Maintenance Manager

NAES Corp.

Ferndale, WA

The Ferndale Cogeneration Facility in Ferndale, WA, is a 2x1 combined cycle natural gas power plant that also supplies process steam to a neighboring refinery. It incorporates two GE 7EA combustion turbines paired with a GE steam turbine, collectively generating 270 MW of electricity. This integrated setup exemplifies efficiency and synergy in power generation through its dual turbine configuration and steam supply capability.

Opportunity Summary

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for overseeing and optimizing the plant's maintenance program, ensuring equipment reliability and operational efficiency. This role involves managing daily maintenance activities, coordinating outage planning, and maintaining an up-to-date Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). The Maintenance Manager also plays a crucial role in fostering a culture of safety, developing plant improvement projects, and enhancing community engagement. With a focus on performance, safety, and community responsibility, this role is essential for the plant's continued success.

Primary Duties

Your scope of responsibility as Maintenance Manager will include the following primary functions: 

  • Implement the plant's preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance program
  • Manage equipment failure records and utilize them to diagnose the root causes of repetitive failures
  • Employ best-in-class techniques to enhance plant performance, including capacity, heat rate, and availability
  • Oversee and coordinate the daily activities of the maintenance staff
  • Manage and monitor both planned and unplanned maintenance activities, as well as coordinate outage activities, including outage planning
  • Ensure the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) is actively used and kept up to date by maintenance personnel for tracking equipment maintenance history, work orders, purchase orders, and inventory control
  • Oversee and manage maintenance team staffing, training, and qualification plans for all operations and maintenance phases
  • Assist in locating, screening, and hiring plant personnel
  • Ensure alignment of maintenance personnel goals with facility and owner objectives
  • Provide continuous feedback to the Operations Manager on the effectiveness of the Training Manual
  • Foster a safe work environment and promote a culture of safety awareness among all plant personnel, actively ensuring the safety of others
  • Oversee the plant's safety program, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal requirements
  • Develop and implement incentive programs for personnel and maintain safety records and milestones as outlined in the Plant's Safety Manual
  • Collaborate with the Operations Manager to identify necessary maintenance activities to maintain and enhance plant operability
  • Identify and execute plant improvement projects aimed at enhancing plant performance and reducing corrective maintenance activities
  • Develop a reliability-centered maintenance program to minimize maintenance costs while maximizing plant availability
  • Enhance the plant's image as a good neighbor in the community and the environment
  • Encourage involvement and participation of plant staff in community activities
  • Provide necessary reports to the owner and/or utilities and oversee the daily upkeep of essential plant logs and records
  • Provide leadership to all plant personnel
  • Conduct periodic reviews of plant maintenance policies and procedures to ensure they align with current plant goals, operating requirements, and industry best-in-class standards
  • Enhance the morale and motivation of maintenance personnel and handle employee concerns in a timely and diplomatic manner
  • Maintain dependable, reliable, and predictable attendance in this position
  • Complete special projects as required by the Plant Manager


Safety is a core value of NAES and as a condition of employment, all employees are expected to be mentally alert and work safely at all times. All NAES managers and supervisors have a direct and important role in ensuring that all work is performed in a healthy and safe manner. Effectiveness in carrying out this responsibility is part of the evaluation of each Supervisor’s performance. This includes, but is not limited to, the following functions:

  • Conduct/Support Regular Safety Meetings (at least monthly)
  • Address Safety at all Group Meetings
  • Conduct Inspections and Observations: establish within the department a regular inspection of the work area and a safety observation process of work being performed
  • Establish and lead these activities following any rules, requirements or guidance established in your business unit, group or division
  • Involve all NAES teammates in the activities
  • Analyze result, write work orders, train and educate to eliminate hazards, at-risk behavior and meet company regulatory requirements
  • Conduct Regular Observation Tours: Conduct no less than two safety observation tours of high risk activities e.g. confined space to verify that employees are performing the work in accordance with safe practices, company procedures and OSHA regulations
  • Regular and Frequent Contacts: conduct one-on-one contact sessions with workers to discuss safety issues, communicate expectations and coach safe behaviors, e.g., whether the employee is wearing all required personal protective equipment
  • Respond to Incidents: respond to all safety-related incidents including, but not limited to injuries, incidents and near misses; write a report that explains what happened, identify the cause and recommend corrective action following any established business unit or division practice. Follow up as necessary to ensure that corrective action is taken

Working Relationships 

The Maintenance Manager reports to the Plant Manager and supervises subordinate maintenance personnel.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Physical requirements include standing for extended periods of time, stair and ladder climbing and lifting up to 50 pounds. Protective equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties (e.g. hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, etc.). There are extensive smoking restrictions in and around the facility.

Fitness for Duty

All employees will participate in the Fitness for Duty Program. This program includes a post-offer physical examination and drug screening and post-employment random drug screening. 

Work Schedule

This position offers a Monday to Friday work schedule, during regular dayshift hours. Position requires extended working hours and varied shifts with the possibility of weekend and holiday work, as required by schedules, work load and plant conditions. "On call" status will periodically be required. Some travel may be involved to participate in Manager, Owner, User Group, or other offsite meetings.


Initial compensation will range from $143,800 to $172,500

Job Qualifications

We are seeking a candidate who has extensive power plant combined cycle maintenance technical and leadership experience with a work history that demonstrates a pattern of accomplishments and advancement.

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or equivalent is required
  • A minimum of five (5+) years of experience in Power Plant operations or a similar field is required
  • Proven experience in managing maintenance programs, including preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance, preferably in a power plant or similar industrial setting
  • Strong technical knowledge of power plant equipment and systems, including the ability to diagnose equipment failures and implement best practices for plant performance improvement
  • Demonstrated leadership and team management skills, with the ability to oversee and coordinate maintenance staff effectively, ensuring a safe and productive work environment
  • In-depth understanding of safety regulations and practices, with a track record of promoting and maintaining a strong safety culture within a team or organization
  • Experience in developing and implementing maintenance programs, including the use of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and reliability-centered maintenance approaches
  • Excellent communication skills to collaborate with cross-functional teams and communicate effectively with superiors, subordinates, and external stakeholders
  • Strong problem-solving abilities to identify and address maintenance challenges and implement improvements
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Drivers License

About NAES

NAES Corporation is the leading provider of operations, maintenance, and engineering services for energy facilities. We have established ourselves as a reliable partner for clients in North America and internationally, offering services across power generation, oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors. Additionally, our growing family of companies enables us to address the entire life cycle of power generation and other industrial plants.

NAES is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. It is the practice of NAES to seek employees of the highest quality and to select individuals on the basis of merit and competence, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status or affiliation protected under USERRA, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by applicable local, state and federal law.