Director of Investigations / Senior Engineer (Fairfax, VA)

Potomac Economics is seeking a qualified engineer that is a technical expert in the operation of power plants.  A successful candidate will evaluate the operation, maintenance, and production costs of existing power plants, as well as the economics of new plant development projects.  The candidate will lead investigations evaluating the actions and market offers of generation resources, as well as contributing to reports regarding the performance of the electricity markets.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring the performance of markets and the behavior of participants in the markets.
  • Communicating with plant staff  and evaluating the veracity of claims regarding power plant operating characteristics, outage events, variable operating costs, maintenance costs, and environmental compliance costs.
  • Performing remote or on-site audits of power plants, including interviewing plant staff, reviewing operations and maintenance records, evaluating the condition of generating facilities, and assessing operating risks or costs.
  • Collaborating with power system engineers, software programmers, economists, other analysts to develop custom reports to assess generator conduct and performance.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Mechanical, Nuclear, Electrical, Power Systems, or Chemical Engineering.
  • Education or experience in business, economics, power trading or finance preferred.
  • At least four years of experience in evaluating or managing plant operations and maintenance of a variety of generating technologies.
  • Experience with the development and cost projection of new generation projects preferred.
  • Strong analytic programming and Microsoft Excel skills preferred.