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Onshore Wind – Lead Controls Engineer

  • GE Renewable Energy
  • Experienced
  • Posted 2/9/2018 12:51:16 PM
  • 3061955
  • Job Function: Engineering/Technology
  • Business Segment: Renewable Energy OnShore Wind
Location(s): Spain; Barcelona

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Role Summary:
We are seeking a Controls engineer with demonstrated control systems design and evaluation expertise to join the Controls & Operability team, within the Onshore Wind Land Constrained product segment. The Lead Controls Engineer role scope includes design, implementation, and validation of dynamic and operational control systems that meet product needs.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Participate in all phases of Control software development from requirements analysis, control design and development and finally product sustaining / support
  • Taking design ownership of Wind Turbine Generator systems control strategies and systems
  • Utilize First Principles methodologies to ensure physics-based control of Wind Turbines
  • Maintain control of the safety aspects of the Wind Turbine
  • Compile, develop and document requirements for Wind Turbine controls features and components
  • Develop Wind Turbine controls strategy for optimal operability, reliability, availability and protection
  • Engineer and validate controls software
  • Support product development programs design review discussions and present relevant design details to chief engineers for evaluation and approval


    • BS/MS Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Control Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or similar field with Renewable Energy emphasis preferred
    • Significant experience relevant to Wind Systems, Service or Control system design and validation (SIL, PIL, HIL)
    • Knowledge of controls related sensors and actuators
    • Proficiency in Matlab – Simulink
    • Knowledge of Wind Turbine Generator physical principles
    • Self-starter, who delivers results with minimal supervision
    • Ability to succeed in a global team environment
    • Team player with strong communication skills
    • Fluent in English (spoken and written)
    • EU Work Permit if hired in Spain

    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:

    • Broad technical knowledge of wind turbines
    • Experience in modeling, controls, dynamics, testing, and design of wind turbines
    • Knowledgeable in wind turbine certification, including IEC and GL requirements
    • Experienced in modeling and simulating wind turbines in computer simulation codes, such as ADAMS, Bladed, Flex5, and FAST, Simulink or equivalent industry simulation tools
    • Experienced in validation of wind turbine simulation codes in comparison to measurement data
    • Experienced in development and validation of computer simulation codes for wind turbines, and development of control system methodology and subroutines for modeling of control systems
    • Experience in development, validation of wind turbine controls algorithms, and data analysis
    • Experience with GE Mark VIe controller or similar real-time control system
    • Experience with non-GE Wind monitoring, control and automation hardware and software
    • Ability to code in at least one programming language such as C or Delphi
    • Understanding of security aspects of software and networks
    • Understanding of electric utility transmission and distribution systems
    • Greenbelt (internal GE) or Equivalent quality training
    • Willingness to travel occasionally

      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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