The 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. This summer, more than 30 undergraduate and graduate students are participating in the intern program. Throughout the summer, we will feature individual profiles of our summer interns and provide a detailed look at their personal internship experiences.
Nathanael Kankiewicz attends SUNY Buffalo State, working towards a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology with a focus on electronics and smart grid technology. He currently works in the Instrumentation & Controls unit within the Operations Group at the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston, NY.
Every day in the Instrumentation & Controls Department is different. There are a variety of devices we install and monitor, and I have had the opportunity to visit locations besides the Lewiston plant to inspect our instruments. I have also been offered a chance to learn how to react and assess the situations surrounding a fault. Under the guidance of Jim Rankin and Daniel Ver, I have taken every chance I can get to absorb the information this experience offers.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been updating our satellite clock distribution network for protective devices. The goal of this work is to set up the infrastructure for their synchronization. This will allow for greater accuracy in our data collection and evaluation of events, both in testing and in regular operation.
My most recent work involved researching component information, and contacting manufacturers about items that need to be ordered. This work will continue with the writing of purchasing requests for the system I am currently designing.