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Performance Testing Technician III - Amarillo, TX Job

Location(s): TX - Amarillo


Do you want to have an essential role supporting the energy infrastructure that provides power to millions of homes and businesses? Do you want to work for a company that is committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship? Consider a job at one of Xcel Energy’s power plants, and help us keep the lights on.



Position Summary

Responsible for coordinating air permit acceptance and emissions certification or compliance testing at electric power generating facilities. Ensures that all test equipment is in proper working order; maintains audit-ready calibrations and maintenance records on test equipment; and ensures test equipment meets quality standards of the utility industry’s power test codes, EPA and Xcel Energy test protocols. Working under minimal supervision, independently oversees the planning, scheduling, coordination, and completion of power plant emission testing, equipment repair, and installation activities. Acts as the regional Quality Manager and/or Technical Director. Accountable for all test activities according to the Quality Assurance Manual for Part 75 to ensure continued certification as an Air Emission Testing Body as required by the EPA.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Coordinates installation of test instrumentation for plant acceptance and emissions certification or compliance testing performed by other Technicians and/or third-party contractors. Solves test equipment problems that may occur once equipment is installed in the field. Works directly with other departments, such as Commercial Operations, Environmental Services and Plant Operations to coordinate testing.
  • Directs and coordinates all test equipment calibrations, repairs, replacements, certifications and diagnostics through the O&M and capital budget process. Supports the plant with test instrumentation and equipment when accurate and unique information on plant equipment is needed.
  • Develops and maintains all test computer software protocols and drivers that allow the field measurement instruments, data acquisition system (DAS) and test computer to communicate with each other.
  • Determines the appropriate stack test methods to be used and develops environmental test protocols for regulatory agency reviews. Maintains Quality Assurance Manual for Part 75 tests to ensure the Company’s certification as an Air Emission Testing Body as required by the EPA. Writes detailed and accurate reports for emission tests completed under their direction. Acts as the Quality Manager/Technical Director and function as the primary technical/quality assurance contact with Environmental Services.
  • Responsible for writing test equipment and system operation procedures. Performs other duties as assigned by management.
  • Position requires travel up to 50% of time to company-owned electric power generating plants within Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service (SPS) region.
  • Position is eligible for telecommuting arrangement under Xcel Energy’s Flexible Work Program.


Minimum Requirements

  • This position requires either an Associate degree (Bachelor’s degree preferred) from an accredited college in a technical field with two (2) years of industry experience or four (4) years of equivalent industry experience.
  • Technicians performing emissions tests are required to maintain a Qualified Source Testing Individual (QSTI) certification.
  • Any technician performing emissions functions will act as the regional Quality Manager and/or Technical Director and will be accountable for all test activities according to the Quality Assurance Manual, Part 75, to ensure continued certification as an Air Emission Testing Body as required by the EPA.
  • In addition to the above, a person in this position must meet the following requirements: Working knowledge of industrial processes and safe installation of testing equipment; Lead others in the installation and removal of test equipment; Working knowledge of applicable performance/emission test codes, safety procedures, testing equipment, and a variety of systems at power plants; Work effectively and safely with high pressure and temperature fluids along with high electrical voltages; Motivate others to complete the work in a safe and effective manner; Proficient with a PC and Microsoft applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and database management; Support team efforts by emphasizing team objectives and cooperation.



  • Certification from the Source Evaluation Society (SES) as Qualified Source Testing Individual (QSTI) or ability to obtain certification within 1 year.
  • Two (2) years of experience conducting emissions certification or compliance testing for utility electric power generating plants.







As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  TX - Amarillo || TX - Amarillo || United States (US) || Generation || 42430:Audit/Issues || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $27.20 to $38.06 per hour

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