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General Electric Principal Engineer – Power System Modeling in Schenectady, New York

Job Description Summary

As a member of Energy Consulting's Generation Products & Services practice area, the Principal Engineer - Power System Modeling will be an active contributor to the GE Power business initiatives related to power systems engineering, modeling, equipment, and services. EC's GPS team members utilize their deep knowledge of power plant modeling, testing, grid code compliance, protection and mitigation solutions for sub-synchronous resonance and torsional interaction phenomena, to offer customized and specialty solutions to our global clients.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support customers with power systems engineering expertise; including modeling, analysis, equipment design and specification, and failure mode analysis.

  • Create, modify and parametrize simulation models representing GE products like conventional and renewable power plants. Evaluate grid code compliance and impact of equipment integration in bulk power systems.

  • Executing (proposing, negotiating, planning, leading and reporting out) studies to assist power plant customers in meeting evolving regulatory standards for steady-state performance, dynamic performance and modeling.

  • Lead contracts to ensure technical, schedule and cost objectives are met; actively participate in identifying and cultivating new customers and business opportunities; lead preparation of proposals, project creation/assignment, billing and closing; and make customer presentations.

  • Support domestic and global projects across regions depending on overall market needs, and communicate customer needs and values back to GE to support marketing initiatives.

  • Support GE project(s) with power systems engineering expertise; including design and equipment specification studies, and commissioning support.

  • Effectively communicate results to both internal and external executives by preparing written detailed and summary reports and making presentations describing analyses performed, solutions developed, and customer value propositions.

  • Enhance industry knowledge and present technical content in regional forums and conferences; serve as a thought leader in industry activities.

  • Actively participate in a working environment where teamwork, quality, customer service and innovation are prized.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or electric power engineering from an accredited college or university

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in electrical or electric power engineering, conventional and/or renewable power plant design and operation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Willingness to travel to support project work (up to 10%) domestic and internationally.

Desired Characteristics

  • Advanced degree in electrical engineering, electric power engineering, or related field of study from an accredited university or college.

  • Minimum 5 years of industry experience performing steady state and dynamic analysis using large data base simulation tools like Siemens PSS/E, DigSilent PowerFactory, GE PSLF, and/or performing transient analysis using simulation tools like ATP/EMTP, PSCAD/EMTDC and EMTP-RV.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with the development, testing and tuning of user-defined dynamic models in simulation tools (PSS/E, PSLF, Power Factory, ATP/EMTP, PSCAD/EMTDC, and/or EMTP-RV).

  • Minimum 5 year of Experience with the use and application of common programming languages (e.g. Python, FORTRAN, C, C++ MATLAB).

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with development of block diagrams in frequency domain (to represent conventional and/or renewable power plant equipment), and creation of equivalent FORTRAN or FLECS code for use in Siemens PSS/E software.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with Microsoft Visual Studio compiler for creation of library (.lib), dynamic link (.dll), dynamic file (.dyr) and documentation (application guide, instructions, etc.) for user-defined models in Siemens PSS/E software.

  • 5+ years of experience with turbine control and/or excitation system design.

  • Track record of industry reputation and recognition.

  • Strong knowledge of utility transmission planning practices, grid code compliance and regulatory standards for power system performance.

  • Strong knowledge of industry standards (e.g. IEEE 421.5) for power plant equipment modeling.

  • Advanced experience in electromagnetic transient simulation tools like ATP/EMTP, PSCAD/EMTDC and EMTP-RV.

  • Advanced experience with dynamic and time-domain simulation tools (e.g. FORTRAN programming of user-written “black box” models in PSCAD, use of MATLAB or Python scripting to automate execution and analysis of multiple simulations).

  • Demonstrated application of complex mathematics and engineering to real-world electric power system problems.

  • Solid understanding of controls concepts for grid-interactive power systems equipment and controls, e.g.: automatic voltage regulators, and power system stabilizers.

  • Familiarity with power system stabilizer tuning and testing methodology and techniques for power plants.

  • Understanding of generators, transformers, circuit breakers, generator protection, excitation systems and limiters (e.g. OEL, UEL, V/Hz), closed loop voltage regulator controls, governor and power/frequency control, arresters, shunt and series applications of capacitors, synchronous condensers, power electronic converters for renewable energy (wind and solar) and industrial applications.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills (e.g. ability to effectively communicate with all levels of GE and customer/plant staff).

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).

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes