The Conservation Program Engineer specialty supports the Energy Efficiency 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 Program Engineer works with customers to develop multiple end use projects incorporating energy efficiency measures to reduce the customers’ energy consumption.
- 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 from 10-20 depending on scope. Projects are generally larger and more complex in nature and require some supervision from Management on high level project developments.
- 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.
- Review project activities for technical content, accuracy, cost control and schedule.
- Review the work of contractors and consultants in a particular area of program focus and activity, and as needed and assist the Lead Project Engineers in reviewing the work of less senior engineers while developing and evaluating plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities.
- Assesses the feasibility and soundness of 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).
- Good understanding of NYPA’s policies, operations, procedures and business objectives as well as those of the customers.
- Knowledge of all the project filing, inspection, certification, permitting and licensing process.
- Ability to monitor daily construction activities to ensure they are performed in accordance with the design intent.
- Ability to ensure quality control of installation of construction projects.
- Good understanding of the construction change order process.
- Knowledge of all safety regulations and procedures both as per OSHA and as per New York State.
- Working knowledge of Primavera P6 and Contract Manager.
- Ability to further develop an understanding of the electric utility and energy services industries. Technical knowledge across multiple engineering disciplines.
- Understanding of the Authority’s interaction with other utilities, regulatory agencies and customers. Background experience with engineering consultants and labor contractors. Project management skills are essential.
- Able to handle projects from start to finish with only significant and policy decisions being brought to the supervisor. The ability to analyze existing conditions in a facility, complex issues related to contracts, equipment design and operation, and environmental concerns as they relate to customer requirements and develop cost effective, innovative engineering solutions to non-routine problems. Must be able to develop multiple recommendations to problems allowing customers a choice of solutions.
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills; good written and verbal communication skills; possess the ability to organize information and effectively present ideas to the intended audience. Must be able to receive verbal direction and follow up with the supervisor. Must also have good negotiation skills with contractors and consultants. Must have good writing skills and the ability to prepare reports, research papers, analytical studies and equipment reviews suitable for final submission.
- Knowledge of basic financial management procedures and principles.
- Knowledge of building mechanical and electrical systems as well as chillers, boilers, HVAC and building envelope.
- Proficient with local/state code requirements.
- Personal computing skills, including familiarity with spreadsheets, word processors, databases, and project management software.
- Ability to further develop technical knowledge in 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 is required.
- Ability to proactively identify problems that arise during analysis procedures or in analysis results and provide potential alternatives to supervisors or higher level Engineers.
- Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or related engineering discipline.
- Experience in construction management.
- Minimum of seven (7) years of relative Engineering experience.
- Project Management multi discipline Engineering experience.
- 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.
- Qualifications to sit for Part I and/or Part II of the PE exam preferred.
- Good physical condition with the ability to travel throughout the state frequently and out of state occasionally.
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