Electrical Engineer

Organization: Apex Clean Energy

Date Posted: July 2019

City:  Charlottesville

State:  Virginia

Type of Position:  Full-Time

Education Requirements:  Bachelor's in related field

How to Apply

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About Apex

Founded in 2009, Apex Clean Energy is an independent renewable energy company focused on bringing utility-scale generation facilities to market, from site origination and financing to turnkey construction and long-term asset management. With a team of over 200 professionals and the nation’s largest renewable energy project portfolio, Apex is a leader in the transition to a clean energy future. For more information, visit www.apexcleanenergy.com.

 

Apex strives to excel in every phase of project realization, from origination and financing to construction and asset management. Our mission-driven team seeks determined, resolute individuals who strive to innovate and go above the call of duty, and who will relentlessly do their part to help accelerate the shift to America’s clean energy future.

 

Apex Clean Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

What Apex can offer:

  • A mission-driven, energetic environment

  • Collaborative and driven professional workforce committed to supporting your ideas and feedback and accelerating your potential

  • Ongoing support and guidance such as on-the-job learning, hands-on experience, and mentorship

  • Training, strategies, and tools to support your personal and professional growth

  • Team atmosphere of diverse professionals committed to making an impact as an organization

  • Opportunities to volunteer and give back to our local communities

  • Exceptional benefits such as medical and dental; 401(k) with corporate match

  • Base and bonus commensurate with experience

  • Responsible Paid Time Off plus standard company holidays

  • Benefits Offered: comprehensive high-deductible health plans, dental and vision insurance plans, short-term and long-term disability, group life insurance, 401(k) corporate matching, flexible spending arrangements, company paid parking and cell phone, fitness and wellness corporate discounts

 

Apex Clean Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

Job Description

Apex is seeking an intelligent and driven Electrical Engineer to join our Asset Management Team. In this role, you will use SCADA tools to develop capabilities that will enhance the management of our wind farms while helping to support a team of field operations professionals distributed throughout the continental US for troubleshooting issues and identifying root cause. The focus for this position is in support of the substation and collection systems at the wind farms using your expertise in protection and controls and the optimization of the wind farm output using big data platform. This position requires working hands-on with relays, meters, and SCADA systems in order to run and design successful tests, working with and applying regulatory requirements, and diving into protection and control schematics to troubleshoot substation and collection system issues. 

The right candidate will be a hands-on, hard-working team player who can jump in and support projects from a variety of angles. The Electrical Engineer position requires excellent communication skills as well as the ability to work well under pressure, multitask, and the flexibility to shift priorities on the go. A passion for renewable energy is a plus.

Primary Responsibilities 

•Provide technical support and guidance to our Field Operations and Remote Operations teams regarding substation and collection systems 

• Maintain in-house control systems and tools for individual wind farms and Remote Operations Control Center (ROCC). 

• Interface with engineers from power purchasers and regulatory bodies 

• Manage and execute the electrical engineering aspects of NERC and ISO compliance 

• Manage and execute the electrical engineering aspects of transitioning projects from Construction to Operations 

• Power quality analysis for the windfarm grid 

• Root cause analysis for trips and events 

• Evaluate and maintain RTU’s, relays, and other systems after commissioning 

• Evaluation of OEM solutions and corrective actions 

• Wind turbine and solar inverter diagnostics to support Asset Optimization 

• Other duties as assigned 

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in electrical engineering or similar 

  • Minimum 5 years related experience, energy related experience preferred 

  • Experience with the maintenance of substations 

  • Proficiency with control systems and protection schemes 

  • Ability to evaluate faults in the electrical system and determine root cause and corrective action 

  • Ability to process large amounts of data for predictive and power quality analysis 

  • Ability to work closely with cross-functional teams of internal and external resources 

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills 

  • Ability to project a positive image of the company and cultivate and maintain positive relationships 

  • Ability to travel about 20% 

  • Ability to work in Charlottesville, Virginia 

 

Preferred: 

  • Experience with development and troubleshooting of SCADA/Control systems 

  • Experience in the renewable energy industry 

  • Experience with programming of SEL/Orion relays and RTU’s. Subnet server and explorer is helpful