Southern Company Coal Equipment Operator - Plant Scherer (Juliette, GA) in Juliette, Georgia

Coal Equipment Operator - Plant Scherer (Juliette, GA)


In anticipation of future hiring needs for the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2019, we would like to take the opportunity to share information regarding this future opening and to learn more about you as a potential candidate. Your information will be collected and evaluated. We do not have any current openings at present, so you may experience a delay in being contacted for next steps in the selection process. Please check your email messages regularly as we will communicate with you via email.

The Coal Equipment Operator (CEO) is an entry level position in the Power Plant Fuels department that is responsible for continuous inspecting, operating, monitoring and maintaining the cleanliness of moving coal conveyor systems, fuel transfer and supply lines, and auxiliary equipment. CEOs also perform routine fuels tasks including:

  • inspect, monitor, and operate pumps, manual valves, and motors found in power generation fuel and water systems

  • receive and unload fuel

  • collect and prepare fuel samples

  • prepare and complete documentation for the aforementioned activities and procedures.

  • performing equipment isolation and alignments (electrical and mechanical)

  • switch trains and/or work around heavy equipment (e.g., bulldozers, tractors, back hoes, etc), trains and/or ships (Savannah).

  • perform housekeeping activities to ensure the cleanliness of the equipment and fuels area and to ensure that dust control procedures are being addressed. This will include performing fire watch and responding to incipient fires.

In performing these tasks, CEOs must

  • Assist, other personnel such as mechanical and electrical maintenance, laboratory, and engineering personnel.

  • Brief the relief shift personnel on the status of the work and any information pertinent to the safe and efficient operation of the equipment.

  • Pass an onsite training program and qualification exam to retain employment

  • Follow safety rules, regulations and procedures

This union covered position is subject to the provisions of Paragraph 46 of the Memorandum of Agreement between GPC and IBEW Local Union No. 84.


Pre-Employment Requirements

Candidates for employment must:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Possess a valid driver's license.

  • Qualify on a written pre-employment aptitude test and physical abilities test before being considered for an on-site interview. Testing will be coordinated by the recruiter for this position. No action regarding test scheduling is necessary on the interested applicant's part. Simply apply for the position to begin the candidate screening process. To view aptitude test information click on the "Employment Testing" link found from the Hiring Process link on the Southern Company Career website.

  • Be able to medically qualify for the use of a respirator.

Education & Experience Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED preferred

  • Technical Degree, Certificate or Diploma preferred

  • Previous work experience (full-time or part-time) preferred but not required

  • Previous work experience in power plant, manufacturing, industrial, commercial, warehousing, construction, experience with moving conveyors/belts/systems, or other safety related setting preferred but not required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of basic electrical and mechanical principles

  • Knowledge of hand tools

  • Math calculation skills

  • Basic computer skills

  • Ability to read, understand and follow technical procedures, rules and regulations

  • Ability to read and interpret tables, graphs, and piping diagrams

  • Ability to take measurements using gauges, digital meters, and other instruments.

  • Ability to work with and support team oriented work groups

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

  • Open two-way communication skills.

Behavioral and Other Requirements

  • Demonstrate behaviors and values that align with Our Values:

  • Safety First - We believe the safety of our employees and customers is paramount. We will perform and maintain every job, every day, safely.

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

  • Superior Performance - We are dedicated to superior performance throughout our business. We will continue our strong focus on innovative solutions, improving how we run our business and our commitment to environmental stewardship.

  • Total Commitment - We are committed to the success of our employees, our customers, our shareholders and our communities. We fully embrace, respect, and value our differences and diversity.

  • Have a strong safety focus and awareness

  • Be dependable and punctual.

  • Demonstrate a can-do attitude, take initiative, and look for process improvements.

  • Strive for self improvement.

  • This job requires shift work and overtime, and you will be required to work some weekend, nights and holidays Plant Specific: currently this position has 3 shifts, (7:00 AM - 3:00 PM; 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM; and 11:00 PM - 7:00 AM)

  • Must be available to respond to call-outs seven days per week

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

  • Must be able to perform duties wearing personal protective equipment which may include: safety glasses, hard hat, respirator, dust mask, steel toe shoes, gloves and hearing protection

  • Must be able to lift and push or pull heavy equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • Must be able to work in difficult environments including confined spaces, extreme hot and cold temperatures, indoors and outdoors, around loud noise and locations accessible only via vertical ladders or over uneven spaces, cat walks, climbing high elevations up to 20 feet or working on grated surfaces/platforms above 20 feet.

  • Must be willing to work with high voltages and high steam and water pressures.

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

Subject to the Georgia Power Company Smoke Free Workplace Policy: You must be free from all tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, patch and/or gum), at least six months prior to applying for this position.


Logon to:

Click on "EEI Practice Test" on the right hand side; a new window to the Edison Electric Institute© website will open.

Use the following information to log into the site to access the practice test:

  • Name: southern

  • Password: testing

Practice Tests are:

  • POSS - Plant Operator

  • MASS - Power Plant Maintenance

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.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America-s premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America-s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development 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 where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Central Georgia-Juliette

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Union Covered: Yes

Work Location(s):

Plant Scherer - 10986 Highway 87 (10986JULIETTE)

10986 Highway 87

Juliette, 31046

Req ID: GPC2006509