Operations Engineer

Date: Sep 19, 2023

Location: North Ruskin, Florida, US, 33570

Company: TECO

Title: Operations Engineer 
Company: Tampa Electric Company 
State and City: Florida - North Ruskin
Shift: 8 Hr. X 5 Days



This position serves as a technical employee in the area of plant operations.  The individual provides engineering and technical support to improve the reliability and availability of the generating units while reducing overall costs.  In this position, the engineer reports to the Manager of Operations, Big Bend Station.  The individual in this position is responsible for engineering, operations, and fuel management support at Big Bend Station.  It also includes plant safety, efficiency, reliability, environmental compliance, and cost effectiveness.  This position is held by an engineer with extensive demonstrated experience in coal operations, natural gas combined cycle operation, and FGD operations.



1. Operations: 

  • Ensure that the new and existing facilities at Big Bend Station are operated in a safe, efficient, reliable, cost effective and environmentally acceptable manner.
  • Select fuels and specify/recommend their operating parameters in the units for optimum production of electricity and environmental compliance.
  • Perform critical system identification, assessment, and develop/implement best practices.
  • Verify that current operations procedures/documents are technically correct, consistent, and meet all current requirements, including NERC CIP required documentation.
  • Provide leadership in understanding station operating guidelines and compliance. 
  • Communicate with Grid Operations, Operations, Generation Planning and Marketing on unit specific availability and performance metrics.
  • Provide budget, scope, and planning input for operating activities and improvement projects.
  • Act as back-up for Operation Manager when applicable. 
  • Assist in unit startups, shutdowns, outage planning and input to troubleshoot operating and equipment issues that may arise.

2. Supervision Water & Fuels: 

  • Supervise and give daily direction to their assigned personnel. Coach and foster an environment of open communication with employees. Conduct regular performance reviews. Utilize company tools to develop employee performance and skills.
  • Ensure safe work practices and station safety programs are followed. Ensure Corporate / Department (Energy Supply) / Station Policies are understood and practiced. Maintain and provide leadership toward attainment of company and station goals. 
  • Manage expenditures within approved O&M budget and capital targets. 
  • Identify, evaluate, conclude, or recommend improvements to design, construction, and operation of the assigned equipment.
  • Develop and maintain a skill training program that provides for the development of W&F personnel to meet the present and future needs of the station.

3. Maintenance and Technical Support

  • Review, track, maintain and evaluate plant operating metrics.
  • Provide process / operations engineering support.
  • Take action to ensure optimum plant performance.
  • Create and implement plans to improve station capability, reliability, efficiency, and safety.

4. Communicate effectively with updates on (i) Monthly Generation Availability Data System (GADS), (ii) fuel use, (iii) goals / unit performance (e.g., heat rate, availability, unit operational metrics), and/or any other operating metrics.
5. Foster and develop a team environment with engineering, technical and operating staff.
6. Assist with the development and implementation of operational training, including CCS Progression.
7. Perform any other duties as assigned by the Operations Manager or Station Director.


Required: Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited institution.
Preferred: Master of Science Degree in Engineering, advanced business training and/or MBA from an ABET-accredited institution.


Preferred: Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida.


Required: Minimum of five years power plant operations.
Preferred: Minimum of ten years power plant operations or natural gas combined cycle/coal fired/FGD power plant operations experience.


Required: Experience in the application of engineering principles, overall systems performance evaluation techniques, optimization methods, and cost analysis to plant issues based on experience in operating power plants.


Respond to plant needs with 24/7 coverage
Must be able to work in dusty, hot and noisy environments
Must be able to work from elevated platforms
Must be able to ascend and descend from ladders and stairs


• Cultivates Innovation and Embraces Change
• Drives Operational Excellence for Customers
• Speaks Up on Safety, Health, and the Environment
• Takes Ownership & Acts with Integrity
• Thinks Strategically & Exercises Sound Judgment

TECO offers a competitive Benefits package!!

Competitive Salary *401k Savings plan w/ company matching * Pension plan * Paid time off* Paid Holiday time * Medical, Prescription Drug, & Dental Coverage  *Tuition Assistance Program * Employee Assistance Program * Wellness Programs * On-site Fitness Centers * Bonus Plan and more!


STORM DUTY REQUIREMENTS....Please make sure to read below!!!  Responding to storms will be considered a condition of employment.

TECO Energy and its companies serve a role in providing critical services to our community during an emergency. Team members are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters to maintain service to our TECO Energy customers. Team members are required to work in their normal job duties or other assigned activities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with the company's rules and procedures.


TECO Energy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TECO Energy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement and the individual is unable to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals, employment decisions at TECO Energy will be based on skills, knowledge, qualifications and abilities.

Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Statement
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

ADA policy
It is the policy of TECO Energy to provide reasonable accommodation for all qualified disabled individuals who are employees and applicants for employment, unless it would cause undue hardship. The corporation will adhere to applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, including, but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1970s.


Application accommodations
Applicants may request reasonable accommodation in the application process five business days prior to the time accommodation is needed.


Pre-employment physical exams may be required for positions with bona fide job-related physical requirements regardless of disability. 



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