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Lead O&M Technician

Posted: 07-11-18 Company: NAES Corp Location: Charlton, MA

NAES Corporation has an immediate need for a Lead O&M Technician in Charlton, MA at Millennium Power, a 360 MW natural gas fired combined cycle power plant.

The Lead O&M Technician is responsible for proper operation and maintenance of the power facility and performs numerous operational and maintenance tasks.  The Lead O&M Technician leads O&M team members in the safe and efficient operation of the plant while complying with all applicable NERC, environmental and safety requirements. This position reports to the Production & Compliance Manager.


  • The Lead O&M Technician has the authority to control the operation of the plant and must do so in a safe manner resulting in no accidents and in compliance with all environmental permits at all times. The Lead O&M Technician must effectively communicate information to supervision and fellow plant personnel relative to the condition of the plant equipment and performance and provide suggestions for plant improvements.
  • The Lead O&M Technician operates from established and well-known procedures under general directions and minimum supervision.  Decisions are made within prescribed operating guidelines.  The Lead O&M Technician encounters recurring work situations of high complexity with occasional variations from the norm.
  • This position requires being proficient at operating the plant at optimum levels and efficiency through the distributed control system (DCS) and making operating decisions based on plant procedures, NERC standards, environmental regulations, safety procedures and using good judgment based on operating data.
  • The Lead O&M Technician is responsible for carrying out the Safety Program through issuing Safe Work, Hot Work, LOTO and Confined Space Permits.
  • Assures that the shift log and other plant records are filled out in a timely and accurate manner, including but not limited to:  electrical output; emissions output; fuel consumed; and water consumed.
  • Conducts periodic log and record review to ensure that tag out procedures, equipment status and designated administrative systems are functioning effectively.
  • Complete other tasks as requested by the Production & Compliance Manager.


  • The Lead O&M Technician oversees and provides functional direction to plant O&M personnel regarding plant operations, including startup and shutdown of plant equipment and auxiliary systems.
  • Ensures that the O&M Technician is performing operating tests and inspections, making minor repairs and adjustments to equipment assigned to achieve proper operating conditions, maintains logs as assigned and reports any abnormal or irregular conditions that develop during the progress of the work and takes corrective measures within the scope of operating instructions.
  • Oversees the HRSG cycle chemistry and cooling water systems to ensure water chemistry is within proper control ranges.  Works with O&M Technicians and water treatment vendor to properly monitor overall chemistry program and make adjustments as needed. 
  • Oversees the demineralized water system in accordance with OEM and plant procedures and monitors demineralized water to ensure quality is within acceptable limits. 
  • Reviews chemical inventory levels and coordinates the ordering and delivery of the chemicals
  • Develops, assists, reviews and revises plant operating and related procedures, technical references, prints and diagrams and preventive/predictive maintenance records. Ensures procedural compliance in the conduct of plant operations and maintenance.
  • Uses the plant computerized maintenance management system (MP2) to enter work order requests, research inventory levels and initiate re-orders to maintain inventory levels.
  • All employees have the responsibility to both the customer and their co-workers to do the job right the first time and to ensure the customer’s needs are being met.
  • Duties and responsibilities are subject to change as market and industry regulations evolve and/or as plant conditions may warrant.

Safety is a core value of NAES and as a condition of employment, all employees are expected to be mentally alert and work safely at all times.  Additionally, employees are required to adhere to all safety warnings and posted safety signs whenever on company property.  Furthermore, employees must follow all NAES safety rules and procedures.  Effectiveness in carrying out this responsibility is part of the evaluation of each and every employee’s performance.

The Lead O&M Technician reports to the Production & Compliance Manager, provides guidance and advice to maintenance personnel on matters pertaining to plant operations and gives direction to O&M Technicians.


  • Physical requirements include standing on feet for extended periods, requiring stair and ladder climbing and routinely lifting up to 50 pounds. Protective equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties (e.g. hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, chemical suits, hot gloves and high voltage protective equipment, etc.).  Work with hazardous materials may be required.
  • Position requires extended working hours and varied shifts with the possibility of weekend and holiday work, as required by schedules, work load and plant conditions.  "On call" status will periodically be required.


  • Must possess a Massachusetts 2nd Class Stationary Engineer license at a minimum. 
  • Extensive power plant experience in operations and/or maintenance.  Knowledge of power plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including motors, pumps, boilers, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, pollution control equipment, AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc. and associated  maintenance functions.
  • Knowledge of power plant safety policies and procedures, especially in the areas of high-energy systems, chemical handling, heavy equipment, rotating machinery, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, and first aid.
  • Broad knowledge of chemistry and power plant chemical applications.
  • Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment such as winches, hoists and slings.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply technical information, including mechanical and electrical drawings (such as blueprints, P&IDs, single-line diagrams, and schematics), to assist with problem-solving situations and trouble-shooting.
  • Ability to locate, trouble-shoot, and adjust defects in mechanical equipment and/or maintain, install, modify and trouble-shoot plant electrical systems and equipment.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.  Ability to read and write effectively in English and to do basic mathematics; an Associate Degree in a technical field is desirable.
  • Familiar with using Microsoft Office programs such as WORD, EXCEL and OUTLOOK.
  • Outstanding skill in leadership and interpersonal relationships.
  • Experience with gas turbine combined cycle operations preferred.
  • Valid driver's license required.

It is the practice of NAES to seek employees of the highest quality and to select the individuals on the basis of merit and competence, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, military status or affiliation protected under USERRA, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by applicable local, state and federal law.

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