Under the direction of the Plant Manager, the Plant Engineer-BK provides engineering support for plant operations and maintenance. The Plant Engineer-BK is responsible for monitoring, tracking, and identifying areas of improvement for facility heat rate, availability, and capacity. The Plant Engineer-BK is responsible for managing and minimizing generation imbalance and ensuring the plant is operated in a manner consistent with operating agreements and guidelines. The Plant Engineer-BK coordinates, implements, and maintains the NERC reliability and environmental compliance programs.
Monitor and track the thermodynamic performance of the plant. Track and trend performance of components including gas turbine, HRSG, steam turbine, large pumps, condenser, and cooling tower.
Investigate performance problems and work with the Plant Superintendent and Operations Manager to correct.
Coordinate compliance with all applicable NERC standards and requirements for the plant. Participate in corporate NERC compliance committee activities.
Coordinate compliance with all applicable Environmental standards and requirements for the plant. Participate in corporate environmental compliance related activities.
Oversee capacity tests used to determine the declared capacity of the plant.
Provide contract administration for applicable operating Agreements and ensure compliance with terms and conditions.
Track and manage the availability of the plant on a daily basis. Ensure the plant is operated in a manner to maximize availability. Identify operations and maintenance problems that prevent the plant from achieving maximum availability.
Monitor and track the performance of the control system and the operation of the plant with regard to generation imbalance. Monitor the performance of the plant with regard to the applicable regional transmission operating guidelines (transmission grid, market, etc.) and identify any potential problems.
Maintain the plant Management of Change process.
Perform analysis and investigation for plant accidents, incidents and unusual events as needed.
Provide engineering expertise for outages and plant betterment projects.
Complete special projects as required by the Plant Manager.
Work irregular hours, as necessary, to support the reliable operation of the facility.
Dependable, reliable and predictable attendance is required.
Must possess a valid, in-state motor vehicle operator's license at all times.
BS in Engineering with six (6) or more years of experience in the operations of power generating facilities and transmission systems, including exposure to combined cycle or steam cycle plants. Professional Engineer capable of licensure in Massachusetts preferred.
Demonstrated understanding of power plant operations, including a working knowledge of the operations and maintenance components of the plant. Knowledge of chemistry as it relates to power plant operations, as well as environmental and water treatment programs and statutory regulations. Understands budgets, bid proposals, contract evaluation, and basic accounting principles.
Demonstrated skills in plant performance improvement and transmission grid operation. History of development of innovative and creative problem solving approaches to improving various aspects of facility performance including technical and business.