Southern Company Chemical Technician - Plant McDonough CC in Smyrna, Georgia

Chemical Technician - Plant McDonough CC




Smyrna, Georgia (Metro Atlanta Area)


The responsibilities of the Plant Chemical Technician will include performing technical and analytical services essential to the operation of a Combined Cycle power plant, including:

Working safely and being accountable for your safety and the safety of your coworkers, attending safety meetings, and performing toolbox safety meetings

  • Operation and maintenance of Water treatment plant equipment, pump and analyzer operation, water truck operation, as well as ensuring water quality through appropriate testing to ensure high quality make-up

  • Provide chemical protection of the steam generating equipment as per GEN 6500 to minimize outages, protect equipment, and prevent loss of efficiency due to corrosion and deposits in the steam/water cycle components.

  • Work to ensure effective water management

  • Ensure effective condenser and cooling tower operation through effective chlorination process and routine monitoring

  • Ensure monitoring and treatment of plant closed loop cooling systems

  • Conduct all required sampling as per Gen 6500

  • Calibrate and maintain laboratory and on-line equipment and instrumentation, performing QA/QC as needed and required

  • Support quality Unit start-ups and shut downs when required

  • Maintain bulk chemical and laboratory supplies and inventory

  • Assist regulatory compliance personnel to help ensure compliance with applicable environmental, safety and health regulations; assist with ash pond inspections and other environmental reporting, as needed

  • Have good working knowledge of the plant clearance procedure

  • Understand confined space procedure

  • Assist in up-keep/oversight of plant air monitoring equipment

  • Support Plant air-in-leakage efforts

  • Inventory lab equipment, reagents, and supplies and order as needed

  • Assist with data gathering for monthly chemistry reporting

  • Assist with Unit inspections on vessels, drums, and condensers

  • Assist with unloading of hazardous chemicals

  • Ensure all laboratory areas meet housekeeping standards outlined by the plant


Pre-Employment Requirements :

  • Possess a valid driver's license

  • Must qualify on the EEI Technician Occupations Selection System (TECH) pre-employment test

  • Pass a drug test and background investigation

Education and Experience Requirements :

  • BS degree in chemistry, or physical science field (minimum of 25 quarter hours or 12 semester hours of chemistry)

  • Experience and competency in the use, calibration and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation/equipment

  • Knowledge of proper analytical methods and techniques is required

  • Previous experience in large water treatment facility is preferred. This would include operating and maintaining clarification, filtration, reverse osmosis and de-ionization systems

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities :

  • Broad knowledge of analytical, inorganic, oil, environmental and water chemistries required

  • Knowledge of chemical treatment methods and operation of water treatment plant is preferred. Collect samples and analyze for specific parameters.

  • Ability to troubleshoot mechanical systems and identify plant water process problems is preferred.

  • Perform QA/QC on instrumentation; maintain and calibrate bench top instrumentation.

  • Proficiency in various Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook

  • Ability to multitask and handle multiple duties at one time

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Ability to understand mechanical and electrical theories and fundamentals

  • Ability to read and interpret information presented in graphic form (examples are blueprints, diagrams, drawings, graphs and plots)

  • Understand handling requirement of hazardous materials (HAZMAT)

B ehavioral and other Requirements:

  • Demonstrate behaviors and values that align with our organization's "Southern Style" values.

  • Unquestionable Trust - honesty, respect, fairness, and integrity driver our behavior. We keep our promises and ethical behavior is our standard

  • Superior Performance - We are dedicated to the superior performance throughout our business. Our priorities are safety first, teamwork, diversity and continuous improvement through strong leadership

  • Total Commitment - We are committed to the success of our employees, customers, and shareholders, and to citizenship and stewardship in all our actions

  • Have a strong safety focus and awareness

  • Be dependable and punctual

  • Ability to use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) daily including protective eyewear, natural fiber or fire retardant clothing and steel-toe or composite-toed shoes

  • Ability to wear respiratory protection periodically

  • Ability to work shifts, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays is required

  • Ability to work in non-temperature controlled environments (extreme heat & cold)

  • Ability to work in an environment that could include chemical fumes, hazardous and/or toxic chemicals

  • Availability for call-out and overtime is required; willingness and ability to work long hours, as needed

  • Understand your goals are aligned with plant goals and there is a “One Team” mindset

  • You will be asked to work across departmental lines when needed for the success of the Plant

  • Ability to work with limited supervision in a team environment

  • Ability to take initiative required to manage projects and address issues

  • Ability to work in extreme noise and vibration

  • Ability to work around moving equipment or objects

  • Ability to perform some physical activities while wearing respirators with filter cartridges or self-contained breathing apparatuses in a power plant environment

  • Ability to lift and/or carry up to 50 lbs

  • Ability to climb ladders, bending, reaching, and working at different elevations

Georgia Power is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves 2.25 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. The largest of four electric utilities that make up Southern Company, Georgia Power, has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century at rates well below the national average.

Safety Sensitive

Georgia Power Company has classified this position as "Safety Sensitive" and as such is subject to relevant pre-employment screenings to determine fitness for duty. Any offer of employment is contingent on the applicant successfully completing all required fitness assessments.

With 4.4 million customers and more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company at (NYSE: SO at ) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company owns Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, Southern Nuclear, Southern Power, SouthernLINC Wireless and Southern Telecom. Southern Company also has a growing competitive generation company. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices below the national average. Southern Company is consistently listed among the top U.S. electric service providers in customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

We offer a competitive compensation package. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Field: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Smyrna

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

Plant McDonough - 5551 South Cobb Drive (5551SMYRNA)

5551 South Cobb Drive

Smyrna, 30080

Req ID: GPC2005530