Southern Company Chemical Technician (SPC Rowan) in Salisbury, North Carolina

Chemical Technician (SPC Rowan)



The responsibility of the Chemical Technician supporting a power generation facility will include providing chemical protection of the steam generating equipment to minimize outages due to corrosion and deposits in the steam and cooling water cycle components. Monitor health of the water-steam cycle in accordance with water chemistry guidelines and standards. Operate, maintain, and provide basic mechanical maintenance to both the Water Analysis Labs and Water Treatment facility.

Job Experience and Education :

  • B.S. degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science (or other field of science) with a minimum of 25 quarters hours/15 semester hours of Chemistry OR more than 5 years of experience.

  • Experience in operation, calibration, and maintenance of lab equipment required.

  • Previous experience in water treatment operation required.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities :

  • Preferred knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations regarding water discharge and waste disposal

  • Broad knowledge of environmental and water chemistries required

  • Experience and competency in the use, calibration, and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation/equipment

  • Perform QA/QC on instrumentation; Maintain and calibrate bench top/in-line instrumentation.

  • Knowledge of proper analytical methods and techniques is required

  • Previous experience in water treatment facility is preferred. This would include operating and maintaining clarification, filtration, cation an anion systems

  • Knowledge of Plant and Lab Operations as it relates to environmental systems i.e. wastewater systems, evaporative coolers, cooling water waste streams, oil water separators, etc. preferred

  • Collect and analyze samples from inside the power plant and water treatment plant

  • Ability to troubleshoot mechanical systems, read and understand schematic diagrams and identify plant water process problems is preferred.

  • Proficiency in various Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. Also, demonstrate ability to utilize online Work Order systems to plan and execute work (Maximo).

  • Ability to understand mechanical and electrical theories and fundamentals

  • Ability to read and interpret information presented in graphic form (examples are blueprints, diagrams, drawings, graphs, and plots)

  • Understanding requirements of handling hazardous materials

  • Ability to obtain and maintain forklift, aerial and powered industrial trucks certification.

  • Support plant data analysis system, OIS, for real time results and trending

  • Ability to manage third-party vendors as it relates to oversight of work product and scheduling. Examples include sample analysis and coordination with 3 rd party laboratory in regards to water treatment waste streams, all cooling water waste streams, solid waste, lab sample panel waste and chemical disposals, emergency mobile water treatment trailers etc…

  • Perform some mechanical maintenance on lab and water treatment related pumps, motors, and piping. Examples may include: oil replacement and greasing, change-out of motors, pumps, chemical feed pumps, etc.

  • Repair and replacement of analyzers in water treatment plant and water analysis labs.

  • Project management skills. Lead projects from start to finish involving planning, budgeting, contract implementation, project oversite, material ordering and contractor evaluations.

  • Participation in SPC Chemistry peer group (ORB), assist in fleet peer reviews, and compliance assessments.

  • Ability to serve as a system owner of the lab and water treatment plant as well as other plant systems.

  • Ability to work with technicians in other departments of the plant and collaborate with them to make decisions that are based on good chemistry practices and proper cycler chemistry metrics.

The successful candidate must be available for call outs, shift work, holidays and weekends. Candidate must be able to adapt to changing work duties, be able to work with limited supervision, and must be able to perform successfully in an individual and team environment. The successful candidate must demonstrate Our Values: Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment.

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Job Field: Research & Laboratory Sciences

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: North Carolina-Salisbury Area-Salisbury

Operating Company: Southern Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

Plant Rowan - 5755 NC 801 Hwy (5755SALISBURY)

5755 NC 801 Hwy

Salisbury, 28147

Req ID: SPC2000074