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Southern Company Plant Operator in Beaumont, Texas

Plant Operator



This position is responsible for ensuring the safe, reliable and cost effective operation of Storage and Peaking Ops facility assets on a daily basis. The Plant Operator must ensure that facilities are operated to meet system requirements and/or contractual requirements of customers and ensuring that the facilities are operated within design limits and in accordance with established procedures.

Job Responsibilities & Accountabilities by Competency

Functional Expertise:

  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all equipment and facilities needed to meet daily system and commercial needs.

  • Communicates regularly with Commercial, Gas Control, Gas Supply, other operating facilities, and/or interconnecting pipeline(s) to ensure that all requests are within the design capabilities of the facilities.

  • Properly, legibly, and accurately records all equipment and facility operations, and prepares required reports completely and accurately.

  • Comply with Company policies and procedures as well as applicable State and Federal safety and environmental regulations.

  • Performs scheduled compliance and/or maintenance work orders and facility upkeep.

  • Promotes good relations with all customers (i.e., commercial, gas control, gas supply, other operating facilities, interconnecting pipelines, management, etc.) and cooperates with other personnel and/or departments.

  • Responds appropriately to abnormal operating conditions in order to maintain a safe and reliable operating environment.

  • Appropriately responds to Emergency Response situations and implements first responder duties in accordance with the Emergency Response manuals.

Business Acumen:

  • Responsible for understanding and support of corporate and department objectives and goals.

  • Monitor facility security and access control, and supervisory control (HMI) systems, respond to system changes, alarms, abnormal operating conditions, etc. in an efficient and professional manner.

  • Strives to promote continuous improvement pertaining to safe, efficient, and reliable operation of facilities.

  • Identify and report operational issues that may impact facility reliability or efficiency.

  • Identify and report operational issues that may impact compliance with regulations or company policies and procedures.

Engagement :

  • Collaborate with management and peers, internal groups, consultants and contractors to assist with improving existing operations, special projects, new construction, and expansion of existing facilities.

  • At the beginning and end of assigned shift, participate in established shift change procedure to discuss all current orders, difficulties encountered, and known unusual conditions in the performance of facility equipment.

  • Participates in Company sponsored technical training programs, cross-training assignments, job shadowing, and orientation of new hires to improve knowledge and skills of self and others.

Driving Results:

  • Works with peers to continually improve system efficiency and reliability.

  • Strives to continually operate facilities in an efficient and reliable manner by utilizing knowledge of facilities, peer knowledge/expertise, new technology, best practices, and/or tools available to maximize system efficiency and reliability.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • High School Graduate or GED

  • Valid state driver’s license


  • Associates degree in technical, process, or plant operator specialties

Related Work Experience:


  • 3 years gas operations and/or process experience

  • Knowledge of the principles internal combustion engines, and gas processing equipment


  • Knowledge and experience in safe handling practices of flammable gases or liquids, and high pressure systems.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Must be able to pass DOT Operator Qualification requirements for specific covered tasks.

  • Mathematical proficiency

  • Ability to prepare written and electronic reports in a clear and concise manner.

  • Proficient understanding and use of the English language.

  • Basic knowledge of gas handling/processing equipment.

  • Experience reading and interpreting blueprints and diagrams.

  • Knowledge of pipeline, compression, process, LNG, LP, and/or storage field operations.

  • Good computer skills (i.e., Word, Excel, MS Outlook, etc.).

  • Ability to interact effectively with others

  • Motivated, with good communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • The incumbent works in a control room environment.

  • Shift schedules may vary according to facility operational requirements

  • Lift and carry medium to heavy weight items.

  • Reach overhead for items, stoop, bend, and twist while working.

  • Ability to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or 50 pounds of force frequently.

  • Other physical activities include crouching, talking, hearing, and performing repetitive motions.

  • Visual acuity requirements include color, depth perception and field of vision necessary to operate a computer.

  • Travel requirements should be infrequent (0 – 5%).


This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Gas Pipeline Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Texas-Metro Houston-Beaumont

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

Golden Triangle - Beaumont - 6679 Highland Ave Ext (6679BeaumontCODE)

6679 Highland Ave Ext

Beaumont, 77705

Req ID: GAS2002563

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