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General Electric Software/ Controls Maintenance Engineer in Wilmington, North Carolina

Job Description Summary

Lead engineer accountable for reliability and quality of factory developed software. Part of the technical team responsible for the Fuel Components Operation in the Nuclear business. The team manufactures tubing, channels, and water rods which are consumed by the Fuel Manufacturing Operation. This engineer ensures factory critical software is reliable, adequate, and meets business security requirements.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Audit the performance, security, and reliability of internally developed software by:

  • Interacting with operators, process engineers, technicians, and management

  • Interacting with technical personnel from Digital Technology (IT & Security)

  • Interacting with manufacturing equipment and processes

  • Performing code reviews

  • Utilizing code scanning services/applications

  • Documenting bugs, outages, faults, etc.

  • First line of engineering escalation for software reliability or feature issues

  • Document issues, changes, and releases using a Version Control Management application (GitHub Enterprise, GitLab, Subversion)

  • Add features to existing software such as I/O with manufacturing equipment and local data management

  • Upgrade and port legacy software written in VB4, VB6, C, and PASCAL to modern platforms such as .NET, Node.js, Python

  • Port prototype and legacy software from MATLAB to Python (or others)

  • Develop automated tests, diagnostic tools, and application deployment routines

  • Package and archive existing 3rd party libraries and dependencies (Artifactory, NuGet, NPM, pip)

  • Use and maintain a CI/CD pipeline using GitHub Enterprise and Propel

  • Develop web-based and embedded systems HMIs (Human Machine Interface)

  • Develop interfaces between manufacturing equipment and software applications using industrial protocols such as GE SRTP, OPC-UA, MQTT, etc.

  • Review, design, generate, update, and monitor manufacturing equipment, devices, systems, and processes in the fuel components area, including both mechanical and electrical/instrumentation aspects of equipment.

  • Embrace Global Nuclear Fuel’s nuclear safety culture, where work is performed with an overriding priority on integrity, safety, security, and quality.

  • Responsible for understanding safety controls for equipment and able to design, implement, execute, and review Function Test Instructions (FTIs) to ensure operability.

  • Ensure compliance with all safety and quality regulations and metrics through use of compliance calendars, databases, and tracking systems.

  • Develop and/or improve process automation of existing or new manufacturing processes.

  • Maintain, review, update and create area operating procedures (OPS), method sheets (MS), temporary operating instructions (TOIs) and job hazards analyses (JHA)

  • Responsible for supporting planned and unplanned maintenance activities.

  • Support New Product Introduction (NPI) initiatives in the fuel components operation, including process development and design of experiments (DOE)’s.

  • Identify and implement proactive solutions for incremental and step change process improvements related to safety, quality, and output through use of Lean and Six Sigma tools.

Required Qualifications

  • 4 Year Technical Degree in Engineering or Computer Science with a minimum of 2 years experience with software development and maintenance.

Desired Characteristics

  • Degree in Engineering or Computer Science

  • Strong aptitude for problem solving in software development and maintenance

  • Experience with VBA, VB4, and/or VB6 (Visual Basic)

  • Experience with modern software development platforms such as .NET, Node.js, and Python

  • Experience with scientific computing platforms such as MATLAB or SciLab

  • Proficiency with Version Control Systems: git, GitHub, Subversion

  • Knowledge of CI/CD pipeline technology

  • Experience with industrial control hardware: PLCs, field IO, HMIs

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment, i.e. safety shoes, safety glasses, ear plugs

  • Walk up and down stairs multiple times during the day. Occasionally climb ladders.

  • Crawling, kneeling, crouching, reaching around manufacturing equipment on a weekly basis.

  • An offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen

  • Must be 18 years or older and have legal authorization to work in the United States. If you are not a US person (a US Citizen, lawful permanent resident or have been admitted as a refugee or been granted asylum), you must be authorized to have access to nuclear technology prior to being hired to work in the Nuclear business.

  • Must be able to relocate to Wilmington, NC

  • Must maintain after hours cell phone availability

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 (https://assets.phenompeople.com/CareerConnectResources/GE11GLOBAL/en_global/desktop/assets/images/poster_screen_reader_optimized_w_supplement.pdf) . 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).

As a federal government contractor, GE may in the future be required to have U.S. employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Some GE customers currently have vaccination mandates that may apply to GE employees.

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes

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