Power Plant Operator II Job at Veolia, Wantagh, NY

  • Veolia
  • Wantagh, NY

Job Description

About Veolia North America

A subsidiary of Veolia Group, Veolia North America (VNA) offers a full spectrum of water, waste and energy management services, including water, and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting and resource recovery. VNA helps commercial, industrial, healthcare, higher education, and municipality customers throughout North America. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Veolia North America has approximately 10,000 employees working at more than 350 locations across the continent. Please visit our website 

Job Description

Pay Rate: $38.91 per hour.


Veolia's comprehensive benefits package includes paid time off policies, as well as
health, dental and vision insurance. In addition, employees are also entitled to
participate in an employer sponsored 401(k) plan, to save for retirement. Pay and
benefits for employees represented by a union are outlined in their collective
bargaining agreement.

Position Purpose:

The Power Plant Operator II adjusts controls to generate specified electrical power, or to regulate the flow of power between generating and stations and substations. The Power Plant Operator II controls and maintains auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feed water heaters, filters and chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air and auxiliary power. The Power Plant Operator II controls the generator output to match the phase, frequency, and voltage of electricity supplied to panels. The Power Plant Operator makes needed adjustments or minor repairs, such as tightening leaking glands and pipe joints. The Power Plant Operator II must however report any major repairs that are needed right away to ensure that nothing stops the operations of the plant.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Operate, control, and monitor power generation, auxiliary, and balance of plant electrical loads, equipment and systems.
  • Provides leadership and directing in response to alarms and abnormal conditions and lead emergency response actions.
  • Evaluates the operation, and performance of Power Plant facilities, processes, systems and equipment.
  • Reviews designs and constructed facilities and makes recommendations for operational improvements.
  • Complete reports which document plant status, equipment, operating data and operational events.
  • Collect data on unplanned outages and make recommendations to minimize the probability of similar events.
  • Ensures relevant equipment and processes are well maintained and functioning properly through oversight.
  • Oversee/Perform cleanup and housekeeping tasks for work area, tools, equipment, facilities, and grounds.
  • Maintain proper operational and maintenance documents and records.
  • Assure work is performed in a safe and professional manner by following all corporate and regulatory policies, procedures, and emergency response procedures.
  • Operates equipment and processes manually and through instrument control panels. 
  • Work weekends, holidays, and be on-call on a rotating basis/schedule as needed.
  • Respond to emergencies, work additional hours to complete required tasks as/and when needed.
  • Proficient in the operation and use of various hand and power tools.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

  • Work is performed both inside and outside with exposure to all kinds of weather conditions. 
  • Employee may be occasionally exposed to some noise, silica, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, greases, oils, electrical energy, solvents and vibration. 
  • Employee may work on slippery/uneven surfaces, around machinery with moving parts, moving objects/vehicles, ladder/scaffolding, below ground and may be exposed to water or other liquid materials.
  • Maintain a high level of focus on health, safety and environment, ensuring safety within all activities.



  • High School diploma or equivalent, bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Construction Technology, Maintenance/Asset Management or related fields required.
  • Can be substituted for Trade School/Military Service or Technical School.
  • Advanced/Upper-Level 3-5+ years’ experience in power plant O&M, diesel electric generating units, steam or hot water boilers, pumps, compressors and related equipment.


  • Proficient in Windows, MS Office Suite, OPS, EAM & CMMS, and other computer-based systems.
  • No physical restrictions that would prevent them from performing physical labor.
  • Excellent reading, math, writing, scientific, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to understand/execute written and oral instructions, read/understand complex technical instructions.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and record data from meters, gauges, scales, panels, and computer consoles.
  • Ability to interpret service manuals and drawings and SOPs.
  • Excellent troubleshooting/problem solving skills, provides input for corrective actions and implements corrective actions as needed.
  • In-depth knowledge of the operation, repairs and maintenance of power plant diesel electric generating equipment and related equipment.
  • Knowledge of computerized PLC/SCADA systems, DCS control systems, computerized operating data acquisition and historical trending systems.
  • Working knowledge and skills to operate specialty tools and equipment specific to departmental needs and requirements.
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory sampling, testing and documenting and maintaining all related records and reports.
  • Knowledge of normal and abnormal process and equipment conditions and capable of taking appropriate, safe actions.
  • Ability to maintain equipment, have an excellent mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to operated complex controls, processes, and equipment, and adjust accordingly to maintain proper efficient operation and compliance.
  • Knowledge of power plant regulations, requirements & reporting.
  • Knowledge of proper Environmental, Health and Safety policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Must be capable of being assigned in responsible charge of the facility with the ability to react to unplanned events.
  • Must have the ability to maintain effective working relations w/ supervisors and Co-Workers.
  • Must have the ability to make decisions with no supervision.
  • Must be able to communicate well w/individuals at all skill, knowledge and experience levels.
  • Must be able to lead by example, lead, train and mentor all staff and team support personnel.
  • Must be able to work as a team in a teamwork-oriented environment.
  • Must be safety conscious and able to work independently with no supervision.

Required Certification/Licenses/Training:

  • Valid NYS Driver’s license and the ability to meet risk management guidelines.

Additional Information

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer! All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Disclaimer: The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.

Job Tags

Hourly pay, Holiday work, Full time, Weekend work,

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