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Power Station Control Room Operator

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Date: Mar 13, 2019

Location: Kalgoorlie, WA, AU

Company: TransAlta

TransAlta operates and maintains 6 Power Stations in Western Australia. With a 20-year history in the State, we provide safe, clean and reliable power to large mining and industrial customers and have invested significantly in stable, long-term contracts.

Reporting to the Plant Manager, Regional Control Centre,  the Regional Control Centre operators will ensure the operation and dispatch of local and remote assets is performed in a safe and diligent manner to meet all operational targets through minimising costs and maximising efficiencies.

The base location for this position is at TransAlta’s Parkeston Power Station in Kalgoorlie, is shift work with a current roster of 4 shifts on and 4 shifts off comprising day and night shifts. Travel to all operating sites is also a requirement of this position.

Key Responsibilities


  • Ability to identify and mitigate risks/realise opportunities;
  • Use available tools to proactively identify risks to the operations and Australian business;
  • Manage the system in the most cost effective manner, maintaining safety of personnel;
  • Dispatch assets in line with all associated business PPA’s and optimise financial benefits from PPA’s and the Wholesale Electricity Market;
  • Detailed work orders on plant malfunctions will be created for planning of repairs;
  • All relevant data collected after abnormal events, i.e. alarm logs, event logs + trends etc, and stored in an appropriate location;
  • Log keeping of a high standard;
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems with plant equipment
  • Participate in Incident Investigations proving expert opinion in areas of expertise;
  • Training of new staff members in the operations department;
  • Daily collaboration with Maintenance staff on plant performance and daily required maintenance schedule.

To be considered for the role you will need the following qualifications/skills


  • Trade qualified or similar in electrical discipline or higher
  • Experienced in a control room environment (preferably power generation/distribution);
  • Experienced with the LM6000 gas turbine and Citect control systems
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills;
  • Ability to work safely both independently and in a team environment;
  • Intermediate computer skills (office suite and databases) are required;
  • Working knowledge of and the ability to interpret mechanical, electrical and P&ID drawings and specifications.
  • Supports and contributes to an environment of open communication and collaboration amongst the entire team;
  • Shows respect at all times to colleagues, customers and contractors.


We offer excellent working conditions and are looking to recruit a motivated team member who is keen to enhance their skills in a specialised field.


Incentives such as top private medical cover, location allowance and a bonus scheme are offered as part of remuneration package. 


Shortlisting will commence immediately, and we reserve the right to close applications at our sole discretion. Candidates will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical and supply a current Police Clearance (within six months). 


We are unable to offer visa sponsorship for overseas applicants. No agency referrals please.