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New York Power Authority Operations Engineer II in St Lawrence, New York


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.

Manage the responsibilities of the Blenheim-Gilboa Operations Department consistent with the policies, procedures and overall objectives of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and regulatory agencies. Ensure that NYPA Central Region Operations is compliant with FERC regulations related to dam safety, including the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for all facilities. Assist the Operations Superintendent with training Shift Supervisors and Operators as needed. Help provide continuous information transfer between Shift Supervisors and Operators while normally working a daytime eight-hour, Monday through Friday workweek. Ensure that operational documentation is updated and maintained as needed.

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 O-TC-01-005-R04 Compliance Responsibility (or its subsequent revisions).


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Support the Operations Superintendent and Operations Shift Supervisor as they coordinate the Project’s operational and maintenance activities, GADS data entries, generation schedulesand delivery data with ECC to ensure optimum efficiency.

  • Assist the Operations Superintendent in the tasks of establishing departmental priorities, allocating resources and assigning the work. Ensure personnel are versed in safety and coordinate with other NYPA personnel to provide a safe work environment. Develop job safety analyses and work with applicable personnel for input.

  • 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.

  • 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 efficency issues/shortfalls of the unit(s).

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.

  • 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, PTR plus, Micro GADS Gold, etc.

  • Ability to read and interpret electrical and elementary prints to troubleshoot and diagnose system problems.

  • Solid organizational skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal talents in dealing with all levels of authority internally and externally.

  • Ability to remain calm and focused in carrying out duties, specifically during times of natural disasters.

  • 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.

  • Strong technical writing skills and ability to develop and write system descriptions and operating procedures in a logical and expert manner.

  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills to be effective as the “face of NYPA” for the Emergency Action Plan drills and annual presentations.

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • B.S. in Engineering - Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing or Chemical.

  • Minimum of 7 years of power plant generation and transmission experience.

  • Prefer New York State PE License.

  • Prefer prior Supervisory experience in Operations, Instrument & Control, Electrical Maintenance and/or Mechanical Departments.

  • Prefer prior experience working in a union environment.

  • Valid NYS Driver’s license must be maintained.

Physical Requirements

  • 24 hour availability required for resolving power system problems.

  • Must be active/fit and able to work in the field under sometimes harsh environmental conditions (primarily rain and wind).

  • Ability to travel and drive.

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The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer