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Controls Engineering Specialist


Haywood, WV, US, 26366-0600

Job Function:  Engineering
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  26345

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 safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, approximately 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 5,000 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with the Harrison Power Station, Mon Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. [FOS]


This position is located at FirstEnergy's Harrison Power Station in Haywood, WV.  


The controls engineering specialist reports to the Manager of Technical Services and is responsible for monitoring the condition of the generation electrical equipment while providing both operational and maintenance support. Equipment includes generators, exciters, precipitator controls, motors, transformers, switchgear, motor control centers, protective relays, control relays, distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers, (PLC) and other related electrical equipment and instrumentation and controls.


Responsibilities include:


  • Developing graphic displays, analyzing control issues using available diagnostic tools and features.
  • Investigating and resolving any system malfunctions and conducting root cause analysis on control related derates and forced outages.
  • Serving as station contact/coordinator for NERC compliance, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), alarm management and testing of station protective devices.
  • Advising and assisting the technician level employees with the configuration, programming and troubleshooting as required.
  • Assisting with development of the technicians by personal oversight and by recommending appropriate training opportunities.
  • Taking the lead on all upgrades (DCS, PLC, flame scanners, etc.) and system improvements to resolve operation and maintenance issues with control systems including development of system replacement specifications and performance requirements, testing, training and documentation control.
  • Assessing operating condition and developing plans for continued health and operation including technical direction of repairs, evaluation of improvements and development of short and long term budgets.
  • Assisting with solving operational issues that can be addressed with proper planning and execution of planned work and/or projects to correct inefficiencies.
  • Preparing financial justifications, budgeting, schedule performance and documentation of projects.
  • Coordinating activities of other technical services personnel that may be assigned for the purpose of routine, project and emergency issues and across all technical disciplines and will represent and report on issues for the assigned area.
  • Conducting research and beginning to improve work processes, analyze data and begin to develop and recommend solutions, anticipate needs and accept ownership, contribute to solutions and possess job knowledge and maturity. 




  • Bachelor's degree in Electronic(s) Engineering Technology or related discipline from an ABET-accredited institution and 5 years' related work experience is required.
  • OR Associates degree in Electronic(s) Engineering Technology or related discipline and 7 years' related work experience is required.
  • OR High School diploma / GED and 8 years' related work experience is required.  Related work experience includes PC based graphic development, DCS and PLC application programming, database development and testing, Start-up of equipment including PLC control panels, motors, drives, and other interconnected equipment, hardware testing, HMI programming, and Function Block, Statement List, SFC, Ladder and Structured Text.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the DCS and PLC areas preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in programming and configuring logic preferred.
  • Familiar with networks and network protocols and security issues including all requirements of NERC CIP standards as well as other standards such as NFPA.
  • Knowledge of applicable electrical codes and relevant standards, such as NFPA, as they relate to plant operations and maintenance is a plus.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and the ability to work effectively with and lead cross functional teams.
  • Able to work safely, promote teamwork and work collaboratively to achieve team goals.
  • Self-starter, able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Knowledge of various, Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Able to lead contractors and promote good working relationships between departments and the ability to work extended hours as necessary to meet deadlines and to ensure resolution of plant problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify equipment failure mechanisms, root cause, short-term corrective measures and long-term actions needed to minimize the impacts on generation.
  • Able to work extended and off hours and must be willing to respond to equipment related issues on a twenty-four (24) hour basis.


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.

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