The City of Ames Electric Services Department has an exciting opportunity for a Power Plant Engineer to provide engineering support to the City's power generating facilities.
The Power Plant Engineer performs engineering services relating to inspection, improvement, efficient operation, maintenance, construction, environmental assessment and compliance, and management of the power generation facilities of the municipal electric utility; performs related work and other duties and tasks as assigned.
The City of Ames offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees. Our comprehensive benefits package can be viewed at: City of Ames Benefits
The City of Ames, through this recruitment, will establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their online application by the deadline.
Examples of Essential Job Functions
Examples of Essential Job Functions: Provides engineering support to the City's power generating facilities and associated plant equipment and systems to ensure operation of the facilities are proper, safe, efficient and environmentally responsible; develops and writes specifications for power plant projects and assists Purchasing in the issuance of request-for-proposals (RFPs) and bid documents; evaluates proposals and bids and provides analyses and recommendations to City staff, management, and Council; supervises alterations of plant and equipment; reviews plans, drawings, and specifications submitted by engineering consultants; conducts efficiency tests of the electric generating plant and on associated equipment; performs analyses, prepares reports and makes recommendations to improve plant costs, equipment efficiency, and safety of plant operations; inspects and performs tests on power plant equipment to assess condition, identify problems and potential for malfunction, and to design and implement plant and equipment improvements; oversees and coordinates work performed by contractors; may be assigned to supervise other employees; monitors industry trends and acquires knowledge of new methods and equipment which pertain to electric plant production, operations and maintenance. Provides assistance and support to the plant to insure environmental compliance; analyzes, recommends and implements cost-effective environmental control strategies and technologies; compiles plant information and data and prepares forms and reports as necessary to meet state and federal reporting requirements. May be required to develop load and generation forecasts and perform related analyses, along with entering schedules into the MISO power market. Gives tours of the power generating facilities to students, community groups, and contractors.
Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement; inspiring creativity and innovation; being customer driven; making data-driven decisions; committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion; championing employee involvement; striving for excellence; having fiscal stewardship; acting with honesty and integrity; exhibiting leadership; choosing a positive attitude; respecting one another; promoting safety and wellness; and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.
Education and Experience:
-Bachelor's degree in an applicable engineering discipline.
-Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience.
-Bachelor's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering.
-Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in power generation.
-Licensing as a Professional Engineer.
-Skill developing, writing, and reviewing plans and specifications for power plant maintenance and construction projects; skill evaluating bids and proposals and negotiating contract terms and conditions.
-Project management experience, including managing contractors performing plant maintenance or new construction projects.
-Plant environmental compliance experience (especially pertaining to air, water (NPDES) and solid waste issues), including interacting with regulatory agencies and compiling and filing reports.