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*At the option of the hiring official, a candidate will be placed in one of the following Plant Engineer levels based on education, experience, knowledge, skills, and behaviors required.
SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Engineering Superintendent, the Plant Engineer provides site engineering support as required to assure optimum plant reliability, efficiency, and safety.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Includes the following; other duties may be assigned. Conducts performance tests to collect data from plant equipment and systems. Evaluates and reports finding and makes recommendations for improvements, replacement, repair, and/or changes in operational procedures.Provides engineering designs for review and investigation of proposed plant equipment modifications. Investigates equipment failures, analyzes high maintenance equipment or systems, and develops recommendations for improvements, replacement or repair to prevent future failures.Supervises contract workers and/or acts as Contract Coordinator on capital projects, as required.Prepares project scope descriptions, cost estimates, man hour estimates, material lists, technical drawings, and payback analysis.Performs plant equipment/system inspections and makes recommendations to increase availability and reliability.Reviews, evaluates and recommends action on Manufacturers Service Bulletins (i.e. AIBs, PSBs).
COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Analysis/Design: Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures; Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.
Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Professional Knowledge: Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into applications; Uses feedback to modify recommendations; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Oral and Written Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Writes clearly and informatively; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.
Project Management: Develops project plans; Coordinates projects effectively; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change; delays, or unexpected outcomes.
Customer Service: Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments to customers.
Cost Consciousness: Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required. At the option of the hiring official, a candidate will be placed in one of the following Plant Engineer levels based on education, experience, knowledge, skills, and behaviors required.
Education and Experience:
Plant Engineer I - ($70,882 - $109,939): A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Nuclear Engineering is required. Entry level power generation engineer who provides technical and engineering support for daily operations, plant improvements, equipment acquisitions, plant breakdown analysis, outages and upgrades, and basic project design. Works under the guidance of a more experience engineer.
Plant Engineer II - ($78,179 - $122,538): A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Nuclear Engineering and three (3) years of directly related experience in power plant design, operation or maintenance are required. Performs generation engineering work pertaining to the mechanical and/or electrical operation and maintenance of a power plant. Provides engineering support for operations, plant improvements, design changes, equipment acquisition, planned and unplanned outages, and analysis of operational or maintenance issues. Monitors and directs the design of new systems or the modification of existing systems to support the mechanical and electrical operation of the power plant. Gathers and evaluates data on power plant systems and components. Prepares project management documents, project budgets and closes out projects. Gathers and maintains cost information.
Plant Engineer III - ($85,811 - $135,923): A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Nuclear Engineering and five (5) years of directly related experience in power plant design, operation or maintenance are required. Performs the more complex engineering work pertaining to the mechanical and/or electrical operation and maintenance of a power plant. Provides engineering support for operations, plant improvements, design changes, equipment acquisitions, planned and unplanned outages, and analysis of operational or maintenance issues. Monitors and directs the design of new systems or the modification of existing systems to support the mechanical and electrical operation of the power plant. Gathers and evaluates data on power plant systems and components. Prepares project management documents, project budgets and closes out projects. Gathers and maintains cost information.
Sr. Plant Engineer - ($93,767 - $150,102): A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Nuclear Engineering, ten (10) years of directly related experience in power plant design, operation or maintenance, and certification as a Professional Engineer (PE) are required.Provides professional level engineering support for plant systems and projects to ensure the economical, reliable, safe and efficient plant operation. Acts as team leader or project coordinator as required. Provides engineering support for operations, plant improvements, design changes, equipment acquisitions, planned and unplanned outages, and analysis of operational or maintenance issues. Plans major projects, maintains project records and monitors project budget. Acts as mentor to other levels of engineering staff.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of employees, managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry, trigonometry, calculus and differential equations. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Computer Skills:Requires two years' experience operating personal computers using the following or equivalent software: Visual Basic, Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Project. Experience with turbine or boiler modeling programs is desirable.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: This position requires a current driver's license.
WORK SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: Additional work scheduled and unscheduled outside of normal hours will be required. May be asked to travel on short notice.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must climb ladders and stairs and work on elevated platforms or scaffolding; wear personal safety equipment including breathing apparatus; enter and work in confined spaces. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to occasional risk of electrical shock; from moving mechanical parts and vibration, high temperature and/or high energy fluids. The employee is occasionally exposed to high or low ambient temperatures, wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals and varying outside weather conditions. The employee will encounter high noise levels in many areas of the work environment.
MUST MEET ALL PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
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MINORITIES, FEMALES, DISABILITY, AND
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About Western Farmers Electric Cooperative
WFEC is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative, headquartered in Anadarko, Oklahoma, was organized in 1941, when western Oklahoma distribution cooperatives found it necessary to secure an adequate power supply at rates that farmers and rural industrial developers could afford. Throughout its history, WFEC’s membership has grown to include 21-member cooperatives, plus Altus Air Force Base. These members are headquartered in Oklahoma and New Mexico. Today, with seven generating facilities, and a total power capacity exceeding 2,200 megawatts, including contract power purchases, WFEC owns and maintains over 3,700 miles of transmission line to over 330 substations and switch stations. Generating facilities are located at Mooreland, Anadarko and Hugo, Oklahoma and Lovington, New Mexico. For more information, visit www.wfec.com.