Kapolei, Hawaii

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Position Description:

While working under direction of the Shift Supervisor, the Control Room Operator is responsible for monitoring the status of all plant systems on a continuous basis. The Control Room Operator will respond to alarms, by taking appropriate corrective actions, and execute plant shutdown and start-up procedures, to assure the plant meets its operational, environmental, and safety commitments, while operating in safe and environmentally efficient manner. At times, the Control Room Operator willlead and directotheremployeeson their shift to address various plant conditions.

  • Controltheoperation of systems, including steam generation, condensate, feed water, turbine/generator, circulating water, service water, fuel handling, ash handling, electrical, fire protection, air pollution control, and various computer networks.
  • Read and interpret meters, gauges, recorders, and annunciators to determine system operating conditions; take action within prescribed normal and emergency operating procedures.
  • Adjust and monitor temperatures, pressures, flows,and levels on station primary system components, for plant optimization.
  • Initiate and conduct periodic surveillance,tests,andoperating safety checkson equipment.
  • Maintain required logs and calculations; observe these logs for indications of faulty operation; and notifysupervisor of abnormal system conditions.
  • Monitor operation of systems and components including pumps, motors, valves, fans, dampers, grates, augers, conveyors, dust collections, etc.
  • Inspect operability of fire protection systems, emergency backup equipment, and electrical supply equipment and instrumentation associated with station systems and components.
  • Examine air pollution control equipment.
  • Accurately read and record data, and reporting equipment malfunctions or trends, which indicate possible equipment danger.
  • Identify and correct abnormal operating conditions or emergency situations.
  • Understand and train junior operators on the operating principles of the power facility's systems, components, and steam cycles.

Position Requirements:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of three (3) years' power plant or relevant experience, in an operating or generating plant with high-pressure boilers and electric generating equipment, or formal technical training. Previous experience as a Control Rom Operator is desired.
  • Basic computer, oral and written communication skills, and problem solving and decision-making ability.
  • Strong leadership and motivational skills, and the ability to stay alert while sitting for long periods of time.
  • Ability to read blueprints, P&IDs, and understand schematic specifications and vendor technical manuals.
  • Obtain the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) QRO Provisional Certification within the first year of holding the position.
  • Be able to work on a rotating shift schedule and work overtime as needed, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Available to work extensive overtime hours during planned and unplanned maintenance outages.

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to work in all locations within the plant, under extremely hot conditions, and in areas of dust, noise, and wet conditions. Must be able to wear a respirator, climb a ladder to access equipment and work from heights using fall protection, lift heavy objects and other manual labor to including pushing, pulling, sweeping, and shoveling. Covanta is a smoke free worksite.

Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability EEO is the Law Poster (The poster can be found at https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf). Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to access job openings or apply for a job on this site as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by contactingus at careers@covanta.com.

Kapolei, Hawaii

About Covanta We Help Communities Generate Energy from Waste

 Covanta (pronounced coh-van-tuh) is one of the world’s largest owners and operators of infrastructure for the conversion of waste-to-energy (known as “energy-from- waste” or “EfW”), as well as other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses. Our company name represents the cooperation and advantages inherent in the partnerships we form to provide sustainable waste disposal solutions  for the communities and businesses we serve. Covanta operates and/or has ownership positions in over 40 energy-from-waste facilities in located North America, Italy and China. We also operate other waste management businesses such as transfer stations and metals recycling facilities complementary to our core EfW business.

Covanta-operated facilities in North America convert 20 million tons of trash annually into 9 million megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam sold to a variety of industries. Covanta’s U.S. operations process approximately 65 percent of the nation’s EfW volume and generate, in combination with our other renewable energy facilities, approximately eight percent of America’s non-hydro renewable electricity.  

Better for the Environment

Energy-from-waste is a sustainable waste disposal solution that is environmentally superior to landfills. It is a source of clean energy that reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and is considered renewable under many state and federal laws. EfW projects also lower the risk of groundwater contamination and conserve land.

Covanta supports recycling and programs that enable communities to recycle as much as possible. As part of the EfW process, we recover over 400,000 tons of metal annually for recycling that would have otherwise been lost in landfills. Our modern Energy-from-Waste Facilities are an important element of an integrated municipal solid system that maximizes the recovery of energy and recycles metals while also minimizing the environmental impacts of materials remaining after recycling.

Studies have shown that communities that have an EfW facility typically enjoy higher recycling rates than the national average.1 Why? Processing MSW at Energy-from-Waste facilities for energy generation (steam or electricity) offsets, on average, one ton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for every ton of waste processed. This occurs by avoiding energy generated from fossil fuels, methane produced by decomposing trash at landfills (methane is an extremely potent GHG - about 25 times more than carbon dioxide) and recovering metals for recycling.

Safe Operations

Health and safety at Covanta is a priority at our Energy-from-Waste facilities and other operations around the world. Covanta’s health and safety commitment helps maintain consistent productivity and work quality that supports our reputation as the energy-from-waste leader. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all Covanta owned and/or operated facilities. Covanta is among the top ten companies in the U.S. to enter the majority of its operating locations into the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs.

Community Involvement

We take pride in being a good corporate citizen. Each of Covanta’s North American EfW facilities is involved in a variety of local community programs. Our community programs are centered mainly around waste disposal and recycling. Many of our employees volunteer their time to assist in cleaning up local rivers, streets, parks, in addition to, participating in local household hazardous waste programs. We also sponsor programs to support local sports teams, food pantries, scholarships and cell phones for soldiers programs. In general, we collaborate with our communities to protect and improve the environment.

Covanta is a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, a publicly traded company (NYSE:CVA).  For more information about our portfolio of companies, please visit investor relations.



1 According to findings from the research study entitled, “Recycling and Waste-to-Energy: Are They Compatible? 2009 Update” conducted by Governmental Advisory Associate. The study was partially sponsored by The Energy Recovery Council of which Covanta Energy is a member.

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