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Associate Engineer (Spark Program)

NYISO

Location: Rensselaer, NY US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: January 11, 2023
Reference Code: 1091
Job Summary and Essential Functions

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) applies cutting-edge technology to operating a reliable electricity system, managing competitive markets for wholesale electricity, and planning for the Empire State's energy future. The NYISO invites applications for full-time Associate Engineers to join the NYISO's rotational Spark program.

The Spark Engineer will serve consecutive six-month sessions developing a wide range of Engineering practices employed by the NYISO across the organization. The NYISO's Spark Program is a two-year rotational program, during which participants will gain a strong foundational knowledge of the NYISO's core business areas, while developing the necessary technical skills to support these business areas. Successful candidates will be self-motivated professionals who display effective collaboration in a team -based environment and are able to manage multiple competing priorities with the use of good judgment, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Upon the successful completion of the two-year rotational program, the Spark Engineer will be guaranteed a full-time professional level role (i.e. Engineer) within the NYISO.

As a Spark Engineer, you can expect to:
  • Develop and demonstrate technical expertise and strong leadership skills
  • Work on impactful and challenging problems in the energy industry during their 6-month rotations in departments such as: Operations, Market Operations, Market Structures, and System and Resource Planning. This may include:
    • Supporting all aspects of transmission and generation facility outage coordination functions at the NYISO
    • Developing engineering studies and performing analysis regarding system reliability and regulatory impacts on transmission system and reliability
    • Developing complex power system models
    • Supporting NYISO activities related to the Install Capacity (ICAP) market, including performing time-sensitive analysis and providing support for the administration of the ICAP auctions
    • Assisting in the design, modification, and implementation of market rules for the NYISO's market products
  • Receive mentorship and technical training from leaders in the energy sector
  • Participate in workshops geared towards professional development


Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent is required. Overall GPA must be greater than or equal to 3.0/4.0. A concentration in electric power system engineering is preferred.
  • No prior industry related or professional experience required. Experience in electric power systems, transmission security, power flow analysis, security constrained dispatch, and/or resource adequacy helpful; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Desire and interest to work in the Energy Industry preferred.
  • Ability to demonstrate an analytical approach to problem solving
  • Strong team and interpersonal skills with the ability to work cross functionally
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to clearly articulate technical problems and solutions


The NYISO takes pride in recruiting, developing and retaining highly talented individuals. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a comprehensive benefits package and innovative reward programs.

The NYISO offers the flexibility to work both in the office and remotely, providing our employees with an enhanced work life balance. While the majority of the responsibilities of this role can be performed remotely, in most cases, employees will have periodic on-site requirements based on business needs.

NYISO requires a COVID vaccine as a condition of employment but complies with all state and federal laws. All offers of employment will be made contingent upon the successful completion of a drug screening and background check.

The NYISO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.
About this Employer

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is responsible for the reliable operation of New York’s nearly 11,000 miles of high-voltage transmission and the dispatch of more than 500 electric power generators. In addition, we administer bulk power markets that trade an average of $7.8 billion in electricity and related products annually.

As a not-for-profit independent system operator, we are governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. Participants and Stakeholders in New York’s electricity markets play a significant role in our unique shared governance system.

We employ more than 550 people and occupy two locations in New York's Capital Region. Given the technical complexity of our mission, over a quarter of the company’s staff are devoted to the development and support of information technology. We have a diverse and engaged workforce, and have been recognized as a top employer in the region.