Santiago Rios attends City College of New York, pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works in the Mechanical Maintenance Department at the 500MW Facility in Astoria, NY.
My first week here at NYPA, I was able to work with my mentor Danny Padron on repairing one of the Gas Compressors here at the 500MW Plant. I was able to put my hands to use and help with piping installation, help with the detection of leaks, while making sure the hardware being used is new and not worn and old. I was able to work with Operations and help with starting up and running the compressor, while taking down important data provided by the gauges and instrumentation panels of the gas compressor. I have worked with Operations on the cleaning of the Air Cooled Condenser, troubleshooting the Foam House Diesel Generator and learning how the plant is maintained and monitored from the Control Room using different types of software.
The following week, I started working with Yefim Kashler and was introduced to a couple of projects and assignments. Another project I worked on was learning one of the many important systems – the Auxiliary Circulating Water system, which also goes along with the Auxiliary Cooling Water system. The purpose of this project is to find out where we can improve this system and improve it, in order to increase the combined cycle plant overall efficiency. My second assignment was to get myself familiarized with main components throughout the plant – for example, condensate pumps, boiler feed pumps, cooling tower, gas turbine, steam turbine and the Heat Recovery Steam Generator system. To get acquainted with these components, I’ve been gathering data from manuals, name plates located at each component and with the help of NYPA software.
Getting to know the components of the combined cycle plant has helped my learning process and will definitely enhance my experience as a future engineer.