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Engineering Manager (Power Plant)
Houston, TX

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$130,000 - $155,000 / yr


Position Summary: The Engineering Manager is responsible for the Engineering Department that implements, coordinates and performs the engineering support functions for plant operations and maintenance. Provides engineering support for safety and environmental performance and compliance, as well as compliance with contracts at the plant (generation, steam, wheeling and raw materials.) Provides technical support for daily operations, plant improvements, process improvements, and analysis of plant breakdowns and recommendation of corrective action. This includes project planning and execution (Capital and Major Maintenance), vendor and contractor oversight, as well as providing guidance and support for plant programs using predictive and preventive maintenance techniques. Act as technical contact point for insurance issues (fire/boiler and machinery). Responsible for overall plant engineering function and IT support.
The Plant Engineer is a direct report to this position 
Principal Job Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Department Head. Establish goals and objectives for the engineering group and organization of the various functions in the department with defined areas of responsibility and performance standards. Main departmental functions are as follows:
i. Engineering
ii. Plant Performance
iii. Operations and Maintenance Support
iv. Safety & Environmental Compliance Support
v. IT Support (includes DCS)
2. Ensure the development, implementation and evaluation of plant specific performance monitoring related to the following:
i. Availability Improvements
ii. Thermal Efficiency
3. Manage Plant Improvements/Capital Process. Compile all necessary data, investigate viable alternatives and make economic evaluations related to plant equipment and/or procedures modifications to assure improved plant safety, availability, efficiency and environmental performance. Assist in the investigation of plant problems, incidents, accidents and unusual events and provide analysis, recommendations, reports and follow-up plans as required.
4. Implements and maintain a tracking system for plant issues that impact safety, environmental compliance, equipment condition, budget or generation.
5. Utilize tools and analysis techniques to identify developing equipment issues that might cause future forced outages. Provide assistance in the development of preventative maintenance and scheduled maintenance activities.
6. Evaluate equipment failures and assist with Root Cause Analysis to prevent reoccurrence. Assist in the investigation of plant problems, incidents, accidents, and unusual events, and provide analyses, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans.
7. Maintain and updates the plant drawing files and files on equipment, testing, unit availability, generation and downtime statistics, thermal performance, DCS configuration and water chemistry.
8. Direct and control engineering expenditures to remain within budget guidelines. Provide relevant input to the budgetary process.
9. Provide necessary technical support in the preparation of bid specifications, evaluation of vendor/contractor bid proposals and monitoring of contractor work performance to assure contract compliance.
10. Assure IT Administration (including DCS) through which, repairs, modifications and software changes are completed safely and without impacting unit operation.
11. Interface with and support the Administration, Operation, Maintenance, Environmental Health and Safety and Material Handling departments in achievement of their goals and objectives. Provide technical input as required.
12. Assignments will involve coordination with Corporate Engineering, external contact with maintenance and engineering firms to discuss field changes, manufacturer sales representatives and service personnel and vendors to discuss new or modifications to existing equipment, resolve problems and exchange information. Has frequent internal contact with various plant personnel including shift supervisors, technicians and plant operations and maintenance personnel, to resolve problems, provide technical support and exchange information.
13. Other duties as assigned.
14. Follow all safety/environmental policies, procedures, and rules and participate in training. Promote the Company’s highest value, EH&S and NERC Compliance through actions and conduct and positively effects morale.
 
Job Qualifications:
1. A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, or equivalent, plus a minimum of ten (10) years relevant power plant-related experience required.
2. A thorough, demonstrated understanding of power plant operations, including a working knowledge of the operations and maintenance components of the plant. A proficient knowledge of computer and control systems is needed. Knowledge of chemistry as related to power plant operations and water treatment programs. Understand budgets, bid proposals and contract evaluation and basic accounting principles, knowledge of chemistry, physics, engineering and plant operations is beneficial for this job.
3. An ability to plan, coordinate and direct varied programs and tasks directly involved with the engineering component of the plant, but directly influencing the entire plant operation. Analyze and interpret data to make sound professional judgments and recommendations. Ability to manage and motivate subordinate members of the engineering group and deal persuasively with all other managers and plant employees.
4. At least 5 years’ experience supervising technical, supervisory and administrative personnel required. Strong leadership and motivational skills required.
5. Licenses – Professional Engineering license in the state of Texas, not required, but strongly encouraged.
6. Must be able to read, write, speak and understand English.


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