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Power Electronics Engineer

  • GE Energy Connections
  • Experienced
  • Posted 1/27/2017 5:54:54 AM
  • 2822088
  • Job Function: Engineering/Technology
  • Business Segment: Energy Connections Grid Solutions
Location(s): United Kingdom ; Stafford


About Us:
GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

The role gives an excellent opportunity for a motivated candidate to innovate, expand their design skill and personal development within an internationally recognised expert in this exciting field. Whilst based at the HVDC Centre of Excellence in Stafford there will be some international travel opportunities to collaborate with other GE R&D Centres, test laboratories and strategic suppliers.

Role Summary:
As a Power Electronics Engineer you will report to the Power Electronics Development Team Manager within the Valves Development & Engineering Department. The successful candidate will be part of a highly motivated, dynamic and rapidly growing team of engineers working on the development of new power electronics applications for power systems, particularly for HVDC converters and the forthcoming “HVDC Grid”.

Essential Responsibilities:
This is a very exciting and dynamic field of power engineering in which GE’s leading contribution has worldwide recognition. HVDC Valves are large and complex structures, with typical dimensions of several metres in each direction and weighing many tens of tonnes. The development of such converters is technically challenging and involves a variety of engineering disciplines, contribution through teamwork and an innovative approach.

As a Power Electronics Engineer you will report to the Power Electronics Development Team Manager within the Valves Development & Engineering Department. The successful candidate will be part of a highly motivated, dynamic and rapidly growing team of engineers working on the development of new power electronics applications for power systems, particularly for HVDC converters and the forthcoming “HVDC Grid”. This is a very exciting and dynamic field of power engineering in which GE’s leading contribution has worldwide recognition. HVDC Valves are large and complex structures, with typical dimensions of several metres in each direction and weighing many tens of tonnes. The development of such converters is technically challenging and involves a variety of engineering disciplines, contribution through teamwork and an innovative approach.

The role gives an excellent opportunity for a motivated candidate to innovate, expand their design skill and personal development within an internationally recognised expert in this exciting field. Whilst based at the HVDC Centre of Excellence in Stafford there will be some international travel opportunities to collaborate with other GE R&D Centres, test laboratories and strategic suppliers.

Responsibilities:
• Design, validation and industrialisation of power electronic converter modules for HVDC & FACTs
• Circuit simulation for design and testing
• Specification of key power electronics components
• Electronics and thermal design integration
• Compile DFMEA and design document
• Ability to undertake technical reviews of technology with engineering experts
• Implement and perform validation tests and design-proving tests
• Innovation on new technical ideas for patent applications
• Work closely with supply chain for power electronics components
• Integration with other departments (engineering, manufacturing, S&P, SQA) for product development and support tendering and project delivery
• Actively broadening and deepening HVDC knowledge
• Familiarity with REACH compliance and environmental impact of their work
• Strick adherence to Alstom Zero Deviation policy and promote EHS within the team
• Travel across the EU and other countries for supply chain integration

Qualifications/Requirements:
The candidate will probably be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a related science such as electronics and electrical engineering. However this is not as important as a proven track record and evidence that you have the experience and abilities to perform the role.

Candidates should have proven experience of the design and development of power electronic converters (preferably at high power >1MVA). A good understanding of power semiconductors, their control, protection and application is critical. It is also expected that applicants will have an experience in developing passive components as part of a power electronics converter, such as inductors, capacitors, etc.

Skills and Experience:
• Power Electronics and High Voltage knowledge (such as HVDC and FACTs applications, Variable-speed drives)
• Power electronic components (IGBTs, thyristors, passive components)
• Proven ability in product design, validation and industrialisation
• Thermal Design (loss calculations, heatsink specification)
• Power Electronic control & protection
• Simulation tools such as Matlab-Simulink, PSCAD-EMTDC
• Specification & report writing and reviewing
• Design & type testing programmes
• Ability to interact with other engineering disciplines and good at sharing knowledge
• EHS compliance ability

Advantageous:
• Knowledge/understanding of high-power and high-voltage design and control issues
• Understanding of multi-modular converters
• High Voltage engineering
• Prior experience in a manufacturing environment
• Prior experience of supplier chain integration (e.g. technical communication, clause-by-clause review, production line audit)
• Intellectual property and the patent process experience
• Ready to apply for Chartered Engineer

Specific Abilities:

• Interpersonal and communication skills
• Self-motivating, proactive and results driven approach
• Problem-solving and root cause identification skills
• Able to work to deadlines with good quality
• Proficient in the English language, written and verbal. Other languages are bonus

Desired Characteristics:
In addition to relevant experience, an enquiring mind and desire to learn new skills together with an ability to motivate and engage the power electronics engineering team are essential qualities.

Locations: United Kingdom ; Stafford

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.
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