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Wind Turbine Control Hardware & Automation Engineer

  • GE Renewable Energy
  • Experienced
  • Posted 11/10/2017 3:49:47 AM
  • 3022864
  • Job Function: Engineering/Technology
  • Business Segment: Renewable Energy OffShore Wind
Location(s): Spain; Barcelona


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Role Summary:
The Wind Turbine Control Hardware & Automation Engineer will be responsible for the wind turbine controls hardware architecture, from the turbine controller, to the I/O (Input / Output) system, the sensors and the turbine communications. You will define the strategy for the design of wind turbine and wind farm control hardware components. You will work with and be part of a talented team of design engineers.

Essential Responsibilities:
As the Wind Turbine Control Hardware & Automation Engineer, you will:


  • Be responsible for the architecture definition of the wind turbine controls hardware, including the controller, the controller I/O, the communication hardware and the wind turbine sensors (temperature, proximity, vibration, etc.) adhering to Renewable Energy Engineering design processes
  • Own certain key control hardware components
  • Lead and support the design, fulfilment and sustaining efforts for controls and communications cabinets for wind turbines and wind offshore sites
  • Define specifications and requirements for sensors and communication systems and cabinets
  • Interface with the wind turbine Control software team, operability teams and other teams as appropriate
  • Represent the Controls team in internal discussions
  • Continuously develop proper engineering documentation, including bills of material, drawings, specifications, manufacturing & field instructions, guidelines, etc
  • Evaluate, select, and apply appropriate technology and components
  • Define test and validation requirements
  • Support and execute lab testing
  • Support suppliers and site teams
  • Support site visits for turbine retrofits and upgrades for wind turbines

    Qualifications/Requirements:

    • Bachelor's Degree in related Engineering field
    • Strong experience in automation, sensors, communication, electronic or power systems design
    • Experience with industrial automation and communication protocols, such as Profibus, Profinet, CAN, EtherCat, TCP / IP, etc.
    • Significant experience with controls design and commissioning
    • Good understanding of SW engineering design practices
    • Hands-on approach, lab testing and troubleshooting experience
    • Creativity and innovation seeking for efficient design solutions to meet customer needs
    • Fluency in English
    • Position will require to travel 15% of the time
    • EU Work Permit

    Non-national candidates are responsible to know the minimum documentation requirements to be able to be contracted in country: NIE- Social Security Affiliation Number in Spain (NAF) and Bank Account in Spain. They must be in possession of them at the time of start hiring. GE will not sponsor this requirement.

    Desired Characteristics:


    • Experience with industrial automation and communication protocols, such as Profibus, Profinet, CAN, EtherCat, TCP / IP, etc.
    • Experience in wind turbine design
    • Experience in wind turbine control hardware and software
    • Profinet or Profibus certified
    • Experience with automation, controls and wind energy codes and standards
    • Experience with technical drawings, documentation and BOM (Bill of Materials) structure
    • Experience with design for six-sigma, design for reliability, design for manufacturability and design to cost
    • Strong communication skills

      Locations: Spain; Barcelona

      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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