Westar Energy Supervisor, Wind Operations in United States

Title: Supervisor, Wind Operations

Job Number: GEN000M

JOB TITLE: Supervisor, Wind Operations
DEPARTMENT: Flat Ridge Wind Site
LOCATION: Nashville, KS
PAY RANGE: $90,200 - $112,700

Scheduled Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Summary of Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
This position reports directly to the Manager, Wind Site Operations and the selected candidate will manage a 20 turbine Clipper C96 Wind Site, a Westar Site Supervisor, and Technicians contracted to perform scheduled and unscheduled repairs on commercial wind turbines using prudent utility and wind industry practices and in accordance with contractual agreements.

Additional duties will include managing/supervising contactors and employees performing Balance of Plant (BOP) maintenance and repairs to the O&M building, string roads, crane pads, fencing, met towers, communication systems, and computer networks, parts inventory, parts ordering, parts shipping & receiving, inventory security, stocking shelves, fork lift operation, and parts checkout within the CMMS.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:
•Champions the Westar safety culture and establishes a high standard of safety for the site. Conveys an expectation of safety compliance among all work groups.
•Performs Safety Observation Surveys on site workers and activities.
•Identifies the need for site improvements and turbine upgrades, enters and tracks them in a 5 year plan, develops funding projects based on that plan, provides justification for and obtains funding, manages approved projects and oversees project completion.
•Provides guidance and oversight in troubleshooting and repairing Clipper C96 WTG’s.
•Performs up tower audits of maintenance activities on the WTG’s to ensure work quality/craftsmanship standards are complied with.
•Implements sound reliability practices and processes to include predictive technologies.
•Maintains store room and inventory by establishing and adjusting max-min levels, creating stock codes, conducting re-order reviews, and creating requisitions. Performs all store room tasks.
•Works as part of a team to develop site procedures, site policies, training programs, safety programs, and work practices.
•Submits monthly and quarterly NERC GADS compliance reports.
•Maintains the site within regulatory compliance of all federal, state, and local regulations and associated permits, including applicable safety, health and environmental regulations.
•Addresses site concerns from local, state, and federal agencies.
•Interacts with land owners and wind site neighbors. Addresses any concerns/questions they may have.
•Oversees and administers site computer hardware/software systems including the WTG SCADA system.
•Provides upper management with daily, weekly, monthly status reports as needed.
•Participates in the development of the annual O&M budget and manages the site in accordance with it.
•Performs minor facility (BOP) maintenance.
•May perform high voltage switching operations; apply grounds, and LOTO in the substation.
•May perform weekly, monthly, and quarterly substation and T-Line inspections.
•May perform HV switching in the substation/collection system and at the WTG’s.

Education and Experience:
A technical degree or engineering degree and prior experience with high voltage switching is highly preferred. Prior management or supervisory experience is required. Some related experience in industrial power generation or WTG maintenance with knowledge of the Clipper C96 platform to include electrical troubleshooting, maintenance requirements, and OEM upgrades and retrofits or related technical/engineering experience is highly preferred. Knowledge of Reliability Centered Maintenance and implementation a plus.

Essential Functions:
Candidates must be proficient in computer programs to include: Microsoft Office products with a strong emphasis on Excel, computerized maintenance management systems (WAM), plant SCADA systems (Fenway, NetSupport), PeopleSoft, PowerPlan, and possess basic IT knowledge. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to work independently, a willingness to administer policies and procedures in a remote location with minimal oversight, have good oral and written communication skills, project management/supervisory skills, and experience in directing a team. Candidates must be able and willing to climb 80 meter steel towers to fulfill the duties described herein. Must be able to obtain high angle rescue certification. Some evening and weekend work is expected.

Some travel and overnight trips to perform management duties at another wind site and travel to the corporate general office for meetings and training will be required.
Licenses, Certifications, Bonding and/or Testing:

Must possess a valid driver's license and a safe driving history.