RNG Plant Operator

Clean Energy   Friona, TX   Full-time     Farming / Fishing / Forestry
Posted on January 12, 2023


Operate, inspect, maintain, and repair plant equipment and maintain an aesthetically pleasing appearance of the facility by performing the following duties.

Pay range: $27.04 - $45.07

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Execute periodic inspections of plant equipment to determine proper and normal operating conditions. Check and record operational data such as fluid levels, temperatures and pressures, compare to trends and have the ability to make corrections as needed.

Complete all inspection, preventative maintenance and corrective activity in Clean Energy’s CMMS system, Microsoft Dynamics D365 Field Service. Ensure tasks are completed, notes are comprehensive and accurate, and all labor, parts and consumables are documented in the system.

Review daily operating reports and other records to ensure specified operating characteristics in control of the plant equipment.

Ensure the reception of raw materials to the digester which may include sampling/testing.

Detect and correct faulty and malfunctioning mechanical and electrical components, devices and equipment.

Diagnose equipment malfunctions during emergencies and direct activities to restore normal operation or to shut down malfunctioning unit.

Test electrical systems and continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures using testing devices such as ohmmeters and voltmeters.

Troubleshoot and repair electrical system wiring from control wiring up to 480 volts.

Remove, install and modify equipment.

Notify the Gas Plant Manager of a shutdown or major changes in output of unit.

Maintain all plant equipment and structures in accordance with manufactures and Company guidelines.

Cooperate in routine and special tests and plant inspections to improve operations and maintain safe working conditions.

Maintain a clean workspace including the plant building, control room, rest room, break room and grounds.

Responsible for the use of heavy equipment including fork truck, manlift, loader and/or vac equipment.

Comply with all company safety policies and programs. Ensure all incidents are reported immediately to the EHS department.

Participate in on-call duty and remote plant monitoring according to the scheduled rotation.

Inspect, maintain and adjust electrical equipment such as but not limited to electrical wiring, conduit, panels, switch gear, switches, gauges, transducers, solenoids, gas dryers, actuators, motors, meters, frequency drives and controls for safe and proper operating condition.

Repair, replace, and adjust malfunctioning equipment to restore proper operating condition specified in regulations and repair manuals with assistance of direct supervisor.

Inspect, maintain and adjust mechanical equipment such as but not limited to, compressors pumps, engines, intercoolers, after coolers, heat exchangers, piping, tubing, fittings, filters, traps, gas dryers, fasteners, valves and actuators for safe and proper operating condition. 

Repair, replace, and adjust malfunctioning equipment to restore proper operating condition specified in regulations and repair manuals with assistance of direct supervisor.

Other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities                                 

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience            

High School Diploma or equivalent, plus a minimum of 3 years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Language Skills

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.


Mathematical Skills             

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability                                                    

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.


Computer Skills       

Proficiency in HMI (Human Machine Interface) applications and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

None required.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following behaviors:


Quality:  Consistently produces high quality work (accurate, neat, and thorough). Strives to improve productivity, processes and quality. Demonstrates strong knowledge and skills related to the job. Presents a professional image with dress, demeanor, and manners. Maintains clean workspace, company equipment and company vehicles. Safety is a high priority; performs job safely.


Communication: Communicates clearly, concisely, effectively, professionally and timely. 

Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills. Keeps others appropriately informed and shares ideas even when unpopular.  Listens to what others have to say.  Maintains open and active communication with colleagues. Effectively uses knowledge and experience in asking, probing, and anticipating issues to ensure quality is provided.


Teamwork:  Fosters the spirit of working with each other.  Displays respect, courtesy, politeness, tact, and openness. Handles conflict in an appropriate and professional manner. Builds relationships, promotes cohesiveness, models collaboration with others.  Considers impact and issues for our customer and other departments.  Engages other impacted departments early for solutions.


Persistence:  Develops workable alternatives and solutions for problems. Exhibits persistence in following assignments through to completion. Promotes process improvements.


Reliable:  Responds in a timely manner.  Is honest, ethical, value-driven and trustworthy. Keeps commitments made, completes assignments and meets deadlines. Accountable--Takes responsibility for own actions and performance. Meets attendance and punctuality guidelines. Available and accessible.


Entrepreneurial:  Takes initiative and appropriate action.  Is engaged and committed to achieving the company’s mission. Pursues better ways to get things done and takes appropriate risks. Keeps up to date with competitor information and market trends. Controls costs and thinks in terms of profit, loss and added value. Is committed to the satisfaction of customers.


Leadership:  Provides clear direction around a vision.  Creates actionable plans and is proactive & anticipatory.  Demonstrates innovative approaches and solutions.  Is an example for employees and others.  Accepts responsibility for individual and team performance.  Makes appropriate and timely decisions and takes action on decisions.   Sets clear and reasonable performance expectations. Motivates and empowers others.  Delegates tasks appropriately.  Recruits staff of a high caliber.  Provides feedback to subordinates that is timely and direct.  Recognizes subordinates for their contributions and effort. Encourages continuous growth and learning in others.  Shows respect for others and their ideas.  Helps others manage through change.


Passion:  Is excited and creates enthusiasm about the company’s future.  Promotes a sense of company pride.  Displays sense of pride in the department and its contributions.  Displays passion for the job.


 Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to walk and sit.  The employee is occasionally required to stand.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Always practice good judgment and refer to the safety guidelines.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Always practice good judgment and refer to the safety guidelines.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.