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Control Room Operator
Title:Control Room Operator
Subsidiary:Liberty Power (formerly Algonquin Power)
Department:Operations & Maintenance
Location:Windsor Locks, CT
Country:United States
Zip/Postal Code:N/A

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with $10 billion of total assets. Delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable energy development projects, organic growth within its regulated distribution and transmission businesses, and the pursuit of accretive acquisitions.

The distribution business group (Liberty &Empire) provides rate regulated water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 782,000 customers in the United States. The transmission business group invests in rate regulated electric transmission and natural gas pipeline systems in the United States and Canada.

The generation business group (Algonquin) owns a portfolio of regulated and long term contracted North American based wind, solar, hydroelectric and thermal powered generating facilities representing more than 2,500 MW of installed capacity.

Required to have overall responsibility for the operation of the Cogeneration Facility, while being restricted to the Control Room and adjacent Water Lab area

Job Functions:

  • Required to operate the Distributive Control System (DCS), perform water testing and be capable of communication with the Plant Equipment Operator.  Must be fully oriented to the Cogeneration operations and capable of responding to emergency situations without supervision.  Ability to work a rotating shift schedule including holidays.  Assist as required in solving complex operating and maintenance problems, and must be capable of rapid decision making in emergency situations, such as unplanned equipment outages/failures.
  • Ensure operating plans are carried out to provide optimum efficiency in operations, giving consideration to operating constraints including the project contracts.
  • Supervise and direct overall activities of shift personnel, including employee development through training
  • Operation of the facility/equipment in accordance with: 
  • All regulatory permits and laws
  • The site Operation Manual (which will have a list of plant specific job function that must be completed)
  • The Energy Services Agreement;
  • OHSA 
  • All the relevant safety standards of Algonquin Power
  • The Supplier Equipment manuals and/or Manual of good practice
  • Monitor established operating parameters of the Gas/Steam Turbines, Generator, HRSG, balance of plant equipment including chemistries, and environmental permits.
  • Operate the power plant and take appropriate actions to safeguard shift personnel and equipment when parameters are exceeded and/or if they may inhibit plant operation per shift orders
  • Work closely with assigned personnel to ensure that all shift responsibilities including the assigned Preventative Maintenance tasks and planned activities per the shift orders are completed as scheduled.
  • Collect and accurately record all operating data, making note of unusual or suspicious information per procedure and contacting appropriate management personnel when necessary. Initiate actions necessary to maintain overall plant availability and improve operating efficiency of the plant facilities.
  • Prepare equipment for maintenance and/or tag out and isolation in accordance with set procedures and guidelines of established safety procedures to support the operating plan. Communicate and interface with maintenance personnel and others as appropriate.
  • Routine monitoring and data acquisition of all equipment and systems.
  • Prepare and close work orders as required.
  • Assist in maintenance during scheduled outages.  Assist as required in solving complex operating and maintenance problems
  • Assist and/or direct outside contractors with plant maintenance/repairs
  • Responsible for the understanding of the plant water treatment program. Maintaining proper chemistry by testing and making necessary adjustments and recommendations.  testing, data acquisition, knowledge of process and limits, troubleshooting and corrective action. 
  • Supervise and direct overall activities of shift personnel, including employee development through training
  • Prepare, develop, review, and train personnel on all operating procedures required to efficiently and safely operate the plant.   

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School, Vocational Training (or equivalent).
  • 5 – 7 years experience in Steam Plant Operations.  Secondary skills in the area of maintenance.
  • Technical knowledge in one or more of the following disciplines: Electrical, Instrumentation and Control, Operation, Mechanical and/or Hydraulics
  • Ability to learn new techniques, skills and work methods
  • Show Initiative and Ingenuity
  • Have good decision-making abilities and critical thinking.
  • Strong organizational & time management skills 
  • Ability to accept accountability and responsibility for their own actions
  • Patience, thoroughness, & independence
  • Ability to problem solve, desire to investigate, analytical thinking
  • Be able to communicate in an effective and professional manner, both in speaking and in email
  • Be available to work flexible hours depending on the job or situation
  • Being able to adapt to change and spot changes in your environment
  • Assist and/or direct outside contractors with plant maintenance/repairs
  • Assist in instilling a culture of continuous improvement, an active role in pride of ownership, and team work. 
  • Assist in troubleshooting and system development projects.
  • Proficient in the following software:
a. Microsoft Word, 
b. Outlook, 
c.  Excel. 
d. Pi data software.
  • A solid understanding of “Safety First” and the ability to apply these principles to every job or situation
  • Ability to perform work alone and independently
  • Perform other duties/tasks as directed by management
  • Oversee the work carried out by facility staff or contractors as the Person In Charge (PIC)

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