Prairie State Generating Co., LLC

  • Intern - Safety - Corporate

    Location US-IL-Marissa
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(10/22/2018 4:04 PM)
    Job ID
  • Overview

    Prairie State Generating Company is looking for an assertive college student who is interested in a summer intern program in the Safety and Health aspects of a progressive coal-fired power generation and underground coal mining operation.  A limited number of internships are available for college students enrolled in the specific curriculum of Safety Engineering and Occupational Health.  Participating as an intern will provide experience and exposure to state of the art technology in a newly established, yet still developing operation.   Student interns will receive industry experience, hands-on training, paid intern program and exposure to industry professionals.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities


    Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following (other duties and responsibilities may be assigned):

    Safely conduct all work and activities related to employment at PSGC.

    • Be a valuable and respected member of the overall PSGC team and specifically the PSGC campus safety team through a high level of professionalism, maturity and commitment to the stated values of the PSGC as witnessed by their daily conduct, words and actions.
    • Conducting all analysis and research to address at least one major safety and health process related project during the course of the internship
    • Participate in and successfully complete all prescribed safety and health training as required for work in the Power Plant and underground Coal Mine environments
    • Attend and complete 40 hour MSHA New Miner training course
    • Provide insight and collaborate in projects to enhance the safety and health processes at the Power Plant and Mine Operations
    • Provide support to organizational emergency response operations at the Power Plant and Mine operations and participate in related training opportunities where applicable.
    • Represent PSGC in a professional manner at public relation opportunities that may be provided during the course of the internship. These may involve federal, state and local officials from various agencies as well as professional organizations such as the American Society of Safety Engineers(ASSE) and the National Safety Council (NSC)
    • Develop and present information relevant to the projects assigned to various levels of the organization. This may also involve presentations to outside agencies or organizations.
    • Assist with various industrial hygiene sampling projects as may be assigned over the course of the internship.
    • Conduct incident investigations as assigned including comprehensive acquisition of data, interviewing of involved personnel, analysis of data and final recommendations related to immediate, short term and long term opportunities for improvement based on the hierarchy of controls.
    • Provide insight into the various aspects of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) regulations
    • Collaborate with PSGC team members regarding the practical application of OSHA and MSHA regulations to the PSGC Power Plant and Mine working environments.
    • Develop and populate data files related to PSGC injury and incident historical database
    • Analyze data from the PSGC injury and incident database and provide hypothesis and theory on causation factors and opportunities for future incident prevention.
    • Become familiar with the fundamentals of OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) process and practical application of those regulations to daily PSGC Power Plant Operations.
    • Attend and actively participate with employee driven safety teams (committees) at both the Power Plant and the Mine
    • Engage and participate in projects that actively support the Mine in developing their safety and health Management system/process (SHMS) based on the 20 elements of the National Mining Association (NMA) CoreSafety system.
    • Engage and participate in projects that actively support the Power Plant Mine in developing their safety and health Management system/process (SHMS) based on the elements outlined for earning the designation as an OSHA Voluntary Protection Plan (VPP) STAR facility.
    • Engage in opportunities to perform and learn principles of behavior based safety (BBS) systems including data collection through observations, interactions and analysis of the related data derived from those BBS activities.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • N/A


    Qualification Requirements


    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, skills, and abilities required for this position.  REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS MAY BE MADE TO ENABLE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS.



    • To be considered, an individual MUST be enrolled in an accredited college degree program focused on the profession of Safety Engineering and Occupational Health (Industrial Hygiene).
    • Must be in good academic standing.
    • Previous intern experience, specifically in the field of Safety Engineering and Occupational Health is preferred.
    • MUST be available for a 10-14 week program beginning in Mid/Late-May to Early/Mid-August.


    •  N/A

    Knowledge of


    • Safety and health hazards associated with each job assignment.
    • OSHA/MSHA regulations
    • Basic Industrial Hygiene sampling methods
    • Basic Incident Investigation techniques
    • Basic Root Cause Analysis techniques and any related software (i.e. TAPROOT, SOLOGIC, Cause Mapping)
    • Basic Computer Skills (Microsoft WORD, EXCEL, Power Point, Access)

    Skills and Abilities


    • Ability to clearly communicate with co-workers, supervisors and others.
    • Ability to read and understand operating procedures.
    • Ability to read and understand Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
    • Ability to work unsupervised as required.
    • Ability to tactfully ask appropriate questions and accept applicable constructive feedback from peers and supervisors.
    • Ability to show initiative and self-start proactive actions that will produce tangible results.
    • Ability to properly identify and manage risk
    • Ability to present themselves in a professional fashion including safe, applicable daily work attire for the relative work environment and the tasks being performed.
    • Ability to enter confined spaces, climb ladders and wear respirators as needed.
    • Ability to sit, stand, reach, stoop, and lift items weighing as much as 50 pounds.
    • Ability and willingness to adapt to a flexible work schedule beyond regularly stated “business” hours as project and task requirements dictate.
    • Possess a valid driver’s license and safely operate basic motorized equipment as applicable and licensed to operate.

    Work Environment


    The characteristics listed herein describe the work environment the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS MAY BE MADE TO ENABLE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS.  While performing the duties of this position, the employee:


    • Works in an office environment, power plant or coal mine environment.
    • Exposed to a quiet to moderately noisy environment primarily; very noisy and dirty environment occasionally.
    • Exposed to coal-fired power generation environment and related hazards occasionally including work at heights.
    • Exposed to underground coal mine environment and related hazards occasionally including work in dark, enclosed, underground limited visibility surroundings.


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