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Lead Project Engineer

Location: 

White Plains, NY, US

Summary

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. 

Responsibilities

  • 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 from10-20 projects depending on scope.  Projects are complex in nature and supervision from Management is typically high level updates or support on less routine scenarios
  • 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 major 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.
  • Supervise project activities for technical content, accuracy, cost control and schedule. 
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of less senior engineers and contractors and consultants in a particular area of program focus and activity. 
  • Develop and evaluate plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities. 
  • Assesses the feasibility and soundness of the proposed engineering evaluation tests or equipment.  Develop and implement new and creative ways to move project forward to successful implementation.  solve problems related to customer bill savings, design and construction issues.  negotiate 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) 
  • Provide technical leadership across NYPA in the areas of expertise:  Project Management, electric transformer vaults; utility service rate analyses (gas & electric), energy analysis, utility interconnections, life cycle cost analysis, NYPA contracts, project financing strategies, and energy systems and controls.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proficient with state-of-the-art engineering and analytical techniques and energy conservation and power conversion technologies is required. 
  • Proficient with basic accounting procedures and principles. 
  • In-depth knowledge of building mechanical and electrical systems as well as chillers, boilers, HVAC and building envelope is required.  Incumbent must be an expert in local/state code requirements.
  • Solid understanding of the electric utility and energy services industries
  • Broad technical knowledge across multiple engineering disciplines. Background experience with engineering consultants and labor contractors. 
  • Thorough understanding of NYPA’s policies, operations, procedures and business objectives as well as those of the customers and understanding of the Authority’s interaction with other utilities regulatory agencies and customers is desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and good verbal communication skills. Incumbent must possess the ability to organize information and effectively present ideas to the intended audience.  
  • In-depth knowledge of NYPA policies and business resource management is desirable
  • Strong project management skills are required, team oriented approach to project management is required to plan, execute and complete multiple projects on time and within budgeted allowance. 
  • Ability to provide guidance / direction to less senior engineers.
  • Demonstrated high level of personal motivation, creativity, foresight and good judgment.  .
  •  Strong negotiating skills to professionally and respectfully resolve disputes with contactors and customers with outcomes that are in the best interest in the Power Authority and its customers.
  • Strong managerial skills.

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or related engineering discipline.
  • Master’s degree in an engineering, scientific or business discipline preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years of relative Engineering experience. 
  • Supervisory or team lead experience preferred..
  • Demonstrated  experience and in-depth knowledge in Project Management multi discipline engineering
  • NYS Professional Engineering (PE) license or an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification.. 
  • 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

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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Nearest Major Market: White Plains
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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