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Project Engineer I (EE)


Marcy, NY, US


The Project Engineer specialty supports the Energy Services Division or Engineering & Design Division in achieving the Business Unit’s goals to improve energy efficiency and stimulate new energy technologies in New York State through physical projects.   The Conservation Project Engineer works with customers to develop multiple end use projects incorporating energy efficiency measures to reduce the customers’ energy consumption. 

  • Represent NYPA at town, school board, city, state, and other official meetings to promote participation in the Energy Services Programs including development and delivery of presentations outlining the program offerings. 
  • Represent NYPA at customer meetings, design meetings, contractor walk through, and presentations to customers.  
  • Prepare engineering calculations, estimates, and cost analyses for feasibility/audit reports. 
  • Manage and implement multiple lighting, HVAC, controls and building envelope energy conservation projects and new project development concurrently. 
  • Project responsibility can range from 8-15 projects depending on scope. Projects are generally larger and more complex in nature and require moderate oversight by Management on project developments Prepare specifications and design drawings as required. 
  • Develop customer installation commitment documents including cost recovery agreements requiring the development of economic analyses and engineering specifications. 
  • Coordinate projects across multiple engineering disciplines.  Track and prepare status reports for all assigned projects..
  • Evaluate project scope, review feasibility reports, make presentations and recommendations, develop design documents and specifications, evaluate bid results, and make recommendations for contract award. 
  • Develop and verify engineering, labor and material bid specifications provided by staff and implementation contractors. 
  • Ensure that all design, code, licensing and operating and maintenance requirements are met.  
  • Review project activities for technical content, accuracy, cost control and schedule. 
  • Review the work of contractors and consultants in a particular area of program focus and activity while developing and evaluating plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities.  . 
  • Assesses the feasibility and soundness of proposed engineering evaluation tests or equipment.    Solve problems related to customer bill savings, design and construction issues.   Support the Senior/Lead Project Engineer and other senior engineers in negotiating change orders to construction and services contracts.
  • Develop and verify all financial and billing documentation relating to savings calculations supporting the cost-effective direct install projects. 
  • Ensure that all financial resources expended by NYPA are fully recovered from each program participant.  Evaluate all change order claims and payment invoices, while working as a team member with other engineers inside and outside of NYPA to develop the most cost-effective project designs. 
  • Coordinate activities between contractors / consultants / equipment vendors / customers to provide project construction quality assurance in adherence to project specifications and compliance to state and local codes.. 
  • Comply and enforce the compliance of hazardous material handling, safety and environmental procedures.
  • Keep abreast of the latest technological developments, products and revisions to the NYPA project input parameters (electric Production and Delivery rates, Interest During Construction (IDC), financing term, discount rate, Gross Receipt Taxes (GRT), Contracts, Environmental and Bond Counsel).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Strong knowledge of basic accounting procedures and principles. 
  • Strong knowledge of building mechanical and electrical systems as well as chillers, boilers, HVAC and building envelope required. 
  • Strong knowledge of local/state building code requirements.
  • Strong understanding of NYPA’s policies, operations, procedures and business objectives as well as those of the customers is preferred. 
  • Technical knowledge across multiple engineering disciplines. 
  •  Strong understanding of the electric utility and energy services industries. 
  • Solid understanding of the Authority’s interaction with other utilities regulatory agencies and customers. 
  • Strong background and experience in interacting and liasoning with engineering consultants and labor contractors. 
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to plan, execute and complete multiple projects from start to finish on time and within budget with minimal direction and support from supervisors. 
  • Ability to work in a team oriented approach plan, execute and complete multiple projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to organize information and effectively present ideas to the intended audience.
  •  Ability to receive verbal direction and follow-up with supervisor. 
  • Must also work effectively with contractors and consultants and .have the ability to prepare reports and equipment reviews suitable for final submission.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze existing conditions in a facility, and address  issues related to contracts, equipment design and operation
  • Ability to analyze and address  environmental concerns as they relate to customer requirements and, with the guidance of more senior engineers and develop cost effective, engineering solutions to non-routine problems.    Ability to exercise good judgment and influence others, while working effectively with consultants, contractors, and equipment suppliers. Ability to proactively recognize problems that arise during analysis procedures or in analysis results.
  • In-depth knowledge of NYPA policies and business resource management is desirable.
  • Ability to further develop technical knowledge in utility service rate analyses (gas & Electric), energy analysis, life cycle cost analysis, NYPA contracts, project financing strategies, and energy systems and controls is required.
Education, Experience and Certifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or related engineering discipline.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in an analytical function or relative work experience.
  • Project Management and multi discipline Engineering..
  • Professional certifications such as Project Management Professional Certification (PMPC) or Certified Energy Manager (CEM), or an advanced degree in an engineering, scientific or business discipline preferred.
  • Qualifications to sit for Part I of the PE exam preferred.
Physical Requirements
  • Approximately 40%  - 60% travel primarily within NY State increasing with increased responsibility
  • Ability to access all areas of the site and conduct physical evaluations of grounds and equipment including ability to climb and work at high elevations, walk a significant distance, sometimes on uneven ground, and occasional minor lifting.
  • Availability to work outside of normal business hours (including weekends) when project demands.


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