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Chief Engineer
Job ID 6583           
Long Beach, CA
Plant Operations
Plant Operations
Full-Time Regular
Bachelors Degree
More than 10 years

Covanta is a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy. Covanta's 45 Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities provide communities and businesses around the world with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Covanta is a listed company under the symbol CVA.

Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and almost 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. Covanta's facilities also recover 400,000 tons of metal per year for recycling.

To learn more about how Covanta's facilities provide sustainable waste management for the communities it serves, visit Information on our facilities is available at For career opportunities, visit Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Chief Engineer will oversee Plant operational responsibilities and requirements, at this Energy from Waste mass burn power plant, that includes but are not limited to the following activities:

  • Effectively organize daily activities and oversee proper and efficient daily work of all operations personnel.
  • Provide guidance and over-site to keep boiler and turbine performance at maximum levels.
  • Manage and implement established operator and technical training programs.
  • Administer and supervise studies to improve plant operations, maintenance, or equipment and monitor the effectiveness of plant manuals and procedures, instituting changes or additions, as required.
  • Ensure the plant’s readiness to meet unusual situations and safe/efficient day-to-day operations.
  • Proficiently inspect boilers and machinery and meet plant performance targets.
  • Oversee or compile various reports at plant and corporate levels.
  • Adhere to environmental, health, and safety procedures and permit requirements.
  • Work with the Maintenance Manager to address plant operational deficiencies.

This position reports to the Facility Manager.

To be considered for this position, you must have a broad background in plant operations, including approximately 10 years experience in a supervisory role at a power plant. An engineering degree is desirable; however, a general supervisory background in an electrical or mechanical generating facility may be substituted for power plant experience. General knowledge and/or experience in industrial safety is required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional essential requirements of the position include:

  • Maintenance experience with rotating and electrical generation (turbine generator) equipment.
  • Knowledge of mass burn combustion practices.
  • Knowledge of boiler water and cooling tower treatment programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications and organizational skills.
  • Off-hours work may be required.
  • The ASME, QRO/CFO Certification is desirable, or must be able to qualify for this certification within six months of employment.