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Principal Boiler Technologies

CPS Energy

CPS Energy

San Antonio, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2023

We are engineers, high line workers, power plant managers, accountants, electricians, project coordinators, risk analysts, customer service operators, community representatives, safety and security specialists, communicators, human resources partners, information technology technicians and much, much more. We are 3,300 people committed to enhancing the lives of the communities we serve.  Together, we are powering the growth and success of our community progress every day!

Pay Grade

GRADE: 19
DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 27, 2023

Position Summary

Reporting to Sr. Director PG Central Support, the Boiler Technologies Principle provides strategic and technical leadership, oversight and management for CPS Energy’s boiler and heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) technologies.  Assists executive leaders, plant teams and central support teams in overseeing and ensuring the safe, reliable, and cost-effective operation of boiler and HRSG systems.  Works closely with other boiler and HRSG experts in industry to bring best practices into CPS Energy’s operations and maintenance strategies. 
 

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Day-to-day strategic & technical oversight of CPS Energy’s boiler & HRSG technologies.
  • Development of strategies to sustain & improve boiler & HRSG performance & reliability. 
  • Analyzes & evaluates operations, maintenance & performance levels in plant environments.
  • Recommends Boiler/HRSG conversions, upgrades, modifications and/or new products as appropriate to achieve operational performance.
  • Prepares project estimates & develops & submits accurate budgets.  
  • Develops equipment specifications, contractual agreements and performs project management activities such as outage planning and execution.
  • Assists with inspections of all assigned equipment during outages or overhauls to evaluate overall condition and document remaining life assessment. 
  • Continuously monitors technical bulletins and similar published materials applicable to the responsible assets.  Generates work notifications and preventative maintenance plans in the computerized maintenance management system in support of unit reliability.
  • Engages in key strategic business planning activities to ensure strategies & metric targets associated with financial, operational, & safety performance are aligned.  
  • Maintains current, readily available records on all boiler & parts; tracks the repair & status of each part; assists in tracking parts delivery for outages & ensures proper pricing & delivery.
  • Directs department activities to support maintenance in troubleshooting the causes of repetitive failures & unusual events.  
  • Leads and supports cause analyses to identify and correct/mitigate repetitive failures.
  • Indirectly supervise operations & maintenance team that oversees projects & manages performance activities.
  • Develops training related to boilers & HRSG’s that is used to develop operations & maintenance teams.
  • Oversees tests that analyze design, feasibility, operation, equipment condition & performance of the facility.
  • Confers with Engineers, Plant Personnel and Management to develop mitigation plans, design modifications, operational changes and changes in maintenance practices and/or new system implementation to prevent repetitive failures and/or improve boiler & HRSG performance.
  • Provides leadership and support for Power Generation improvement programs and initiatives.
  • Perform other assigned duties as required to support CPS Energy objectives.

Minimum Skills

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities

Experience maintaining and/or operating power plants.
Management and Executive or Technical leadership experience.
Valid Texas Driver’s License with a history of a safe driving record in accordance with CPS policies, procedures, safety standards, and applicable laws and regulations or ability to obtain within 3 months of hire a valid Texas Driver’s License.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Excellent communication skills – written, verbal, and presentations.
Ability to use the plant historian and other operating/monitoring/control systems.
Proactive, collaborative leadership style with ability to identify risks and problem solve solutions.
Ability to achieve operational and maintenance objectives by developing strategic plans and reviews; prepares and completes action plans; resolves problems; completes audits; identifies trends; and implements change.
Ability to reconcile ambiguous situations and drive initiatives to successful conclusion.
Experienced workforce leader skilled in teambuilding and performance management.
Demonstrated experience successfully overseeing power plant operations, maintenance or overhaul.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.
Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage multiple concurrent activities in a highly dynamic environment that requires continuous reprioritization as determined by operational and maintenance situations as they arise.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Package, including word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, electronic mail and scheduling.
Ability to read, understand and use drawings, specifications and regulatory statutes and references.
Familiar with electrical, mechanical, controls, instrumentation, and civil components and equipment including but not limited to: high pressure steam boilers & HRSG’s.
Expert understanding of plant operations, maintenance, and safety.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PE registration / State of Texas
  • Power plant or similar experience
  • Specific experience operating and/or maintaining Alstom, Vogt-NEM boilers & HRSG’s
     

Competencies

Drive for Results
Delivering High Quality Work
Demonstrating Initiative
Communicates Effectively
Making Accurate Judgments and Decisions
Interacting with People at Different Levels

Minimum Education

Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering OR related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience working with boilers & HRSG’s.

Required Certifications

Working Environment

The employee will regularly work in a standard office setting w/ standard office equip, including a phone, computer, stamina to maintain attention to detail, despite interruptions, vision to read printed materials & a comp screen for long period of time.
Hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the phone. The employee will routinely travel to various power plant sites in Texas. While at the plant, the employee will work in an office environment and within the protected area.
This will include exposure to outside weather conditions that vary seasonal but can be hot and humid.
The employee monitor and oversee plant operations and be exposed to rotating mechanical parts and may be exposed to toxic;
or caustic chemicals, fumes or airborne particles, potential risk of electrical shock and radiation and radioactive contamination requiring the use of personal protective equipment and engineering controls to avoid exposure or injury.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this role, the employee is regularly required to climb stairs, ladders, and work at heights on elevated platforms. Must be able to stand for long periods of time, operate devices, tools, or controls, & reach w/ hands & arms.
Must be willing to tolerate awkward and stretched positions while stooping, crouching, or kneeling. Must be able to lift 25 pounds overhead and 30 pounds from the floor to 36 inches.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color distinction with vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Noise levels are moderately loud and may vary in various areas of the plant site. Must be able to work around high voltage. Must have manual dexterity and ability to efficiently manipulate keyboards.
Must be capable of wearing respirators and working in dusty environments.

CPS Energy does not discriminate against applicants or employees. CPS Energy is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfers and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or any other protected status. CPS Energy will comply with all laws and regulations.