Assistant Plant Operator
Veolia North America

Richmond, Virginia

Company Description

Veolia Group aims to be the benchmark company for ecological transformation. With nearly 220,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides game-changing solutions that are both useful and practical for water, waste and energy management. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources and replenish them. In 2021, the Veolia group provided 79 million inhabitants with drinking water and 61 million with sanitation, produced nearly 48 million megawatt hours and recovered 48 million tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) achieved consolidated revenue of 28,508 billion euros in 2021.

Job Description


The Auxiliary Operator is responsible for assisting in the operation and routine preventive/predictive maintenance of the power plant systems, including Chilled water and
Wastewater systems and material handling systems equipment. He or she will record operational data and report any abnormalities.


Start, stop, regulate, monitor, and control boilers, chillers, filter plants, and all auxiliary equipment.

Check and adjust related set points within administrative guidelines to optimize plant
performance and reliability.

Observe, record, and interpret indications from instrumentation and control systems. Calculate, evaluate, and report findings.

Perform functional testing of plant systems and components. Interpret the acceptability of data in comparison with established standards or sound power plant practices.

Assist in the investigation of plant problems, incidents, accidents, and unusual events, and
provide analyses, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans.

Determine the need for and perform routine operational tests and adjustments on all power plant systems and components as required.

When properly trained or supervised, perform tests, in or out of the laboratory, on steam, water, and other samples.

Check daily consumption rates of chemicals, fuels, and water; monitor inventories and initiate action to replenish the same.

Perform housekeeping duties as required.

review, operating, and related procedures.

Perform routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; support corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment when properly trained or supervised.

Conduct on-the-job and classroom training on occasion. Prepare lesson plans, handouts, visual aids, examinations, qualification standards, and other material related to employee training and development.

Maintain logs, records, and data sheets; prepare reports, time sheets, material requisitions, work orders, and other administrative documents related to the business of power and steam production.

Provide advice and counsel to the Operations Manager, Shift Supervisor, and Control Room Operator, and Plant Operator regarding the technical and administrative conduct of shift operations.

Communicate with other Company personnel on-site and at other locations. Interface with and represent the Company in its relations and communications with the public, steam and power customers, vendors, contractors, regulators, and other non-Company personnel.

Communicate with and support the Administration and Maintenance departments in fulfilling their goals and objectives.

The Auxiliary Operator serves as a member of the Plant's emergency response team, when applicable

Display professional behavior at all times.


Requires knowledge of own assignments and eventually others in the department, as well as, that of company structure and operations. Should possess an understanding of departmental goals and activities. Perform other duties as required by plant conditions.


The Auxiliary Operator reports to the Shift Supervisor.

Physical requirements include: working on feet for 12-hour periods, requiring stair and ladder climbing; and routinely lifting 50 pounds. Protective equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties (e.g. hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, chemical suits, hot gloves, high voltage protective equipment, etc.). Work with hazardous materials may be required.

The position requires extended working hours and varied shifts with weekend and holiday work, as required by schedules, workload, and plant conditions. \'On call\' status will periodically be required.

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. There are extensive smoking restrictions in and around the facility.


Ability to read, write and communicate in the English language and perform mathematically computations; high school diploma (or equivalent) preferred.

Two (2) years of Operator experience in a power plant or industrial environment; technical training and previous success in performing technical functions in a utility plant environment preferred.

Ability to learn the principles and operations of power plant equipment.

Basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles related to physics,
mathematics, AC and DC electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermodynamics,
chemistry and metallurgy.

Ability to understand and read mechanical and electrical drawings such as PI&Ds, single-line diagrams, schematics, and logics.

Knowledge of power plant safety, especially in areas such as chemical handling, high energy systems, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, first aid, rotating machinery, and heavy equipment operations.

Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plant and material handling equipment, as well as basic hand, portable and pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment.

Demonstrated excellent communication skills with all levels of the organization.

Demonstrated ability to communicate and coordinate work with others on technical and non- technical subjects across job families.

Ability to work weekends, holidays, and rotating shift work.

Additional Information

VNA is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. VNA's practices and employment decisions, including those regarding recruitment, hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation, benefits, training, discipline, and termination shall not be based on any person's sex, race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, citizenship status or other protected group status as defined by applicable law. VNA gives fair consideration to all qualified individuals and affords all employees and applicants opportunities for advancement according to their individual abilities without regard to membership in any applicable protected category. No opportunity for hire, advancement or any other condition of employment will be diminished through unlawful discriminatory practices.


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