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Vale, Oregon
United States
Management - Plant Manager
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5+ years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Power Plant Manager

Position provides operational and maintenance management of USG Oregon, LLC (a subsidiary of U S Geothermal, Inc.) providing operating services at our geothermal facilities in Vale, Oregon.  The Neal Hot Springs facility is located 15 miles west of Vale, Oregon and is a TAS Binary Cycle low temperature turbine generator set, of nominal 22 MW or greater capacity. 

US Geothermal believes strongly in a team approach to leadership, and the successful candidate will share that conviction.


Including but not limited to:

  • Supervise facility staff including training, work prioritization motivation and safety.  This includes direct oversight of facilities operating procedures, maintenance procedures and programs, spare parts and inventory systems.
  • Oversee all routine operational tasks including rounds, data collection, and water chemistry.
  • Provide first line of support to the facilities in the event of an operational upset.
  • Optimize facility performance. Identify, investigate, define, and resolve facility operational and maintenance problems.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual capital and O&M budgets.
  • Support compliance with all regulatory requirements.  
  • Achieve a general understanding of all contracts, permits and other governing documents and adherence to those documents.
  • Prepare monthly reports regarding operations and maintenance activities.
  • Assign and oversee completion of all work orders per schedule with updates to scheduling.
  • Prepare plans for all major maintenance evolutions, including personnel, contractor, and vendor scheduling and interface.
  • Monitor, evaluate and maintain facility performance as required per PPA and other agreements in order to ensure that capacity and efficiency are maximized.
  • Devise and implement improvement projects both capital and non-capital that increase the profit of the facilities.
  • Assist in identifying and managing warranty claims as necessary.
  • Perform any other reasonable duty or responsibility dictated by the VP of Operations.
  • Ensure that the VP of Operations is informed of general plant status at all times.
  • This position requires occasional travel.

 Knowledge, Skills, and Ability-

 The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of turbine and ancillary equipment theory, operation and maintenance;

  • Controls experience, particularly Allen Bradley Compact Logix/Micrologix 5000 based software platforms a plus.  
  • A level of advanced technical skills, such as rotating-equipment vibration analysis, electrical troubleshooting, etc. desired.
  • Must also have a basic knowledge of environmental regulation and permit requirements or the ability to rapidly assimilate same. 
  • Will possess proven leadership and demonstrate qualities as a dynamic, pro-active professional. 
  • Experience with Ormat Energy Conversion turbines a plus. 
  • Brush generator experience desirable. 
  • Closed loop thermodynamic systems experience, including HRSGs, Boilers, OEC, and turbines, a plus.  
  • Prefer an individual with excellent troubleshooting skills.

  • Capable of working safely in a plant atmosphere, including ability to hear aural alarms and see hazardous conditions. 

  • A strong understanding of plant operations and maintenance, with actual operating experience a plus. 
  • Must be capable of writing and/or editing plant operating procedures.
  • Must have strong interpersonal, including verbal and written communication skills; accurate report-writing required.
  • Must have basic skills in standard word-processing and spreadsheet software, such as MS Word and Excel.
  • Must be able to supervise the implementation of data based programs for maintenance management software and vibration analysis software.


  •  Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering (including derivatives), or other applicable field from an accredited college or university is desired. 
  • Exceptional work or military experience may be substituted for degree at our option.


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in power generation.
  • Material and Equipment Directly Used- Office equipment, including computer w/ applicable business software (currently Microsoft products).
  • Various ordinary and specialized hand tools, power tools, diagnostic equipment and tools.
  • All power plant equipment including pumps, turbines, electrical switchgear, valves, engines, boilers, etc.
  • Chemical handling
  • Vehicle maintenance and operation, including trucks, forklifts, mobile cranes, etc.

 Working Environment-

  • Work is generally performed inside plant office or inside the plant but will require work outside in inclement weather, and in equipment packages.
  • Individual will share on-call duties with senior control operator, and occasionally with the VP of Operations.
  • Successful candidate is expected to reside within no more than about 80-minutes of the facility for all but the most inclement of weather.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid unrestricted driver’s license for the state of residence. 

 Physical Demands-

  •  Work is generally not physically demanding but requires the ability to climb stairs and ladders, and lift 50 pounds and carry a few feet.
  • Work is sometimes performed at high levels of exertion, especially during times of plant upset.
  • Able to see so as to adequately perform the job requirements.
  • Able to hear (at some acceptable dB limit of loss) in order to hear plant alarms, equipment condition, and to receive oral information.
  • Able to wear a respirator.
  • Able to physically participate in equipment removal, teardown, repair and replacement as required.

 Mental Demands-

  • Able to perform common power-industry mathematics and analysis;
  • Able to respond quickly and appropriately and direct others suitably during abnormal plant operating conditions, including bona fide emergencies;
  • Able to clearly and accurately communicate verbally with subordinates and superiors as required;
  • Able to analyze cause-and-effect relationships with plant systems;
  • Able to efficiently devise clear written procedures, reports and business communications;
  • Able to handle self and direct others during times of emergency such as fire, electrical storm, etc.


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