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Southern Company I & C Specialist in Quinton, Alabama

I & C Specialist


I&C Specialist Plant Miller

Job Summary

This position is responsible for providing technical direction for the design of control systems, program configurations, installation of systems, and troubleshooting system problems on distributed/process control systems. The incumbent will be responsible for providing ongoing inspection and evaluation of control systems and for determining the appropriate direction on design and performance improvements, upgrades, and other modifications to plant instrumentation and control systems. The incumbent will work closely with the Operations Department to identify and correct shortcomings in the plant control systems. They are to be the expert on issues surrounding control systems and will represent the plant on various internal and external teams such as applicable controls user groups and at various internal and external meetings such as I&C Technical Forums.

Job Requirements (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills)

  • Four-year degree, two-year technical certification, and/or an associate’s degree in electronics preferred or equivalent experience required.

  • Extensive experience in electronics, instrumentation, program configuration, distributed/process control systems, PLC's, DCS, plant electrical maintenance preferred.

  • Ability to plan control system migrations for future needs of the plant to provide for reliable boiler controls required.

  • Ability to understand plant systems and boiler controls required.

  • Possession of strong problem-solving skills and the ability to make decisions with limited information required.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain good relationships with customers and support personnel.

  • Must exhibit strong leadership skills and be willing to challenge the status quo.

  • Must be willing and available for call-out responsibilities on a 24-hour 365 day/year.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides technical direction for the maintenance, preventive maintenance, tuning and calibration activities necessary to ensure that control systems function properly. Maintains adequate and up to date backups of all configurations.

  • Leads the design and installation of new equipment and the retrofit of existing equipment. Troubleshoots and develops solutions to repair plant instrumentation and control systems and system protection equipment.

  • Performs periodic inspections of the control rooms to determine the status of equipment. Manages a preventive maintenance and calibration program for instrumentation and control systems. Develops and manages functional tests for control systems.

  • Responds to after-hours, off-day and holiday call-outs for customer support and to address priority maintenance needs.

  • Stays abreast of the state-of-the-art technology, electrical equipment innovations, unit operations and maintenance procedures. Directs modifications, specifications, installation, and configuration of control systems as required.

  • Provides feedback to management regarding problems associated with plant and system controls. Conducts investigations to determine causes of trips and similar events and, when appropriate, develops measures to avoid reoccurrence.

  • Assists in the development of plans to increase the skill levels of the craft employees. Assists in the teaching and training of those employees to ensure they reach the desired skill level.

Alabama Power provides the valuable combination of competitive prices, reliable electricity supply and unparalleled service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

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Job Field: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-West Alabama-Quinton

Operating Company: Alabama Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

Miller Steam Plant - 4250 Porter Road SW (4250QUINTON)

4250 Porter Road SW

Quinton, 35130

Req ID: APC2007834