Associate Engineer - Electrical (REN) in Portland, OR at Avangrid

Date Posted: 10/5/2018

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Job Description

Publication date: 04.10.2018
REFERENCE: 5102935903

Company: Avangrid Renewables
Job Title: Electrical Engineer
Department: Engineering
Location: Portland, OR

Business and Department
Portland Corporate Office

This highly skilled individual will be responsible for analysis and optimization BoP (Balance of Plant) assets at
Avangrid's Wind and Solar generation facilities. This person will work with other professionals and technicians in an
international team environment on a variety of engineering-type projects related to Collector Systems ,GSU
(generation step-up) transformers, and associated components and controls. This individual shall be responsible for
investigation, monitoring, and mitigation of issues related to the interaction between wind and solar generation
equipment and medium and high voltage transmission systems. In addition, the individual will provide feedback to
internal stakeholders and external agencies in order to ensure that electrical installations are cost effective and
operating in-line with industry standards and requirements. The day-to-day activities have a wide degree of variety
involving multiple projects moving simultaneously. Travel will vary up to 20%.

Responsibilities include:
• Work with operations staff to provide technical support on issues related to generation and maintenance at various
wind and solar projects.
• Lead root cause analysis and remediation plans for defective equipment and enhance the design of problematic
parts for the purposes of improving reliability.
• Research and analyze design proposals, specification, and equipment manuals to determine feasibility of
corrective actions and upgrades.
• Perform studies to evaluate the design and performance of generating facilities with the objective of identifying
modifications that can improve operation and efficiency.
• Provide 'Lessons Learned' in the form of reports and presentations to stakeholders, ensuring compliance with
design standards and validating accuracy of final documentation and test data.
• Assist in the planning, coordination, budgeting of the aforementioned activities.
• Perform administrative functions such as; technical writing, providing job status reports, requesting quotations,
and ordering materials.
• Manage and assist internal and external personnel in the regular reporting of compliance information to company,
state, and federal agencies.
• Participate in relevant industry standards comittees and technical advisory groups.

• Adhere to effective internal controls.
• Travel to wind and solar project sites within the United States.

• BS Electrical Engineering, with an emphasis on power systems or the equivalent combination of education and
• Well developed understanding of high and medium voltage power systems including, transformers, capacitor,
reactors and distribution/collection systems conductors.
• Demonstrated experience with load flow analyses using industry standard software tools, e.g. DIgSILENT, PSS/E,
PowerWorld, PSLF, etc.
• Ability to read and interpret electrical schematics and single-line system diagrams.
• Advanced computer skills utilizing word processing, spreadsheets, email, facility control, data management, CAD,
and reporting systems.
• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited
standardization exists.
• Familiarity with mechanical and electronic testing equipment. (i.e. voltage testers, amp clamps, oscilloscopes,
meghommeters, and various hand and power tools.)
• Ability to climb 80 meter steel towers on occasional basis to perform root cause analysis investigation on turbine
component failures (uptower MV transformer).
• Ability to occasionally lift items weighing up to 40 pounds.
• Possession of comprehensive writing skills for upwards reporting.
• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited
standardization exists.
• Must work well under pressure from job demands, multi-tasking ability essential.

Preference may be given to candidates with the following:
• Experience with Renewable Energy generation systems.
• Masters Degree
• Knowledge of substation, transformer, feeder, and line relay protection/philosophy
• Knowledge of transformer design and DGA (dissolved gas analysis)
• Ability to speak, write, and understand Spanish.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a medical Fit for Duty exam (only if
applicable to job requirements), background check, references, drug screen, verification of legal right to work in the
U.S., and in some cases, a credit check. A credit check will be administered when a prospective employee will be
working in Finance, Accounting, Treasury or where duties may involve handling of funds, accounts or cash. A Motor
Vehicle (MVR) check will be administered when a prospective employee will be regularly using a company vehicle.

Avangrid Renewables is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, status as an
individual with a disability, or any other status or class protected by federal or state law.

This opportunity will offer
Full Time Exempt