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Senior Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineer  
Ref No.: 17-00424
Location: White Plain, New York
Position Type:Direct Placement
Start Date: 07/14/2017
Tailwind Associates, an EOE, has a full time opportunity with our client in White Plains, NY for a Senior Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineer

Job description
The Senior Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineer is a first of its kind role.
The Integrated Smart Operations Center will be instrumental in delivering improved asset performance by coordinating the efficient deployment and operation of powerful predictive analytic software, coupled with intelligent devices, to drive our asset life-cycle decision making processes, standardizing APM procedures, and enabling an enhanced asset 'condition assessment' communications protocol in a consistent, structured, and safe way. The Integrated Smart Operations Center will monitor multiple enterprise-wide technology systems to provide asset management capability for each of the operational groups by playing a critical role in identifying, managing, coordinating, and escalating generation, transmission, and security incidents and events on common devices, infrastructure, networks, and applications where one or more operational groups have a vested interest. The Integrated Smart Operations Center Senior Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineer will be expected to professionally perform these duties under both normal and emergency operating conditions.
  • Responsible for conceptualizing, designing, building, modifying, and using advanced analytic models that are capable of capturing and analyzing incipient fault signatures by applying your specialized understanding of power generation and transmission equipment design.
  • Responsible for conceptualizing, designing, creating, and distributing advanced analytics reports to aggregate, consolidate, and evaluate operational data into documented asset health assessments in support of the Monitoring and Diagnostic Center and to create 'bottom-line' reports that quantify financial, reliability, and performance risks/improvements.
  • Responsible for working independently to gather data to support your monitoring and diagnostic conclusions across our fleet of hydro and thermal generation and switchyard assets.
  • Responsible to investigate, prioritize, and document advisories, provide an engineering analysis and then clearly communicate time-to-failure assessments to Plant Managers.
  • Responsible to prioritize and evaluate advisories, well in-advance of potential equipment issues, and then regularly interact with hydro and thermal plant personnel to provide recommendations to optimize plant equipment, avoid equipment down-time, and improve plant systems performance.
  • Responsible to use similarity-based pattern recognition models to identify changes and anomalies in the operating behavior of interacting plant systems, equipment, and components with the goal of increasing plant reliability and improve hydrodynamic and thermodynamic performance.
  • Responsible to use your specialized knowledge of plant systems to evaluate historical data and trend equipment performance to predict remaining component life (time-to-failure), promptly alerting asset owners of anomalies within those trends which could adversely affect the reliability, availability, maintainability, and performance of the hydro and thermal fleet with the goal of continuously improving the Generation and Transmission performance.
  • Responsible to use your specialized knowledge of plant and transmission systems to develop new models to meet the needs of Utility Operations, ERM, Fuels, and WPO Engineering, and to update, retrain, and evaluate the adequacy of the existing models.
  • Perform documentation of site critical components by actively evaluating data to gain useful information through use of advanced (deep machine learning) analytics software.
Business Liaison
  • Responsible to interact with hydro and thermal plant Operations management personnel, WPO Engineering personnel, as well as equipment manufacturers on a daily basis.
  • Responsible to assess anomalies, identify and quantify the associate risks to the plant, issue recommendations, and follow-up to ensure resolutions are tracked to completion.
  • May be requested to staff the Integrated Smart Operations Center during emergencies and apply specialized plant and transmission system knowledge to support emergency analytic analysis and emergency decision making during a system restoration, weather emergency, or any other crisis evolution.
  • Required to develop and maintain a positive working relationship with hydro and thermal SME's in plant and WPO Operations, Maintenance, and Engineering Departments.
  • Responsible to periodically perform a remaining life analysis on plant equipment and prepare recommendations for capital, operations & maintenance budgeting.
Required Skills:
  • A thorough understanding of transmission power systems and engineering knowledge of the hydro & thermal power generating facilities.
  • Working knowledge of industry codes and standards such as NEC, NFPA, IEEE, IEC, ANSI and ASME standards, is required.
  • Design level understanding of asset monitoring across generation asset classes such as transformers, HV Circuit breakers, instrument transformers, protective relaying, line ratings, SCADA and DCS Control systems, Cooling, Lubrication, and Supervisory systems, GSU breakers, back-up generators, switchgear and telemetry RTU's
  • Engineering knowledge of steam and/or hydro turbines and generators, support systems, batteries, GSU breakers, back-up generators, and switchgear
  • Knowledge of asset monitoring across transmission asset classes such as FACTS devices, circuit breakers, lightning arresters, switchgear, capacitors, phase angle regulators, power transformers, cable monitor points and leakage, load tap changers and reactors
  • Strong working knowledge of rotating equipment such as pumps, motors, turbines, generators, and field instrumentation.
  • Specialized power plant operational experience and knowledge in all aspects of power plant equipment and controls, power plant troubleshooting, and systems operations.
  • Understanding of IEEE and ASME testing and design standards for substation and generation equipment
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of data management best practices and asset management processes.
  • Knowledge and experience using data historians (OSI Pi for example) and other software tools to analyze and troubleshoot problems
  • A working knowledge of condition monitoring, vibration analysis, and diagnostic technologies.
  • A positive attitude and proactive approach to customer needs and requests.
  • A proactively curious and questioning attitude regarding subtle changes.
  • Detail orientated.
  • Ability to prioritize and plan work with respect to project schedules, and emerging conditions and to deliver results in a timely manner.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to compile clear and concise report
  • Based in White Plains with approximately 20-25 % travel within NY State.
  • Ability to travel to project sites to coordinate with asset management and technology management teams.
  • Ability to staff the iSOC during a declared emergency (storm, system restoration, etc.)
Preferred Skills:
  • Extensive experience with Client, Siemens, Westinghouse, Alstom, ABB or other OEM turbine and generator designs.
  • Ability to design and modify similarity-based pattern recognition, plant performance software, reliability or condition-based predictive diagnosis software applications.
  • A proven track record of demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to create predictive analytics and Root Cause Analysis (RCA) reports.
  • Ability to create new/custom Maximo, SAP, SQL/ORACLE, Crystal, Microsoft Office, Pi Process Book, and ETApro reports
  • Demonstrated ability to work in plant controls systems such as Client Mark VI, Woodward Micro-Net Plus, Siemens T-3000, Client Harris RTU's, Client i-fix, Cimplicity/Proficy, etc.
Education and Certifications:
  • Bachelor of Science Engineering Degree, preferably in Computer Science, Thermodynamics, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering (4-year degree) AND at least 10 years of power plant or transmission experience, in an Operations or Engineering position.
  • Position will be filled at a level commensurate with experience; this may be lower than this posting.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, sex or age.