ISOC Senior Monitoring & Diagnostic Specialist
The iSOC Monitoring & Diagnostic Specialist is directly responsible for the daily use of advanced predictive analytics software to identify and communicate advanced condition monitoring and data analyses of critical systems, components, and processes, to the assets owners. In addition, the iSOC Monitoring & Diagnostic Specialist compiles detailed iSOC analysis reports, which serve each of company’s generation and transmission business units. The iSOC Monitoring & Diagnostic Specialist works in an intellectually challenging and rewarding environment, as part of our central and regional asset management team comprised of hydro generation, fossil generation, and transmission data management experts, to ensure that the iSOC supports both daily operational analysis needs and long-term asset management strategic decisions.
Responsible for applying and improving analytic modeling:
- Capture incipient operating anomalies by applying your specialized understanding of power generation and transmission systems and your specialized operational knowledge of hydro and/or thermal power plant systems.
- Use and improve advanced analytics software to aggregate, consolidate, and evaluate operational data into documented asset health reports in support of company’s Asset Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Center and to quantify financial, reliability, and performance improvements related to your findings.
- Working independently to gather data to support your monitoring and diagnostic conclusions across our fleet of hydro, thermal, and switchyard assets.
- Investigate, prioritize, and document advisories, convert them into documented ‘cases’ then clearly communicate to site Operations Managers on a weekly basis.
- Prioritize and evaluate advisories, well in-advance of potential equipment failures, and then promptly interact with hydro and thermal plant personnel to provide recommendations to optimize plant equipment, avoid equipment down-time, and improve plant systems performance.
- Improve pattern recognition models to identify changes that will have a positive effect on the operating behavior of interacting plant systems, equipment, and components with the goal of ever increasing plant reliability and improve hydrodynamic and thermodynamic performance.
- Use specialized knowledge of plant systems to evaluate historical data and trend equipment performance to predict heat-rate and efficiency, promptly alerting asset owners of deterioration within those trends which could adversely affect the reliability, availability, maintainability, and performance of company’s hydro and thermal fleet with the goal of continuously improving company’s Generation and Transmission performance.
- Use specialized knowledge of plant and transmission systems to develop new models and to update, retrain, and evaluate the adequacy of the existing models when equipment is upgraded or replaced.
- Create documented reports of critical components by evaluating data to produce useful information through use of advanced (deep machine learning) analytics software.
- Interact with hydro and thermal plant management personnel, system owners, system specialists, and engineering personnel.
- Assess anomalies, identify and quantify the associated risks to the plant, issue recommendations, and follow-up to ensure resolutions are tracked to completion.
- Continuously staff the iSOC 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.
- Develop and maintain a positive working relationship with hydro and thermal SME’s in administrative, operations, maintenance, engineering and support organizations.
- Periodically perform a remaining life analysis on plant equipment and prepare recommendations for capital, operations & maintenance budgeting.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- A thorough understanding of transmission power systems and a good working knowledge of the company hydro & thermal power generating facilities
- An understanding of the importance of asset monitoring across generation asset classes such as Step-up transformers, HV Circuit breakers, instrument transformers, protective relaying, line ratings, support systems (batteries, room), GSU breakers, back-up generators and switchgear and telemetry RTU’s
- Operational knowledge of steam or hydro turbines, and generators, support systems (batteries, room), 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, monitor points/leakage, load tap changers and reactors
- Strong working knowledge of rotating equipment such as pumps, motors, turbines, generators, and field instrumentation
- Power plant operational experience and knowledge in power plant equipment and controls, power plant troubleshooting, and systems operations
- 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 reports
Preferred Skills and Abilities for iSOC Senior Monitoring and Diagnostic Specialist:
- Operating experience with GE, Siemens, Westinghouse, Alstom, ABB or any other OEM turbine and generator designs
- An understanding of similarity-based pattern recognition, plant performance software, or other reliability or condition based predictive diagnosis software applications
- A proven track record of problem-solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Familiarity with the use of predictive analytics techniques and Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
- knowledge of Maximo, Microsoft Office, Pi Process Book, and/or ETApro
- Demonstrated ability to work in any plant controls system such as GE Mark VI, Woodward Micro-Net Plus, Siemens T-3000, GE Harris RTU’s, GE i-fix, Cimplicity/Proficy, etc
Education, Experience and Certifications
- Bachelor of Science in a technical degree, preferably in Process Control, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (4-year degree)
- OR 10 years of power plant or transmission operation’s experience in a leadership or technical position
- 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.)