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Wind Turbine Performance Engineer
Job ID #: 657 Location: Houston, TX
Functional Area: Engineering Department:
Position Type: Not Indicated Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 3 - 5 Years Relocation Provided:



GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Engineering professional responsible for improving the availability, efficiency, and reliability of the EDPR wind turbine fleet in order to achieve significant financial improvements by working with a diverse set of internal and external parties. Provides broad technical support across the organization to promote best practices and achieve operational excellence.


MAIN ACCOUNTABILITIES

•   Reduces faults and increases availability for fleet-wide wind turbines

•   Works with various internal and external groups to identify fleet-wide priority fault list, generally based on annual lost production
•   Conducts preliminary assessments of turbine faults and failures utilizing various techniques including fishbone, impacts/affected population, and options/solutions
•   Develops root cause analyses (RCA) and plans for corrective action and preliminary implementation
•   Provides support to Asset Management during implementation of solutions
•   Develops programs to ensure that turbine major electrical component (generators and transformers) reliability is maximized and maintains specification repair and replacement procedures
•   Increases wind turbine operating efficiency by working with various groups to identify underperforming wind turbines and applying checklists
•   Reviews and coordinates all technical aspects of wind turbine supplier major retrofits and upgrades to achieve high reliability and avoid reduced service life and failures
•   Is generally responsible for all fleet-wide wind turbines from one or two suppliers, and establishes and implements standard EDPR processes with said suppliers
•   Coordinates with a number of external and internal groups to improve turbine production, availability and reliability.  Such groups include the engineering and technical support personnel for the wind turbine supplier and EDPR’s regional Reliability Engineering Specialists (RES), site operating personnel, Asset Management team, and other internal parties.
•   Manages wind turbine supplier technical resources as needed to ensure focus on priorities and achieve performance improvement targets
•   Interfaces with, and provides direction to, wind turbine suppliers
•   Oversees the work of regional RESs in order to ensure effective coordinated efforts
•   Provides recommendations regarding availability, production and reliability issues/initiatives to senior-level EDPR personnel
•   Leads and supports continued alignment and standardization of operations, maintenance and engineering processes and cross-platform initiatives within EU and NA
•   Supports and coordinates operability reviews, wind turbine commissioning, end-of-warranty inspections, wind turbine procurement, and wind and performance assessment activities to ensure proper equipment operation, maximize facility performance, and maintain budgets
•   Additional duties as required



REQUIRED EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or closely related technical degree.
REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:  2+ years in a related field; 1+ years working with wind turbine electrical power systems preferred; Industrial controls and hydraulics experience and/or familiarity with heavy machinery, generators, solar PV and power generation equipment will also be considered
REQUIRED LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION:  None.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE: Thorough practical and technical knowledge of wind turbine systems and functionality; Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to learn wind turbine mechanical functionality and advanced Lean Six Sigma techniques
Ability to read and understand plans, specifications, drawings, and documents relating to engineering and construction
Strong analytical skills
Ability to be self-motivated
Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills
Strong time-management skills and demonstrated efficiency in providing technical support on multiple concurrent activities
Strong planning and organizational skills for developing and implementing complex and multifaceted action plans
Strong interpersonal skills

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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