Assistant System Operator


Marcy, US


The System Operators at the Energy Control Center  (ECC) monitor and control NYPA’s transmission and generation assets.  These positions perform the role of Transmission Owner as defined in the “Agreement between NYISO and Transmission Owners” as well as the role of Generator Operator as defined by NERC.  They coordinate the operation of NYPA’s transmission and generation assets with the NYISO and other Transmission Owners while respecting all reliability rules to maintain the integrity and reliability of the interconnected power system.


  • Control Center position with a focus on NERC Generator Operator (GOP) tasks and verbal coordination.  
  • Utilize the ECC Energy Management System (EMS) and NYISO Management Information System (MIS) to monitor real-time status such as NYPA’s Generation and basic Water Management.   
  • Coordinate NYPA generation stop/starts.
  • Assess the amount of generation reserves bid by GRM.
  • Check NYPA Generator DAM schedules.
  • Monitor NYPA generation (every 15 min) and ensure the units are on schedule.
  • Coordinate and document derates and NYISO out of merits.
  • Assess metering and after-the-fact readings to validate accuracy.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding and navigation of the EMS one-line diagrams.
  • Calculate water in BG reservoir for reserves and to meet NYISO schedules.
  • Adhere  to NERC, NPCC, NYISO, and NYPA requirements. Fulfill and demonstrate competencies in all formally identified tasks.
  • Learn and maintain a basic understanding of NYPA Operating Policies and Control Room Guides, Instructions, Bulletins, and NYISO memos.
  • Must work rotating shifts, including nights, midnights, weekends, and holidays.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Basic knowledge of power system generation and transmission concepts
  • Ability to successfully complete NYISO System Operator Training
  • Good written & verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to learn 3-Part communication
  • Working knowledge of Office programs for PC (Word/Excel etc.)
  • Ability to learn/use Energy Management System
  • Ability to verbally communicate effectively with the NYPA Regional Projects and outside entities such as NYISO and GRM.
  • Ability to review NYPA outage coordination summary sheets to identify generation that is planned out of service.

Education, Experience and Certifications


  • Associate (AAS) degree: Electrical Technology or equivalent Science/Technology field desired
  • Min 1 year equivalent direct electric grid/power system related work experience will be considered with non-technical degree.
  • All candidates are required to possess or be able to obtain a NERC Transmission Operator Certification within one year of hire.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor’s (BAS) degree in Electrical Engineering, other Engineering disciplines, or related technical fields
  • Control Center Experience working as an Operator.
  • Utility/Power plant experience working in operation/maintenance, high voltage electrician, instrument controls technician, etc.
  • Military technical or nuclear training. 
  • Experience with rotating Shift work.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time (up to 12 hours) in front of computer monitors while maintaining situational awareness; communicating effectively while speaking English (per NERC requirement); see, hear and react to alarms;
  • Approximately 10% travel primarily within NY State.   

New York Power Authority is committed to providing fair, competitive, and market-informed compensation. The target salary range for this position is: $73,670-$110,510. Salary offered will be determined based the successful candidates’ relevant experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.


The New York Power Authority and Canals Corporation believes that equity, diversity, 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 NY and enthusiastically serve them. We proudly celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, veteran status, disability status, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, arrest record or criminal conviction history, or any other category protected by law.

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