AES United States Plant Equipment Operator in Huntington Beach, California

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PEO Position

To operate a combined cycle plant (2 GE 7FA 0.5 combustion turbines on 1 Siemens steam turbine) in a safe, and environmentally compliant manner to optimize generation. The HRSG is a three pressure Vogt unit and the fuel for combustion turbine is natural gas. The net CCGT plant output is 644 MW. The Plant Equipment Operator (PEO) is responsible for monitoring and operating of all plant equipment on a continuous basis. The PEO operate plant equipment reliably by taking appropriate corrective actions and executes plant shut-down and start-up procedures with the direction of CRO as required. The PEO assures that the plant meets its generating requirements while operating in a safe and efficient manner.

Shift : 12 hour rotating shift 6am-6pm, modified Dupont


  • Oversees the safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally sound operation of plant equipment.

  • Meet all safety and environmental compliance requirements.

  • Assists Control Room Operator on plant operations Lock Out/Tag Out for equipment isolation/deisolation, hanging tags, racking in-out breakers.

  • Follow Job Safety Analysis/Work Authorization/Confined Space/Hot Work Permits as per instructions of established safety procedures.

  • Follows all plant safety procedures and participates in plant safety initiatives/programs.

  • Participate in training and promote the Company’s policies through actions and conduct.

  • Follow all Company policies and expectations and behave in a manner that promotes the Company’s values and positively effects morale.

  • Properly operates HRSG, steam turbine, gas turbines, plant auxiliary equipment and systems during normal and emergency operation.

  • Responsible for the understanding of the plant water treatment process. Maintaining proper chemistry by testing and making necessary adjustments and recommendations.

  • Work with commissioning team for system walkdown, preparing punch list, hydro test, flushing, chemical cleaning, steam blow, plant startup, commissioning and testing activities.

  • Performs water analysis of HRSG water and make necessary adjustments to chemical feed to maintain water quality to within desired specifications with the direction of control room operator.

  • Operates various manual valves throughout the plant site.

  • Communicates information clearly, both orally and written.

  • Assists others in performance testing of equipment/systems.

  • Assists in on-the-job training of other Operators.

  • Troubleshoots plant equipment to resolve operational problems.

  • Generates and reviews Work Requests for execution of equipment repair using SAP work management system.

  • Monitors and records data available using various instruments, trends, alarm systems and other monitoring devices onto shift logs as directed by plant operational procedures.

  • Assists in development, review, and revision of plant operating procedures.

  • Observes variations in operating conditions and take appropriate actions.

  • Unload Aqueous Ammonia and other bulk chemicals at the site. Able to operate Fork lift as needed.

  • Completes appropriate rounds readings, equipment PMS and other inspection documentation.

  • Report upset conditions or other anomalies in plant status to the Control Room Operator.

  • Perform emergency operations to maintain electrical power, fuel gas, hydrogen gas and aqueous ammonia systems and safeguard power facility equipment.

  • Complete other tasks as requested by the Operations Manager.

  • The PEO operates from established and well-known procedures under general directions and minimum supervision. Decisions are made within prescribed operating and casualty procedures and guidelines.

  • Assist control room operator to control the operation of the plant, and must do so in a safe manner resulting in no accidents, in compliance with all environmental permits always. The PEO must effectively communicate information to control room operator and fellow plant personnel, relative to the condition of the plant equipment and performance, and provide suggestions for plant improvements. The PEO must perform duties in such a way to result in an optimum cost- benefit ratio.

  • The PEO may also give direction to maintenance personnel on matters pertaining to plant operations and maintenance.

  • Perform operations preventive maintenance on CCGT plant equipment as per the O&M recommended procedure and standard operating procedures.


  • Combined Cycle Plant Operator experience (3-5 years or more).

  • Combustion Turbine Operation (3-5 years or more).

  • Plant Operator experience in the Power Industry (5 years or more) - preferred.

  • Must successfully complete the PEO qualification book.

  • Must pass GPI, GE, Siemens and Kiewit training classes with an acceptable score.

  • Basic computer skills required.

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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