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Southern Company Plant Engineer – GPC Plant McDonough (Atlanta, GA) in Georgia

Plant Engineer – GPC Plant McDonough (Atlanta, GA)


Plant Project Engineer – GPC Plant McDonough

This posting serves to fill a plant engineer vacancy at Plant McDonough (Georgia Power Company), located in Atlanta, GA


This engineer will be responsible for engineering related activities at a power generating plant. This position is responsible for providing plant technical support and developing long term plans and budgets to maintain and improve equipment performance. Power Generation Engineers manage capital and O&M projects, follow prescribed procedures and, conduct analyses to develop design options or recommendations for structures, systems and components. This position is accountable for providing technical direction and troubleshooting for plant electrical and mechanical systems. The incumbent will be responsible for providing ongoing inspection and evaluation of equipment and for determining the appropriate direction on design and performance improvements, upgrades, and other modifications. This individual will be a troubleshooting resource for operations and maintenance.


  • Provide outage/project management, project budget management, long term maintenance strategies and technical support to the plant

  • Develop 5- & 10-year capital budgets and justification for associated capital projects

  • Provide monthly accruals and budget variance explanations to the Financial Analyst

  • Monitor plant performance and make recommendations to improve heat rate and unit reliability.

  • Utilize computer business tools to develop and justify budgets, write work orders, order material, develop project schedules, and monitor equipment.

  • Initiate, troubleshoot and review root cause analyses for system equipment failures

  • Work with Southern Company Services, OEM's and system owners at other plants to stay current of any upgrades or concerns that affect the plant and communicate these needs to plant management, corporate management, and peer groups.



  • B.S. in Engineering from an ABET accredited program/institution is required

  • B.S. in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, or Chemical Engineering preferred, but willing to consider other engineering disciplines

  • M.S. in Business or Engineering a plus

  • Professional Engineer (PE) license would also be a plus


  • Experience in an industrial facility with mechanical/electrical project or design focus involving the maintenance of the following types of equipment: pumps/motors, air/motor operated valves, fans, condensers, boilers, turbines, PLC’s, distributed control systems, and industrial electrical switchgear, circuit breakers and transformers.

  • Transmission substation/switchyard experience desired, but not required

  • Demonstrated project management experience required

  • Strong technical expertise and problem-solving abilities required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong organizational, administrative, time management, project management, facilitation and analytical skills are required

  • Knowledge and experience with personal computers and the ability to learn numerous software applications quickly

  • Self-motivation and demonstrated initiative is crucial for this position

  • Ability to interface with vendors and contractors while representing the best interests of Southern Company

  • Ability to network and utilize subject matter experts at both the corporate level and regional level to support our plant systems

  • Display interpersonal skills that demonstrate the ability to handle conflict and work effectively within a diverse team

  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and requirements

  • Flexible to work across primary position boundaries by willingly accepting multiple roles as required to support plant needs


  • Must be available to work nights, weekends and/or holidays as needed.

  • May require some extended work hours.

  • Must be able to be on-call for the plant as needed

  • Some relocation assistance may be available if the selected candidate(s) currently resides outside the area

  • Minimal Travel required – 15%


  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Defined Benefit Cash Balance Pension plan

  • Performance-sharing plan

  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match

  • Bonus opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

Please submit an updated resume along with your application

Georgia Power is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves 2.25 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. The largest of four electric utilities that make up Southern Company, Georgia Power, has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century at rates well below the national average.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO ) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at .

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 Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Smyrna

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Other Locations: United States, Georgia-Metro Atlanta, Georgia

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

Plant McDonough - 5551 South Cobb Drive (5551SMYRNA)

5551 South Cobb Drive

Smyrna, 30080

Req ID: GPC2008667