The Control Room Operator follows established operating procedures and does not deviate from these procedures during normal operating conditions except as directed. The CRO performs assigned routine inspections and manipulative operations without close supervision within well-defined boundaries. The CRO directs daily operational activities of all shift personnel, including Equipment Operators, Auxiliary Equipment Operators, Heavy Equipment Operators, Ash System Operators and Truck Drivers. Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Places into service or removes from service boiler-turbine-generator systems and related auxiliary equipment such as valves, regulators, superheaters, feedwater heaters, cooling towers, sootblowers, fans, conveyors, augers, fuel feeders, pumps, compressors, lime slakers, atomizers, precipitators, etc.
- Starts, stops, parallels, separates, loads and unloads the turbine-generator unit and adjusts voltage on the generator to maintain power factor to control in-house vars.
- Observes proper operating procedures with reference to time and temperature when bringing a piece of equipment into service.
- Controls operating parameters from the distributed control system either manually or automatically, as required.
- Monitors various plant parameters, makes changes and directs operators as necessary to maintain the systems within specified limits.
- Records all equipment changes and any abnormal or unusual conditions that may exist on any piece of assigned equipment.
- Performs daily routine inspections of the distributed control system, the continuous emissions monitoring system, the governor controls, the automatic voltage regulator controls, the fire system annunciation panel, the sootblowing panel and the Bentley-Nevada turbine supervisory instrumentation, filling out necessary log sheets and writing maintenance work requests as needed.
- Assists the Shift Supervisor in the preparation of equipment lockouts and tagouts.
- Supports NERC/FERC/FRCC Internal Compliance Program (ICP), ensuring that all applicable policies and procedures are in compliance with current NERC/FERC/FRCC requirements and standards.
- Directs and assists operators in troubleshooting of plant equipment.
EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:
- Must have a thorough knowledge of the principles of operation, function and construction of steam boilers, theory and chemistry of combustion, boiler water quality control, turbine-generators, continuous emissions monitoring equipment, and auxiliary equipment and systems.
- Must have a clear understanding of equipment interlocks, alarms and trips and must understand how the various plant control loops respond and the speed at which they respond in both normal and abnormal operating conditions.
- Must have the ability to react quickly and with good judgment during emergencies.
- Must be an effective communicator, commanding respect and full cooperation of other operators.
- Must have a high school education or equivalent and must have completed PBRRC’s operator training program requirements for the position, or must have had equivalent power plant work-related experience.
- Must have successfully completed both an oral and written review to ensure that he or she is qualified to accept and assume the responsibilities of the position
- Must be ASME/QRO certified.