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SO2 Operator - Harrison Power Station


Haywood, WV, US, 26366-0600

Job Function:  Plant Operations
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  35147

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, more than 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of 3,780 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

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


Operates and checks the operation of the sludge and lime handling equipment and coordinates the sludge disposal, lime and FGD systems operation according to the needs of the main plant.



  • Operates, starts, stops and adjusts under flow pumps.
  • Operates, starts, stops and adjusts centrifuge feed booster pumps.
  • Operates valves to the sludge and water flows.
  • Operates valves to clean sludge lines.
  • Operates, starts, stops and adjusts sludge disposal building auxiliaries including heating, ventilating, and air conditioning.
  • Operates the flue gas desulfurization (FGD) equipment and system.
  • Take over, by manual control, the operation of equipment and flows in case of failure or faulty operation of automatic controls.
  • Makes routine inspections and checks the operation of various alarms in sludge, lime handling, and FGD process equipment.
  • Makes periodic inspections and lubricates auxiliary equipment; checks operation, bearings, packing glands and water seals; controls water supply to water cooled bearings and water seals; observes and records pressure, temperature, sludge, lime and water flows; monitors vibrations on rotating equipment.
  • Performs switching as needed; placing and removing clearance tags.
  • Understands Clearance Control Procedure, serves as Authorized Person and / or Switchman.
  • Observes and records flows, densities, temperatures, bus voltage and auxiliary power use.
  • Makes minor adjustments and repairs to equipment.
  • Maintains proper levels in the mix tanks, flush water tanks, lime retention tanks and process tanks.
  • Operates and maintains sumps.
  • Observes the various instruments and gauges on the control panel for abnormal conditions and reports to the main control room of the conditions requiring attention.
  • Works with and directs other employees in the operation and maintenance of equipment at the waste disposal site, lime handling equipment, the sludge line sumps, slaking lime and lime grits handling.
  • Consults with the main plant operations and Supervisor as needed for close coordination of equipment operation.
  • While on Duty, maintains an accurate log, communicates using phonetic alphabet and three-part communication.
  • Performing control panel switching operations for regular and emergency operation of the plant, including safety blocking, tagging out and protecting against backfeed; instructing other operators or other employees in connection with tagging out, grounding and clearing plant electrical circuits and equipment and operating of disconnects; clearing with and obtaining instructions and orders from the Control Room Operator or other designated persons; restoring service to normal after receiving proper releases.
  • Checking with employee whom he/she relieves for special orders, abnormal conditions and to obtain all pertinent information on operating conditions; examining log sheets to check operation, condition of equipment and to obtain information and instructions.
  • Perform moderate operating maintenance when operating equipment; assist in and performs maintenance, repair, cleaning and overhaul work on plant and plant equipment when not performing operating duties.
  • Collects samples, operates test instruments, performs routine analysis and tests associated with plant process and records results and reports irregularities.
  • Performing other duties as assigned and qualified for.



  • Experience operating flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems and equipment and/or waste disposal, including sludge, systems and equipment at a fossil generation station is preferred.
  • Must have at least a two-year technical degree in a related field (Power Plant Technology, Energy Systems) from an accredited school or the equivalent in education, training and experience.
  • Equivalencies include:

◦ Three years related experience in a power producing utility or other process-related industries, including, but not limited to: paper mill industry, chemical, petro-chemical industries

◦ Military experience, in any branch of the United States Armed Services, applicable to power generation, large-scale treatment systems

  • Must have passed the Edison Electric Institute POSS B/MASS test
  • Must have demonstrated performance in the operation of equipment under normal, abnormal and emergency conditions.
  • Must have an understanding of the principles of waste disposal and treatment systems 
  • Must have a working knowledge of practical electricity as applied to motors, controls, circuits and their associated equipment.
  • Must have an understanding of the operation of the main power plant.
  • Must possess keen faculties of observation and hearing and be able to quickly and accurately detect and diagnose operating difficulties and trouble and take necessary remedial or corrective steps.    
  • Must be able to receive and transmit orders and instructions and work in a manner that will maintain harmony and safety and accomplish assigned work in a safe and satisfactory manner.
  • Must have demonstrated observation skills and the ability to perform work calmly and efficiently during emergencies.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to make clear, concise and accurate reports.
  • Must be able to train and direct others; receive and issue orders in a manner that maintains harmony, teamwork and safety
  • Ability and willingness to work in high places, confined spaces and near water.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to occasionally lift weights up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to walk and stand sometimes on a frequent and/or prolonged basis and, on occasion climb stairs.
  • Ability and willingness to work indoors in a wide range of temperatures and some work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Ability and willingness to work shifts and overtime

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

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