Plant Operator
South Bay, FL 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
Plant Operator

South Bay, FL, US

Req ID: 25206
Date: May 6, 2021

Florida Crystals is a leading domestic sugar producer and North America's first fully integrated cane sugar company, guiding our sugar from the field to the table. We are America's first and only producer of certified organic sugar, grown and harvested in the United States, and the first sugar certified CarbonFree by Our renewable energy facility is the largest of its kind in North America and provides clean energy that powers our sugar operations and tens of thousands of homes, which helps us reduce our use of fossil fuels.


Under the general supervision of the Shift Supervisor, this position is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the facility in accordance with all federal and state requirements and company policies and standards.


  • Locally start, stop, regulate, monitor and control boilers, turbine generators, and all auxiliary equipment, normally through the local control stations.
  • Operates and regenerates the water treatment plant equipment including filters, RO units, makeup de-mineralizers and return condensate polishers.
  • Observes, records, and interprets indications from local instrumentation and control systems. Calculates, evaluates, and reports findings.
  • Assists in the investigation of plant problems, incidents, accidents, unusual events, and provides analysis, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans.
  • Determines the need for and performs routine operational tests and adjustments on all power plant systems and components as required.
  • When properly trained or supervised, performs tests, in or out of the chemical laboratory, on steam, water, and other samples.
  • Checks daily consumption rates of chemicals, fuels, and water; monitors inventories and initiates action to replenish same.
  • Performs equipment switching and hold order tagging.
  • Perform routine preventive and predictive maintenance on systems and equipment; support corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment when properly trained or supervised.
  • Maintains logs, records, and data sheets; prepares reports, trends, timesheets, material requisitions, work orders, and other administrative documents related to the business of power and steam production.
  • Must be able to abide by all safety regulations and guidelines as they pertain to New Hope Power Company.
  • Must be able to report for work as scheduled promptly and fit for duty.
  • Must make every reasonable effort to avoid unscheduled absenteeism.
  • Must be able to observe all posted notices including safety instructions, non-smoking areas, and other notices.
  • *This job specification is not all-inclusive, incumbents will be expected to follow other instructions, and perform other related duties as required by their supervisor.


  • Possess knowledge of the equipment and systems installed and operated in a co-generation power plant such as motors, pumps, boilers, turbines, generators, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, cooling towers, pollution control equipment, AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc.
  • Basic knowledge/ability to understand fundamental principles related to Physics, Mathematics, AC and DC electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermodynamics, chemistry, and metallurgy.
  • Ability to understand and read mechanical and electrical drawings such as P&IDs, Single Line diagrams, schematics, and logic diagrams.
  • Knowledge of cogeneration plant safety procedure, especially in areas such as chemical handling, high energy systems, confined spaces, fire suppression, first aid, rotating machinery, heavy equipment, etc.
  • Possess the ability to read, write and comprehend technical information.
  • Possess good computer skills with proficiency in Micro Soft Office (word, excel, PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrated capability to perform specialized maintenance and/or operational tasks on typical power plant equipment using basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, basic rigging equipment such as winches, hoists, and slings; and implements such as lances, shovels, pry bars, etc.
  • Able to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with co-generation plant equipment.
  • Possess professional communication skills, both verbal and written, in order to properly communicate with plant employees and outside vendor representatives.
  • Must be able to work required schedule as determined by plant operations including shift work and on-call status to respond to emergency situations as needed.
  • Must be able to work from high locations and during inclement weather conditions as necessary.
  • Must be able to observe hazards and avoid accidents by following proper corrective measures.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts and extra/irregular hours, and to work under unusual and special conditions that can arise in a biomass co-generation plant.
  • Must be able to pass respirator fit tests and to use respiratory protective equipment or self-contained breathing apparatus when required.
  • Must be able to perform all duties associated with power plant operations which include bending, lifting, reaching, working on elevated platforms and ladders, working in confined spaces, or working at significant heights.
  • Must be able to perform all duties in a power plant environment which includes heat, stairs, ramps, uneven walking surfaces, noise, vibration and dust.
  • Ability to fill in for and perform the duties of Plant Operator with minimal direction or supervision


  • Possess a High school or vocational school diploma, or equivalent and technical training that demonstrates the ability to perform successfully in similar work environments.


  • New Hope Cogeneration Plant

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Nearest Major Market: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami

Equal Opportunity Employer
Our Company is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of this Employer to comply with all applicable fair employment practices and equal opportunity laws in every country where our employees work, and to provide employment opportunities, as well as administer all terms and conditions of employment, to all qualified persons on an equal basis. The Employer prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category protected by law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
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