High Voltage Field Engineer
Saint Joe , Arkansas
October 29, 2016
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GE Renewable Energy

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Renewable Energy OnShore Wind

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High Voltage Field Engineer

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Field Services and Maintenance

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Role Summary/Purpose

The High Voltage Field Engineer is responsible for conducting planned maintenance outages and in correcting unplanned outages in renewable energy project substations. In this position, you will bring extensive knowledge and experience testing substation components, systems, and expertise in troubleshooting and return to service evolutions.

Essential Responsibilities

You will work in the field, hands on, leading-by-example and training other employees and site personnel in LOTO (Lock Out & Tag Out), electrical safety, and best work practices. You will review arc flash hazard studies, read one line diagrams, schematics, civil drawings, mechanical drawings, equipment manuals, and other technical documents to develop switching orders for HV (High Voltage) operations in the substation and collection system. The High Voltage Field Engineer will bring extensive knowledge of substation transformers, protective relays, substation battery systems, and other substation auxiliary equipment, and have a good working knowledge of substation telemetry and SCADA (Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition) systems. You will train site technicians in proper switching of pad mount transformers. You will work with sales teams to provide job cost estimates and assist in developing verbiage for quotes and contracts.

As the High Voltage Field Engineer, you will:

• Plan, prepare, and/or instruct HV and electrical safety training programs as required in order to impart and perpetuate field engineering and electrical safety HV operations

• Maintain knowledge of applicable contractual obligations and ensure services provided satisfy contractual requirements with respect to scope, frequency, and reporting requirements

• Perform administrative functions, such as writing technical reports, ordering materials, securing quotations, preparing job status reports, developing customer facing reports, and maintain these records on file as a reference for future outages

• Maintain knowledge of the various reporting systems to the extent required for timely and accurate input of necessary field information, and manage field team's labor debrief, payroll time, and travel & living expenses on a regular, timely and thorough basis

• Provide leadership and technical direction to skilled labor performing work on customer sites

• Maintain strong safety mindset to assure the executed work reflects the technical requirements within GE safety standards

• Drive EHS culture and ensure compliance

• Conduct periodic audits of team LOTO programs and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

• Coordinate with customer and internal control centers, and work with SCADA support teams as needed to maintain the integrity of the wind farm power collection systems as a whole

• Assist in creating control center monitoring protocol and operating procedures for substation monitoring

• Respond to requests for emergency repairs and provide outage response in accordance with contractual requirements

• Develop and further expand technical knowledge and expertise of currently recognized industry standards for HV system maintenance

• Provide technical insight and expertise regarding electrical power systems

• Be proficient in the use of tools and test equipment required for routine maintenance and testing of substation components, including transformer turns ratio testers, DLRO (Digital Low Resistance Ohmmeter),hi-pot testers, breaker testing equipment, and relay test instruments

• Ensure safe use of additional equipment such as man lifts, bucket trucks, fork lifts, and aerial platforms

• Train team and on-site personnel in IR (infrared) scanning techniques, transformer oil sample collection, substation battery testing and maintenance, and other HV eBOP (Electrical Balance of Plant)activities


• Bachelor's Degree in a Technical Electrical / Electronic discipline from an accredited college or university (OR an Associate's Degree in a Technical Electrical / Electronic discipline with a minimum of 4 years related experience in substations, experience in substation and relay testing OR a High School Diploma / GED with a minimum of 6 years related experience in substations)

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Desired Characteristics

• Experience in substation and relay testing

• Licenses and Certifications: NETA (InterNational Electrical Testing Association) or NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies); SEL (Standard Electronic Lorenz) training

• Hands-on experience with pertinent test equipment

• Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

• Communication and problem solving skills

• Six Sigma or equivalent quality certification

• Familiarity with Energy Wind operating functions

• Self-motivated and self-starter

• Ability to motivate support groups and convey urgency in customer needs and concerns

• Knowledge of NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corp) / CIP (Cabinet Installation Program) / WECC (Western Electrical Coordinating Council) / ISO (International Organization for Standardization) / ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) / OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

• Knowledge of WFMS (Wind Farm Management System) / WindControl / WindScada

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