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NRG Energy, Inc. Planner in Nipton, California

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The Scheduler / Planner (Outage) position is intended for an individual with extensive experience and advanced subject matter knowledge in Power Plant maintenance and scheduling / planning of maintenance activities. This knowledge can be gained through prior experience or a combination of college/technical training and experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Promote safety by assuring that all safety rules and regulations are followed including the coordination and supervision of equipment isolation and tagging procedures.

  • Communicate and lead in accordance with company vision and core values. Strong competencies in communication, teamwork, interpersonal effectiveness.

  • Develop and draft written maintenance plans (PM’s) for the plant.

  • Conduct outage and or weekly maintenance scheduling while helping establish plant maintenance priorities in accordance with Plant Operations’ needs.

  • Determine and schedule necessary resources using Primavera P6, PasTA, SAP e.g. supplies, materials, parts, and special tools or equipment required to perform maintenance inspections and/or work.

  • Interpret technical manuals, sketches, prints, instructions, manufacturer’s data and equipment history records while incorporating the applicable information in developing maintenance plans.

  • Track and update schedule daily, communicate updates to Stakeholders, provide daily reports, and integrate Field Change Requests into schedule updates

  • Plan work. Includes costing, manpower and time-estimates, and re-evaluate estimates to reflect changing job requirements and prepare job sequence requirements for major plant projects and for specific maintenance work.

  • Be able to produce concise schedule variance reports based on approved Key Performance Metrics.

  • Provide Primavera P6 training to other planners as part of personnel development.

  • Lead schedule review meetings with various Stakeholders in Engineering, Operations, Corporate Outage Team, and Contractors. Ensure critical path activities are optimized and WBS defined while consulting with the key stakeholders.

  • Identify and resolve schedule conflicts.

  • Analyze and update SAP on actual versus estimated time, equipment, and manpower requirements.

  • Establish and validate estimates for recurring maintenance work using historical knowledge and leveraging the experience of peers and Supervisors.

  • Be able to establish a working relationship with OEMs to address matters concerning the servicing, assembly, or maintenance of equipment.

  • Initiate / update notifications, work orders, BOM’s, PM’s and support all assigned work (including major scheduled or forced outages planning and execution) and participate in developing weekly plans

  • Coordinate with Procurement and vendors to request/receive information and to expedite the approval of documents and the delivery of materials.

  • Collateral duties and special projects as assigned by the Maintenance Manager.

  • Support the implementation of NRG policies and procedures.

  • Develop and assist others in the development of technical / engineered work packages.

  • Fill in for the Planner, Outage Coordinator, Maintenance Supervisor, or Maintenance Manager when needed.

  • Participate in spare parts optimization initiatives, criticality ranking, and development of maintenance strategies.


  • High School diploma or GED equivalent.

  • Valid driver’s license.

  • 5 years’ experience in maintenance planning and scheduling

  • 3 years of experience working with SAP or other CMMS program


  • Associates degree in a related field

  • 5-7 years’ experience working in power plants

  • Project Management experience is considered a plus.

Knowledge/Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated competencies relative to this position include accountability, adaptability/flexibility, building credibility, business acumen, customer focus, empowering others, gaining commitment, problem solving, shaping strategy, teamwork and tolerance for stress. Strong communications and leadership ability is essential to succeeding in this position.

Working Conditions:

Normal office environment and power plant environment.

  • Frequent trips into the field and interaction with operations is necessary to ensure proper planning for work.

  • Requires operation of a motor vehicle and a valid driver’s license in state of residency.

  • Work overtime and non-standard working hours as required.

  • Requires occasional travel outside service area.

  • Requires wearing personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, ear plugs, etc.)

  • May be required to work around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials and chemicals.

  • Requires operation of a personal computer and knowledge of Microsoft Work Office Suite.

Please Note: Salary offered will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s education and/or experience and consistent with the job location’s market pay rate.

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace. To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability. Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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