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Southern Company Plant Operator Helper in Chesapeake, Virginia

Plant Operator Helper




Assist in the maintaining of the peak shaving plants and compressor stations. Learning the position of Plant Operator is a requirement for VNG Peaking Ops to function on peak days during winter months assuring reliability of plants to support system supply.


  • Work with plant supervisor, mechanics, and operators to ensure educational development by reviewing operational procedures in the techniques of operation, maintenance and repair of propane equipment and compressor stations operations for promotion to plant operator.

  • Operate Chesapeake, and Pivotal Propane Plants remotely or locally for peaking demands.

  • Unload and load propane at the Chesapeake, and Pivotal Propane Plants delivered by trucks or other means

  • Transfer propane – liquid/vapors from bullet tanks and refrigerated propane storage tanks

  • Operate VNG Compressor Stations in Charles City and Ladysmith remotely or locally for peaking demands.

  • Perform general plant maintenance – pipeline painting, lawn maintenance, general house cleaning, to include cleaning of kitchens and bathrooms and other buildings

  • Maintain a safe environment in work areas of the facilities for safe working conditions.

  • Assist plant mechanic with PM schedules in DataStream 7i to ensure equipment preventive maintenance completed as scheduled.

  • Perform other reasonable essential functions as assigned.


  • A team player – able to work well with coworkers

  • Available for 24-hour shift work

  • Available for emergency callouts after scheduled workdays, weekends, and holidays

  • Must be a decision maker able to convey instructions to supervisor and coworkers to achieve desired results

  • Be comfortable occasionally working at considerable heights

  • High school graduate

  • Rotating call duty for any of the plants, stations

  • Passing OQ testing on operations of the plants, stations after training


  • Knowledge of precision tools and equipment

  • Electrical and electronic troubleshooting

  • Familiarity with transmitters, thermocouples, sensors etc.

  • Repair and troubleshooting motors, actuators, compressors, and pumps

  • Proficiency with computers

  • Familiarity with control logic and P&ID’s


  • Safety-sensitive

  • Exposure to excessive heat, cold, rain and noise

  • Extensive daily travel

  • Subject to 24-hour call-out

  • Travel between plants required


  • Teaming

  • Leadership

  • Innovation

  • Planning and organizing

Disclaimer: 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 of employees in the job. Reasonable accommodation 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 Type: Standard

Primary Location: Virginia-Coastal Virginia-Chesapeake

Operating Company: Virginia Natural Gas

Job Type: Standard

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

Union Covered: Yes

Work Location(s):

Chesapeake County Propane Plant - 2500 S. Military Hwy. (2500ChesapeakeCODE)

2500 S. Military Hwy.

Chesapeake, 23320

Req ID: GAS2003699

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