EI&C Technician I – West Chicago


Cogentrix is a leading independent power producer with a long track record of successfully acquiring, developing, constructing, operating, improving and divesting power generation assets. Cogentrix is owned by funds managed by The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest alternative asset management firms, and serves as Carlyle’s in-house power asset management platform. Cogentrix has been directly involved in the development, ownership, operations and management of coal-fired, natural gas-fired, and solar power assets delivering a combined generating capacity in excess of 10 GW. Through the ownership and operation of these plants, Cogentrix has participated in most of the major power regions in the U.S. Cogentrix currently manages plants in the Carlyle portfolio, which has a total net generation of approximately 5,800 MW

Position Summary

The person holding this position inspects, tests, troubleshoots, services, repairs, calibrates, and installs pneumatic and/or electronic control instruments. He or she generally performs all electrical maintenance work. Locates causes of defective performance of instruments, reports findings, and replace component parts as required. He or she performs preventive maintenance. He or she may train and guide less experienced technicians.

This position will provide I&C technical work between three facilities located in Elgin, East Dundee and Danville, IL. The home location will be in the West Chicago area near the Elgin/East Dundee, IL within a reasonable commute to both the Elgin and Rocky Road sites. It will also require travel to the Tilton facility near Danville, IL

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform corrective, preventive, predictive and emergency maintenance coordinating work with other departments.
  • Assist in developing and improving the facility’s preventive and predictive maintenance programs.
  • Calibrate, test, maintain, troubleshoot and install all power plant instrumentation, control systems and electrical systems. This includes but is not limited to- valves, drives, motors, chargers, inverters, transmitters, analyzers, breakers, transformers and shop calibration equipment.
  • Understand and utilize the computerized maintenance management system for the plant to input and retrieve job-related information.
  • Implement safe working practices, identify hazards immediately and recommend and/or implement repair.
  • Coordinate and supervise outside contractors during maintenance activities, as required.
  •  Understand and comply with all company safety and environmental regulations, including safe work practices as described in company manuals.
  • Be familiar with all power plant systems and equipment such as but not limited to: Siemens T-3000 controls systems, Ethos Enginer ICON, Siemen and GEgas turbines, Mark V (HMI preferred), Emerson Delta V Distributed Control System, Allen Bradley PLCs and Continuous Emissions Monitors.
  • Perform other assigned collateral duties.

Required Job-Related Qualifications:

  • Good communication skills both written and verbal; ability to communicate, read and write effectively in English with a high school diploma.
  • Five years of experience in power plant (combined cycle preferred) instrumentation and/or electrical field.
  • Allen Bradley PLC system experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of all phases of the Instrument Technicians and the Electricians trade as well as knowledge of the power plant environment, safety and electrical hazards and working knowledge of other maintenance disciplines.
  • Ability to deal effectively with other employees, outside contractors and vendors.
  • Ability to use most common computer programs such as Access, Excel, Word, etc.
  • Thorough knowledge, skill and hands-on trouble-shooting and repair experience relating to instrumentation and control systems used in modern power stations, including turbine controls and machine condition monitoring equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge, skill and hands-on trouble-shooting and repair experience relating to electrical systems used in modern power stations, including 13.8kV switchgear and motors, 4160-volt switchgear and motors, 480-volt motors and control centers, transformers, batteries, inverters and chargers, main generator and excitation equipment.
  • Ability to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime and respond to off-hour call ins when contacted by phone or by pager.
  • Ability to use standard test equipment properly.
  • Demonstrate ability in reading P&IDs, electrical schematics, one-line and logic diagrams.
  • Ability to work at various heights from ladders and scaffolding and in areas of high noise and temperature extremes.
  • Ability to work near high voltages, rapidly moving equipment and in confined spaces with occasional heavy lifting.
  • Occasional work with chemicals including but not limited to acids and solvents.
  • Ability to walk continuously, climb stairs and remain standing for prolonged periods

Qualified candidates should send Resume by email to careers@cogentrix.com. Please note the Position in the Subject line of your email