PKE Plant Technician, Operator (REN) in Klamath Falls, OR at Avangrid

Date Posted: 11/6/2018

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Publication date: 26.09.2018
REFERENCE: 5102935101

Company: Avangrid Renewables
Job Title: Plant Technician, Operations
Department: Wind Ops
Location: Klamath Falls, OR

Business and Department
Klamath Cogeneration
Klamath Falls,OR

The plant technician operations (PTO) job entails many facets. This position is vital to daily operations of the plant
as the outside operator is the eyes and ears of the Senior Plant Technician Operations (SPTO). The PTO is
required to make rounds and visually inspect all operating equipment for safe and reliable operation. He/she is also
required to identify plant problems using their sense of hearing, smell, sight and touch. Many hazards exist at a
power plant of this size. High pressure, high temperature steam is the most dangerous, along with highly toxic
chemicals, high pressure natural gas and high voltage electricity. The PTO must be completely focused in order to
maintain their safety and that of those around them. An essential function of the PTO position is the ability to lift and
handle up to 40 pounds and to walk a minimum of 3 miles per day.

The PTO is also responsible for bulk chemical off-loads including Anhydrous Ammonia, Caustic, Sodium
Hypochlorite and Sulfuric Acid. All of these chemicals are extremely dangerous and the ability to follow established
procedures is absolutely essential.

The PTO must be able to react quickly in the event of a plant upset or an emergency to mitigate any spill or
uncontrolled hazard, including but not limited to tripping or engaging safety systems, wearing appropriate chemical
clothing and turning valves when required. The PTO must also be able to efficiently ascend 150 steps (90 feet) to
the top of our boiler platforms to perform preventative maintenance, inspections and to investigate or stop a boiler
upset condition. Multiple trips up and down the boiler stairs may be required in a 12 hour shift. In addition, the PTO
must be able to safely ascend and descend portable and stationary ladders to perform work. The PTO must be
able to open and close large and small manually operated block valves in addition to checking closed motor block

Daily water chemistry is also a function of the PTO. Water samples must be taken and analyzed for purity and
quality. Accurate results of these tests are vital as they dictate the operation and reliability of the plant steam piping
and the reporting of our plant wastes.

Another important function of the PTO is plant alignments including lockouts and zero energy tests. Failure to
operate a specific valve in a specific order can cause serious injury to the operator or to the maintenance personnel
working on the isolated equipment. The ability to perform these lockouts with no errors is critical to the safety of all
personnel on site.

Other functions of the PTO include crane, forklift and man lift operations. These functions may require work with
heavy equipment and valuable parts. The PTO is also required to work on elevated platforms and in confined

The key to performing the PTO job correctly is the ability to focus on one's surroundings and during situations of
high stress to maintain a cool head while making sound decisions. The PTO is the first line of safety for all
personnel on site and it is critical that he/she is engaged in all that is occurring during their watch. The inability to
accomplish this goal could be detrimental to the safety of personnel and the goals of the company.

• A minimum of two years of experience and/or training in power plant operations including associated auxiliary
and support equipment. (combustion turbine experience is preferred)
• Ability to read, comprehend, and abide by all Environmental, Health, & Safety documents, programs, and
• Ability to read, comprehend, and utilize drawings and technical manuals.
• Proven successes in completing a respiratory evaluation and fit test.
• First aid and CPR Certified
• Strong communications skills
• Strong team work skills and ability to participate in committee meetings.
• Take a test to measure your operational and mechanical aptitude.
• Have and maintain a current Oregon drivers license.
• Ability and desire to complete PTO Qualifications within one year of employment and SPTO Qualifications
within three years of employment.
• Additional duties will be assigned as required.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a medical Fit for Duty exam (only if
applicable to job requirements), background check, references, drug screen, verification of legal right to work in the
U.S., and in some cases, a credit check. A credit check will be administered when a prospective employee will be
working in Finance, Accounting, Treasury or where duties may involve handling of funds, accounts or cash. A Motor
Vehicle (MVR) check will be administered when a prospective employee will be regularly using a company vehicle.

Avangrid Renewables is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, status as an
individual with a disability, or any other status or class protected by federal or state law.

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