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General Electric Lead Controls Engineer in Charlottesville, Virginia

Job Description Summary

The Lead Controls Engineer is responsible for the design and development of control systems and equipment installed at various customer sites of our installed base within the power generation industry. Technology supported includes, but is not limited to, Turbine Control Systems, Distributed Control System, Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions, and instrumentation.

The Lead Controls Engineer also supports defining the technical solutions for selling new opportunities while working with the Sales and Tendering teams.

This role requires knowledge of various related engineering disciplines and their applications.

The Lead Controls Engineer will be responsible for the smooth running of those new project designs equipment and control systems in partnership with the Project Management team in full conformity with quality procedures, deadlines, and existing EHS rules.

Design activities / new projects from global regions may be included to the scope of work but the Lead Controls Engineer will primarily focus on projects from the North and South Americas region. The mission, depending on the specificity of the scope, can last from a few days to several months. Between conversion, modernization and upgrade projects, the Lead Controls Engineer could be assigned to global tasks to support the New Product Development, engineering and/or support of various deliverables.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • As the Lead Controls Engineer - you will:

  • Design, test and support commissioning of hardware and software for Steam Turbine control solutions

  • Engage in detailed review of customer specifications, comparing to GE and former Alstom products and providing list of technical deviations to the specifications

  • Generate and provide drawings and detailed bill of materials

  • Provide estimate of engineering hours required for project execution

  • Lead customer acceptance testing

  • Liaise with overseas engineering and tendering personnel to ensure product compliance with US and Canadian standards and requirements

  • Occasionally, attend technical conferences, training seminars, etc.

  • Review RFQs (Request for Quote) and technical specifications while providing clarifications for proposals

  • Promote GE and/or Alstom products in front of customers during presentations and other events, as needed

  • Continually improve personal technical, commercial, and organizational knowledge and skills while mentoring lesser experienced engineers

  • Research technical offerings of major competitors to help bridge product gaps

  • Perform routine administration duties and paperwork in a timely and accurate manner with particular attention to deadlines for engineering design, proposal development, presentations and reports

  • Maintain excellent relations with customers, peers, management and overseas office

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering / Controls & Automation or (or other similar technical area) from an accredited college or university.

  • Minimum of 5 years design and/or commissioning experience in turbine control system or DCS for power plants or comparable machine controls experience in another industry.

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience with Steam Power and/or Nuclear power plant requirements.

  • Experience with turbine control system, DCS and instrumentation, in any kind of power plant (coal fired or industrial steam turbines, nuclear power plants, gas turbines in simple or combined cycle, hydro power plants…)

  • Practical knowledge of Alspa ControSteam control system (used in Darlington), other Legacy Alstom products as a plus (Alspa P320, P400, Blueline, Microrec, STG820…)

  • Practical knowledge of GE products as a plus (Mark V, Mark VI, Mark VIe…)

  • Ability to adapt to changing technology.

  • Attention to detail and time management skills to ensure deadlines are met.

  • Clear thinker, detail oriented, insightful, quantitative, results oriented analyst and engineer – Able to make reasoned, sound, and timely decisions.

  • Excellent technical writing in general with focus on requirements and design document.

  • Strong verbal communication skills and customer focused mindset.

  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills for technical and business audiences.

  • Able and willing to take ownership and responsibility for assigned tasks.

  • Self-starter with energy, positive “Can-Do” attitude – Proven track record of producing quality deliverables on specification, to project budget, at product cost, and on schedule.

  • Team player with cross-discipline, and functional leadership knowledge, skills, and experience.

  • Able to work successfully in matrix environment, executing multiple assignments and priorities.

  • Continuous improvement “mindset” with an ability to identify, influence, and implement better ways to do an activity or process.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems. Ability to document, plan, market, and execute programs. Established project management skills.

  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 10% as needed.

Colorado: The salary range for this position is $75,000 to $105,000. The specific salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors including the candidate’s experience, their education, and the work location. In addition, this position is eligible for a performance bonus. Available benefits include health and welfare benefits include healthcare, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage; savings account options (such as a Health Care Flexible Savings Account, Health Reimbursement Account, Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account, and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account); and an employee assistance program. Additional benefits include a defined contribution 401(k) plan, employee life insurance, optional dependent life insurance, employee accidental death or dismemberment insurance coverage, salary continuance program benefits for disability, optional long-term disability, pre-tax transportation/commuter program, paid holidays, paid time off, parental leave, a layoff plan for salaried employees, tuition reimbursement program, use of Cariloop, adoption assistance, optional identity theft prevention insurance, optional personal legal assistance, and optional personal excess liability insurance.

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer (https://assets.phenompeople.com/CareerConnectResources/GE11GLOBAL/en_global/desktop/assets/images/poster_screen_reader_optimized_w_supplement.pdf) . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes

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