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General Electric Lead New Product Introduction Engineer, System Design in Finland

Job Description Summary

Role Summary/Purpose:

We are looking for Lead New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineer to join our global FACTS (NPI) team. The position will be based in Tampere, Finland.

Grid Solutions delivers mainly high power (>100MVAr) Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) as Static Synchronous Compensators (STATCOM) and Static Var Compensators (SVC), Fixed Series Capacitors (FSC) and Synchronous Condensers (SC). These are used to control power system voltage and reactive power flow as well as to improve the power system stability and transmission system efficiency. FACTS devices are also typically used to improve the integration of renewables to the power system making the future power system more sustainable. The Center of Excellence of power electronics-based products STATCOM and SVC is in Tampere, Finland, while the Center of Excellence of FSC and SC is in Saratoga Springs, United States.

In this position, you will mainly be doing research and development around SVC and STATCOM solutions and you will be reporting to global FACTS NPI Manager.

Key tasks:

Your main task is to research and develop optimized reactive power compensator systems. Target is to create innovative compensator configurations and control algorithms which allows the compensator to meet more demanding customer requirements. These requirements may for example be related to losses and harmonic emissions, reactive power range, reliability, noise or magnetic field emissions and integration of energy storage to be a part of the compensator solution.

In this very versatile role, you have possibility to become recognized expert in the field of overall system design of the reactive power compensator. Your areas of expertise will include:

• calculation of optimal configuration for reactive power compensator

• analysis of losses and harmonic emissions

• analysis of reliability

• analysis and design of compensator control algorithms

• integration of different components, e.g. energy storage to the STATCOM solution

• overall understanding of electric subsystem design

• FACTS devices and especially power-electronic based FACTS

• Power system engineering

In this role, you will be focusing on the product development as well as future products and technologies. Therefore, you will have the possibility see larger technology trends in the field of electrical power engineering. Due to the innovative nature of the role, you are expected to contribute on patents and scientific publications. This role gives you real opportunity to work for the more sustainable and green future power system.

The research and development work will comply with the good design practices starting from rigour specification definition to implementation, validation and documentation. Although you are joining to the NPI team, you will have close collaboration with the local System Design Engineering team Finland as well as HVDC NPI team located in Stafford, UK.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Rigour execution of NPI projects

  • Specification, implementation, validation and documentation of R&D work

  • Research and development in the field of power system and control system design

  • Support equipment sourcing (technical inputs, equipment evaluation)

  • Support technical Tendering

  • Create innovative solutions

  • Problem solving and root-cause analysis

  • Educate stakeholders

  • Taking responsibility from own work

Required Qualifications

  • MSc (or higher) degree in Power / Control System Engineering or equivalent

  • Specialized knowledge in Electrical Power Engineering

  • Understanding of control theory behind grid connected devices

  • Knowledge in compensation systems, power electronics

  • Knowledge and experience on some of simulation tools for electric systems such as PSCAD, Matlab Simulink, RTDS or PSSE

  • Fluent written and oral skills

  • Strong prioritizing and time management skills

Desired Characteristics

  • Ability to influence on multiple stakeholders

  • Ability to work in groups as well as individually

  • Curious and open-minded

  • Creative

  • Desire to work in international environment

  • Willingness to take leading role in project

  • Passion to work towards green world

  • Proven academic record

  • Control system design

  • Understanding of grid-connection of voltage source converters

Additional Information

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