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Wind Control Systems & Operability Engineer (m/f)

  • GE Renewable Energy
  • Experienced
  • Posted 1/16/2018 3:50:32 AM
  • 3027449
  • Job Function: Engineering/Technology
  • Business Segment: Renewable Energy OnShore Wind
Location(s): Germany, Spain; Barcelona, Berlin, Salzbergen

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Role Summary:
The Performance & Operability team is seeking a controls engineer with demonstrated control systems design and evaluation expertise. This is a global engineering role where the scope includes design, implementation, and validation of dynamic and operational control systems that meet product needs. The broad scope of responsibility provides an opportunity to optimize turbine performance and operability.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Participate in and lead 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
  • Interface with the GE Renewables Digital organization in defining and building the next generation of turbine analytics that use estimation techniques to turn wind turbine data into customer value
  • Implement and validate control algorithms in both the loads simulation environment as well as on the GE MarkVIe PLC according to the product requirements flow-down
  • Investigate and analyze complex controls issues occurring in the fleet of installed turbines and develop corrective actions
  • Cooperate with the Loads and Validation teams to analyze the impact of the controls strategy on the mechanical loads of the turbine in simulation and through the evaluation of measurement data
  • Provide key wind turbine controls expertise through all phases of product development from requirements definition through design and development, validation and product life-cycle support
  • Effectively communicate and provide recommendations through the analysis, preparation and presentation of technical data to internal and external GE customers using reports, records, and letters
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the controller development and loads simulation infrastructure


    • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Science from an accredited University or equivalent knowledge or experience
    • Strong engineering experience
    • Significant wind turbine controls experience
    • Fluency in English
    • 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:

    • Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate complex/technical information orally and in writing
    • Problem analysis and resolution skills
    • Advanced degree (MSc, PhD) with a focus on controls, wind energy, or system dynamics
    • Good understanding of classical (transfer functions, frequency domain design, etc) and modern (state-space, optimal control, etc) control theory
    • Experience with Model-Based design of control systems
    • Experience with state estimation techniques (e.g. EKF)
    • Proficiency in Matlab/Simulink or similar program
    • Experience with real-time control systems such as the GE MarkVIe
    • Ability to code in at least least one programming language such as C or Delphi
    • Wind turbine product knowledge
    • Track record of filing Invention Disclosure Letters and patent applications

      Locations: Germany, Spain; Barcelona, Berlin, Salzbergen

      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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