Instrumentation & Controls Technician

Ormat Technologies, Inc.

Reno, NV

Instrumentation & Controls Technician

Position Summary

This position is responsible for providing technical services in the area of process controls and instrumentation for Ormat’s operating facilities including specification, installation, configuration and maintenance of process control system elements.

Essential Functions

  • Develop programs and perform changes for PLC based control systems to implement the defined control logic
  • Develop and modify programs for the Human Machine Interface (HMI) software to implement interface requirements
  • Perform troubleshooting and repairs of plant instrumentation and electrical systems as required
  • Implement process control solutions for process improvement and new projects
  • Consult with maintenance, operations, engineering and management concerning process control and instrumentation
  • Assists operations management in identifying and improving plant electrical and controls equipment, process control methodology, and data tracking records.
  • Evaluates and finds causes for equipment, procedural, and conditional control systems inefficiencies
  • Develops cost effective solutions for equipment issues and operational longevity
  • Specify, install, configure, calibrate and maintain instrumentation, control system and electrical protection equipment
  • The ability to respond calmly and think clearly in emergency situations and quickly access all areas of the plants
  • Schedule and coordinate field related activities in conjunction with the operations management
  • Strictly adhere to and enforce safety procedures as required by ORMAT, CAPP, and OSHA
  • Must be able to operate a vehicle in a safe manner, enter and exit vehicle without assistance, remain alert while driving for continuous period of time and read and understand maps

Other Responsibilities

  • Occasional to frequent travel to plants throughout the United States
  • Perform special projects and other tasks as needed or assigned

Education, Experience, and Skills Required

  • The ability to understand procedures and instructions specific to the areas of assignment as would be acquired in three to four years of high school with professional training and/or college courses in related fields
  • Three (3) years of experience in the power production or similar process industries with hands-on experience in operations, maintenance and project implementation, Allen Bradley and GE Fanuc PLC experience preferred
  • Experience in installation and calibration of process control elements and electrical measurement devices
  • The ability to read and create process control documentation
  • Experience with similar industry SCADA systems and the ability to troubleshoot electrical and control systems
  • This position requires a high level of confidentiality, initiative and the ability to work with minimal or no supervision
  • The ability to drive decisions and initiatives and to deal effectively with a high degree of ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to work in a problem-solving environment
  • Must be able to use and acquire knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation. Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and use of the Internet
  • Must have a high degree of initiative, ability to work with minimal or no supervision and a high level of confidentiality
  • Must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to respond calmly and think clearly in emergency situations
  • Must have the ability to read, write and speak English at a level that will permit the employee to understand and communicate information in a manner that will enable the employee to safely and efficiently perform the job duties
  • Must possess at any time a valid driver’s license with a driving record acceptable to ORMAT’s auto insurance carrier

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to work in plant operating areas including exposure to noise, vibrations, heat and cold
  • Must be able to wear any required protective equipment, as required by safety procedures and regulations
  • Must be able to climb ladders, work off of elevated platforms and walkways and work in confined spaces
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds in awkward positions and 50 pounds from the floor to the waist
  • Job requires sitting and/or standing for long periods of time with moderate bending, stooping, and kneeling
  • The ability to work at a computer and computer monitor and use repetitive motion for long periods of time