Assistant Real Time Systems Engineer II (Electrical/Communication Engineer)


White Plains, US


The Real Time Systems Engineer in the Digital Substations Engineering department is responsible for design, configure, implement, test, maintain, and support NYPA’s substation controls, network, and communication systems. This includes IEC 61850 networks, Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED), tele-protection circuits, Ethernet networks, NPCC Directory 4 compliant designs, and critical communication systems.

This role helps ensure the critical networks and equipment for all substation controls are properly designed, configured, tested and reliable. This role will also contribute to the overall design and technical vision for the communications infrastructure impacting the operations communication backbone of New York Power Authority (NYPA).  The technologies involved are microwave, fiber-optic, LAN, WAN, trunked and conventional two-way radio, VoIP telephone, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), RTU, video systems, security systems and wireless access systems.




Substation Communication / Network/Controls Engineer

  • Assist with maintenance and troubleshooting of real-time systems such as hardware, software, networks, control system algorithms and communication subsystems (Front-end processors, ICCP, RTUs, PLCs) and associated interface equipment used to control and monitor the substation and switchyard facilities.
  • Periodically collect and maintain data and reports as required by policy and regulatory requirements for compliance auditors, including but not limited to NERC CIP compliance
  • Assist with basic documentation and implementation of procedures for effective real-time systems, operation, integrity, availability, utilization, data backup, and disaster recovery..
  • Support the engineering design, development, and implementation of objectives of the department, including daily and long-term maintenance, system upgrades, management, and development of the hardware, software, and networks for all real-time systems and communication systems, Test that systems meet regulatory compliance requirements with NERC CIP.
  • Maintain and test equipment (software, hardware, and inventory) in the production and test environments.
  • Participate in factory and site acceptance testing of real-time control systems.
  • Assist, as needed, in responding to emergencies regarding substation operation technology network and communication systems.
  • Assist with daily O&M activities as required for support of Substation operations.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Baseline Requirements

  • Basic competencies in the analysis and integration of computer systems. 
  • Basic experience administering, designing, troubleshooting, and configuring Computer Hardware and Networks (such as: RAID, Virtual Machines, Windows and UNIX servers).
  • Basic experience in application programming such as Java/Tomcat, .NET, web application development experience, C/C++ and shell scripting).
  • Basic experience ascertaining user and system requirements and providing input to technical specifications and to write system documentation.
  • Basic experience designing and interfacing computers and I/O for simple controls, preferred.
  • Fundamental knowledge of power systems operations and concepts is desirable.
  • Basic experience designing and interfacing computers and I/O for simple controls, such as RTUs and PLCs, preferred.
  • Basic familiarity using Engineering Design Drawings & Schematics, a plus.
  • Ability to perform systems testing of specification requirements as directed
  • Basic experience with software application development and programming databases and client/server applications using relational databases and web servers (such as: Oracle server, Oracle AS, Oracle high availability, PL/SQL, IIS, Apache), preferred.
  • Some basic networking infrastructure experience, such as local and wide area networking, network protocols (such as: TCP/IP, T1, frame relay), and configuring and administering network infrastructure devices such as network switches and routers, a plus.
  • Understanding of cyber security principles and practices, a plus.
  • Systems administration (Windows server, Linux, or Unix) experience a plus. 

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering, or equivalent, from an accredited college or university.
  • Certifications in areas such as Computer operating systems, Network technologies (eg. CCNA), Cyber Security (eg: CISSP), and/or Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) certification, is a plus.
  • Valid Drivers License

Physical Requirements

  • Approximately 20% travel primarily within NY State
  • Must be able to provide 24/7 on-call support to operating facilities.

Military Occupational Specialty Codes
MOS - Army: 12A, 12B, 12P, 18C, 24A, 24Z, 51S 
MOS - Marines: 1120, 1302, 1310, 8824, 8831, 8832, 9622, 9624, 9630, 9631, 9632, 9636  
MOS - NavyEA, MME, UT, 2166, 2167, 2170, 2180, 2181, 2740, 4210, 4270, 4280, 5761, 5904, 5913, 5917, 5925, 5927, 5960, 5961, 5970, 5980, 7273  

The New York Power Authority is committed to providing fair, competitive, and market-informed compensation. The target salary range for this position is: $79,890.00 - $109,840.00. The salary offered will be determined based on the successful candidates’ relevant experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.


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 

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