Abbott Energy Center Operator - Nights - Altavista, VA Plant in Altavista, Virginia

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The goal within the Energy Center Department is to maintain plant electrical/mechanical utility systems and equipment in a safe and reliable manner. This work must comply with all applicable corporate, state and federal regulations/policies. The Energy Centers Department's function is to provide high quality utilities to the manufacturing and support groups in all areas of the plant through preventative/predictive maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and upgrading of plant utility equipment and systems. This is executed in a manner which enables the plant to safely, economically and efficiently conduct business. In addition, Energy Center personnel serve as a technical resource for the plant, division and engineering groups with regards to all utility equipment and plant utilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Install various components including: seals, bearings, o-rings, gaskets, adhesives, belts, chains, rollers, sprockets, gears and sheaves; troubleshoot repair/rebuild centrifugal/positive displacement pumps; wire and repair electric motors; repair basic wiring and replace lighting fixtures and lamps; correct size fusing, motor overload protection and wire size per National Electric Code (NEC); read electrical schematics and wire directly from wiring diagrams; use of electrical and precision tools to complete assigned work.

  2. Proficient in performing repairs to energy center equipment and plant utility systems; troubleshooting complex utility systems such as chilled water, frigid water, compressed air, steam, and numerous water systems for proper operation; ensure proper operation of electrical/mechanical components and devices (push buttons, switches, timers, solenoids, motor starters, electrical disconnects, AC motors); troubleshoot and repair variable frequency drives. The technician should be familiar with all aspects of analog controls. Advanced troubleshooting of 4-20 ma signals an the ability to configure all types of analog equipment such as temperature, flow, pressure, (transmitters) current transformers, I/P and P/I (transmitters) ect. The employee must be able to verify the accuracy of instrumentation using calibration standards, proficient in setting up control valves and verifying proper operation.

  3. In addition to the above, the Energy Center Technician (ECT) will be responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting problems with AC drive systems and PLCs. An ECT should be able to access and interpret PLC logic via a laptop computer or desktop station using the appropriate communication language. Properly maintaining a PLC requires the understanding of the wiring schematics. An ECT should be able to install and wire an AC drive which requires an understanding of current flow and the theory of operation for the drive. An ECT should also be able to perform advanced troubleshooting and repair operations on the energy center’s PLC systems and communication networks. This will require an advanced knowledge of the communication software and PLC code. The ECT should be able to access the PLC logic, interpret the sequence of events, troubleshoot problems with the logic and make corrections. The ECT should also be able to evaluate problems with the communication system such as the Ethernet, control net and data highway protocol. HMI design and programming along with panel building will also be required. The ECT will be responsible for updating and maintaining necessary machine/equipment prints and/or schematics. The ECT will work with Engineering to help and develop approaches to problem solving that requires advanced technical knowledge. The ECT will team with Engineering to help solve problems that have a variety of complex features such as, conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, and difficult coordination requirements. The ECT should be able to plan schedules, conduct or coordinate detailed phases of the work in a part of a major project or in a total project of moderate scope. The ECT must be able to interface with project team members, department managers, designers, R&D, Corporate and division Engineering. They must be able to help facilitate the definition of a project scope with clients and direct efforts with outside and inside resources. The ECT should be able to conduct necessary investigations to confirm process theories.

  4. Work well with little supervision. Follow all plant and department procedures, GMP's and plant safety rules. Keep all work areas clean and neat. Housekeeping of the energy center is primarily the responsibility of everyone working in the area. Lead other employees including directing other energy center personnel on a job and providing OJT for new equipment or modifications to existing equipment /utility systems. Record and communicate shift activity in an organized manner. Properly use the plant work order system and follow all stockroom procedures. Audit equipment and develop replacement part lists.

  5. The ECT is expected to operate equipment and systems to supply adequate amounts of utilities safely to all production and support departments of the plant efficiently. They are also to keep all equipment in good operating condition. If the ECT does not have prior boiler room operating experience they will be required to be fully trained to perform the following tasks within 2 years of the hire date.

Essential Operator Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Understand and operate all utility systems and equipment.

  • Work around hazardous chemicals and systems like 150 lb. Steam and ammonia in a safe manner.

  • Wear all personal protective equipment as each job requires, including respirator use and certification.

  • Perform PMs as assigned and accept extra duties as necessary.

  • Make equipment repairs as necessary.

  • Use computer systems to control equipment, get mail and assignments, and complete PM processing.

  • Certified position must also be trained and qualified in basic electrical skills as required by the Powerhouse electrical training.

(The above description covers the most significant duties performed and does not exclude other occasional duties not mentioned. Tasks may require individuals to work any shift, any department, weekends and overtime to support production and general plant needs. Some training may require outside travel and overtime.)

Qualifications to perform this job successfully , an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Including but not limited to troubleshooting electrical and/or mechanical energy center equipment and utility systems. Monitor systems for proper operation. Three years of proven electrical/mechanical skills with regards to energy center equipment and utility systems. Experience with reading blueprints and schematics, experience with pumps, motors and drives; knowledge of the use of precision tools/instruments, ability to modify PLC and HMI programs, a strong background in instrumentation and controls, prior experience in calibration of analog equipment.

Education and/or Experience:

High School Diploma or GED and two year electrical technical degree or equivalent experience.


Facilities & Maintenance


ANSC Nutrition Supply Chain


United States > Altavista : Building 1









Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Lift, carry, push or pull weights of more than 20 pounds/9 kilos on a regular/daily basis

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