Maintenance Operator - Power Plant

Date: Jan 8, 2019

Location: Orange, TX, US

Company: Entergy

**This position can be filled as a Maintenance Operator 1, 2, 3, 4, or Journeyman Maintenance Operator depending on education and experience level.**



Under close and/or directive supervision, with limited latitude for planning or laying out of working details, must be able to perform simple mechanical work involved in the inspection, repair, installation, test, adjustment and calibration of meters and instruments, and of automatic combustion control equipment and regulating devices in generating stations, must be able to perform simple electrical work involved in the inspection, repair or installation of electrical equipment in generating stations and electrical substations and related equipment in shop or in place, must be able to perform simple mechanical work involved in the inspection, repair and installation of mechanical equipment in generating stations, must be able to assume responsibility for operation of the equipment included in a central controlled turbo-generator-boiler system with its associated fuel handling facilities, auxiliaries and functions during a specific shift, and be qualified to do the following and related work as assigned:


  • Place in service, or remove from service, and operate in a safe manner, turbo-generator and boiler systems and related auxiliary equipment such as fuel facilities, valves, traps, regulators, desuperheaters, heaters, cooling towers, heat exchangers, and related piping systems containing water, steam, air, and other fluids or gases, station service electric circuits, oil circuit breakers, air circuit breakers, disconnecting switches, transformers, storage batteries, motor generator sets, indicating and recording instruments, etc., install and maintain simple mechanical measuring devices and control equipment such as pressure gauges, thermometers, thermocouples, instrument piping, and simple regulating and control devices, install and maintain simple electric circuits in conduit or open wiring, lighting fixtures, motors and other electrical auxiliaries, install and maintain simple mechanical equipment, such as small piping layouts, valves, fuel pumps, small centrifugal pumps, steam traps, heat exchange apparatus, building fixtures, tanks, air removal equipment, ejectors, etc.
  • Check functioning of governors and controls, perform simple operations in connection with general test work on boilers, turbines, pumps, condensers, and heat exchange equipment, cooling towers, piping, draft equipment, instruments and controls and other related mechanical equipment, clean and inspect motors including check of clearances and insulation resistance, and change of oil as required, perform simple operations in connection with general maintenance work on boilers, turbines, pumps, condensers, heat exchange equipment, cooling towers, piping, draft equipment, buildings, and other related mechanical equipment
  • Check bearing temperatures and equipment for proper operation, perform, simple operations, requiring some precision with hand, bench and power tools, test electrical circuits and equipment for insulation resistance, perform simple operations requiring little precision, with machine tools such as drill presses, pipe and bolt threading machines, band saws, punch or shears, etc.
  • Check and adjust running clearances on main turbine, analyze flue gas samples and perform routine tests on instruments and controls, renew lamps, fuses, sockets, etc., perform routine tasks such as packing valves and pumps, replace gauge glasses, cut gaskets, reseat valves, form simple tools, fabricate metal parts, etc.
  • Change over fuels, diagnose and correct minor electric trouble of secondary equipment not involving continuity of service, diagnose and correct minor mechanical trouble of secondary equipment not involving continuity of service
  • Maintain proper combustion, assist in laboratory work as directed, make routine test and inspections of storage batteries, inspect and maintain fire-fighting apparatus
  • Operate the control room under emergency conditions
  • Prepare records and reports
  • Perform necessary housekeeping



  • No previous experience required
  • Be familiar with elementary principles of mechanical measuring devices, instruments, controls, and regulating devices as used in generating plants, the elementary principles of electricity, magnetism and electric circuits
  • Gain proficiency in the use of and nomenclature of tools and equipment ordinarily used
  • Have ability to understand and perform simple operations of average complexity and variety where standard methods of procedure are available
  • Be familiar with the principles of operation, function, and construction of steam boilers, turbo-generators, pumps, heaters, steam traps, piping systems, pressure and level regulators, their controls and auxiliary equipment
  • Have a complete mental picture and be able to sketch from memory a flow diagram of main piping systems
  • Be familiar with the operation and function of rotating electrical equipment, switches, transformers, instruments, control and accessory equipment, etc.
  • Know the Company's safety rules and be able to administer all approved methods of resuscitation and be able to render practical first aid
  • Know the location of and be able to operate all of the fire-fighting equipment. Know what kind of equipment to use on electrical, oil and other fires



  • Age -18 minimum
  • Must have full use of mental and physical faculties
  • Must have strength and endurance adequate for arduous labor as circumstances may require



  • Be particularly alert in observing hazards and avoiding accidents
  • Be willing to attend and take part in safety meetings
  • Be willing to work under unusual surroundings, as well as the normal working conditions pertaining to this job
  • Be willing to work irregular or extra hours as required
  • Be able to receive and transmit orders and instructions in such a manner as to inspire respect and confidence of both superiors and subordinates
  • Have a temperament suited to jobs where manual dexterity, precision and patience are particularly essential
  • Be especially neat, clean and orderly in work and person
  • Understand importance of always rendering and maintaining first class, courteous service to all customers



  • Successful completion of the EEI POSS/MASS test

            **Candidates selected to take the Poss/Mass Test will be invited via e-mail. You may need to check your spam email.

            ***If you are POSS/MASS Recommended, please note it on your resume.



Primary Location: Texas-Orange
Job Function: Power Plant Operations
FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Relocation Option: No Relocation Offered
Union description/code: GTX-Fossil-U04
Number of Openings: 1
Req ID: 84894
Travel Percentage:Up to 25%


An Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Vets. Please click here to view the full statement.


One way that Entergy has found to identify and assess the abilities and skills needed for certain jobs is through pre-employment testing. If this position does require an EEI test, the type of test will be located under the qualifications section of the job posting. If you are invited to a test session, we strongly recommend you review and complete the practice test as well as review the testing brochure for your respective test.  The test brochure will give you critical information on the test such as time allocated and Pre-employment Testing: number of questions.  Also, keep in mind that the actual test is timed; you should practice timing yourself while doing the practice tests. The practice test information and test brochures can be located by going to the EEI website,, Logon ID:  entergy, password:  practice test (2 words).

In addition to EEI testing there is also Fit-for-Duty testing which will identify and assess the abilities and skills needed for certain jobs. If this position does require Fit-for-Duty testing, the type of test will be located under the qualifications section of the job posting.


As a provider of essential services, Entergy expects its employees to be available to work additional hours, to work in alternate locations, and/or to perform additional duties in connection with storms, outages, emergencies, or other situations as deemed necessary by the company. Exempt employees may not be paid overtime associated with such duties.

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