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Plant Operator/Rover

  • Full Time
  • Nikiski, Alaska
  • Per Contract
  • Posting End Date: April 7, 2023

Website Homer Electric Association

Wage or Salary:
Per Contract

Homer Electric Association (HEA) is a member-owned electric utility serving the central and southern areas of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. We are excited to be searching for a Power Plant Operator/Rover in the Nikiski Facility. We truly believe in the cooperative values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community and a successful candidate will have an opportunity to directly impact these values.

This is a rotating work schedule with one week on and one week off with alternating day shift one week and night shift the next work week. The week-long shift is divided into two work weeks. These are twelve (12) hour shifts that start on Wednesday through the following Tuesday. Must recognize the responsibility of the cooperative to its members to provide continuity of service which may require working overtime on a scheduled or unscheduled basis.


Responsible for monitoring power plant operations; performing routine maintenance activities to ensure plant equipment are in excellent working order; perform minor electrical/mechanical construction for capital improvements as required.

  • Monitor and record plant operations and alarms. Conduct periodic rounds on equipment to ensure proper function and operations. Determine and/or correct the cause of alarms and/or protect relay functions.
  • Assist in the proper execution of LOTO (Lock Out/Tag Out) to allow for maintenance activities by plant personnel or contractors.
  • Provide manual power plant operation upon failure of the SCADA/DCS system or as directed.
  • Operating equipment as needed to support the power plant equipment and operation.
  • Maintaining plant equipment logs and records and provide input for development of maintenance schedules.
  • Create and maintain logs and records as required to document hours, power levels, repairs and outages.
  • Write work orders on malfunctioning equipment and complete all other work orders as assigned.
  • At times must work with or around consumers. Therefore, must provide a highly professional level of prompt, efficient, accurate, courteous, and reliable service in such a manner as to reflect credit on the management of the Association and to assure utmost service to the membership.
Additional Information:


  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have advanced technical training in gas, steam, or hydro turbine operation and maintenance.
  • Five (5) years of work experience specific to the operations and maintenance of power generation facilities.
  • Journeyman level training with emphasis related to mechanical, electrician and instrumentation work.
  • Ideal candidates would be able to demonstrate a strong background in plant operations.
  • Background as a commercial electrician is highly regarded.
  • Background as a diesel or heavy-duty mechanic or millwright is highly regarded.


  • Must submit a valid Alaska Driver's license and maintain a good driving record.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a CPR/First Aid card.
  • Working knowledge of computers, electronic control, industrial electrical and mechanical systems, pumps, compressors, other auxiliary equipment and be able to apply the knowledge in the daily work practices.
  • Excellent communication skills both orally and written.
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills to anticipate, identify and resolve practical problems.
  • Must be able to read and comprehend relevant instructions manuals, construction drawings, electrical diagrams and maps.
  • Must be able to have the ability to perform linear algebra, conversions, understand and calculate measurements.

HEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.

Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) is locally owned, and locally managed, and currently employs 139 people from the communities. The Cooperative provides affordable, reliable, quality energy services to its members and is governed by a nine-member elected Board of Directors. With more than 35,000 member accounts and over 2,400 miles of electric line in a 3,166 square mile service territory, members can benefit from the convenience of electric services their cooperative provides.

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