POWER PLANT OPERATOR

COMPANY OVERVIEW

For over 100 years, El Paso Electric Company has been serving West Texas and Southern New Mexico with safe and reliable electric energy. Today, we are a regional electric utility with over 1,000 employees providing generation, transmission and distribution service to approximately 400,000 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile service area. Our common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EE and we invite you to visit our website to learn more about our rich history, our plans for the future, and great career opportunities with El Paso Electric Company.


DATE POSTED: March 26, 2020 CLOSING DATE:April 3, 2020
DEPARTMENT: Generation Operations
STARTING RATE: $38.18/hour


KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate with or without a reasonable accommodation that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

EDUCATION

  • High School Diploma or equivalent; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Successful completion of an approved Power Plant Operator Apprenticeship Program or an equivalent training program.

EXPERIENCE

  • Two (2) years’ experience as a power plant operator, with emphasis on conventional steam generating units and gas turbine-combined cycle units.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be in compliance with El Paso Electric Company’s Driving Policy.
  • Must pass a Human Performance Evaluation (HPE).

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Routinely checks equipment and monitors indicators to ensure effective operation in the designated area.
  • Maintains required equipment data and schedule reports.
  • Opens, closes and/or adjusts valves and switches on equipment.
  • Monitors equipment motors, pumps, cooling towers, acid and phosphate feeder, fuel oil tanks, water wells, reverse osmosis systems and other equipment by way of computer system and sensory observation.
  • Operates chlorine, acid, phosphate, fuel oil, condenser, water well, city water make-up, water treatment and other plant equipment in accordance with safe operating practices.
  • Maintains communication with the Control Room Operator to ensure that processes are carried out correctly and efficiently.
  • Wears protective clothing and safety equipment as required in performing job functions.
  • Interprets and adheres to technical manual procedures and practices.
  • Continuously trains to assure an effective and efficient operation of equipment and functions.
  • Adheres to the Company’s safety policies and procedures.
  • Complies with all applicable Company policies, procedures and code of ethics as well as all applicable governmental laws and regulations to include employment, safety and environmental standards and regulations.
  • Performs other related tasks that are not included but are within the context of duties defined.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • The incumbents in this classification are subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions and temperature changes of extreme cold weather (below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour) and extreme hot weather (temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour); and are exposed to loud noises, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions and oils.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Heavy work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
  • Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces.
  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.
  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position.
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape and temperature or texture by touching with skin, i.e., fingertips.
  • Working in confined spaces, wearing a full-face respirator and working from heights.
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