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General Electric Lead Application Engineer - Offshore Segment in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

Job Description Summary

The Lead Application Engineer (AE) role will lead the generation of the technical content and related costing and estimations of tenders/proposals in response to customer requests for offshore wind segment quotes and initiatives within North America (NAM) AC Substation (ACS) business. This role will combine application and estimating for all the NAM ACS proposals utilizing and driving common process, procedures, methods, tools and lessons learned across the organization. Own the tender estimation activity and drive consistent functional specifications and common global processes for projects execution and implementation for offshore wind segment.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the technological point person for the business for the entire Inquiry to Order (ITO) phase.

  • Provides technical expertise and develops technical solutions (configuration, performance estimation, economics, etc.) as part of the pre-ITO (requisition) process while interfacing with the commercial team.

  • Work on the offshore wind projects onshore substation and offshore substation proposals

  • Technical quality of GE’s proposals including processes & programs that make the proposals more accepted (compliant or clarified), effective, and cost competitive to the customer with reduced overall-performance risk. Proposal must be clear, provide customer value, and demonstrate how GE meets or exceeds their specification requirement.

  • Responsible for technical proposal accuracy including technical specifications & clarifications/ assumptions/ exceptions, quantifying design and deliverables, installation work scope definition, cost allocation, bill of materials, and estimation of engineering, installation and testing/commissioning based on customer specifications and/or industry standards (IEEE, NESC, ANSI, NEMA, CSA, IEC, etc.), sourcing, and historical data.

  • Design and implement methodologies, templates, and libraries that provide the most accurate cost estimates with the least amount of engineering effort for a given customer scope.

  • Write technical specifications for equipment and services, working with Project Manager (PM) & Sourcing to manage quotes and vendor responses.

  • Work with the Proposal Manager, AE team, and assigned multi-discipline engineers to provide up to full “Engineer, Procure, & Construct” (EPC) estimates for conventional utility, industrial, & renewable substations, P&C and equipment programs, Systems & Communications projects, and Electrical Balance of Plant (eBOP) projects.

  • Possesses a deep understanding of relevant markets and customer economic value that aid winning bid strategies.

  • Has in-depth knowledge of best practices and how own area integrates with others; has working knowledge of competition and the factors that differentiate them in the market.

  • Uses judgment to make decisions or solve moderately complex tasks or problems in areas of operational/product management, manufacturing, technology or engineering.

  • Takes new perspective on existing solutions. Uses technical experience and expertise for data analysis to support recommendations. Uses multiple internal and limited external sources outside of own function to arrive at decisions.

  • Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience. May lead small projects with moderate risks and resource requirements.

  • Explains difficult or sensitive information; works to build consensus. Developing persuasion skills required to influence others on topics within field.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or an equivalent technical degree.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with design, FEED studies, specifications, estimating, and construction experience in substation, transmission or power generation projects for the power generation/distribution/transmission industry.

  • Minimum 1 year of technical proposal writing and proposal management experience.

  • Up to 20% travel (may include international travel) and must comply with all relevant company travel and tax policies.

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience with Full turnkey solutions, EPC, EPCI including Civil works.

  • Passion to win--constantly providing ways to improve hit rate. Ability to develop the technical strategy after ensuring customer’s CTQs are understood and the outcome desired by the customer is defined.

  • Deep domain expertise in the design of Power Transmission and Distribution equipment & systems, electrical substation, and protection & control (P&C). Knowledge of equipment installation, construction, and field operations.

  • Experience with (and estimating the effort for) engineering design packages including drawings, calculations, studies, and bills of materials.

  • Experience with power system studies and the application of MV/HV/EHV equipment.

  • Knowledge of project estimating methods and cost engineering theory.

  • Knowledge of HV/EHV substation physical/outdoor design and construction including foundation design and site preparation.

  • Knowledge of synchronous motors, generators, and eBOP equipment.

  • Knowledge of substation protection & control schemes, SCADA communication systems,

  • factory and site testing, commissioning methods, and maintenance.

  • Effective communications in the English language using oral and written skills to communicate technical and business concepts.

  • A credible self-motivator who is level-headed under pressure. Must be able to multi-task and work well on a team.

  • Strong team player and contributor

  • Experience with large and complex Project proposal development.

  • Superior communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

  • Construction, field testing and commissioning experience.

  • Knowledge of and experience using Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) & American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards and codes such as the National Electric Code (NEC) and NESC.

  • Knowledge of the American Association of Cost Engineer (AACE) principles.

  • Experience in computer aided estimating programs (Success, Timberline, MC2, HardDollar , etc.).

  • Working knowledge of power systems automation equipment, SCADA applications and communication applications.

  • Working knowledge of projects organizations and activities required for large projects & interaction of functions. Design, construction, application, purchasing, management, vendors, subcontractors, partners, finance, accounting, safety, environmental, government regulations.

  • PE license in the United States/Canada

  • Ability to read & translate technical documents in French is a plus

  • Working knowledge of professional estimating software. Experience in using national databases as estimating guides such as R. S. Means and Richardson.

  • Excellent personal computer skills, including software development, and familiarity with AutoCAD / Microstation desired.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . 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).

As a federal government contractor, GE requires U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you receive an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Relocation Assistance Provided: No