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Southern Company Instrument & Controls Technician (SPC Franklin) in Smiths, Alabama

Instrument & Controls Technician (SPC Franklin)


This position performs technical and analytical services essential to Plant Franklin control systems and associated equipment (electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic). Plant Franklin consists of three Combined Cycle Units. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting the plant controls and electrical distribution systems. These systems include: Digital Control Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), Distributed Controls Systems (DCS), control circuits, power circuits, and control devices. The requirements will include maintenance on instrumentation including but not limited to, pressure, temperature, level, and flow devices that provide input to the various control systems. The job requires use of a variety of hand tools, power tools, measurement and test equipment. The candidate will be responsible for managing the inventory of parts and supplies for the plant control systems. The technician will also have responsibility in the plant maintenance program as a system owner which will include documentation tracking in our computer-based work order system, MAXIMO®.

Job Experience and Education

  • An approved two-year technical degree from a certified technical institution or military or similar/relative work experience is preferred.

  • Minimum of two years’ experience in electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic instrumentation and controls required

  • Experience in power plant maintenance or other industrial process plants preferred.

  • Experience with GE Mark VIe Controls, Ovation Controls, PLCs, Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEMS) equipment, other digital control systems and Distributed Controls Systems (DCS) preferred.

  • Experience in Combustion Turbine (CT) and/or Combined Cycle (CC) plant operation is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must be able to troubleshoot complex systems.

  • Detailed knowledge of plant controls and data acquisition systems desired.

  • Must have good problem solving and analytical skills necessary to determine current / future operating conditions and trending for optimized plant performance.

  • Must have superior interpersonal skills, proven written and oral communication skills; ability to work independently, self-directed and as an effective team member.

Behavioral Attributes

  • Must be able to handle complex troubleshooting, high pressure situations and be adaptable to a changing work environment.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills; demonstrates initiative, personal drive, safety as a core value, values continuous learning, and teamwork; must be able to work with limited supervision.

  • Candidate must exemplify Our Values and be a team player with a positive attitude towards work.

Other requirements

  • Successful completion of the Technical Aptitude Test for Instrument & Controls Technicians.

  • Must be available for night, overtime, weekend, and holiday work as required.

  • Occasional travel

Southern Power , a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and other energy customers. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own 47 facilities operating or under construction in 11 states with more than 12,800 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. 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 Field: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-South Alabama-Smiths

Operating Company: Southern Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

Plant Franklin - 6109 Lee Road 249 (6109SMITHS)

Lee Road 249

Smiths, 36877

Req ID: SPC2000281

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