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General Plant Operator (Plant McDonough)

Smyrna, GA

General Plant Operator

Georgia Power Company – Plant McDonough Combined Cycle


Plant McDonough Combined Cycle is currently seeking highly skilled multidiscipline candidates for a General Plant Operator (GPO) position to operate & maintain our combined cycle power plant in Atlanta, GA. The duties of a General Plant Operator include operating, monitoring, troubleshooting, and repairing the electrical and mechanical equipment utilized in operating a combined cycle power plant. This position helps maintain plant equipment in optimum operational condition and documents maintenance records in a computer-based work order system, Maximo. Other duties include equipment ownership and various tasks associated with operations and maintenance.

Job Requirements: (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills)

Job Experience:

  1. Must have a HS Diploma or Equivalent

  2. Must pass the Georgia Power GPO qualification test at the CC level

  3. Previous Power Plant experience preferred

  4. Combined Cycle Power Plant operations experience preferred

  5. Experience in industrial electrical/mechanical/I&C or certified training desired

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  1. Strong mechanical and electrical aptitude required

  2. Strong mechanical and electrical troubleshooting skills required

  3. Previous Operations experience a plus

  4. Instrumentation and Controls experience a plus

Other Attributes:

  • Excellent communications, problem solving, and team skills required

  • Demonstrate Our Values

  • Ability to handle complex, high pressure situations and be adaptable to a changing work environment

  • Ability to support a 24/7-365 work schedule including holidays

  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with work management software preferred

  • Must be a Self-starter, be highly motivated, and require minimal supervision

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Operate and maintain three 2 on 1 Combined Cycle units and 2 Pratt-Whitney FT4 twin pack units

  • Comply with all laws, regulations and policies applicable to operating a power generating facility

  • Electrical and mechanical maintenance of all plant equipment to include Gas and Steam turbines, Heat Recovery Steam Generators, Electrical Generators, Electrical breakers, switches and other devices as well as motors, valves and pumps

  • Utilizing control system logic interface to troubleshoot operational issues

  • Ability to make sound decisions under pressure

  • Function as an SME for your system/equipment in the Equipment Owner role

  • Clearly communicate complex issues to management, vendors and external personnel in order to resolve problems quickly and effectively

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company's promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit and connect with the Company on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 3589

Job Category: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Georgia Power


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