Lead Engineer 2 – Controls Engineering

January 25, 2022
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Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities include the development of robust software architecture, standards and documentation, as well as customer issue resolution, systematic continuous improvement, feature development, software build/release and testing / validation.

Occasionally, the engineer might be called to support wind turbine prototype testing and/or field validation in addition to controls software development activities.

Lead all phases of controls software development for wind turbine and hybrid wind turbine systems.

Compile, develop and document requirements for wind turbine controls features and components

Analyze turbine fleet performance and identify opportunities to improve turbine availability, energy production and lifecycle costs

Derive controls strategy for optimal operability, reliability, availability and protection

Work closely with platform and commercial leaders to understand requirements for complete farm-level and SCADA product needs and translate to specific product features and operability

Develop and validate controls software

Contribute to product configuration management, sustaining and customer support

Maintain control of the safety aspects of the Wind Turbine as software and electrical components change.

Contribute to Controls Design Practices to implement failure prevention.

Support product development programs design review discussions and present relevant design details to chief engineers for evaluation and approval.

Collaborate with other Engineering and Global Research Center teams on new wind turbine control technology and lead design implementation efforts.

Occasionally travel to site to support product testing and validation

Required Qualifications

For roles outside of the USA- This role requires advanced experience in the Engineering/Technology & Controls Engineering. Knowledge level is comparable to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college ( or a high school diploma with relevant experience).

5 years of experience relevant to wind turbine control system design.

5 years of experience with Matlab Simulink

Knowledge of wind turbine generator physical principles.

Ability to succeed in a global team environment. Great team mate with strong communication skills.

Self-starter, who delivers results with minimal supervision.

Willingness to travel approximately 10% of the time

Desired Characteristics

Broad technical knowledge of wind turbines.

Experience in modeling, controls, dynamics, testing, and design of wind turbines.

Skilled in control system design for wind turbine applications, including advanced controls.

Knowledgeable in wind turbine certification, including IEC and GL requirements

Experienced in development and review of wind turbine certification standards.

Experienced in modeling and simulating wind turbines in computer simulation codes, such as ADAMS, Bladed, Flex5, and FAST, Simulink or equivalent industry simulation tools.

Experienced in validation of wind turbine simulation codes in comparison to measurement data.

Experienced in development and validation of computer simulation codes for wind turbines, and development of control system methodology and subroutines for modeling of control systems.

Extensive experience in development, validation of wind turbine controls algorithms, and data analysis.

Experienced in performing analysis and evaluation of loads data and measurement sensors.

Experience with GE Mark VIe controller.

Experience with non-GE Wind monitoring, control and automation hardware and software.

Understanding of security aspects of software and networks.

Understanding of electric utility transmission and distribution systems.