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Plant Operator, CO at Vanguard Renewables

Plant Operator, CO

Vanguard Renewables Greeley, CO (On Site) Full-Time


Job Description

Every day, we set out to change the way the world views waste and how each of us powers our lives. We are committed to reducing on-farm and food-generated greenhouse gas emissions from waste by as much as 95 percent and recycling organic waste into a powerful source of renewable energy and low-carbon fertilizer. We work alongside farms to manage manure, enhance regenerative agriculture practices, improve soil health, protect watersheds, and support herd wellness. Our Farm Powered Strategic Alliance with major food manufacturers and retailers, dairy organizations, and farms provide a path to decarbonization for our partners and a measurable impact in combating climate change.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Biogas Technician performs skilled work that is necessary in operating an anaerobic digester, gas conditioning skid, associated digester and upgrader plantequipment. The facility is composed of a digester, pumps, gas blowers, compressors, oxygen generators,condensers, chillers, and related auxiliary equipment.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Adheres to, and has full working knowledge of, the company safety program. Will have limitedoversight responsibility for outside maintenance contractors to ensure that they are working in a safe manner. Communicates with all personnel to stress the importance of a safe workenvironment. Required to isolate equipment following proper Lock-out Tag-Out procedures.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and supports the plant safety, health, and environmental programs in all activities. Contributes to incident investigations to reduce recurrence of accidents/incidents.
  • Supports and promotes the philosophy of maintaining an accident/incident free workplace.
  • General Mechanical Duties- including valve replacement, tighten valve packing, minor pipe/flange repairs, disconnect and replace mixer motors on digesters, open and close bolted manway
  • Assist and support outside contractors with maintenance onsite maintenance such as mediachange-outs, large equipment overhauls, and vacuum removal of solids from digesters.
  • Monitor gas production of anaerobic digesters with a focus on O2 and H2S concentration.
  • Complete daily rounds of plant equipment and capture fluid temps, pressures, oil levels, gasconcentrations, process flows. Check equipment for proper operation looking for excessivevibration, fluid leaks and any conditions needing further attention. Accurately record all plantoperational parameters and respond to unsatisfactory trends.
  • Operate plant equipment including the pumps, blowers, and other related auxiliary equipment in accordance with manufacturer recommendation and established company policy.
  • Participate in plant housekeeping programs and material handling safety activities to ensure safe working conditions.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of preventative maintenance activities.
  • Write work orders on work management software to track repairs and scheduled maintenance
  • Assist in writing Standard Operating Procedures and Energy Isolation Procedures

Minimum Qualifications

  • Valid drivers license and ability to operate a motor vehicle is required.
  • Will be required to regularly lift, move, and/or push objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Relevant maintenance and operating experience in an industrial or gas processing environment is desired.
  • Operational experience may be supplemented with military experience or training in a relatedfield.
  • A relevant background in safety procedures/practices.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Able to quickly respond to rapidly changing conditions.
  • Ability to read, write and understand English is required.
  • Ability to read and understand mechanical and electrical drawings.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and to make sound recommendations on plant conditions.
  • Fundamental proficiency in Windows-based applications (Outlook, Word, and Excel) on a PC ortablet required.

Working Conditions

  • Work locations are industrial and agricultural, primarily outdoors.
  • Limited exposure to hazardous materials and/or toxic fumes will require the use of approved personal protective equipment. Regular exposure to heat, noise, flammable materials, rotating equipment, and other conditions normally encountered in an industrial environment should be expected. Vanguard Renewables will ensure all applicable work rules and safety requirements are closely adhered to.

Vanguard Renewables is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a work environment that supports, inspires, and respects all individuals and in which personnel processes are merit-based and applied without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military service status, citizenship, or other protected characteristic.

Vanguard has a vaccine mandate in place for all employees and an Offer of Employment is conditional based on your ability to provide written documentation that you have been fully vaccinated for COVID.

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