Plant Engineer

Bakersfield, US


ContourGlobal develops, acquires, and operates power generation facilities with proven and cutting-edge energy technologies. We are an international high-growth company, founded in 2005, that has grown exponentially to own and operate a fleet of renewable and thermal assets, located in 20 countries across 4 continents. Wherever we operate, we are committed to the highest standards of health and safety, environmental, social responsibility, our people’s well-being. Our longstanding ESG pledge includes becoming net-zero carbon by 2050.

Acquisition of ContourGlobal by the US private-equity fund KKR will enable us greatly to further expand our portfolio, increase investment in the energy transition, and take advantage of new opportunities in our core markets. Our multinational, integrated team of almost 1500 people prides itself on our culture and values, and welcomes entrepreneurial, innovative, ambitious, and collaborative professionals to come join us.



Job Summary:

The Plant Engineer’s key responsibilities are focused on implementing and maintaining North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) activities for the plant. This position, also, provides core support in these areas to the Plant management. Reports to the Plant Manager and provides guidance and support to the maintenance personnel.

Key Responsibilities:

Health and safety

  • Have a strong working knowledge of the ContourGlobal Health & Safety Management System and its respective safe work practices, i.e., Permit to Work, Management of Change, and Contractor Safety etc.
  • Coach and mentor facility employee through engagement on proper safety behaviors, use of the ContourGlobal Management System and its respective expectations and through on-going participation of in Health & Safety activities i.e., inspection, incident investigation and visible felt leadership.
  • Verify job tasks are adequately reviewed prior to initiating work and when changes occur in the work environment or tasks requirements.
  • Ensure all Incidents and potential adverse events (i.e., Near Misses) are quickly communicated to Plant leadership and Health & Safety site/regional support.
  • Actively participate in Health & Safety activities not limited to routine inspection, incident investigation, and engagement with regulatory authorities and visible felt leadership with all persons (contractor and company employees) as a part of their routine work.
  • Enforce company H&S standards as well as environmental management plans when working with contractors in order to ensure a safe and healthy work site.


Main Duties

  • Maintain and update Plant’s NERC, within the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), as required. Ensure engineering library has complete electronic and hardcopy reports, for historical use.
  • Review all major maintenance expenditures within budget guidelines, to ensure continued compliance with NERC requirements; and identify potential issues, concerning insurance; Community Relations; and business continuity.
  • Provide relevant inputs to the budgetary process, for the necessary improvements for NERC compliance, as required.
  • Provide necessary technical support for all related NERC specifications, evaluation of vendor/contractor bid proposals, and monitoring contractor work performance, to ensure contract compliance.
  • Provide NERC direction, to Operations & Management employees.
  • Participate in Plant emergency response programs.
  • Review, plan, develop, and execute annual outage schedules, to reflect original equipment manufacturer, and Plant-required tasks.
  • Provide task lists and schedules for plant maintenance and contractor personnel for normal operating periods, planned outage periods, and forced outage situations.
  • Implement the plant's preventive and predictive maintenance program, including equipment failure records, and provide trend information to the Plant Management.
  • Maintain the plant's Maintenance Manual and assure that vendor maintenance and repair manuals are properly filed and kept up-to-date.
  • Complete other tasks as requested by the Plant Manager.
  • Review Work Orders for completeness and accuracy. Ensure that Work Orders are properly entered and closed, in the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Coordinate and drive implementation of new plant projects and initiatives.

Commit to Lead with Our Values

  • Commit to CG values as expressed in the Essential Information. Model the values in any interaction internally and externally
  • Put Health and Safety First
  • Embrace Timely Transparency
  • Model the 3Cs – Communication, Collaboration and Coordination
  • Embrace Failure analysis and continuous improvement including Five Whys
  • Seek out ways to incorporate technology and Artificial Intelligence into the company’s legal practice

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or equivalent required.
  • 5+ years of power plant or similar experience required.
  • Power generation experience highly desired.
  • Strong electrical and microprocessor-based control background, strong rotating equipment experience and an ability to use personal computer based preventive and predictive maintenance tools desired.
  • Strong leadership and motivational skills required.
  • Physical requirements include the possibility of standing on feet for extended periods, requiring stair and ladder climbing, and routinely lifting up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Protective equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties (e.g., hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, chemical suits, hot gloves, and high-voltage protective equipment, etc.).
  • Work with hazardous materials may be required.


Position requires extended working hours and varied shifts, with weekend and holiday work; as required by schedules, workloads, and Plant conditions. "On-Call" status will periodically be required.


Travel Requirements – This position will require occasional business trips.

ContourGlobal provides equal employment opportunities and maintains a diverse workforce that reflects the rich environment of the society we live in and markets we operate.


ContourGlobal is a power generation company committed to new growth in thermal and renewable technologies. Our mission is to develop, acquire and operate electricity generation businesses worldwide, creating economic and social value through better operations, and making the communities where we work better because we are there.


- To care about our people’s health, safety, well-being and development.
- To act transparently and with moral integrity.
- To work hard and without boundaries as a multinational, integrated team.
- To expect, embrace and enable excellence and continuous learning through humility, and the knowledge that we will fail but when we do, we will learn.
- To honor the commitments of those who have placed their trust in us.

Nearest Major Market: Bakersfield