The Control Operator at Four Corners Power Plant supports the safe, efficient and cost effect production of electric energy by operating and controlling power plant equipment. Monitors instrumentation to determine plant conditions.
Performs actions necessary to keep the plant operating within prescribed limits. Writes/reviews work scope and hazard/risk assessment of the work assignment. Reasonable and necessary overtime will be required. Shift work may be required.
Reads work orders, technical manuals, blueprints and diagrams related to the work assignment. Writes/reviews work scope and hazard/risk assessment of the work assignment.
Knowledge of APM and safety standards related to work such as personal protective equipment, hazardous material handling, asbestos containing material (ACM) awareness, MSDS, confined space entry, company LOTO procedures, ladder safety, rigging and hand signals, and all material contained in the accident prevention manual. This may include preparation of LOTOs.
Monitor, adjust and regulate equipment operations and conditions such as water, fuel and air flow based on data from recording and indicating instruments or from computers controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power to the power grid. Adjust generation voltage and current output based on system conditions.
Monitor and inspect the Distributive Control System indicators (DCS), alarms, charts, meters, gauges, log books, safety devices and power plant equipment and communicate with other plant personnel to detect evidence of abnormal conditions with boilers, turbines, generators and auxiliary equipment.
Assess trends and analyze abnormal conditions to troubleshoot and take corrective action such as adjusting controls or initiating maintenance requests to ensure continuous and reliable operation of equipment and systems.
Start or stop generators, emergency generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, and other power plant equipment following proper procedures and sequences and coordination with co-workers.
Direct personnel to open and close valves, breakers and switches in sequence in the control of auxiliary equipment such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feed water heaters, filters, pulverizers , and chemical injection equipment, to supply water, fuel, lubrication, air, and auxiliary power and control waste water, and ash disposal.
Monitors emissions to comply with all regulatory requirements.
Direct others with the connection/disconnection of equipment from electrical circuits, water, steam and air systems to isolate equipment for removal, maintenance or return to service following the Company LOTO procedure.
Communicate with systems operators to regulate and coordinate transmission loads, frequencies and line voltages.
Communicate with Supervisor Operations Crew Leader, peers, or subordinates by radio, telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person to provide and receive information utilizing three way communication and the phonetic alphabet.
Record and compile operational data, completing and maintaining forms, logs, and reports to document start-ups, shut-downs, load curtailment, test reports, generation, etc.
Must have basic computer skills.
General understanding of Production and Processing of raw materials such as coal, water, lime; production processes and other techniques for maximizing the effective generation of electricity.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation