Engineer (Fairfax, VA)

A qualified engineer is a technical expert in the operation of power plants.  A successful candidate will evaluate the operation and production costs of existing power plants, as well as the economics of new plant development projects.  The candidate will contribute to reports and investigations regarding the performance of competitive electricity markets and the conduct of the participants in these markets.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring the performance of markets and the behavior of participants in the markets.
  • Evaluating the veracity of claims regarding power plant operating characteristics, outage events, variable operating costs, maintenance costs, and environmental compliance costs.
  • Communicating with plant staff to evaluate operating characteristics, variable operating costs, maintenance costs, and environmental compliance costs.
  • Performing on-site audits at power plants for the purpose of 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 software for assessing generator performance.

Education and Experience:

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