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Pre-Operations Engineer - Hybrid Remote Work Schedule

EDP Renewables Remote
operations engineer remote compliance engineering operations construction commissioning design procedures interpret electrical safety
February 26, 2023
EDP Renewables
Charlotte, North Carolina


The Pre-Operations Engineer will provide engineering support to the Control Center, High Voltage Operations, and Operational Technology teams in the areas of plant integration, compliance, process effectiveness, betterment project development, and interdepartmental communication.

This position will be on a hybrid work schedule, working three days in the office and two days from home.

Main Accountabilities:

  • Acquire a thorough understanding of EDPR NA's assets and processes
  • Participate in the engineering, design, and construction review processes including review of communication systems, SCADA, collection system, substation, and transmission line designs
  • Assist with incorporating Lessons Learned in the Engineering Design Standards and Standard HV BOP Scope of Work documents from a compliance and operations perspective
  • Collaborate with Construction, Engineering, and the Project Management Organization to set and hold commissioning milestone dates related to project transition and integration
  • Assist in the design and integration of new projects' plant controls through the preparation of grid connection forms
  • Support commissioning, start-up, and initial operating activities of new projects
  • Support testing and commissioning of plant SCADA and power plant control Systems
  • Provide input to engineering and construction to improve commissioning procedures and SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures)
  • Review commissioning records to identify deficiencies and recommend corrective actions to ensure compliance with the applicable NERC standards
  • Ensure procedures are in place for safe and efficient switching operations for plants under construction
  • Provide recommendations for optimization of startup of High Voltage and Control Equipment spare parts
  • Interact closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that project needs, and objectives are met
  • Participate in project meetings and conference calls
  • Interpret plans, specifications, drawings, and documents related to renewable power plants
  • Participate in the due-diligence review of renewable power project's electrical designs
  • Participate in investigations of electrical and control-related issues at construction projects including root cause analyses as needed
  • Maintain the knowledge-sharing databases to include compliance efforts and other internal compliance tracking tools and provide suggestions for process improvements
  • Participate in various task forces related to RCA's, compliance investigations, and other operational investigations
  • Other duties as assigned

Direct reports: 0

Travel: up to 20%

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or similar and equivalent related experience
  • 2+ years of relevant maintenance, operations, design, or consulting experience, preferably including some NERC compliance responsibilities
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office and preferred familiarity with SQL database applications, Business Intelligence and Business Management Systems (Appian, Tableau, OSI PI), and reporting tools & processes
  • Competency in Analytical Problem Solving, Strong Communication, Customer/Partner Relationships, and Technology Expertise. (Preferred)

Behavioral requirements:

  • Self-motivated, action-oriented, and creative thinker
  • Ability to prioritize activities according to changing needs in a dynamic environment
  • Work extended hours on short notice when necessary
  • Ability to interpret NERC reliability and cyber security standards
  • Ability to interpret electrical drawings
  • Ability to gather relevant data using appropriate methods and analyze that data to propose process and tools improvement
  • Ability to interpret equipment manuals and work instructions from a variety of manufacturers
  • Ability to develop operating instructions and procedures

Physical demands & working conditions:

  • Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary
  • Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment
  • Speech/Reading: Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or scheduled form
  • Lifting: Ability to lift items weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Vision/Hearing: Ability to understand a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
  • Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary
  • Physical demands: Ability to occasionally perform physical requirements including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, reaching, and climbing at project locations in order to inspect equipment or collect information

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