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General Electric Wind Turbine Control Engineer in Barcelona, Spain

Job Description Summary

The scope of this position includes design, implementation, and validation of closed-loop control systems for offshore wind turbines.

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Essential Responsibilities

The Performance & Operability Engineer develops/implements advanced feedback control strategies to provide high turbine performance and low mechanical loading. This requires strong collaboration with other areas to ensure accurate loads and performance predictions over the entire range of turbine operation.

  • Develop/implement state-of-the-art feedback control algorithms that increase turbine performance, lower mechanical loading of the turbine and guarantee a high availability.

  • Analyze the impact of the control strategy on the mechanical loads of the turbine in simulation and through the evaluation of measurement data

  • Develop/implement tools to process data both from simulations as well as experimental measurement campaigns

  • Incorporate wind turbine and wind farm operability requirements into the design

  • Validate turbine controls based on experimental tests results with possible involvement in turbine commissioning on site

  • Support performance issues resolution from wind farms operation, including root cause analysis using problem solving methodologies

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Control, Computer, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering or similar from an accredited College or University (or equivalent experience/knowledge)

  • Experience in design and modeling of advanced closed-loop/feedback control strategies

  • Proficient in Matlab/Simulink for the design, simulation and validation of controls systems

  • Good understanding of classical (transfer functions, frequency domain design, etc.) and basic knowledge in modern (state-space, optimal control, etc.) control theory

  • Experience with validation techniques such as Software in the Loop (SiL) and Hardware in the Loop (HiL)

  • Demonstrated experience working in engineering field

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)

  • Willingness to travel occasionally

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience with wind turbine simulation tools and environments such as Bladed, Flex5, HAWC2

  • Knowledge on system dynamics, controls and mechanical loads simulations

  • Experience with real time control design and modeling

  • Knowledge of C/C++ Wind industry experience with a focus on turbine control systems

  • Experience with GE’s MarkVIe or similar PLCs

  • Familiarity and practical experience with agile methodologies

Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes

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