Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: James Simko

photoThe New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

James Simko is a student at the City College of New York, pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering. He works in the Maintenance Department at the Poletti Power Project 500MW plant in Astoria, NY.

My workload at NYPA has been an interesting mix of multiple projects in various stages of planning and execution. I spent a good portion of my time after the safety meetings reading manuals on plant operations, steam turbine operations, and how a Heat Recovery Steam Generator works, as well as the operation of a GE MK VI controller. I have been fortunate enough to be included in two greenfield projects, as well as several projects that are mid-process. One involves setting up a weather station at the plant to ensure that our plant efficiency readings based on ambient temperature are accurate.

I have also been tasked with designing a permanent solution for oil detection and sump drainage logging of our Fuel Forwarding Skid that will eventually be implemented with our other skid drain sumps. Additionally, I was able to inspect the existing cable tray in the 500MW plant to ensure it complies with NEC standards and work with an outside consulting firm to confirm the repairs that have been made. Finally, I’ve been brought on to an environmental project to help track down the exact flow of our storm water through our drain system to help develop a spill response plan.

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with experienced engineers such as my supervisor, John Mustaro, and mentor, Adil Shaikh, who have given me a level of autonomy and trust on these projects while also keeping an open door policy and making sure that if I find myself in need of any resource or reference, they show me exactly how to find it.

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