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Control Room Operator - Second Engineer

Posted: 09-19-18 Company: Covanta Location: Haverhill, MA

Covanta is a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy. Covanta's 45 Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities provide communities and businesses around the world with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Covanta is a listed company under the symbol CVA.

Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and almost 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. Covanta's facilities also recover 400,000 tons of metal per year for recycling.


The Control Room Operator leads and directs employees who, under the direction of the shift Supervisor, oversee and direct the operation of the facility.  This position is responsible for monitoring the status of all plant systems on a continuous basis.  Will respond to alarms by taking appropriate corrective actions and execute plant shut-down and start-up procedures and ensure that the plant meets it’s generating requirements while operating in a safe and environmentally efficient manner.

Responsibilities include:

  • Controls operation of station systems including but not limited to: steam generation, condensate, feed water, turbine/generator, circulating water, service water, fuel handling, ash handling, electrical, fire protection, air pollution control and various computer networks.
  • Understands and trains other Operators on the operating principles of the power facility’s systems, components and steam cycles.
  • Reads and interprets meters, gauges, recorders and annunciators to determine system operating conditions; takes action within prescribed normal and emergency station operating procedures.
  • Adjusts and monitors temperatures, pressures, flow and levels on station primary system components for plant optimization.
  • Initiates and conducts periodic surveillance tests on station operating safety checks and tests on station operating conditions, takes action within prescribed normal, abnormal and emergency station operating procedures.
  • Maintains required logs and calculations; observes these logs for indications of faulty operation; notifies supervisor of abnormal system conditions.
  • Monitor operation of station systems and components including pumps, motors, valves, fans, dampers, grates, augers, conveyors, dust collections, etc.
  • Monitors operability of fire protection systems, emergency backup equipment, electrical supply equipment and instrumentation associated with station systems and components.


To qualify you must have a valid Massachusetts Second Class Engineer’s license or higher. Associates Degree or equivalent technical training in power plant operations, basic computer, oral and written communications skills, and problem solving and decision making ability. You must be able to read Blueprints, P&IDs, and understand schematic specifications and vendor technical manuals.

All Control Room Operators must have strong leadership and motivational skills, and the ability to stay alert while sitting for long periods of time. Must be able to work in all locations within the plant, in tight quarters and confined spaces, under extremes of hot and cold, and in areas of dust, noise and wet conditions. Must be able to work in heights, lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs. and other manual labor to including pushing, pulling, sweeping and shoveling.  Must be able to work overtime as needed including nights, weekends, and holidays with minimum notice.

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