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Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. Power Plant Operations and Maintenance Technician in Essex, Missouri

Discover a POWERful career at Associated Electric! Our organization offers challenging and rewarding work with career development and internal mobility opportunities - all within a family friendly and community centric culture. Our purpose is simple - to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy for our member-owners. At Associated Electric, one of the largest electric cooperatives in the nation, opportunities to gain valuable experience and contribute new ideas in an ever-changing industry are endless.

Associated Electric is looking for a talented and passionate Power Plant Operations and Maintenance Technician to join our dynamic team. As one of the largest electric cooperatives in the nation, we take pride in our commitment to providing safe, reliable, and affordable energy for our member-owners. If you are someone who seeks challenging and rewarding work, values career development, and appreciates a family-friendly and community-centric culture, then you've come to the right place.

As the Power Plant Operations and Maintenance Technician, you will oversee maintenance, you will be responsible for ensuring the efficient and safe operation of our gas turbine power plant. This role involves a combination of operational oversight, routine maintenance, troubleshooting, and compliance management. You will also collaborate with contractors, manage work orders, prepare financial reports, and uphold safety and environmental compliance standards. Additionally, there may be occasions when you'll provide support to other peaking plants within our network.

What You’ll Be doing:

  • Operate the gas turbine power plant to meet dispatch requirements.

  • Conduct routine maintenance and troubleshoot Distributed Control System (DCS).

  • Monitor unit operation through periodic inspections and system checks.

  • Supervise and schedule contractors for plant maintenance.

  • Utilize CMMS systems for requisitions and purchase orders.

  • Oversee NERC operational requirements and record-keeping.

  • Maintain an inventory of spare parts for the gas turbine power plant.

  • Perform environmental compliance tasks, including emissions readings and samples.

  • Manage O&M budget and provide budget projections.

  • Develop and input project depot forms and manage projects.

  • Ensure a safe working environment for employees and contractors.

What You’ll Need:

  • Experience with maintenance and operations of gas turbine power plants.

  • Associate or bachelor's degree in electrical or mechanical field or equivalent work experience.

  • Experience with Distributed Control Systems, T3000, and/or Ovation preferred.

  • Proficient in using mechanical and electrical drawings for troubleshooting.

  • Self-starter capable of working and problem-solving independently.

  • Strong scheduling and contractor supervision skills.

  • Computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office products.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to research and implement efficient ways to improve plant operations.

  • Proficient in lockout/tag-out systems.

As an employer of choice and a certified Great Place to Work, Associated provides employees competitive compensation, 401k with an employer match, health, paid leave for family planning (including adoption), paid disability leave and other benefits. We support employees in their journey to physical, financial, emotional, and social well-being and we encourage employees to enjoy time away with Paid Time Off, paid holidays and volunteerism in community events. Associated’s culture includes workforce flexibility options with opportunities for personal and professional growth including tuition reimbursement and development planning resources. Come join a team where your talents are appreciated, your voice is heard, and your work has an impact!

To learn more and apply for a position, please visit . You will be able to upload additional applicant documents (i.e. resume, cover letter). AECI is fully committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action in all aspects of employment. Please contact us if you require assistance in filling out an application. Individuals with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act prior to an appointment.

External Job Posting: 2/1/24

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Discover a POWERful opportunity at Associated Electric Cooperative.About 910,000 homes, farms and businesses count on their rural electric cooperatives to deliver electricity 24/7. And they do with power from Associated Electric, the wholesale power supplier to six regional generation and transmission cooperatives (G&Ts) that serve 51 local electric cooperatives in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma. Each employee at Associated Electric plays a part in providing economic and reliable power to member-owners. Associated employs about 700 people full time at one Arkansas and three Missouri locations, offering employment opportunities across a wide spectrum of technical, operational and professional disciplines. The cooperative is committed to employees and provides a competitive compensation and benefit package, as well as opportunities for personal and professional development. Associated Electric has many strengths: tremendous generation and transmission assets; a strong balance sheet; and a dedicated, talented workforce. If you are ready to work with a company whose financial position and credit ratings continue to be among the best in the country and in a work environment where leaders truly care about the well-being of the workforce, you have come to the right place.