The Plant Engineer II is responsible to safely perform engineering assignments supporting the operation, maintenance, and repair of power plant equipment and auxiliary systems. Recommend changes in operational methods and procedures, diagnose problems related to equipment malfunctions and create safe, engineered, and cost-effective solutions. Manage assigned projects related to continued life management of existing power plants and equipment, including short-term projects and long-term continuing programs.
The Impact You'll Make in This Role:
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
1. Perform duties as resident engineer at one of the power plants as directed. Resident engineers provide daily on-site performance and maintenance engineering support, as well as promote and enhance communication between the Operations division and the plant. Engineer’s role is to support the JPM plant as directed by the JPM Maintenance Manager.
2. Provide engineering support in developing and administering plant maintenance management programs in cooperation with plant maintenance department, including life management programs for high energy piping, power boilers, flow accelerated corrosion. and condition assessment programs. Plan, develop and implement engineered maintenance projects under the direction of plant management, and the Manager, Plant Engineering.
3. Conduct studies, surveys and engineering investigations to evaluate the feasibility of engineered or special projects under the direction of plant management. Prepare suitable cost estimates, reports or memorandums to assist planning, development and implementation of engineered and/or special projects. Perform engineering design calculations and prepare sketches for plant maintenance and operations.
4. Provide necessary administrative and technical liaison tasks and coordinate efforts with architect/engineers, and business partners for engineered or special projects. Require familiarity and compliance with applicable DPC safety rules and practices.
5. Develop, plan and implement independently, or in cooperation with architect/engineers and business partners for technical specifications and drawings for the procurement and installation of materials and services related to engineered or special maintenance projects.
6. Initiate necessary in-house documentation for engineered or special maintenance projects, including special work request(s), work order estimates, procurement documents, material requisitions and receipts, progress and completion reports.
7. Interview, screen, evaluate, and recommend the selection or designation of architect/engineers (A/E), or special technical consultants, suppliers and service business partners for engineered or special projects.
8. Direct the activities of A/Es, consultants, business partners, and DPC personnel to ensure the successful completion of assigned projects.
9. Submit progress reports for assigned projects to management. Communicate frequently with department personnel concerned with the status of the project. Communicate regularly with upper levels of management and keep individuals of affected divisions posted on the progress of engineered or special projects through the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software or monthly reports.
10. Maintain cooperative and effective communications with appropriate regulatory agencies on federal, state and local levels as needed for engineered and special maintenance projects.
11. Conduct continuing technical and engineering research and study to keep current with of development and trends that may have an application for improvements in power production techniques.
12. Compile and maintain timely, accurate, detailed and legible logs, journals, diaries, notes, correspondence, memos, photos, drawings, specification lists and other suitable records of importance to the history of each engineered or special maintenance project.
13. Use and evaluate computer programs to model the impact of operational changes and/or unit modifications on plant operations under the direction of plant management staff.
14. Provide support and training to other staff based on experience and expertise.
15. Participate as a team member on multi-department projects or committees. Provide support to plant planning, reliability, QA/QC, and maintenance personnel.
16. Provide outage support.
17. Participate and/or lead troubleshooting and causal analysis/resolution of plant events. 18. Focus on safety by providing the safety department input for safety practices, developing high risk work plans, and participating in complex pre-job brief development and delivery. 19. Make safety a priority in all duties. 20. Perform other duties as assigned.
Your Experience and Expertise:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education & Experience: B.S. Degree in engineering or physical sciences. Four (4) years project management and power plant engineering, operational or maintenance experience. Construction, startup, testing and project experience desirable. Familiarity with power plant cycles, equipment components and systems is preferred.
Skills: Computer literacy and skills in a Microsoft Windows Operating system and related software platforms. Management, planning, scheduling, financial analysis, business economics and strong background in power plant hardware desirable. Professional communication, writing, project management and administration skills are required. Knowledge of applicable codes and regulations, including National Electrical Code, ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes. Ability to work cooperatively with people at all levels is important. Familiarity and compliance with current labor agreement.
Licenses and Certifications: Possess or be qualified to attain a Professional Engineer’s License in the State of Wisconsin. Valid Drivers License.
Physical Demands: 25 percent of the time is spent in climate-controlled office environment, with minimal physical exertion. 75 percent of the time involves fieldwork, with a medium degree of strenuous activity. Requires near vision and fingering for computer terminal operation. Near and far vision, hearing and the following physical abilities are required for fieldwork: walking, standing, stooping/crouching, bending, kneeling, climbing hand-over-hand, crawling, twisting upper body, reaching/stretching and object maneuvering.
Environmental Demands: Works indoors and outdoors, frequently in/around extreme heat, noise, confined spaces and mechanical hazards. Occasionally works in extreme cold, at heights and around explosive, electrical, fume/odor, dust radiation, radioactive contamination and chemical hazards. Work along side or near heavy construction equipment, high speed rotating machinery, high voltage, high amperage and high pressure/temperature equipment, systems and components.
Other Job Characteristics: Limited supervision. Team and independent worker, fast paced and high pressure; routine and variable tasks. Attention to detail. Frequent interaction with management, vendors, manufacturers, contractors and consultants. Some interactions with public and regulatory agencies. Occasional travel and weekend work.
Dairyland is proud of its history as a pioneer in rural electrification. The generation and transmission cooperative formed in 1941, bringing light and power to the homes and farms in “America’s Dairyland.” Specifically serving rural communities and countryside, Dairyland continues to ease work conditions and improve quality of life for residents by delivering a safe, reliable supply of energy in its four-state service territory.