Power Plant Engineering Manager

Location: Houston, TX
Job Title: Power Plant Engineering Manager
Location: Houston, TX

Summary of Position:
The Power Plant Engineering Manager oversees the Engineering Department, which provides support for plant operations and maintenance. This includes ensuring safety and environmental compliance, contract adherence, and technical support for daily operations. The Engineering Manager also manages projects, vendor relationships, and predictive/preventive maintenance programs. Additionally, this role serves as the technical point of contact for insurance matters and is responsible for overall plant engineering function and IT support. The Plant Engineer reports directly to the Engineering Manager.

Main Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Department Leadership: Establish goals, objectives, and performance standards for the engineering group, organizing the department according to defined areas of responsibility.
    1. Engineering
    2. Plant Performance
    3. Operations and Maintenance Support
    4. Safety & Environmental Compliance Support
    5. IT Support (includes DCS)
  2. Plant Performance Monitoring: Develop, implement, and evaluate performance monitoring specific to the plant, with a focus on availability improvements and thermal efficiency.
  3. Manage Plant Improvements/Capital Process: Gather necessary data, explore alternative solutions, and conduct economic evaluations for equipment or procedure modifications aimed at enhancing plant safety, availability, efficiency, and environmental performance. Support investigations of plant issues, incidents, and accidents, and provide analysis, recommendations, reports, and follow-up plans.
  4. Plant Issue Tracking: Establish and maintain a tracking system for plant issues impacting safety, environmental compliance, equipment condition, budget, or generation.
  5. Equipment Maintenance: Utilize tools and analysis techniques to identify potential equipment problems and develop preventative and scheduled maintenance activities. Assist with evaluating equipment failures and conducting Root Cause Analysis.
  6. Plant Documentation: Keep plant drawing files, equipment files, testing records, unit availability, generation and downtime statistics, thermal performance, DCS configuration, and water chemistry up to date.
  7. Budget Management: Control engineering expenditures to remain within budget guidelines and provide relevant input to the budgetary process.
  8. Vendor/Contractor Management: Provide technical support in bid specification preparation, evaluation of bid proposals, and monitoring of contractor work performance to ensure contract compliance.
  9. IT Administration: Maintain a safe IT environment (including DCS) and coordinate repairs, modifications, and software changes without impacting unit operation.
  10. Collaboration and Support: Interface with and support various plant departments in achieving their goals, providing technical input as required.
  11. Communication and Coordination: Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, including corporate engineering, maintenance and engineering firms, manufacturer representatives, service personnel, and vendors, to discuss changes, resolve issues, and exchange information.
  12. Other Duties: Complete any other duties as assigned.
  13. Safety and Compliance: Adhere to all safety/environmental policies, procedures, and rules, participate in training, and promote EH&S and NERC Compliance for the company.

Job Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or equivalent, with a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant power plant-related experience.
  2. Thorough understanding of power plant operations, including operations and maintenance components and computer/control systems. Knowledge of chemistry as it relates to power plant operations and water treatment programs. Understanding of budgets, bid proposals, contract evaluation, and basic accounting principles. Knowledge of chemistry, physics, engineering, and plant operations is beneficial.
  3. Ability to plan, coordinate, and direct engineering programs and tasks that have a direct impact on plant operation. Strong analytical and data interpretation skills. Ability to manage and motivate team members and effectively communicate with other managers and plant employees.
  4. At least 5 years of experience supervising technical, supervisory, and administrative personnel. Strong leadership and motivational skills required.
  5. Licenses: Professional Engineering license in the state of Texas is not required but strongly encouraged.
  6. Proficiency in English language (reading, writing, speaking, and understanding).
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