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Northern California Power Agency
Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
96000.00 - 120000.00 Per Year
Location:
Middletown, California
Country:
United States
Industry:
Geologist/Geoscientist
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Reservoir Engineer

Under general direction of the Geothermal Facilities Plant Manager performs geothermal steam field reservoir engineering tasks related to plant reliability and performance efficiency. Tasks involve, project management, the collection, processing and interpretation of production, thermodynamic, geologic and geophysical data necessary to recommend actions to maximize steam production and plant generation. Typical actions include: 1) estimating forward projection of steam supplies and generation of the geothermal field; 2) evaluating the effects of injection within the field and making injection recommendations based on the available tracer, MEQ, and reservoir data; 3) recommending pipeline and control system design changes necessary to increase system operating efficiencies; and 4) reducing operating expenses in conjunction with the business unit goals and budget. Develops and uses databases to perform analysis of plant generation and production including predictions of reservoir reserves, forward projections for generation and production, and impact analysis of future projects both within the existing site and the analysis of any investment possibilities.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1. Assists in the preparation of engineering solutions for problems related to production, generation and transmission.

2. Communicates with staff, management, technical committees, commission, and regulators through memos, meetings, and reports

3. Assist in making injection recommendations to maximize the recovery of injection-derived-steam.

4. Develops conceptual models of the reservoir, prepares estimates of field reserves and forecasts of future production and generation and related reports, as needed.

5. Initiates, develops and presents annual Steam Field budget.

6. Prepares and submits reservoir maps based on well flowrate, pressure, gas and tracer data.

7. Initiates and approves requisitions and invoices, tracks costs and insures projects are cost effective.

8. Sets standards of performance for direct reports, provides coaching and development opportunities, and assesses performance.

9. Gathers and interprets the necessary information to comply with permits from the Bureau of Land Management, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and Air Quality Management District(s) for all drilling, workover, conversion to injection and well abandonment programs. Prepares and submits required periodic operations reports.

10. Represents Agency on the Effluent Committee, Geothermal Resources Council and Geysers Geothermal Association.

11. Analyzes and interprets wireline logs including, but not limited to: PT, PTS and Casing Caliper logs.

12. Coordinates with other staff at the NCPA Geothermal facility and others in providing steam field engineering support.

13. Develops and utilizes computerized databases to analyze generation and production in support of engineering solutions and recommendations.

14. Reports for work, meetings and appointments on time and maintains satisfactory attendance in accordance with Agency policies. Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

15. Maintains good working relationship with regulators including Federal Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Conservation (DOGGR), Sonoma County Air Quality Management District, Lake County Air Quality Management District, etc.


Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises projects i.e. (Drilling, wireline, reservoir upgrades) and may supervise other staff including student interns and lower level engineers on rotational assignments. If supervising responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. Able to multi-task

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data. Designs workflows and procedures

Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.

Change Management – Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Monitors transition and evaluates results

Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue. Conserves organizational resources

Customer Service - Responds promptly to customer needs; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Solicits customer feedback to improve service, Meets commitments.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Demonstrates attention to detail.

Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Encourages a harassment-free environment.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Initiative - Volunteers readily; Under-takes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

Judgement - Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Displays trust and optimism, Inspires respect and trust, Inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.

Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies client feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.

Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values. Supports affirmative action and respects diversity

Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations. Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget. Manages project team activities

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity

Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly

Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; identifies external threats and opportunities adapts strategy to changing conditions.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.


Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required;. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions


Education and/or Experience

Engineer III: Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Engineering and minimum three (3) years related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

Engineer IV: Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Engineering and minimum five (5) years related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Engineer V: Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Engineering plus a Master’s Degree (M.S.) in, Reservoir Engineering and minimum of six years related progressively responsible steamfield reservoir experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. . Must have demonstrated ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and customers. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor


Reasoning Ability

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists, and to understand the risk/reward economic tradeoffs. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables


Computer Skills

Proficiency with MS Word and Excel. Utilize complex computer operations, intermediate to advanced programming, relational databases, and operating systems, and advanced features of software packages (word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, customized products, etc.). Software or hardware needed for this position include geothermal reservoir models, geothermal fluid pipeline models, statistical models, financial/economic models, word processors, SCADA systems, compilers, calculators, plotters, databases and CAD programs. Experience with MS PowerPoint, MS Project, MS SharePoint, OSIsoft PI, CMMS, AutoCAD, and relational databases (e.g. MS Access) is desirable. Demonstrated application of business and systems analysis techniques, SQL, client-server and web base technology, and report writing tools is also desirable.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Valid California Driver's License and Insurance or ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of hire.


Other Skills and Abilities

Some travel within California may be required. Knowledge of local, state and federal regulations applicable to electric utility generator operators and generator owners. Knowledge of utility industry, generation practices, and new developments. Understanding of electric generation plant control systems


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Duties involve working at a computer workstation with occasional work in a power plant. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


EOE

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