Pattern Energy Group

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Controls Engineer

Controls Engineer

# of Openings 
1
Job Locations 
US-TX-Houston
Posted Date 
2/22/2017
Category 
Asset Management
Job ID 
2017-1067

More information about this job

Overview

Pattern Energy Group is an independent, fully integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns and operates renewable energy projects and transmission assets across North America, Japan, and parts of Latin America.  The company focuses primarily on wind, solar and transmission. The Pattern Energy Group team has a history as one of the top North American renewable energy and transmission providers in the industry. The team is dedicated to delivering the highest value for its customers, partners, financial supporters and the communities in which it works, while exhibiting a strong commitment to promoting environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility.

Pattern Energy Group operates in the United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, and Mexico with offices in San Francisco, Houston, San Diego, New York, Santiago, Tokyo, and Toronto.  Pattern Energy Group’s corporate headquarters is in San Francisco.

Responsibilities

JOB PURPOSE

The Controls Engineer provides support and direction for the Pattern Fleet of power generation facilities. Specifically this requires detailed understanding of key control elements to include wind and solar generators, SCADA systems and substation protection and controls such as voltage regulators.  The Controls engineer will be responsible for understanding how these components function and optimize their controls to reduce losses and ensure compliance with obligations.  The Controls Engineer will also utilize basic engineering concepts and accumulated knowledge to efficiently diagnose and manage controls related issues to continuously improve the Pattern fleet.

Key Accountabilities

The key responsibilities will include the following:

  • Ensure proper controls configuration of the growing Pattern Fleet of Power Plants, both originally as well as when implementing proposed changes or updates.
  • Ensure methods for monitoring performance of controls systems to pro-actively monitor controls issues.
  • Identify Root Causes and implement critical and continuous improvements for control systems.
  • Originate and/or evaluate controls related modification and upgrade opportunities for the Pattern fleet, driving innovation in enhancing our project’s capabilities.
  • Oversee and assist the Original Equipment Manufacturers with Root Cause Analysis (RCA) for controls related issues.
  • Become Pattern’s subject matter expert for power plant related controls and assist in technology evaluation, power plant design reviews, initial power plant commissioning and testing, and primary technical point of contact with control system suppliers.
  • Assist and possibly lead large RCAs for major catastrophic failures as required.
  • Work cooperatively with other discipline engineering leaders in the group to ensure proper integration of controls into their work scopes.
  • Provide technical support for both technicians in the field as well as our Operations Control Center (OCC) for controls issues

Qualifications

Educational Experience

 

A Bachelor’s degree in Controls, Electrical, Systems or similar Engineering degree is required as a minimum. Master’s degree preferred. 

 

Work Experience

  • 5 years or more experience as controls engineer in wind, power generation or related industry.
  • Wind Industry experience HIGHLY preferred but not required

Additional Qualifications

  • Must be able to climb modern wind turbine without a lift or climb assist
  • Strong technical capabilities and a creative, curious, self-driven work ethic
  • Ability to work well in and/or lead cross functional teams with little supervision or oversight
  • Desire to work in the field in challenging environments to collect data for RCA or system upgrade validation.
  • Ability to travel frequently (Up to 20% travel)

Technical Skills

  • Ability to perform and review advanced mathematical calculations and control algorithms.
  • Ability to simply and effectively communicate complex concepts.
  • Ability to read and understand plans, specifications, drawings, and documents relating to engineering and construction, including one-line diagrams, three-line diagrams, and wiring diagrams.
  • Ability to write simple yet thorough test plans and coordinate through execution by anticipating potential problems and implementing required controls.
  • Ability to quickly assess emergency situations and requirements and to develop and implement appropriate action plans.
  • Ability to work around energized equipment under proper lock-out, tag-out, and other safety procedures.
  • Ability to occasionally perform physical requirements including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, reaching, and climbing at project locations in order to inspect equipment or collect information.

Pattern Energy Group Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.