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Chemical Technician - Harrison Power Station


Haywood, WV, US, 26366-0600

Job Function:  Environmental
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  57524

FirstEnergy at a Glance

We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 3,500 megawatts.

About the Opportunity
This is an open position with Monongahela Power Co-Del - Harrison Power Plant, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.[ FOS]


Under direct supervision of the Technical Services Supervisor or designee, performs routine tests on water, oil, Air Quality Control System samples and other samples as needed. Performs calculations, maintains records and performs other laboratory work as assigned.


  • Performing daily sampling and analyses associated with fuel, water, air and environmental treatment program
  • Exercising laboratory quality assurance/quality control for all test methods used in the performance of job duties
  • Assisting in special studies and performing investigations required to resolve non-compliance process or environmental events, equipment failures, as well as new or established treatment programs. Makes recommendations for improvement or correction to appropriate personnel based on the results of these investigations.
  • Maintaining adequate documentation to support all work performed such that reference by internal and external customers or regulators is available as needed.
  • Collecting samples, from various locations, requiring chemical analysis.
  • Conducting loss of ignition (LOI) tests on ash samples.
  • As assigned, performing analysis of water samples and determining properties such as: hardness, silica, alkalinity, suspended solids, pH conductivity, phosphates, ammonia, hydrazine, sulfates, iron, copper, manganese, dissolved oxygen, chlorides, biological oxygen demand (BOD), fecal coliform, total and free residual chlorine, cool water stability index, inhibiter lever, turbidity, total and dissolved solids, total bacteria count, plus other non-routine chemical tests in addition to calculating and recording results.
  • As assigned, performing various routine chemical tests associated with the Air Control System such as: pH, pulp, density and dry method of determining suspending solids. Percent calcium carbonate, magnesium, sulfates, carbon dioxide, alkalinity, silica, chlorides, slaking, characteristics of lime and percent of lime in addition to calculating and recording results.
  • Maintaining required pH levels in process systems such as FGD absorbers and circulating water circuits by maintaining and calibrating pH meters and replacing pH probes as required.
  • Ordering necessary lab supplies and associated test equipment and instrumentation.
  • Performing weekly chemical inventory and placing orders to maintain process associated chemicals in the Powdex, pretreatment, circulating water, SWP/FGD and miscellaneous systems.
  • As assigned, performs non-routine chemical tests as well as sampling/testing associated with N.P.D.E.S requirements, pollution control and SW3P.
  • Operating laboratory instruments to perform analyses.
  • Reporting irregularities and other test results that are outside pre-established limits to the supervisor or others as directed.
  • Preparing standard chemical solutions, as required, to perform various tests and the standardizing of equipment.
  • Operate metal wash system.
  • Maintaining equipment and work areas in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Regularly handling of potentially hazardous chemicals.
  • Directing and training employees as assigned.
  • Performing other duties, as assigned and qualified for.




  • Must have at least and two-year technical degree in related field from an accredited school or the equivalent in education, training and experience.
  • Must have passed the Edison Electric Institute’s POSS/MASS and TECH test.
  • Knowledge of all routine laboratory tests and test procedures required to correctly perform these tests.
  • Knowledge of standard chemical solutions and their uses as applicable to laboratory tests.
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment to the level required to operate and maintain equipment safely.
  • Skilled in the performance of laboratory tests.
  • Ability and willingness to acquire additional skills and knowledge and to meet performance requirements.
  • The job requires frequent walking, occasional standing, bending and climbing stairs.
  • Ability and willingness to work indoors in a wide range of temperatures and some work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Regular and predictable attendance.



Primarily day shift. Must be able to work extended and off hours, overtime, holidays, weekends and call outs when needed.

EEI Testing

We administer selection tests for a variety of positions. The required tests have been developed by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a trade association of investor-owned electric utility companies.  We strongly encourage potential employees to review all information, including the sample test brochures, and to use the available practice tests before taking the actual tests.  Click this link to access the practice tests. You will be prompted for a name and password. Use firstenergy for both.

Practice tests provide sample questions and detailed discussions of the correct answers. It's important to take the practice test as you would the actual one, with similar intensity and concentration.  You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. 

Note: EEI website does not allow access to actual tests. Testing is held at various locations throughout our service territory based on where the job is located.

Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

Position Classification

Bargaining Unit 

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