Wind Turbine - Performance & Operability Control Engineer

Wind Turbine - Performance & Operability Control Engineer

GE - General Electric

Barcelona, Spain

Role Summary:

The scope of this position includes design, implementation, and validation of dynamic and operational control systems that meet product needs.

The Operability Engineer will develop, validate and improve turbine controls, in close collaboration with Systems team.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • The Operability Team is responsible for developing and adapting wind turbine control strategies to optimize Cost of Energy by reducing cost drivers of turbine component while maximizing turbine energy export;
  • The Operability Engineer will identify turbine behavior driving loads and performance, to support definition of targets for introduction or development of new control features;
  • This will require strong collaboration with other areas specially within Performance Subsystem, to ensure accurate and optimal loads and performance predictions as a function of turbine controls, design elements and turbine operating environment;
  • Participate in the development and enhancement of control algorithms that increase turbine performance, lower mechanical loading of the turbine, and at the same time allow the turbine to run with high availability. Covering functional requirements definition, flow down, preliminary design development & documentation;
  • Implement and validate control algorithms in both the loads simulation environment as well as on the turbine PLC according to the product requirements;
  • Interface with Simulations and Controls Team and incorporate wind turbine and wind farm operability requirements into the design, as part of control system design
  • Cooperate with the Loads and Validation teams to analyze the impact of the control strategy on the mechanical loads of the turbine in simulation and through the evaluation of measurement data;
  • Work with controls product line and systems to flow down desired capability into requirements that can be executed through detailed design and implementation;
  • Engage with turbine systems and services team to investigate and analyze complex controls and turbine dynamics issues occurring in the fleet of installed turbines and develop corrective actions;
  • Engage in the efforts of defining/documenting turbine operability & constraints;
  • Validation of turbine controls based on Turbine experimental tests results. Significant involvement in turbine commissioning on site;
  • Support performance issues resolution from wind Farms operation, including Root Cause analysis using problem solving methodology;
  • Support diagnosing performance data, as needed from prototypes and customer turbines.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering Control Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or aerospace Engineering from an accredited College or University (or equivalent experience/knowledge);
  • Demonstrated experience working in engineering field;
  • Experience in design and/or modeling of controls systems, Feedback/Closed Loop Control;
  • Experience with new controls algorithm development, implementation and validation techniques: Software in the Loop (SIL), Processor in the Loop (PIL), Hardware in the Loop (HIL);
  • Proficient in Matlab/Simulink for the design, simulation and validation of controls systems;
  • Experience with wind turbine simulation tools and environment such as Bladed, FLEX5, HAWC2;
  • Knowledge on Aero, System dynamics, Controls and Mechanical loading simulations;
  • Good understanding of classical (transfer functions, frequency domain design, etc.) and basic knowledge in modern (state-space, optimal control, etc) control theory
  • System or product-level mindset;
  • Proven ability to work in a cross-functional and global environment;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written);
  • Effective problem identification and solution skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, proven leadership skills and a positive energy;
  • Willingness to travel occasionally;
  • EU Work Permit.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Experience with real time controls design or modeling;
  • Wind industry experience with a focus on plant controls systems;
  • Strong analytical approach to problem solving;
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language such as C or Delphi;
  • Ability to work in a matrix organization;
  • Experience in wind industry with a focus on plant controls systems;
  • Experience with GE’s MarkVIe or similar PLC’s;
  • Familiarity and practical experience with agile methodologies;
  • Strong analytical approach to problem solving;
  • Strong written communication skills.

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