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Lead Engineer, Power Conversion, Controls, & Integration (REN 386) in Portland, OR at Avangrid

Date Posted: 4/1/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description


This individual will be responsible for supporting the operations of Avangrid’s Wind Turbine and Solar PV fleet with an emphasis on controls, software, power quality, power conversion, and grid interaction.
• Organize and lead interdepartmental and cross-functional projects with the aim of optimizing performance and reducing operational costs of Power Converters, Control Systems, and Software within Avangrid’s Wind and Solar fleet.
• Carry out investigations to identify anomalies and investigate failures.  Develop hypothesis regarding root cause, identify corrective measures, and organize testing and measurement campaigns to evaluate and validate these measures.
• Identify priorities related to compliance and integration of Avangrid’s facilties onto the BES and prepare presentations to business leaders to secure funding and resources to address these priorities.
• Manage projects related to the above and provide regular communication to internal stakeholders on current progress and future activities in these areas.
• Identify, qualify, and manage external professionals and consultants as necessary in order to support efforts and investigations in the areas above.
• Represent Avangrid at industry forums related to the integration of Renewables on to the BES.  Participate in the development of standards and provide feedback to regulatory bodies regarding the same.
• Organize and lead meetings and calls with original equipment manufacturers and service providers to ensure quality and compliance with contractual obligations.
• Visit generating plants and suppliers as required to investigate issues first hand.
• Serve as a mentor to more junior engineers providing assistance, technical explanation and feedback.

Skills and Requirements

• BS Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in power system, controls and/or power conversion.
• 8 years' experience with electrical generation.
• Experience with electrical measurement system setup and data analysis.
• Familiarity with electrical system modeling software, e.g. Power World, PSSE, PSCAD, etc.
• Demonstrated record of superior academic and professional performance.
• Expertise with electrical schematics / one-line diagrams.
• Ability to climb 100 meter tall steel towers on occasional basis to perform root cause analysis investigation on turbine component failures.
• Advanced computer skills utilizing word processing, spreadsheets, email, facility control, data management, CAD, and reporting systems.   
• 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.
• Familiarity with mechanical and electronic testing equipment.  (i.e. voltage testers, amp clamps, oscilloscopes, meggers, and various hand and power tools.)
• Must work well under pressure from job demands, multi-tasking ability essential.
• Requires approximately 10% - 20% travel.

Preference maybe given to candidates with the following:

• Ability to speak, write, and understand Spanish.
• Experience with Renewables


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.

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