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General Electric Test Facility Mechanic in Richmond, Virginia

Job Description Summary

Job Description

Role Summary:

The Test Facility Mechanic will perform inspections, troubleshoot, repair, replace, install, and adjust non-powered electronic, electric, and mechanical equipment and rotating power service machinery.

We are passionate about creating an inclusive work environment. By valuing the ideas and contributions of a diverse workforce we help inspire others to grow, succeed, and raise the bar for everyone. Join us at GE Gas Power, where results can be achieved by embracing a community of belonging.

Essential Responsibilities:

As the Test Facility Mechanic, you will:

  • Prioritize safety above all else by maintaining a rigorous adherence to safety standards and processes, ensuring that safety risks and issues are identified, reported, and addressed immediately

  • Follow methods, standards, and work instructions to:

  • inspect, troubleshoot, repair, install, adjust, and maintain mechanical and rotating systems and equipment

  • utilize technical procedures, drawings, equipment specifications, and repair instructions to ensure proper specifications are met

  • utilize precision measuring instrumentation such as digital low resistance ohmmeters, meggers, micrometers, and others to calibrate, test, and adjust equipment for proper operating characteristics

  • complete preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of essential operating systems to ensure reliability. Systems include:

  • Oil lubrication (main, gear, seal, and high-pressure)

  • Drive motor (LCI SyncDrive)

  • Shafting

  • Planetary Drive Gearbox

  • Controls / Control Room Instrumentation

  • Ventilation

  • Vacuum

  • Power (excitation, transformer, and emergency)

  • Cooling water

  • Low Speed Balancing Machine (Schenck-Trebel)

  • connect lubrication piping to and from equipment, and test to evaluate proper operation

  • monitor equipment using a Human Machine Interface (HMI) during testing

  • assemble equipment or adjust tension on nuts and bolts, or position parts to set specified clearances by fastening to foundation or other structures

  • measure and insert shims between moving and stationary parts

  • move machinery and equipment using overhead crane, hoists, dollies, rollers, and trucks

  • lay out mounting holes using measuring instruments and drill holes with power drill or press

  • bolt assemblies to basic assembly units

  • dismantle equipment, using hand tools, power tools, pneumatic tools, and hydraulic tools

  • shrink-fit bushings, sleeves, rings, gears, and hubs to specified items using portable gas heating equipment

  • dismantle machinery and equipment for shipment to installation site, storage area or warehouse

  • operate small mechanical lathe to grind, file and turn machine parts to dimensional specifications

  • install and test instrumentation with special equipment and verify systems output on balancing software

  • Embrace a culture of respect, valuing inclusive teams and diverse perspectives to enable the flow of information by inviting participation and responding productively

  • Approach daily work with continuous improvement in mind, working to continuously develop and improve test facility department practices to reduce cycle time, improve machine availability and efficiency, and lower operating costs.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED)

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a manufacturing, service facility, or public environment; applying electrical and mechanical principle in repair, installation, and maintenance


  • Ability and willingness to perform the physical requirements of the position with or without reasonable accommodations

  • Ability and willingness to obey all safety rules including the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as steel-toed shoes, safety glasses, and hearing protection in designated areas

  • Ability and willingness to work overtime, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends, as business needs dictate

  • GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

  • Ability and willingness to work 1st and 2nd rotating shifts

  • Ability and willingness to work overtime, weekends, and holidays

Desired Characteristics:

  • Ability to maintain rigorous adherence to safety standards and processes

  • Demonstrated ability to perform inclusively in a diverse environment and to promote inclusion and diversity in the workplace

  • Prior experience in a Power Plant operations environment

  • Ability to understand blueprints and technical drawings

  • Ability to understand and use precision measuring equipment

  • Basic understanding of math related to repairs and manufacturing

  • Demonstrated ability to investigate and resolve problems

  • Demonstrated ability to adapt, be flexible, and maintain enthusiasm during periods of change to schedule and repairs parameters

  • Lean manufacturing experience

  • Ability to focus on multiple projects and priorities at one time, manage time effectively, and allocate resources efficiently

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: No