Plant Engineer


Job Description



Description NAES Corporation has an immediate opening for a Plant Engineer for the New Salem Harbor facility currently under construction in Salem, MA. 

New Salem Harbor (“NSH”) is a natural gas fired combined cycle combustion turbine generating station with a capacity of 674 MW in the City of Salem, Massachusetts. NSH is arranged in two 1x1 combined cycle units configuration. Each unit consists of one GE 7F.05 combustion turbine generator, one heat recovery steam generator (“HRSG”) and one steam turbine generator (“Unit”).

About NAES: We are an independent services company dedicated to delivering value to facilities across the power generation, oil & gas, petrochemical, pulp & paper, and manufacturing industries. For more than 35 years, we have drawn on our deep experience in financial advisory, operations, maintenance, fabrication, construction, engineering, compliance and technical support to assess, build, operate and maintain sites that run safely, reliably and cost-effectively.

We operate more than 120 power plants throughout the U.S. and in five other countries, spanning all technologies and providing over 33GW of capacity. With the strength of 4000 people, our growing family of companies now addresses the entire life cycle of power and industrial processing plants. 

Requirements The Plant Engineer is responsible for plant engineering, operations & maintenance support, and project management. The Plant Engineer serves as a resource for plant personnel to assist in the safe, effective, and efficient operation of the facility.

Primary functions include the following:

Lead the New Salem Harbor NERC Compliance responsibilities for oversight, administration and coordination of all plant Operator and Owner NERC accountabilities. Must be familiar with all NERC standards and requirements in order to:

• Understand and interpret regulatory requirements (know where to obtain information and interpret requirements to be applied at the plant level);
• Monitor NERC websites for new regulations and requirements that are applicable to the plant;
• Ability to analyze large amounts of technical data and structure such information for the purposes of clearly documenting and demonstrating compliance with all applicable NERC Reliability Compliance standards.
• Complete Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets (RSAWs) for the plant
• Provide responses that are accurate, technically competent, and given with consideration to represent the stakeholders in a proper manner during compliance visits
• Ensure that plant NERC Reliability procedures and policies are kept up to date with requirements
• Provide training to plant personnel on updated or new NERC procedures and requirements

Provide Engineering support to the plant as follows: 

Prepare required reports for the owner and/or utility.

Serve as resource to the all plant personnel to insure the facility operates as reliably and efficiently as possible.

Track and monitor overall plant performance including but not limited to the combustion and steam turbines and the HRSG.

Develop, communicate, and perform work practices and procedures to keep site drawings and documentation up to date.

Consult with project owners on issues involving plant and facility on-going operations and maintenance.

Serve as a Project Manager for all future and on-going projects.

Develop and administer contracts and work scope for external contractors to ensure maximum efficiency in the use of plant and contractor personnel.

Identify, trend and analyze plant heat rate and efficiency. Recommend changes and enhancements in operations that maximize profit to the Plant Owners.

Analyze equipment failures, determine root causes, recommend recovery plans and impose cost effective solutions to prevent reoccurrence.

Perform reliability studies to ensure that the plant’s availability and capacity factors are maximized.

Review plant design and generate recommendations to reduce the overall cost of operations.
Manage capital improvement projects to ensure budgetary guidelines and contractual guarantees are met.

Fully support and participate in NAES Safety and Regulatory Compliance Programs. 


Safety is a core value of NAES and as a condition of employment, all employees are expected to be mentally alert and work safely at all times. Additionally, employees are required to adhere to all safety warnings and posted safety signs whenever on company property. Furthermore, employees must follow all NAES safety rules and procedures. Effectiveness in carrying out this responsibility is part of the evaluation of each and every employee’s performance.


The Plant Engineer reports to the Plant Manager. The Plant Engineer cooperates with the Operations Manager, Maintenance Manager, EHS Compliance Coordinator and Administrative Manager as needed in the daily operation of the plant. Maintains a positive relationship with NAES Technical Support Services (NERC and Engineering). The Plant Engineer will coordinate with operations on matters concerning environmental permits.


Physical requirements include: possibility of standing on feet for extensive periods, requiring stair and ladder climbing. Protective equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties (e.g. hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, chemical suits, hot gloves and high voltage protective equipment, etc.).

Position requires extended working hours and varied shifts with the possibility of weekend and holiday work, as required by schedules, work load and plant conditions. "On call" status will periodically be required. Some travel may be involved to participate in Manager, Owner, User Group, or other offsite meetings.

All employees will participate in the Fitness for Duty Program. This program includes a post-offer physical examination and drug screening and post-employment random drug screening. There are extensive smoking restrictions in and around the facility.


We are seeking an individual who has a passion for excellence in plant operations and maintenance. Your work history will demonstrate progressively increasing responsibilities with at least three years of directly related experience in a power plant environment. 

A Bachelor of Science Degree in an engineering discipline is required. 

A Massachusetts 1st class license is desired.

This position requires a working knowledge of major safety regulations as well as environmental, federal, state and local rules and regulations. Knowledge of power plant design, operations and maintenance required. Excellent verbal and communication skills are a must.

A working familiarity with NERC rules and regulations is highly desirable, as is experience with Electrical Relay Maintenance, IT Security and regulatory reporting.

NAES offers competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package (including retirement) and promotional opportunities. 

It is the practice of NAES to seek employees of the highest quality and to select the individuals on the basis of merit and competence, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, military status or affiliation protected under USERRA, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by applicable local, state and federal law. 
Company Name:
NAES Corporation
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
MA, Salem
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5 -10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
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