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General Electric Lead Engineer - Plant Electrical Systems Design in Wilmington, North Carolina

Job Description Summary

Plant electric power distribution systems (EPDS) design including nuclear island (NI) and turbine island (TI), balance of plant (BOP), and interface to switchyard and grid. Scope includes safety-related (S-R) or Safety Class 1 (SC1), augmented quality or SC2 and SC3, and non-safety-related (NSR) systems for commercial nuclear power plants and test facilities.

Job Description

Responsible for Plant Electrical Systems design activities that support:

  • GE's BWRX-300 Small Modular Reactor (SMR) and/or

  • Gen-IV reactor technologies including Natrium and ARC sodium fast reactors (SFRs).

Essential Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, evaluate, introduce, and manage engineering solutions for EPDS.

  • Apply electrical circuit and electro-magnetic theory, mathematical modeling, and simulation to design electrical systems with desired behaviors including power flow balance across modes of operation, setting of boundaries, optimization, coordination within and across voltage levels, and understanding complex systems of systems.

  • Prepare EPDS designs for AC and DC electric systems, components, and equipment such as main generator plus unit and reserve auxiliary transformers with their interface to distribution and transmission grid, isolation phase bus duct, medium, and low voltage circuit breakers and disconnect switches with their trip units, digital protective relays, switchgear, switchboards, load or power centers, motor control centers, lighting and power service panels, cable and wire, building and containment penetrations, conduit, ducts, raceway, tray, grounding, lightning, and cathodic protection, motors, adjustable speed drives, batteries, chargers, inverters, uninterruptible power supplies, contactors, switches, relays, etc.

  • Perform or lead design and related technical scope thru progression of; front end engineering design (FEED), Conceptual, Preliminary or Intermediate, Detailed or Final Design.

  • Prepare and maintain using data-centric digital tools with rigorous requirements, change control, and configuration management:

  • Static documents or reports, specifications, databases, tabular lists of functions, sizing calculations, equipment and instrument characteristics and configurations, electrical and heat loads, physical layout or placement in rooms, buildings, structures, etc.

  • Static diagrams or drawings of context or functional block, one or single line, three-line, relay coordination, electrical schematic, inter-connection wiring, etc.

  • Dynamic physics based and electrical simulation design and analysis [e.g., ETAP] models.

  • Collaborate with other disciplines to define and achieve functional, performance, reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) goals using failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), probabilistic risk analysis (PRA), and related modern techniques.

  • Lead or support nuclear regulatory certification or licensing, procurement packages and hand-off to suppliers for implementation of systems and components requirements including function, performance, design assurance, qualification [environmental, seismic], regulatory and standards compliance, human factors, safety hazards, reliability, cyber security, etc.

  • Collaborate with and provide oversight of suppliers thru procurement and construction to develop, perform, and review unit, module, system, and integration test plans, procedures, and reports including factory acceptance, site acceptance, pre-operational, and start-up tests including inspection, test, or analysis and acceptance criteria thru commercial operations date.

  • Establish productive working relationships with product and project management, support functions, Architect Engineer (A/E), Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) partner(s), and suppliers.

  • Perform detailed oversight, review, and verification of deliverables from suppliers to ensure their adequacy, accuracy, completeness, and compliance with requirements.

  • Perform optioneering or trade-off studies for technical, risk, and cost optimization.

  • Prepare detailed work plans covering scope, labor budget, and schedule.

  • Ensure deliverables are on-spec., on-budget, and on-schedule.

  • Support LEAN, continuous process improvement, and cost-out programs.

  • Provide leadership and mentoring in a team environment to deliver with integrity, safety and security, quality, then output – Champion nuclear culture.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Physics, or Mathematics from an accredited university or college.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in heavy and high reliability industries such as; nuclear, power, process, marine, oil & gas, military, etc. design requirements, specifications, documentation, and related detailed design artifacts including procurement packages using digital tools such as; drawings, databases, tabular lists covering functions, algorithms, set points, equipment and instrument characteristics and configurations, electrical and heat loads, physical equipment layout.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience using either:

  • IEEE Std 80, 81, 115, 242, 308, 317, 323, 338, 344, 379, 384, 450, 484, 485, 603, 665, 666, 741, 765, 1050, C37.06, C50.10, C50.13, C57.13, C62.23 and NFPA 780-OR-

  • IEC Std 62855, Nuclear power plants – Electrical power systems – Electrical power systems analysis and supporting IEC 60034 thru 62305 series.

  • Minimum 5 years of application engineering or field installation with heavy electrical equipment and components including selection, sizing and analysis calculations, modeling and simulation, and qualification [environmental, seismic, embedded digital] to diverse industry standards (e.g.; IEEE, IEC, ASME)

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with computer aided design (CAD) [e.g.; 2D AutoCAD or 3D Inventor].

  • Minimum 3 years of experience using digital tools preparing dynamic or transient physics-based modeling, simulation, analysis [ETAP] of electrical systems.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Engineering for Electrical, Mechanical, Nuclear, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or equivalent year technical degree.

  • Professional Engineer (PE) – National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) or equivalent.

  • PMI/PMP certified.

  • Experience with equipment qualification [environmental, seismic, embedded digital] testing to diverse industry standards [e.g., IEEE, IEC, ASME].

  • Experience using modern digital engineering collaboration and design tools such as:

  • Content creation [e.g., Confluence/Atlassian],

  • Requirements management [e.g., DOORS-NextGen/IBM],

  • Diagram and drawing [e.g., Visio/Microsoft, AutoCAD/Autodesk],

  • Design and analysis simulation [e.g., Easy5/MSC, Simulink-MATLAB/MathWorks, Mathcad/PTC, 3KeyMaster/WSC, ETAP, SKM],

  • Change, configuration, document, and bill of material (BOM) management [e.g., ENOVIA/Dassault-Systems].

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

  • Exceptional technical writing.

  • Strong verbal communication and facilitating skills for technical and business audiences.

  • Able and willing to take ownership and responsibility for scoping, planning, prioritizing, scheduling, budgeting, action tracking, monitoring, corrective actions, reporting, etc.

  • Self-starter with energy and positive “Can-Do” attitude – Proven track record of producing quality deliverables on specification, budget, and schedule in a fast passed environment.

  • Team player with cross- discipline and matrixed functional skills and experience.

  • Able to handle multiple concurrent assignments and priorities.

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

  • Working knowledge, skill, and experience using Agile or LEAN, define, measure, analyze, improve, control (DMAIC), design for six sigma (DFSS), design for reliability (DFR), failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), and design to cost (DTC).

  • Relocation to Wilmington, NC is strongly desired.

The salary range for this position is $86k-140k. 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 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.

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

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).

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes