Journey Power Plant Control Room Operator - City of Tallahassee

Posted By: Garnie Holmes Career Center,

City of TallahasseeThe CITY OF TALLAHASSEE has an exciting and rewarding Journey Power Plant Control Room Operator opportunity for a highly motivated experienced utility professional.  This is a highly responsible skilled journey level position that provides support to one of the Electric & Gas Utility’s two generating stations: Sam O. Purdom Generating Station, located in St. Marks, Florida. The position is responsible for the day-to-day operations and monitoring of modern power generating equipment. The Purdom Generating station is a 250 MW gas and emergency oil-fired facility with a 250 MW GE F class one-on-one combined cycle generating unit and a Zero Discharge water processing facility.

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Tallahassee, located in the panhandle of the Sunshine State, is the capital of the State of Florida and within the metropolitan area is home to more than 365,000 Floridians.  It is a dynamic and growing community that provides its residents with excellent amenities and entertainment that include award winning parks, coastal and other outdoor activities, excellent educational opportunities, festivals and sporting events, and much more. 

The City also owns and operates an award-winning electric utility that is consistently recognized for its commitment to reliable cost-effective service, customer service, environmental stewardship, and safety.  It is the 4th largest municipal electric utility in Florida and the 27th largest in the United States.  The electric utility is responsible for operation and maintenance of the city’s electric generation, transmission, and distribution system. Tallahassee’s Electric & Gas Utility delivers reliable Electric and Natural gas service to over 125,000 Electric and 33,000 Gas customers within Leon, Wakulla, and Gadsden counties.

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 Operates modern power generating facilities including combustion turbine/generators, steam turbine/generators and reciprocating engine/generators. Controls and monitors the starting, loading, operations and shutdown of generating units and associated equipment. Coordinates operations with the Electric & Gas Control Center to ensure reliable operations of the electric system. Closes and opens switchyard circuit breakers as required. Operates Zero Discharge facilities and demineralization system. Monitors all operating conditions and parameters and makes necessary adjustments or initiates corrective actions as required for safe and efficient operation. Records operating conditions and readings in plant logs. Coordinates site activities, including maintenance and security, to ensure safe and reliable operations. Reports problems or abnormal conditions to the Shift Supervisor. Monitors and controls generating units to ensure operations are conducted within all safety, operational and environmental requirements. Under the direction of the Shift Supervisor, prepares and issues clearances on all equipment that is out for repair, along with Safe Work, Confined Space, Hot Work and Excavation Permits. May direct the work and training of apprentice personnel. Participates in safety training as required. Checks with the operator being relieved for special orders and operating conditions. Reviews logs and makes visual inspection of panels and equipment. Performs other duties as required.

Other Important Duties: During periods when lab personnel are not onsite, monitor and control demineralized water systems and water quality equipment. Keeps work area clean at all times. May act in the place of the Shift Supervisor in their absence. Performs related duties as required.


Possession of a high school diploma or an equivalent recognized certificate and completion of the Electric & Gas Utility apprenticeship program for Power Plant Operations; completion of an external apprenticeship program in power plant operations and one year of journey level work experience that includes the operation of modern power generation equipment such as combustion turbines and combined cycle generating units; two years of power plant control room operator experience operating a combined cycle and zero discharge facility; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


Must be medically certified to wear a respirator and pass a respirator fit test prior to employment.

Individuals in this classification are considered essential during emergency and storm situations and must be able to work 16 hours per day for extended periods of time and may be required to be away from their family.

Individuals in this classification must be available to serve on-call and are subject to having to work outside of their assigned shift/schedule to meet operational needs.

Individuals in this classification must be able to work rotating shifts of 12 hours in length that cover 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Must be able to distinguish between red and green.

Must possess a valid Class E State driver's license at the time of appointment.

An employee assigned to the Purdom Power Plant, or who may be occasionally required to have unescorted access to the Port Facility portion of the Purdom Power Plant, (as determined by the General Manager - Electric and/or the Director of such employee's department), must obtain Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC) within 90-days of employment, and must maintain such credentials throughout his/her period of employment in that capacity, as a condition of continued employment.

How to apply: completed City of Tallahassee employment application is required. A resume may be attached to the application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applicants must apply on-line via the internet at If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at (850) 891-8214.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  The City of Tallahassee offers competitive salary and benefits. Salary range for these positions will be $34.86/hr. to $43.74/hr. depending upon qualification.

In addition to competitive salaries, the City offers a full slate of benefits for its employees including a defined benefit pension plan, City contribution to a 401K plan, cafeteria style benefit offerings including Flexbucks, 12 paid holidays, personal leave, sick leave, and catastrophic leave.

The City of Tallahassee is an Equal Opportunity and Veteran’s Preference Employer.

If you have a disability requiring accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, in the Office of Diversity& Inclusion at (850) 891-8950 or at Preference will be given to veterans and spouses of veterans in accordance with Florida Statues 295.085.