Location: Dearborn, Michigan
This position is responsible for operating, monitoring and performing routine maintenance on all equipment located within the newly constructed Central Energy Plant located at Fords Research and Engineering Campus. Work is performed under direct supervision of a Plant Manager or Lead Engineer and performance is reviewed against an established set of goals and Company policies and procedures.
Plant equipment includes the following: (2) 15 MW Solar Titan 130 gas turbine generators with associated Rentech 185 KPPH Heat Recovery Steam Generators with Duct Burners and Fresh Air Firing capability (1) Siemens-Dresser Rand 5 MW steam turbine generator (3) 27,500 MBH, and (1) 10,000 MBH steam to hot water heat exchangers, economizers, deaerators, boiler feed water pumps, condensate pumps. Also included are (4) 3,200-ton electric cooling only centrifugal chillers and (2) heating/cooling chillers (one 1,200-ton and one 1,800-ton) with an associated 5. 3 MM gallon thermal storage tank and a 10 cell, 12,500-ton Tower Tech cooling tower. Balance of plant equipment includes, air compressors, water treatment systems, filters, instrumentation, PLC controls and 15/5 kV, 480 V and 125 Vdc electrical systems.
Work involves performing some difficult and complex functions requiring a high level of independent judgment, initiative and discretion. Work shifts rotate and the Operating Engineer frequently works alone.
- Ensure that equipment is operated in a safe, efficient and environmentally-responsible manner while satisfying Customers utility and energy requirements
- Comply with all site safety requirements and procedures
- Perform all shift operations and maintenance, including startup and shutdown of utility systems and ancillary equipment
- Perform operations in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and prudent safety standards
- Participation in the basic safety processes as key member of the Site Safety committee, leading monthly safety meetings and having a shared responsibility for the site's overall safety performance
- Respond to abnormalities and take corrective actions consistent with established operating procedures and prudent industry best practices
- Conduct multiple rounds per shift of the Central Energy Plant to inspect equipment, ensure systems are functional, collect/log performance data, and communicate operational problems as they arise
- Read and record gauges and meters and record all operating data using handheld electronic tablet
- Identify safety hazards and take corrective actions as necessary
- Ensure accuracy of shift operating logs, records, time sheets, work orders, and other administrative documents related to Central Energy Plant assets
- Perform routine water chemistry testing and makes necessary adjustments to optimize efficiency
- Check daily consumption rates of chemicals, gases, fuels, water and other consumables; monitor inventories and initiate action to replenish as needed
- Perform plant electrical switching and lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) of equipment in accordance with approved procedures and prudent operations and maintenance best practices
- Perform electrical and mechanical inspections, troubleshooting, and maintenance tasks as assigned
- Investigate plant problems, incidents, accidents and unusual events, and provide accurate information, analysis, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans
- Perform routine operational tests and adjustments on all plant systems and components as required
- Develop, assist, and revise operations and maintenance related procedures to ensure optimal performance of systems
- Perform and maintain plant housekeeping duties
- Perform routine preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance on all systems and equipment
- Update and maintain Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
- Communicate pertinent information to company personnel, customers and vendors
- Communicate shift activities with relief person during shift changes
- Assist other team members and works with all departments to support corporate and plant goals
- Work scheduled and unscheduled overtime and respond to off-hour call-ins as needed
- Leads and participates in assigned continuous improvement efforts throughout the facility
- Perform other duties as assigned
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
Must have a high school diploma or GED and a minimum of five (5) years of power plant experience in operations and maintenance. Must have knowledge of utility plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including gas turbines, HRSGs, motors, pumps, mechanical chillers, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, pollution control equipment, AC/DC electrical distribution, control systems, and associated maintenance functions.
- Experience with natural gas fired combustion turbines, heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), electrical systems, chilled water systems, compressed air, reverse osmosis, water softeners and emissions control systems.
- Knowledge of and experience with at least four (4) of the following skills: pipefitting, welding, machining, rigging, rotating machine repair, fabrication, machine alignment, basic vibration analysis, and basic understanding of electrical test equipment
- Ability to learn and become proficient in all site-specific systems and sub-systems
- Ability to complete site-specific qualification training and periodic testing
- Knowledge of plant safety policies, and procedures, especially in areas such as chemical handling, energy systems, confined spaces, fire suppression, and first aid
- Knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, AC/DC electrical theory, heat transfer, fluid flow, thermal dynamics and chemistry
- Knowledge of water chemistry and power plant chemical applications
- Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plants
- Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric, pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment such as winches, hoists and slings
- Ability to locate, troubleshoot, and correct problems with mechanical and electrical system and ancillary equipment
- Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
- Ability to operate testing equipment
- Familiarity with Allen Bradley PLC interfaces
- Experience with CMMS
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
- Proficient with email
A First Class Stationary Engineer License and a First Class Refrigeration License is preferred.
The physical demands characterized here epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
To properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is required to: frequently sit, stand, walk or climb and occasionally stoop, kneel or crawl. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively.
The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 35 pounds in weight. Occasionally, the employee must lift or move objects of up to 50 pounds in weight. In addition, the employee will push or pull up to 70 pounds in weight occasionally.
Vision requirements for this position include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including extreme heat/cold, wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.