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Southern Company General Plant Operator (Plant McIntosh CC or CT) in Rincon, Georgia

General Plant Operator (Plant McIntosh CC or CT)


General Plant Operator

(Operations and Maintenance Technician)

Georgia Power Company

Plant McIntosh Combined Cycle (CC) or Combustion Turbine (CT) Plant

Position Summary

Plant McIntosh Combined Cycle (CC) or Combustion Turbine (CT) plant anticipates the need to seek highly skilled multidiscipline candidates for a General Plant Operator (GPO) position to operate & maintain our power plant in Rincon, GA (Savannah, GA area). The duties of a General Plant Operator include operating, monitoring, troubleshooting, and repairing the plant’s electrical, instrumentation and mechanical power plant equipment related to the operation of a power plant. This position helps maintain plant maintenance records in a computer-based work order system, Maximo and performs various other duties that are expected; these include a plant maintenance rotation, system ownership assignment and various other tasks associated with operations and maintenance. This posting is intended to identify an available and qualified pool of candidates who may be considered during the next hiring cycle.


HS Graduate or Equivalent

2-Year College/Technical Degree or Equivalent Military Training preferred

Job Experience

  • Combustion turbine (CT), combined cycle (CC), or fossil steam boiler-turbine, experience is desired.

  • Previous operations experience desired.

  • Extensive industrial maintenance and electrical troubleshooting required, five or more years desired.

  • Experience in industrial electrical/mechanical/I&C or certified training desired.

Major Job Responsibilities for the Combined Cycle (CC) GPO position

  • Ability to perform thorough and effective operator rounds, evaluate equipment conditions, heat rate losses, and any potential hazards. Write condition reports for any noted deficiencies.

  • Must be able to learn how to independently operate a combined cycle plant and communicate effectively with plant stakeholders. This includes following procedures and checklists for unit start-up and shutdowns.

  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to apply principles of logical thinking and deal with situations that are countered.

  • Strong mechanical and electric aptitude and a demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and repair electrical and mechanical equipment are required.

  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills are required.

  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and acquire basic computer skills.

  • Work with other departments for the successful execution of scheduled work and planned outages by supporting planning and scheduling activities. This includes assisting with work scope identification through system walk downs and evaluations.

  • Maintain proper documentation for assigned system (inspection reports, outage reports, equipment specifications, etc.)

  • Must be able to work in difficult environments including confined spaces, extreme hot and cold temperatures, indoors and outdoors, around loud noise and locations accessible only via vertical ladders or over uneven spaces, cat walks, climbing high elevations up to 100 feet or working on grated surfaces/platforms.

  • Must perform duties wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) which may include: safety glasses, hard hats, respirator, dust mask, steel toe shoes, gloves and hearing protection.

Major Job Responsibilities for the Combustine Turbine (CT) plant:

  • Operations & Maintenance of 8 Combustion Turbine Units and balance of plant equipment.

  • Electrical Troubleshooting and Maintenance on Balance of Plant equipment (Electrical Motors, Breakers, Actuators,

  • Relays etc.)

  • Mechanical Troubleshooting and Maintenance on Balance of Plant equipment (Pumps, Valves fans etc.)

  • DCS and PLC control system troubleshooting and operation.

  • Must have a self-directed mindset.

  • Ability to make sound decisions under pressure.

  • Clearly communicate complex issues to management, vendors and external personnel in order to resolve problems quickly and effectively.

  • Support other Georgia Power Coastal Generation sites which could involve overnight travel.

Other Attributes of GPO’s

  • Must be able to support a 24/7 schedule (rotating shift), including overtime, holiday and back shift work, along with hurricane storm duty, as required

  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills, team player.

  • Must be able to handle complex, pressure situations and be adaptable to a changing work environment.

  • Must be a self-starter, highly motivated, and able to organize work with minimal supervision

  • Role Model for Southern Company Behaviors – Our Values

  • Safety First

  • Unquestionable Trust

  • Superior Performance

  • Total Commitment

Must be able to pass the pre-employment testing: GPO 2.0 Test *

*New testing standards for General Plant Operators went into effect January 1, 2019. All interested candidates who previously qualified on the previous GPO test must take and qualify on the new GPO 2.0 test to be considered. If you meet the basic job requirements during the screening process, you will receive an invitation to take the GPO 2.0 test to meet the new requirements for General Plant Operators.

Practice Test

Many of our tests have practice tests available; there is one available for the GPO 2.0 test.

Click this link for the GPO study guide:

Use the following information to log into the site to access the practice test:

  • Username: southern

  • Password: testing

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Job Field: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Coastal Georgia-Rincon

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Union Covered: Yes

Work Location(s):

Plant McIntosh Combined Cycle - 900 Old Augusta Road Central (900RINCON)

900 Old Augusta Road Central

Rincon, 31326

Req ID: GPC2008160

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