Operations Engineer I

Location: Lewiston, NY, US

Summary

The Operations Engineer provides technical support for the Operations Department in the management and coordination of the Project’s electric power operations, both generation and transmission to effect the most efficient, reliable and overall smoothest operation possible with the least number of interruptions, breakdowns or problems.

 

The Operations Engineer is accountable to the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for the successful execution of his/her responsibilities in furtherance of NYPA’s North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards Compliance program as set forth in Corporate Policies CP 10-4 and CP 2-9. 

 

The Operations Engineer is responsible for performing specific tasks identified in Business Unit Policies and Procedures that support Corporate Policies CP 10-4 and CP 2-9 and compliance with NERC Reliability Standards.  The Operations Engineer is identified in NYPA’s NERC Reliability Standards Compliance Responsibility Matrix established and managed pursuant to Power Supply Business Unit procedure PS-TC-01-005-R00 Compliance Responsibility (or its subsequent revisions).

Responsibilities

  • Provide operating procedures and informational bulletins, line orders and instructions for all operations to ensure safe, reliable, secure and efficient operation of the power plant and regional transmission system.
  • Assist the Operations Superintendent with the optimization of Unit Commitment to improve efficiency while minimizing Unit start/stops and facilitating the transfer and execution of Unit Commitment management to the site.
  • Responsible for analyzing power system, metering and communications problems and interruptions, and directing staff to investigate and repair problems.
  • Prepare operations reports to include the daily and monthly reports.
  • Assist the Shift Supervisor with the coordination of outages of generation and transmission equipment so that the outages do not impact generation or transmission line flows, and are kept at a minimum.
  • Train O & M personnel in operating systems and procedures.
  • Manage administration of the handheld data recording system used by the operators.
  • Support the Operations Superintendent and Operations Shift Supervisor as they coordinate the Project’s operational and maintenance activities, generation schedules and delivery data with ECC to ensure optimum efficiency.
  • Develop job plans and packages by physically inspecting work sites and equipment.  Plan work orders utilizing established methods and procedures coordinating with applicable staff and using credible estimates of labor, materials, etc.  Ensure resources are provided in the timely manner so that work can be performed effectively, minimizing delays, increasing resource utilization within the budgetary constraints while improving quality.  Schedule at optimal times and coordinate with internal and external customers for execution and generate work orders and provide to labor force for implementation and completion.
  • Assist the Operations Superintendent as he administers and oversees both the Operations Department safety program and the project-wide lockout/tag-out procedures.
  • Review and revise, as necessary, Operator Apprentice Skills Check-offs and training material.
  • Assist computer engineer with classification of all Control Room alarms and determine response for new alarm system (DACS).
  • Lead the effort to develop procedures that will optimize Unit Commitment and efficiency and transfer and execution of Unit commitment management to the site.
  • Lead the effort to develop and maintain Operating Procedures for the Facility.
  • Assist with the development of Operators and others to transfer knowledge and increase operational reliability and efficiency.
  • Provide operating instructions and procedures for new, complex equipment being installed at the project.
  • Provide leadership and influence based on the power system and operations staffing when other departments supervisors are scheduling maintenance, to ensure market readiness, water management, and unit availability
  • Provide leadership and direction to the operations bargaining unit employees.
  • Perform Root Cause Analysis (RCA) as directed by the Operations Superintendent
  • Lead troubleshooting efforts to resolve efficiency issues/shortfalls of the unit(s).
  • Provide assistance to the maintenance superintendents in working with site engineers / planners to schedule the execution of non-recurring tasks, identifying manpower needs in all disciplines to avoid work conflicts and to develop of the resource loaded schedule.
  • Work with the superintendents and supervisors to identify ways to achieve productivity gains in the scheduling and execution of both recurring and non-recurring tasks.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Possess both a theoretical and practical understanding of power system operation and power system equipment.
  • In-depth knowledge of the operation of a generation plant, a regional transmission system and their role and operation within the NYISO.
  • Effective communication skills to verbally express ideas to individuals or groups in both public and private settings, to write technical reports and correspond with colleagues and customers on technical subjects.
  • Ability to solve power system problems by verifying and analyzing data, and then developing a course of action based on the logical deductions from the data; additionally, possess the problem-solving and listening skills required when dealing with personnel problems.
  • Ability to take the initiative and independently recognize and solve problems in the operations department as they arise.
  • Ability to make on-the-spot decisions during situations involving power interruptions, failures, or breakdowns that affect reliable generation and transmission of the Niagara Project’s power to its many customers.
  • Thorough knowledge or ability to master all of Microsoft Office products as well as other NYPA software packages including Maximo, SAP, Intele-Track (Electronic rounds software), EtaPro ( performance software), Pi Historian software, etc.

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience. 
  • New York State Engineer in Training certification or active pursuit of certification.
  • Experience with NYPA policies and business practices preferred

Physical Requirements

None

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Nearest Major Market: Buffalo