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Plant Engineer/Specialist - Fuels

Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.
Center, North Dakota
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Energy and Utilities
Job Type
Full Time

Job Details

Essential Responsibilities
  • Begin developing subject matter expertise on all matters related to coal and the performance of the plant
  • Be a point of contact for both plant and mine personnel for technical assistance regarding coal and the performance of the plant
  • Fuels and boiler performance engineering
  • Make recommendations to both plant and mine personnel based on:
  • Ash coloration and quality
  • Coal handling equipment adjustments and performance
  • Coal quality/chemical makeup data
  • Strategic planning for coal mining and timing of deliveries
  • Strategic planning for long-term boiler cleanliness and performance
  • Applicable machine repair and overhaul scheduling
  • Monitor and react on a real-time basis to changes in coal quality/chemical makeup
  • Liaise, provide a channel of open communication, and maintain a close working relationship with mine personnel
  • Participate in studies with respect to boiler performance and coal quality/chemical makeup
  • Assist with evaluating and test equipment
  • Review systems to improve efficiency, reliability, availability, load factor, durations between wash outages, fuel oil consumption, and combustion performance and efficiency
  • Identify areas of improvement that reduce total cost of ownership
  • Hold plant and mine personnel accountable for actions taken that hinder plant performance
  • Track/monitor/record applicable material/machinery histories to accomplish duties described
  • Consider and make recommendations for alternative sources or types of fuel, including studies on logistics and financial impacts

  • Project management
  • Project budgeting
  • Acquisition of labor and material resources through the procurement process
  • Contractor management
  • Construction planning, coordination, inspection, and quality control
  • Startup and testing
  • Prepare and conduct project training for operations and maintenance
  • Complete the project records
  • Complete project closeout
  • Ensure coordination of efforts between different departments, organizations and vendors

  • Operations and Maintenance Support
  • Provide day-to-day guidance to operations and maintenance personnel
  • Provide technical expertise in areas causing problems to operations
  • Provide assistance under emergency conditions for repair of vital equipment
  • Maintain all qualifications necessary to traverse the haul road between the mine and plant

  • Organizational Competencies
    • Safety
    • Integrity
    • Teamwork
    • Innovation
    • Reliability

    Job Competencies
    • Flexibility and Adaptability
    • Learning on the Fly
    • Perseverance
    • Problem Solving
    • Self-Knowledge

    Goals and Objectives

     An employee filling this role is expected to meet changing and unique goals and objectives, as established by their supervisor, related to the broader area in which the employee is assigned.

    Job Qualification Standards

    A Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited university and EIT certification is preferred. Related working experience is highly preferred, but not necessary. Must maintain a valid driver’s license.

    Physical and Mental Demands

    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is primarily required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, bend and frequently utilize a keyboard/computer. Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

    Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent will be required to problem solve, read, write and analyze data, work under schedules and deadline pressure, present information to others, work independently and use discretion and judgment for confidential or sensitive projects/issues.

    Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is exposed to an office environment indoors, and will travel outdoors to multiple locations dependent on work.

    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


    Minnkota Power Cooperative has a wide range of more than 400 knowledgeable and skilled employees who work to bring reliable, low-cost electric energy to northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.  Minnkota employs engineers, electrical line workers, power plant personnel, electricians, accountants and many other positions needed to manage our unique and evolving business.

    Corporate headquarters are located in Grand Forks, N.D.  The primary source of electric generation is the Milton R. Young Station, a power plant located near Center, N.D., 35 miles northwest of Bismarck, N.D.

    For nearly 80 years, Minnkota has been energizing homes, farms, schools and businesses. And the future is bright. New employees are needed to power our growing local economies and the technological advancements that are changing the way we view the world.  Career growth and development are a priority at Minnkota, creating a challenging and rewarding work environment. The company promotes a work culture that strives to keep employees engaged, healthy and productive.

    If you're looking for a rewarding career that offers competitive pay, benefits and advancement opportunities, we invite you to view our Apply Today!

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