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O&M Technician

PIC Group, Inc.

Location: Lovington, NM US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: July 25, 2022
Reference Code: 7685
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: Operations & Maintenance Technician

Position Type: Direct Hire

Location: Lovington, NM

Reports to: Plant Manager

Status: Non-Exempt

Job Summary:

The Operations & Maintenance Technician (OMT) will support the Western Farmer's Generation Station, a 47MW power plant located in Lovington, NM. The plant is comprised of 5 natural gas fired engine/generator sets. The engines are Wartsila 20-cylinder lean-burn reciprocating engines that each produce about 12,000hp. The plant is a peaking facility, and therefore has availability and starting reliability as the central concerns.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Operate all systems both inside and outside the control room.
  • Perform start-up, operation, and shutdown of plant systems in accordance with approved plant procedures.
  • Complete all daily rounds in a timely manner unless outstanding circumstances exist.
  • Conduct proper turnover with relief operator, include special orders and plant operating conditions, review the logs and make visual inspection of plant equipment and controls.
  • Routinely check equipment operating parameters to detect faulty equipment operation, reporting abnormal conditions or conditions that require repair. Take proper corrective steps, which may include completing corrective maintenance.
  • Complete operator qualification program which includes demonstration through written and oral exams of a clear understanding of all operating systems including Engines and Engine Auxiliaries, Electric Generators, Exhaust Treatment System, Fire System, Cooling Water System, Plant Air Systems, Electrical Systems.
  • Assist or perform as directed, emergency or abnormal operations necessary for maintaining in service or returning to service, the engines, fuel system, emissions control system, and auxiliary plant equipment.
  • Monitor performance of equipment and systems and adjust maintain the plant at its optimum efficiency and generating capacity.
  • Perform preventive, minor, and major maintenance as directed on all plant equipment.
  • Perform equipment isolation in accordance with plant lockout/tag out procedures.
  • Update plant CMMS system accordingly to reflect work completed and parts used in completing a task.
  • Maintain plant and grounds in clean and orderly condition.
  • Oversee off-loading of bulk urea solution, diesel fuel, and lube oil deliveries.
  • Observe, correct if possible, and report situations that are likely to develop into problems or safety hazards.
  • Respond to and report all oil and chemical spills and natural gas leaks, as required.
  • Test and operate plant fire and chemical safety equipment as directed.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled safety meetings and training.
  • Safely operate vehicles on-site as required. This includes the aerial lift, fork truck and pickup.
  • Assist in training other personnel as needed.
  • Work a rotating 8-hour shift schedule, with day and night shifts alternating weekly.
  • Maintain on-call availability for the 4 hours prior to day shift and 4 hours following night shift.
  • Maintain on-call availability on weekends on a rotating basis, as required.
  • Cover vacations as required to support operational coverage.
  • Work non-scheduled days as required in support of periodic or emergency maintenance outages.

Job Requirements:
  • Candidates must have solid communication skills and be able to maintain proper communications between plant personnel, other departments, and ensure the reporting of all abnormalities to the O&M supervisor.
  • A strong ability to multi-task, and address and resolve plant operational issues using deductive logic and reasoning.
  • Must be able to handle and respond to upset conditions and casualty situations in a professional and technically proficient manner.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, teamwork, skills.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
  • Experience responding to plant abnormal situations, alarms, and emergencies.
  • Thorough knowledge of the location, purpose, and proper use of the plant safety equipment.
  • Experience aligning, switching, isolating, and paralleling electrical equipment and systems would be preferred.
  • Experience using basic hand tools.
  • Experience performing basic plant maintenance.

Physical Requirements:
  • Working in varied outdoor environments such as all-weather conditions, all noise levels, hazardous conditions, and on the full range of outdoor work surfaces.
  • The frequent use of protective equipment (i.e., hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, chemical suits, hot gloves and high voltage protective equipment, etc.) may be required. Work with hazardous materials may also be required.
  • Working in proximity to high voltages and current with proper training and equipment, operating heavy equipment and rolling stock and entering confined spaces or hazardous environments may be required while often being exposed to equipment and machinery noises.
  • Duties require walking, standing for extended periods of time, crawling, stooping, sitting, climbing vertical and inclined ladders and stairs, operation of large valves and other tasks requiring up to 100 lbs. of pulling or turning force, and lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. Exposure to extreme heat and cold.
  • Eye and hand coordination are required to operate switches, pushbuttons, and other controls.
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust and focus.
  • All candidates will participate in the post-offer drug screening.
  • Very little travel expected in this position.

Education / Experience:
  • High school diploma or GED.

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.
About this Employer‍

PIC Group, Inc., established in 1988 and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a global provider of service solutions to the power generation industry. PIC Group’s comprehensive portfolio of services supports all aspects of power project development including installation, outage, commissioning and start-up, operations and maintenance, documentation and training, and project support. As of March 2008, PIC Group, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation, a publicly listed company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.