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General Electric Lead Engineer – Plant I&C Rod Control Systems in Wilmington, North Carolina

Role Summary:Primary focus is boiling water reactor rod control system engineer responsible for; 1) support of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in operating fleet, 2) design of digital modernization for original systems, and 3) design of digital systems for new reactor types. Scope includes; 1) requirements definition, 2) design specifications, 3) development, test, qualification plans, and 4) field deployment of system.

Essential Responsibilities:As the Lead Engineer – Plant I&C Rod Control Systems you will:

  • Develop an understanding of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) rod control and information system (RC&IS) across the various types of operating boiling water reactors (BWRs) -3, -4, -5, and -6 types including key functions of the various subsystems such as; Rod Action Control System (RACS), Rod Interface System (RIS), Rod Gang Drive System (RGDS) as well as the inter sub-system communications.

  • Develop an understanding of rod control and information system (RC&IS) new reactor types such as ABWR, ESBWR, BWRX-300, PRISM, ARC-100, etc. including key functions of the various subsystems such as; Fine Motion Control Rod Drive (FMCRD) motor controllers, Rod Block Monitor (RBM), Rod Worth Minimizer (RWM), 3D core monitoring (AUCMEN/3DM), Advanced Thermal Limits Monitor (ATLM) as well as the inter sub-system communications.

  • Prepare system and sub-system level; 1) requirements specifications, 2) functional performance and design specifications for both generic platform product as well as plant specific applications, and 3) design artifacts such as; functional block diagrams (FBD), Logic Diagrams (LDs), Input/Output (I/O) Lists, Functional Algorithms (FX), Setpoints (SP), Human Machine Interface (HMI) as well as basic chassis and cabinet layout diagrams or drawings, various plans and reports, etc.

  • Work within the context of a structured digital I&C and embedded systems and software development lifecycle (SDLC) process including its’ design reviews.

  • Provide technical oversight through input documentation, written guidance, and answering questions from the embedded systems hardware and software design teams as they interpret the requirements and develop their respective detailed implementation documentation.

  • Prepare and maintain the generic product platform and customer application specific project configuration management documents, bill of material (BOM) or product structure, and other supporting design assurance (DA) and Quality assurance (QA) records using various product lifecycle management (PLM) and related tools.

  • Collaborate with the implementation team to develop, perform, and review unit, module, system, and integration test plans and results including; simulation, verification and validation (V&V), and factory acceptance test (FAT).

  • Participate in on-site walk-downs of existing equipment in support of defining customer specific application configurations and requirements.

  • Participate in on-site equipment installation as well as site acceptance, commissioning, and start-up testing support.

  • Prepare system training materials for the generic product platform and customer application specific projects as well as deliver the customer training periodically per contract obligations.

  • Collaborate effectively and productively with others in Engineering who are subject matter experts (SME) as well as cross- functionally with Product Line Leader (PLL), Project Manager (PM), Sourcing, etc.

  • Interface with customer(s) in communications facilitated by the PM to support answering their technical questions.

  • Develop comprehensive planning documents used as basis for work authorizations, detailed level work plans, schedules, status reports, performance, quality, and financial metrics, etc.

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

  • Ensure compliance with GEH internal processes including nuclear regulations and licensing, global industry standards and regulations, and specific customer requirements

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


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Electrical, Mechanical, Physical Sciences, Computer Science or Technology, Mathematics or equivalent 4 year technical degree

  • Minimum 5 year experience with excellent computer and productivity software [e.g.; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project, Visio]

  • Minimum 3 year experience with system and software design, application, requisition, simulation, or field engineering and configuration, analysis, and modeling related to:

o Distributed Control Systems (DCS) OR

o Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) OR

o Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA)

  • Minimum 3 year experience with modern digital control system implementations or modifications of involving; complex, real-time operating systems, intensive instrumentation, data acquisition, control, monitoring, PID loop tuning, etc.

  • Minimum 3 year experience with data communications and networking; TCP/IP networking and control data communications architectures, Devicenet, Modbus, Ethernet/IP, Unit Data Highway (UDH), Foundation FieldBus, HART, various serial protocols, etc.

  • Minimum 3 year experience with structured systems and software development lifecycle methodologies including creation, use and stewardship of company standards, design practices, and guides for object-oriented design architectures, application code libraries, etc.

Desired Characteristics:

  • 5 year experience with power generation or industrial controls equipment preferably in in large, complex, diverse, industries; manufacturing high speed assembly automation or robotics, pulp & paper, power, process, marine, medical, pharmaceutical, military-aerospace, research and development, or technology demonstration process control, national or university laboratories, etc.

  • 5 year experience with; instrument application and datasheets, hard and soft input/output (I/O) lists and databases including set point calculations and control algorithms, functional block, logic, and sequence diagrams, electrical one line diagrams, and mechanical process piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)

  • 5 year experience with requirements definition engineering and management including use of associated tools [e.g.; DOORS].

  • 5 year experience with modeling and simulation tools [e.g.; 3KeyMaster, EASY5, LabView, MathCad, Mathmatica, MatLab, MatrixX, SimSci-Esscor].

  • 5 year experience with new product development projects.

  • 5 year experience in nuclear analog and digital instrumentation, control (I&C), monitoring, and electrical plant, field, or start-up engineering with detailed working knowledge in safety-related systems, hardware, software, theory of operation, instrument set point and calibration methodologies, equipment environmental and seismic testing and qualification (EQ) to diverse industry standards [e.g.; IEEE, IEC, ASME].

  • 5 year experience in programmable logic controller (PLC) or preferably distributed control systems (DCS) application, product design, development, deployment, and O&M support engineering of complex, high reliability, harsh environment, real time operating digital systems preferably microprocessor based involving single point failure criterion, dual-triple-quad redundancy and voting schemes, signal acquisition, data processing, inter-networking, separation, human factors, safety hazards, reliability, simulation, cyber security requirements, using modern systems [e.g.; GE Mark-VIe/ControlST, Allen-Bradley, Westinghouse CommonQ, DeltaV, Foxboro I/A, Triconex TRICON, Emerson Ovation, Siemens System7 or Teleperm].

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

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and writing.

  • Self-starter with energy and positive “Can-Do” attitude with legacy of delivering on commitments and stretch goals.

  • Team player with cross- discipline and functional leadership knowledge, skills, and experience.

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

  • Some knowledge, skill, and experience using LEAN and Simplification techniques and tools.

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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, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications: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). 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 Locations:United States;North Carolina;Wilmington;