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General Electric Lead Control System Engineer in Stafford, United Kingdom

Job Description Summary

As a Lead Control Systems engineer you will report to the Control Systems Manager. The successful candidate will be part of a highly motivated and dynamic team of engineers working on the design of Control and Protection functions for LCC and VSC HVDC schemes. The development of such Control & Protection systems is technically challenging and involves a variety of engineering disciplines, contribution through teamwork and an innovative approach.

As a Lead Control Systems Engineer you will be expected to study the existing designs of specified project and functionalities in MATLAB/Simulink and transfer them to the PSCAD simulation environment across the full delivery process life cycle, including but not limited to plant model design and maintenance, verification model in MATLAB , creating test harness for conversion, writing model guides and evaluating models in PSCAD.

Job Description

Role Summary

As a Lead Control Systems engineer you will report to the Control Systems Manager. The successful candidate will be part of a highly motivated and dynamic team of engineers working on the design of Control and Protection functions for LCC and VSC HVDC schemes. The development of such Control & Protection systems is technically challenging and involves a variety of engineering disciplines, contribution through teamwork and an innovative approach.

As a Lead Control Systems Engineer you will be expected to study the existing designs of specified project and functionalities in MATLAB/Simulink and transfer them to the PSCAD simulation environment across the full delivery process life cycle, including but not limited to plant model design and maintenance, verification model in MATLAB , creating test harness for conversion, writing model guides and evaluating models in PSCAD.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Support the business’ Tendering, Operations, Contractual and After Sales needs regarding:

  • Defining control system requirements for the software architecture, development and verification teams to work from

  • Responses to technical queries from clients

  • HVDC System in electromagnetic transient tools like PSCAD, EMTP-RV etc.

  • Plant modelling in various simulation tools (MATLAB, PSCAD etc) and its verification.

  • Dynamic performance studies using both offline and online simulation tools

  • Control and protection parameters tuning to meet grid stability criteria specified in customer technical specifications.

  • Algorithm and state machine development in MATLB Simulink

  • Conversion of MATLB Simulink algorithms to PSCAD models

  • Play a key role in engineering design reviews and technical leadership, identifying potential project risks and technical weaknesses and proposing safe, reliable and compliant solutions

  • Understand the key milestones in a project plan, their financial impact and ensuring the technical risks are understood and mitigated in accordance with the plan

  • Ensure that project plans contain the necessary activities and studies required to meet the requirements of the customer and the proposed technical solution

  • Support improvements to existing algorithm/strategies for power fault recovery or instability issues during DPS studies

  • Support development of new strategies for control, protection and sequencing (start-up/shut down sequence) to meet customer technical specifications if required

  • Support continual improvement, raising the effectiveness and efficiency of the team through the introduction of tools, methods and process improvements and coordinating with the Continuous Improvement leaders

  • Support a standard product methodology mindset, seek opportunities to re-use solutions, improve quality and reliability whilst reducing the delivery timeline and associated costs

  • Promote collaboration between all projects and ensure Return of Experience is incorporated

Qualifications / Essential Requirements

  • Engineering degree or equivalent including power systems and power electronics subjects or proven equivalent knowledge and experience in HVDC business

  • Strong sense of urgency and ability to identify and manage technical risks

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, experienced in creating and presenting technical reports and responding to clients’ technical questions

  • Ability to understand and communicate customer requirements, lead technical discussions with customers and develop client relationships

  • Understanding of functional characteristics of power systems and interactions between AC and HVDC systems

  • Knowledge of HVDC Control, Protection and Sequencing strategy

  • Hands on experience in PSCAD and MATLAB-SIMULINK simulation tools

  • Test Driven Design techniques (e.g. CI/Continuous Integration, Unit, automated regression, Kits, integration and software in the loop testing).

  • Able to work to deadlines under pressure whilst maintaining the safety, quality and engineering integrity of the solution

  • Must be flexible with working hours and willing to travel in order to support projects globally

Desired characteristics:

  • Process improvement or RCA experience or certification

  • Ability to define requirements and ensure they adhere to best practice

  • Experienced in technical leadership

  • Experience working in HVDC industry

Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes

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