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Instrument & Control Technician


Sutherland, NE, US, 69165-2134

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Instrument & Control Technician located at Gerald Gentleman Station in Sutherland, Nebraska.  Position closes January 2, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. 

This position will report to the Instrument & Control Leader.

Position Summary

Safely maintain and repair the instrumentation, controls, computers, Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and various supervisory/safety related controls systems associated with Gerald Gentleman Station.  Maintain the integrity and accuracy of equipment that monitors and controls federal, state and local regulated systems. Provide detailed record keeping and database management associated with the equipment.

Education, Training and Experience

Incumbent must be recommended based on the Power Plant Maintenance Selection System (MASS) results.

Two-year Associates Degree in Electronic/Electrical/Mechatronics discipline or related field, and 3 years of experience as an I&C Technician in an industrial setting


Equivalent military training, and 3 years of experience as an I&C Technician in an industrial setting


High School diploma/GED and either: 1) a minimum of 5 years of experience as an I&C Technician an industrial setting, or 2) completion of an I&C Technician apprentice program, or 3) other work experience or demonstrated performance indicating that the applicant has the skills and ability to perform the required duties of the position.

Licenses and/or Certifications


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Troubleshoot and repair equipment associated with a Distributive Control System (DCS), including tuning, configuration, maintaining process databases, generating reports, diagnosing system problems, and replace/restore faulty modules within various integrated controls systems.


Calibrate, test, configure, and maintain the various environmental monitoring systems within the operation of GGS, in accordance with regulations set forth by various regulatory agencies, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE), and Nebraska Natural Resources District (NRD). Provide detailed record keeping directly related to the maintenance and repair of associated equipment.


Provide problem-solving skills to monitor, tune, and repair various integrated control systems that automatically operate critical station equipment to maximize station reliability and efficiency.


Troubleshoot, calibrate, repair, and verify the proper configuration of various process control instrumentation, such as transmitters, meters, controllers, indicators, analyzers, actuators, positioners, motor operated valves, etc.


Maintain detailed equipment history on instrumentation and control systems.


Program/configure the station's programmable logic controllers utilizing application software from various manufacturers.


Configure, test, and maintain radio control "Canopy" systems for remote controlling equipment, and environmental monitoring.


Maintain and repair plant communications and emergency warning systems.


Maintain various communication and security systems in accordance with North American Electric Reliability Commission (NERC), cyber and physical security regulations.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (Continued)

Initiate and implement design modifications and controls system upgrades including the installation of new equipment, testing, programming, and interfacing that equipment into overall plant operation.


Utilize various data transfer protocols including Fault Tolerant Ethernet, SCADA, modbus, and radio link.


Research, create, and present training classes for the various control systems at GGS.


Initiate changes and corrections to station drawings and schematics.


Be available for on-call responsibilities and respond to station emergencies.


Incumbent is responsible to comply with the expectations for this position as specified in the GGS Expectations Manual.


Work extended work weeks and irregular hours, including holidays, weekends, and night shift as needed, during station outages and emergencies.

Accountable for other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity & Inclusion
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship

Salary Information - Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary with opportunities for growth. 

Pay Grade - 13 Hourly

Typical Pay Grade Starting Salary Range: $36.88  - $46.10


Travel Required: Up to 25% (With no or minimal overnight stays, less than 3 per month, typically within state of Nebraska)  Travel required may fluctuate by business need. This is an estimate and will be discussed further with candidates that receive an interview.


Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical, training opportunities and more.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force. We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

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