Operating Technician C


Astoria, US


The duties and responsibilities of this position are to both operate and maintain the Astoria 500 MW Combined Cycle Plant to meet availability, generation and plant heat rate requirements following all local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations.


Operating the power plant includes both operating at the control room (Inside Operator) and field operations (Outside Operator).  Responsibilities include operating and maintaining all plant components including gas and steam turbine, heat recovery steam generators, environmental control, steam & water quality, cooling tower, boiler feed, condensate, circulating water and fuel systems.  Additional responsibilities include troubleshooting, preventive and corrective maintenance on instrumentation equipment and mechanical/electrical systems. Responsibilities also include operating and maintaining the plant in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to Title V Air permit, SPDES and other environmental permits. This position requires working a rotating 12-hour shift.  The responsibilities of this position include being able to operate the control board within one year.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experienced in troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of plant systems and equipment.
  • Independent judgment and decision-making skills while performing self-directed work with minimal supervision. 
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work on heights. 
  • Must be able to able to lift minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Must qualify to wear a full-face respirator and maintain the qualifications. 

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • A.A.S. degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in gas turbine power plant or military/marine power plant applications in operation and maintenance of these systems

Physical Requirements


Military Occupational Specialty Codes
MOS - Army: 01B, 01G, 12K, 12Q, 12R, 15F, 15J, 51R, 52F, 63J, 91C, 91D 
MOS - Marines: 1141, 6033  
MOS - NavyAD, AE, AS, CE, EM, ET (NUC), GSE, GSM, MM (NUC), MR, SW, UT, 001577, 003698, 3003, 3202, 3391, 4540, 4602, 4626, 4632, 4641, 4752, 4754, 4942, 4943, 4944, 5699,  

Hourly rates for union-represented employees are collectively bargained by the New York Power Authority and UWUA. The negotiated pay rate for this position is $ 50.60 per hour.


The New York Power Authority and Canal Corporation believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents and veterans to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, NYPA/Canals is committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect communities across New York and enthusiastically serve them. We proudly celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race/color, creed/religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, age, disability, military status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy and related conditions, familial/marital status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, arrest/criminal conviction record or any other category protected by law. 
NYPA/Canals will also provide reasonable accommodations during the hiring process related to candidates’ disabilities, pregnancy-related conditions, religious observances/practices and/or domestic violence concerns.  To request an accommodation, please email accessibility@nypa.gov. 

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