees. At FMPA we believe in a work life balance and also offer programs to enhance the lives of our employees whether they are at home or hard at work in the office. Our excellent benefit package as helped us win top 100 employers in Orlando for 3 years in a row.