Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Monitoring and Diagnostic Center Analyst or Senior M and D Center Analyst (2 vacancies) (IRC25006) in Westminster, Colorado

POSITION SUMMARY

Responsible for monitoring and diagnosing equipment and thermal performance issues for Tri-State's fleet of electric power generation facilities using Advanced Pattern Recognition (APR) and thermal modeling software. Responsible for providing advanced condition monitoring and data analyses of critical plant systems and components. Interfaces with plant personnel on a regular basis and collaborates with internal subject matter experts to diagnose developing plant and equipment related problems.

Note: There are two (2) vacancies available. As there are two position levels available, applicants will be considered, (for each vacancy) for the Monitoring and Diagnostic Center Analyst or Senior Monitoring and Diagnostic Center Analyst depending on overall job qualifications.

Salary Grade: M and D Center Analyst, NB21; Senior M and D Center Analyst, NB23

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES(Duties listed below are for a Senior Analyst. Duties for the Analyst level position are similar but may vary in overall responsibility, accountability and scope.)

  • Develop, maintain, and use advanced pattern recognition software models and plant operational data to detect changes in the operating behavior of plant equipment and systems.
  • Perform daily monitoring of site critical components that have installed models actively collecting data using advanced analytics software. Respond, evaluate and prioritize alarms for potential equipment related issues and interact with station personnel and provide recommendations to optimize plant equipment and systems.
  • Support and interface with corporate component Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to assess equipment anomalies.
  • Communicate equipment anomalies to plant operations and engineering personnel and plant technical analysts [Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) analysts].
  • Identify and classify associated risks to the plant, provide recommendations to mitigate risks, and follow up to ensure resolutions are tracked through to completion.
  • Monitor equipment performance and predict component health, alerting corporate SMEs and station personnel of anomalies within those trends which could adversely affect the reliability, availability, maintainability and performance of equipment.
  • Support the implementation of thermal performance software models for the Tri-State generation fleet.
  • Work with power plant staff to troubleshoot and resolve operational problems identified by the thermal performance software models.
  • Master all aspects of the monitoring and diagnostic (M&D;) center software tools including, but not limited to, APR and thermal performance.
  • Update, retrain, and evaluate the adequacy of existing APR and thermal performance software models.
  • Capture and quantify avoided costs to express the value of team activities.
  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform other related duties as assigned

SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:

  • Decision Making: Understand how to balance emotion with reason and make decisions that positively impact plant and corporate organizations
  • Time management: ability to prioritize and schedule tasks and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values
  • Problem analysis and problem resolution at the functional level
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others
  • Strong problem analysis
  • Working knowledge of troubleshooting Power Plant Operational issues
  • Advanced computer proficiency in Microsoft Excel and data analysis software (trending, visualization, etc.)

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS


Education and Training:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education.__

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Working knowledge of advanced analytics
  • Working knowledge of Advanced Pattern Recognition and thermal performance software or other reliability or condition based predictive diagnosis software applications.
  • Working knowledge of condition monitoring and diagnostic technologies.
  • Strong working knowledge of rotating components such as pumps, motors, steam turbines, and generators and field instrumentation.
  • Familiarity with Condition Based Maintenance programs and technology applications
  • Familiarity with gas and oil based combined cycle and peaker plant technologies, coal fired power plants, and associated systems and operation.
  • Effective English communication and technical report writing skills are required.
  • Must be proficient with various software programs and systems (e.g., MS Outlook , Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as database use).
  • Must be able to concentrate and understand complicated issues and/or instructions.
  • Must be able to work independently with little supervision, perform in a team environment, as well as effectively communicate with others.
  • Must possess good problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Working knowledge of Tri-State's service area and operations.
  • Working knowledge of safety policies and procedures.

Experience:

  • Senior Analyst experience requirements: Eight (8) years' experience as a Generation/Plant Engineer, Lead Operator, Maintenance Technician or CBM Specialist.
  • Analyst experience requirements: Four (4) to Eight (8) years' experience as a Generation/Plant Engineer, Lead Operator, Maintenance Technician or CBM Specialist.
  • Experience and knowledge in all aspects of power plant systems and operations.

Other:

  • Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
  • Willingness to travel as required, up to twenty percent.

DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in developing, implementing and operating performance monitoring program is highly desired. Working knowledge of ASME Performance Test Codes.
  • Experience with an Advanced Pattern Recognition and/or diagnostic tools.
  • GE, Siemens or other OEM combustion turbine and steam turbine engineering or operating experience.
  • Experience with power plant controls and control logic. Familiarity with OSI PI data historian is a plus.
  • Experience with vibration analysis of rotating equipment.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to occasionally sit and stand, walk for the majority of the time, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level and push/pull objects of varying weights, and lift up to 50 pounds. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear.


Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.


Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to dirt/dust, fumes, chemicals, electrical risks, confined areas and noise. Some duties are performed indoors and at a desk, operating office equipment.

Job Title: Monitoring and Diagnostic Center Analyst or Senior M and D Center Analyst (2 vacancies) (IRC25006)

Location: Westminster, CO, US

Base Location: HQ - Westminster, CO

Currency: USD

Amount of Travel: Up to 10%

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran