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Plant Manager - Wind - MinnDakota

Elkton SD


The Wind Plant Manager manages day to day operations and maintenance of a utility scale wind power plant. This includes development and compliance with an operating budget, outage coordination and scheduling with the interconnect entity, scheduling coordinator and trading desk, oversight of operations and maintenance to ensure work is carried out using Prudent Utility Practices.


Key Responsibilities

• Ensures strict management and compliance of all company and project environmental, health and safety programs.

• Responsible to ensure crew receives periodic safety training and conducts periodic safety assessments.

• Negotiates and administers 3rd party contracts.

• Administers warranties.

• Manages implementation of capital improvement programs and retrofits.

• Manage crews performing operations, maintenance and warranty activities of all wind plant equipment, ensures compliance with manufacturers' requirements.

• Performs staffing activities, counseling, coaching, training and corrective actions of subordinate employees.

Prepares annual budget and monthly profit and loss reporting.

• Reviews and approves root cause analyses of major failures.

• Prepares performance evaluations per company instructions and guidelines.

• Ensures all relevant internal controls are followed and develops new controls as needed



• Four year college degree or technical school certificate; or 5 years of related experience or power industry training; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Demonstrated experience in power plant operations and maintenance.

• Ability to climb 80 meter steel towers on a daily basis to perform maintenance.

• Weight must not exceed 285 lbs (excluding equipment/gear) when performing job related tasks.

• Advanced computer skills utilizing word processing, spreadsheets, email, facility control, management and reporting systems, including the use of computerized diagnostic and troubleshooting tools.

• Ability to work around low and medium voltage and at times during extremely adverse weather conditions.

• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

• Knowledge of heavy equipment required for facility maintenance with a working knowledge of crane and rigging requirements.

• Valid driver's license.


Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in wind plant operations and wind turbine experience.

• Experience in high voltage maintenance and switching.

• Experience establishing and improving preventative maintenance programs.

• Experience working with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a medical Fit for Duty exam (only if applicable to job requirements), background check, references, drug screen, verification of legal right to work in the U.S., and in some cases, a credit check. A credit check will be administered when a prospective employee will be working in Finance, Accounting, Treasury or where duties may involve handling of funds, accounts or cash. A Motor Vehicle (MVR) check will be administered when a prospective employee will be regularly using a company vehicle.



Posted January 8, 2019

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