Southern Company Chemical Technician - Plant Gaston in Wilsonville, Alabama

Chemical Technician - Plant Gaston


Chemical Technician

Plant EC Gaston

This position performs technical and analytical services essential to the operation of a fossil fuel power plant, including water treatment and chemical analysis of water and wastewater, fuels, coal ash, and petroleum products; provides chemical protection of the steam generating equipment to minimize outages due to corrosion and deposits in steam cycle components; minimizes the loss of efficiency and possible replacement of steam generating, condensing and turbine mechanical components; ensures compliance with governmental environmental regulation regarding water discharges.

Duties include :

  • Operate and maintain water treatment plant for production of demineralized water, service water and potable water.

  • Establish the O&M and capital budgets for plant equipment based on assessment of the impact of water chemistry on operations and in support of plant goals and the business plan.

  • Initiate, plan, and manage all chemistry projects, and provide leadership and technical assistance on chemistry-related issues.

  • Assist in maintaining sewage water treatment facility onsite.

  • Operate and maintain condensate polishing demineralization equipment.

  • Conduct sampling of water, oil, fuel, coal ash, and metal deposits.

  • Perform analytical testing of boiler water and monitoring of water plant effluents.

  • Perform minor maintenance activities to include: lubrication/greasing of mechanical equipment.

  • Calibrate and maintain laboratory equipment and instrumentation.

  • Maintain bulk chemical and laboratory supplies inventory.

  • Perform Hazmat team member duties (including respirator qualification) to unload hazardous liquid and gaseous chemicals.

  • Operate company vehicle to perform miscellaneous job duties.

  • Conduct scrubber absorber solution analysis and flue gas desulfurization.

  • Provide a professional level of leadership managing all aspects of the plant's chemistry program with minimal direction and emphasis on performance management and business results.

  • Initiate, plan and manage all plant chemistry projects, and function as lead technical resource for engineering projects.

Job Experience and Education Requirements :

  • BS degree in Chemistry or other field of science with a MINIMUM of 12 semester hours in Chemistry required .

  • Prior experience and knowledge of boiler/water analysis.

  • Previous work experience in a water treatment plant.

  • Experience and competency in the use, calibration and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation/equipment; knowledge of proper analytical methods and techniques.

  • Previous experience in an industrial or manufacturing environment.

  • Familiarity with mechanical parts and repair.

  • Knowledge and experience in production of deionized water.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

  • A working knowledge of power plant chemistry fundamentals and environmental regulations, budgeting and planning procedures, and computer and chemistry control systems is required .

  • Must be able to contribute in a highly motivated team environment while providing leadership in power plant and chemistry issues.

  • Must have good problem-solving/ analytical skills and be able to troubleshoot complex systems.

  • Broad knowledge of analytical, inorganic, oil, environmental and water chemistries; detailed knowledge of chemical treatment methods and operation of water treatment plant is preferred.

  • Ability to troubleshoot mechanical systems, read and understand schematic diagrams and identify plant water process problems.

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

  • Visual Emission Certification a plus.

Behavioral Attributes :

  • Effective oral and written communication skills; demonstrates initiative; safety-minded; values continuous learning and teamwork; must be able to adapt to changing work duties; must be able to work with limited supervision

Other requirements :

  • This position requires call-out and overtime as needed and working an 8 hour day. Candidates must be available for evenings or nights, overtime, weekend and holiday work as required .

  • Must be able to recognize changes in color for titrations.

  • Must pass the following written test: Technical Occupations Selection System.

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Alabama Power provides the valuable combination of competitive prices, reliable electricity supply and unparalleled service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

With 4.4 million customers and more than 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

Job Field: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Wilsonville

Operating Company: Alabama Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

APC - Plant Gaston - 31972 Highway 25 (31972WILSONVILLE )

31972 Highway 25

Wilsonville, 35186

Req ID: APC2004751