Assistant unit operator (AUO)- Coal Plant Operations

Assistant unit operator (AUO)- Coal Plant Operations

Employment Type



Operations and Maintenance


Job Description:

Follows established operating procedures and does not deviate from those procedures during normal operating conditions except as directed.  Performs assigned routine inspections and manipulative operations without close supervision.  Performs as directed the more difficult manipulative operations under the observation of or during direct communication with the unit operator or other supervision.

Perform assigned duties, makes routine inspections, and assists in the operation of plant equipment and other operational assignments, as directed, or according to well established procedure.

Will assist in the operation of and perform work requirements on one or more turbo generator units and appurtenant equipment within well defined operation areas, such as the boiler room, turbine room, condenser room, screen, and pump house.

At the pumping station, the contractor is directly responsible to plant supervision for the operation of all equipment located at the station.  All equipment in the pump house or filter plant will be operated either from a central control board or from local manual and automatic control stations which are located at the station.

At the direction of the unit operator, or unit supervision, the contractor may be assigned to work in other plant or fuel handling departments.

May be assigned other duties such as supporting outage activities, preventive/predictive activities, and procedure writing.

All equipment must be periodically checked and inspected, and to make routine inspection tours of the equipment in assigned area.

A portion of the time will be spent in wiping, cleaning, and assisting in maintaining assigned area in a clean and orderly condition.  

Will document daily activities and assist in recording all instrument readings necessary for plant operation records.

As part of the clearance process, you will be responsible for placing protective tags and performing electrical and mechanical switching and valving in all areas of the powerhouse or other assigned areas.


The assistant unit operator is under the immediate supervision of the unit operator and under the general supervision of the shift operations supervisor.


This position requires a general knowledge of the construction and characteristics of steam turbo generators and steam generators, including principles of combustion, their related auxiliary equipment, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the correct procedure to be followed in all emergencies as well as in routine operation.

Job Requirements:

At least 3 years of prior operations experience in a power plant.

Initiative, ability to function independently, good judgment in decision making, good problem-solving skills, and function well in team environment.

Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Must be able to lift, climb, stoop and bend for extended periods as needed to perform job duties.

Must be able to pass Background checks, and Drug screens and any FFD required. Must be able to work rotating shifts Days and Nights, Overtime and Holidays as needed. Must be able to pass any required site or utility training.

Pay depends on benefits elected by each individual and per diem is available if eligibility requirements are met.

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GD Barri & Associates is an equal opportunity employer.

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