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Centrica • Ireland

Power Plant Maintenance Technician (Athlone)

Employment type:  Full time


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Job Description

We are Centrica! We’re so much more than an energy company. We’re a family of brands revolutionising a cleaner, greener future. Working here is #MoreThanACareer - we’re powered by purpose. Together we can make an impact that will truly change tomorrow. Whether you’re developing cutting-edge green tech, helping customers on the front line or simplifying operations behind the scenes.

Your work here isn’t just a job – it’s a mission. We all play a vital role in energising a greener, fairer future.

Maintenance Technician

Reference: R0061477

Assets – Athlone


Reporting to: Plant Manager

Bord Gáis Energy is one of Ireland’s leading energy and service companies. We supply gas, electricity, and energy services to over 700,000 homes and businesses across the country, offering excellent customer service as well as the best value possible. Bord Gáis Energy is uniquely positioned to drive positive change and we have an opportunity, as well as a responsibility, to reshape our future. We’re powered by our purpose, and we all play a vital role in energising a greener, fairer future. While there are challenges ahead, we are dedicated to supporting our consumers and colleagues, to rethinking power generation, and to supporting an affordable and fair transition for all.

Role Purpose:

Position Description

Applications are invited for the position of Maintenance Technician at the Athlone Peaking Power Plant (Monksland Village, Athlone, County Roscommon).

Description of Power Plants

Two 100MW flexible gas fired peaking power plants are currently being constructed in Athlone and Dublin. The plants will generate electricity using gas fired reciprocating engines that drive electrical generators. This electrical energy is then transformed to high voltage and fed to the national grid for distribution across Ireland. The engines can also run on low sulphur diesel fuel as an emergency back up and will be hydrogen ready in that they will have the capability to run on a natural gas and hydrogen mix – in preparation for when hydrogen becomes available in the future. By being available to supplement electricity generation at short notice (such as at times of peak demand), these two peaking plants will support the growth and penetration of renewable generation onto the national grid thereby contributing to the achievement of Ireland’s binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We welcome applications from:

  • Applicants with qualifications and experience in the maintenance of Electrical, Control & Instrumentation systems in a power generation environment (or a similar environment with complex control and instrumentation systems)


  • Applicants with qualifications and experience in the operation and maintenance of prime movers (such as CHP engines, diesel generators, heavy plant/marine engines, etc.)

This is an opportunity for an ambitious, high-performing candidate to take on a key role in our asset operations division as we work towards our purpose of energising a greener, fairer future.

The Maintenance Technician will carry out maintenance to the power plant systems to ensure the continued production of electricity to meet customer requirements, achieving best business value in compliance with health and safety standards, environmental requirements and other statutory requirements. Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Maintenance Technician will be part of a team undertaking routine and planned maintenance of the operational power plants. The technician will respond to plant and equipment failures ensuring it is available in a safe and reliable condition to satisfy production demands. The technician must react to daily plant changes whilst keeping a long-term focus by constantly re-prioritising actions as plans change.

About the Role:

  • Executes routine and non-routine maintenance activities in accordance with agreed procedures and operational requirements.
  • Operating safely, effectively and efficiently is at the cornerstone of everything we do. All employees are expected to ensure safe working practices and procedures are adhered to within all activities on site. Experience of working within permitted safe systems of work is essential.
  • Carry out first line maintenance activities, in response to emergency / unscheduled situations in the event of abnormal incidents in order to protect plant and personnel ensuring compliance with safety and environmental policies.
  • While the Maintenance Technician’s place of employment will be the Athlone Peaking Power Plant, flexibility will be required to work across other power plant sites.
  • Investigates complex technical problems relating to critical plant. Identifies, diagnoses and reports defects within the plant utilising the Maintenance Management system. Resolves defects whilst maintaining station performance and meeting operational targets by returning plant to normal operating service.
  • Preparing work method statements, risk assessment and / or plant operating instructions ensuring the required level of maintenance to asset is achieved and records maintained.
  • Preparing work orders; ordering spares and completing risk assessments.
  • Provides practical discipline leadership in their area of work.
  • Ensures defects and status of any maintenance activity is effectively communicated to the Operations teams.
  • Support the delivery of contracts, monitoring and reviewing of performance with the direction and support of the wider Operations, Maintenance and Engineering teams.
  • Ensure safety of staff and contractors through compliance with safety systems, including permits to work, setting to work and risk assessments. Carry out authorised roles under the safety rules.
  • Prioritise, schedule and coordinate planned and reactive maintenance activities to ensure business continuity.
  • Provide on-call cover for out of hours (nights and weekends), on a rostered basis, for maintenance activities.

About you:

  • Minimum trade qualification in an electrical, control and instrumentation field or a mechanical engineering field. A Cert/Diploma/Senior Trades in engineering or equivalent is required.
  • A minimum of five years of experience within the power generation industry or similar is desirable.
  • Experience and technical knowledge of power station maintenance or maintenance practices in similar heavy process industry.
  • A deep understanding of electrical generator systems, MV/LV electrical switchgear, plant control systems, PLCs .
  • Strong safety focus and knowledge of setting people to work safely.
  • Experience in the operation of Work Management Systems and Contractor Management.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible approach adapting quickly to changes in the job and work environment and who enjoys being fully involved in ensuring the business is a success.
  • Continuously identify improvements and take initiatives to the betterment of the business.
  • Good numeracy, literacy and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrable competence in use of IT/IS skills e.g. MS Office. MS Teams
  • Full Driving Licence and own transport (for on-call requirement)

In return, you’ll receive a competitive salary, generous annual leave allowance, and a host of other benefits, including volunteering days with our charity partner, Focus Ireland. You’ll also enjoy our friendly and collaborative culture, flexible ways of working, and you’ll be making a key contribution to Bord Gáis Energy’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing society and the energy sector has a key role to play in helping the world transition to net zero. As one of Ireland’s leading energy and services companies, we’re on a journey of transformation; to accelerate our positive impact and bring our customers on this journey with us. As we look to the future we're transforming our energy supply, services and solutions in order to become a leading net zero business in Ireland by 2045 and to help our customers reach net zero by 2050. Our ambition is to use our services, footprint and propositions to better both people and planet

Bord Gáis Energy are committed to placing equality, diversity, care and respect at the heart of our policies and everyday practices. We encourage everyone to take part in our active employee networks, including the Women's network, REACH (Race, Ethnicity, & Cultural Heritage) network, Neurodiversity network, and BRÓD, our LGBTQ+ network. We're proud of the work our networks and allies do to help us promote a culture of inclusion, empowering our colleagues to be themselves and do their best work. Our vision is to employ a diverse mix of people who reflect the societies we work in and the customers we serve, so we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and perspectives.

Our Flexible First working model empowers our people to find a better balance between home and office working. You can enjoy the convenience of working from home combined with time spent onsite in a way that works for our customers, our business and you. Our office is used as a place to connect and collaborate with colleagues, rather than your default place of work each day.

Here in Bord Gáis Energy we’re helping to create a more sustainable and inclusive future that supports our communities, our planet – and each other. The prevention of family homelessness in Ireland is an area where we believe we can make a real difference and through our partnership with Focus Ireland, we have been working on making this a reality since 2015. We encourage all colleagues to get involved in the partnership, with everyone receiving 2 days' volunteering leave to participate in initiatives or events supporting Focus Ireland.

Our Values

care | delivery | collaboration | agility | courage

The closing date for applications are 15th of July 2024

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE by hitting the 'Apply' button.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via the ‘Apply’ button.

This role is being handled by the Centrica recruitment team and NO agency contact is required.

Company benefits

Adoption leave
Open to part-time employees
Enhanced sick days
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Gym membership
Health insurance
Mental health platform access
Compassionate leave
Dental coverage
Fertility treatment leave
Season ticket loan
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced maternity leave
Carer’s leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Cycle to work scheme
Pension match/increase
Equity packages
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Share options
Financial coaching
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Company car
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

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Office locations

Windsor, London, Cardiff, Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Stockport, Staines, Hampton, Aberdeen, Barrow, Hull

Hiring Countries




United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

2nd – Large companies

2nd – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
3rd – Consumer Goods

3rd – Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023

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