Southwest Generation Has 5 Job Openings!

 

To apply to any of the below openings, visit: southwestgen.com/careers/openings/ 

 

Turbine Mechanic

The Turbine Mechanic is responsible for maintaining plant equipment to ensure plant performance for efficient and safe plant operations. The successful candidate will be responsible for preventative maintenance activities, corrective maintenance, and capital improvements as directed. This role ensures that the plant is maintained at optimal level. Position is based at Southwest Generation’s Fountain Valley facility near Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The Fountain Valley facility is a 240MW simple cycle power plant with (6) LM 6000 PC gas turbines.  The plant achieved commercial operation in September 2001. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Primary job responsibility is performing Gas Turbine and Plant mechanical maintenance. 
  • Administers processes and procedures as required by the O&M Manager which includes:
    • Identify and implement On-condition tasks
    • Evaluate recommended changes based on cost/benefit
    • Keep all necessary records as prescribed by the maintenance management system.
  • Required to complete the O&M Tech I qualification process. Qualification is required within 2 years of date of hire.
  • Work safely, following company and operator policies, procedures and work practices in a positive, cooperative, and productive manner.
  • Computes and analyzes test data.
  • Use installed and portable test equipment and technical manuals to troubleshoot equipment and systems.
  • Coordinates job activities relating to job planning, work methods, job standards and job reporting for the work assigned.
  • Perform both routine and non-routine preventative and corrective maintenance on plant equipment.
  • Required to be “on call” while off shift to support emergency repair or monitoring as necessary.
  • Assist other plant personnel as needed.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of site buildings and grounds.
  • Maintain and repair plant mechanical devices.
  • Prepares, maintains and provides a variety of reports/documents as required or upon request.
  • Reviews P&I Drawings and mechanical diagrams.
  • Communicates condition of plant systems, equipment and pertinent information to others.
  • Directs and performs work in accordance with policies and procedures as established by the company and regulatory agencies
  • Monitor and perform required periodic preventive maintenance and GE service bulletin updates and reports.
  • Complete detailed planning, product specification and time estimates for mechanical repairs and installations.
  • Creates procedures related to mechanical systems.
  • Required to learn all power plant systems and stay abreast of system updates.
  • Operate all plant mobile equipment, forklift, man lift, etc.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills and possess the ability to learn.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude with an advanced understanding of chemistry, physics, electricity and mathematics.
  • Ability to follow both verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate basic computer knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point and various other programs.
  • Must be able to interact and communicate well with individuals in all areas of the company and outside vendors.
  • Working knowledge of combined cycle power plant system, power plant operations, and maintenance, mechanical principles, work practices, procedures and materials.
  • Ability to make maintenance related decisions with minimum direct supervision.
  • Pipe fitter, millwright, welding and carpentry skills desired.

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma, degree from a technical/vocational school, related military service or equivalent required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of power plant and/or gas/steam turbine experience is required.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to accomplish physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

  • Employee will be required to adhere to large amounts of standing, walking, bending, squatting, and lifting. May be required to lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs. Will use arms and hands to signal, grab, hold, turn, push, and pull: objects, materials, controls and tools. Will occasionally work at heights, climb ladders, stairways, and work off of platforms. Will use vision abilities to focus, see short and long distances, colors, depth perception and peripheral vision. Will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to: hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, ear plugs/muffs, masks/respirators, safety vests, gloves and steel-toe boots. 
  • Able to hear (at some dB limit of loss) in order to hear plant alarms, equipment condition, and to receive oral instructions.
  • Able to see to determine plant operating conditions and to avoid safety hazards.

Working Environment:

  • Work is generally performed inside the power plant, but may work in all weather conditions ranging from warm/hot - cool/cold. Occasional rain. Noise levels will be moderate to high. Job site will contain light to heavy equipment vehicles, small to large equipment, materials, communication equipment and tools. People standing, walking, sitting, signaling and talking. Bells, whistles and alarms.


EEO Statement:

Southwest Generation is an Affirmative Action Employer, Females/Minority/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


Plant Manager

The Plant Manager is responsible for management of overall Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of the plant. The Plant Manager is accountable for providing adequate supply of manpower, tools, equipment, and spare parts are available for the safe and efficient operation of the plant.  The Plant Manager will provide leadership, management, and establish goals to attain employee safety, reliable plant operations, trained qualified and engaged workforce, positive employee relations, financial performance and compliance with all environmental and regulatory requirements. The Pio Pico facility is a highly efficient, simple cycle gas turbine facility utilizing state-of-the-art GE LMS100 technology.  

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that entire plant is within corporate goals of safety, environmental and regulatory compliance.
  • Formulate and manage financial forecasting in accordance with budgetary and capital expense constraints.
  • Direct O&M Manager in the performance of plant outages, capital projects and daily operation.
  • Administer the plant’s Safety, Operations, NERC Compliance, Maintenance, Administrative, Training, Chemistry and Environmental QA/QC programs to assure the safe, efficient and compliant operation of the plants.
  • Ensure the safety of all employees of the plant through elimination of injuries to employees, contractors and visitors.
  • Ensure the plants are operated and maintained in compliance with all NERC and WECC regional standards including performing self-certifications and audits.
  • Create and support an organizational culture that encourages and rewards employee involvement, innovative thinking, adaptation to change, responsible risk taking, and continuous improvement.
  • Conduct periodic reviews of plant policies and procedures to assure that they reflect current plant operating requirements.
  • Provide leadership through workforce planning, succession planning and training opportunities.
  • Provide regular feedback to employees on their performance to allow them to capitalize on their strengths and focus on opportunities for improvement.
  • Work under limited to no supervision.
  • Independently prioritizes and executes responsibilities.
  • Oversee inventory management and procurement activities.
  • Devise and implement profit improvement projects.
  • Provide technical support to corporate business development and other Southwest Generation plants as needed.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Driver’s License.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Maintain the highest standards of conduct and integrity in all dealings with or on behalf of SWG at all levels inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to lead, coach, and guide employees and understand the importance of positive employee relations.
  • Ability to develop and lead plant employees so they operate as a team and utilize the most efficient practices.
  • Ability to obtain and apply knowledge of competitive business practices in daily work activities and decision making.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills, verbal skills that are persuasive, and the ability to promote business initiatives.
  • Extensive knowledge of combustion turbine and ancillary equipment theory, operation and maintenance. Controls experience, particularly with PLCs, GE Mark VIe and BOP DCS is preferred.
  • Some level of advanced technical skills, such as rotating-equipment vibration analysis, electrical troubleshooting, etc. is desired.
  • Ability to anticipate and accept changes in the organization and adapt to meet new requirements.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness.
  • Ability to demonstrate advanced computer knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point and various other programs.
  • Knowledge of OSIsoft PI Sotware is preferred.
  • Knowledge of California environmental regulations, greenhouse gas and NOx credits preferred.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or related technical discipline preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in power generation field or exceptional work or military experience in a related technical field may substitute for the degree.  
  • Experience with GE LMS100 preferred.
  • Previous supervisory experience (i.e. Plant Manager, Assistant Plant Manager, O&M manager, O&M Supervisor) is preferred.
  • Experience with California environmental LORS and CAISO energy markets is preferred.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to accomplish physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Employee will be required to adhere to large amounts of standing, walking, bending, squatting, and lifting. May be required to lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs. Will use arms and hands to signal, grab, hold, turn, push, and pull: objects, materials, controls and tools. Will occasionally work at heights, climb ladders, stairways, and work off of platforms. Will use vision abilities to focus, see short and long distances, colors, depth perception and peripheral vision. Will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to: hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, ear plugs/muffs, masks/respirators, safety vests, gloves and steel-toe boots. 
  • Able to hear (at some dB limit of loss) in order to hear plant alarms, equipment condition, and to receive oral instructions.
  • Able to see to determine plant operating conditions and to avoid safety hazards.

 

Working Environment:

  • Work is generally performed inside the power plant but may work in all weather conditions ranging from warm/hot - cool/cold. Occasional rain. Noise levels will be moderate to high. Job site will contain light to heavy equipment vehicles, small to large equipment, materials, communication equipment and tools.
  • Some travel to and work at other sites required

EEO Statement:

Southwest Generation is an Affirmative Action Employer, Females/Minority/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual

Orientation/Gender Identity.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

 


 

Instrumental & Electrical Technician

The I&E Technician, under the direction of the O&M Manager is responsible for the safe and efficient working order of all electrical/electronic and instrumentation equipment within the plant. In addition, perform operations, testing, maintenance and administrative functions of a distributive control system (DCS) and all associated field devices including the Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) for a simple cycle gas power plant.  Position is based at the Southwest Generation Fountain Valley Power plant in Fountain, Colorado.  The facility utilizes six (6) GE LM6000 PC gas turbines to deliver power to Xcel Energy under a long term tolling agreement.  The facility achieved commercial operation in September 2001.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administers processes and procedures as required by the O&M Manager which includes:
    • Identify and implement On-condition tasks.
    • Evaluate recommended changes based on cost/benefit.
    • Specify instrument and electrical changes as required.
  • Required to complete the O&M Tech I qualification process. Qualification is required within 2 years of date of hire.
  • Work safely, following company policies, procedures and work practices in a positive, cooperative, and productive manner.
  • Computes and analyzes test data.
  • Use installed and portable test equipment and technical manuals to troubleshoot equipment and systems.
  • Monitor, maintain and review all system startup procedures to determine control and electrical personnel support requirements.  
  • Coordinates job activities relating to job planning, work methods, job standards and job reporting for the work assigned.
  • Perform both routine and non-routine preventative and corrective maintenance on plant equipment.
  • Required to be “On Call” while off shift to support emergency repair or monitoring as necessary.
  • Assist other plant personnel as needed.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of site buildings and grounds.
  • Maintain, calibrate and repair plant instrumentation and control devices.
  • Prepares, maintains and provides a variety of reports/documents as required or upon request.
  • Reviews one line electrical diagrams, P&I Drawings and logic diagrams.
  • Coordinates job activities relating to job planning, work methods, job standards and job reporting for the work assigned.
  • Creates procedures related to instrumentation and electrical systems.
  • Operate, maintain and repair electrical systems and devices for all Power Plant electrical system voltages.
  • Maintains documentation records of calibration, tests and certification of electrical and instrument equipment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Power Plant electrical systems at all related voltages.
  • Proficient knowledge of electrical and instrumentation functions, equipment and tools.
  • Knowledge of combined cycle power plant system, power plant operations, and maintenance, electrical principles, work practices, procedures and materials.
  • Ability to make maintenance related decisions with minimum direct supervision.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills and possess the ability to learn.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude with an advanced understanding of chemistry, physics, electricity and mathematics.
  • Ability to follow both verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate basic computer knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point and various other programs.
  • Must be able to interact and communicate well with individuals in all areas of the company and outside vendors. 

 

Education and Experience:

  • Associate's Degree Instrument & Electrical with 3+ years experience OR High School diploma or equivalent with 5+ years of electrical and instrumentation experience.

 

Physical Demands:

Must be able to accomplish physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation

 

  • Employee will be required to adhere to large amounts of standing, walking, bending, squatting, and lifting. May be required to lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs. Will use arms and hands to signal, grab, hold, turn, push, and pull: objects, materials, controls and tools. Will occasionally work at heights, climb ladders, stairways, and work off of platforms. Will use vision abilities to focus, see short and long distances, colors, depth perception and peripheral vision. Will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to: hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, ear plugs/muffs, masks/respirators, safety vests, gloves and steel-toe boots. 
  • Able to hear (at some dB limit of loss) in order to hear plant alarms, equipment condition, and to receive oral instructions.
  • Able to see to determine plant operating conditions and to avoid safety hazards.

 

Working Environment:

  • Work is generally performed inside the power plant, but may work in all weather conditions ranging from warm/hot - cool/cold. Occasional rain. Noise levels will be moderate to high. Job site will contain light to heavy equipment vehicles, small to large equipment, materials, communication equipment and tools. People standing, walking, sitting, signaling and talking. Bells, whistles and alarms.

EEO Statement:

Southwest Generation is an Affirmative Action Employer, Females/Minority/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


Controller 

You are responsible for the accounting activities of the company. You will establish accounting procedures and practices in line with general acceptable accounting principles and regulatory accounting standards. In addition, you are responsible for the maintenance of accounting records, preparation of financial reports, and audits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages audits and collaborates with external auditors to provide information needed for the annual audits.
  • Responds to CFO with accurate and timely information to facilitate his financial needs.
  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Establishes and maintains systems and controls that verify the integrity of all systems, processes and data to enhance the Company's value.
  • Participates in a wide variety of special projects.
  • Manages highly complex compliance matters with minimal supervision.
  • Works with multiple functions to develop cost-effective and creative solutions to achieve organizational goals and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interest of the organization.
  • Achieves budget objectives by scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances and initiating corrective actions.
  • Manages the accounting department providing information about all company activities that will assist management, shareholders and other users in making educated economic decisions about the company's future.
  • Manages and leads department personnel, including coaching, training, evaluating, hiring and terminating staff.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participating in professional societies.

 

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in public accounting and industry (preferably power generation)
  • CPA certification
  • Relevant management experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to lead and influence others.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards of conduct and integrity in all dealings with or on behalf of SWG at all levels inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to anticipate and accept changes in the organization and adapt to meet new requirements.
  • Technical competencies in addition to understanding complex accounting issues including process improvement and critical thinking.
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple competing deadlines and lead a diverse team with multiple priorities.
  • Ability to interact and communicate well with individuals in all areas of the Company and outside vendors
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills, verbal skills that are persuasive, and the ability to promote business initiatives.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software, and specialized accounting software.

Working Environment:

  • The job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones and filing cabinets.

 

Physical Demands:

Must be able to accomplish physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation

  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required.  This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision and distance vision.
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds

 

Travel:

  • This position may require 5% travel.

AAP/EEO Statement:

Southwest Generation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Females/Minority/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


Turbine Mechanic

The Turbine Mechanic is responsible for maintaining plant equipment to ensure plant performance for efficient and safe plant operations. The successful candidate will be responsible for preventative maintenance activities, corrective maintenance, and capital improvements as directed. This role ensures that the plant is maintained at optimal level. The Arapahoe facility is a 122 MW 2 x 1 configuration, utilizing two (2) LM 6000 PC gas turbines and a Dresser Rand Steam Turbine.  The combined cycle plant achieved commercial operation in October 2002.  Additionally, this position will support Operation, Maintenance and testing at the Southwest Generation Valmont Facility, a simple cycle LM 6000 PC gas turbine power plant located in Boulder Colorado.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Primary job responsibility is performing Gas Turbine, Steam Turbine and Plant mechanical maintenance. 
  • Administers processes and procedures as required by the O&M Manager which includes:
    • Identify and implement On-condition tasks
    • Evaluate recommended changes based on cost/benefit
    • Keep all necessary records as prescribed by the maintenance management system.
  • Required to complete the O&M Tech II (Outside Operator) qualification process. Qualification is required within 2 years of date of hire.
  • Work safely, following company and operator policies, procedures and work practices in a positive, cooperative, and productive manner.
  • Computes and analyzes test data.
  • Use installed and portable test equipment and technical manuals to troubleshoot equipment and systems.
  • Coordinates job activities relating to job planning, work methods, job standards and job reporting for the work assigned.
  • Perform both routine and non-routine preventative and corrective maintenance on plant equipment.
  • Required to be “on call” while off shift to support emergency repair or monitoring as necessary.
  • Assist other plant personnel as needed.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of site buildings and grounds.
  • Maintain and repair plant mechanical devices.
  • Prepares, maintains and provides a variety of reports/documents as required or upon request.
  • Reviews P&I Drawings and mechanical diagrams.
  • Communicates condition of plant systems, equipment and pertinent information to others.
  • Directs and performs work in accordance with policies and procedures as established by the company and regulatory agencies
  • Monitor and perform required periodic preventive maintenance and GE service bulletin updates and reports.
  • Complete detailed planning, product specification and time estimates for mechanical repairs and installations.
  • Creates procedures related to mechanical systems.
  • Required to learn all power plant systems and stay abreast of system updates.
  • Operate all plant mobile equipment, forklift, man lift, etc.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills and possess the ability to learn.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude with an advanced understanding of chemistry, physics, electricity and mathematics.
  • Ability to follow both verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate basic computer knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point and various other programs.
  • Must be able to interact and communicate well with individuals in all areas of the company and outside vendors.
  • Working knowledge of combined cycle power plant system, power plant operations, and maintenance, mechanical principles, work practices, procedures and materials.
  • Ability to make maintenance related decisions with minimum direct supervision.
  • Pipe fitter, millwright, welding and carpentry skills desired.

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma, degree from a technical/vocational school, related military service or equivalent required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of power plant and/or gas/steam turbine experience is required.


Physical Demands:

Must be able to accomplish physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

  • Employee will be required to adhere to large amounts of standing, walking, bending, squatting, and lifting. May be required to lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs. Will use arms and hands to signal, grab, hold, turn, push, and pull: objects, materials, controls and tools. Will occasionally work at heights, climb ladders, stairways, and work off of platforms. Will use vision abilities to focus, see short and long distances, colors, depth perception and peripheral vision. Will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to: hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, ear plugs/muffs, masks/respirators, safety vests, gloves and steel-toe boots. 
  • Able to hear (at some dB limit of loss) in order to hear plant alarms, equipment condition, and to receive oral instructions.
  • Able to see to determine plant operating conditions and to avoid safety hazards.

Working Environment:

  • Work is generally performed inside the power plant but may work in all weather conditions ranging from warm/hot to cool/cold. Occasional rain and snow. Noise levels will be moderate to high. Job site will contain light to heavy equipment vehicles, small to large equipment, materials, communication equipment and tools. People standing, walking, sitting, signaling and talking. Bells, whistles and alarms.

EEO Statement:


Southwest Generation is an Affirmative Action Employer, Females/Minority/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

 

To apply to any of the above openings, visit: southwestgen.com/careers/openings/