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AES Senior Engineer, SCADA Controls in Colorado

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The AES CE Senior SCADA Engineer is responsible for supporting the operational SCADA systems for Wind, Solar, BESS and Hybrid Power Plants. This person works with various SCADA vendors, O&M providers, equipment manufacturers, utilities, and internal teams to support the AES operational projects from commissioning to end-of-life.

Main Responsibilities:

Support SCADA systems for utility scale renewable projects split between various technologies and architectures (Wind, Solar, BESS, Hybrid, etc.)

Directly manage SCADA enhancements including review and approval of vendor proposals impacting SCADA platforms (including but not limited to GE, Vestas, Siemens, Trimark, Isotrol, Ignition, and other)

Improve SCADA integrations with technologies including Inverters, BESS, Wind Turbines, Trackers, Meteorological sensors and more

Support and improve the operations of PPC (Power Plant Controller) control logic schemes to ensure plants meet requirements for curtailment, battery charge/discharge schemes, AVR (Volt-Var, PF, MVAR, etc.), Frequency Response, Substation Controls including Breakers and Capacitor Banks, PV Trackers, and more.

Complete testing of telemetry and controls in accordance with operational requirements of interconnection utilities, ISOs/RTOs, PPA offtakers and other

Collaborate with Information and Operational Technology teams to ensure proper equipment selection, project networking and reliable/secure connectivity

Collaborate with Operations and Engineering teams to identify performance gaps and implement improvements

“Close the loop” between Operations and Engineering by recording and communicating issues that can be mitigated through better design

Manage Change of project enhancements to support operational or compliance objectives with documentation and approval within CMMS

Participate in AES CE’s growth planning process by contributing to process improvement task forces and other strategic planning activities

Improve and develop processes for the execution of safe, quality and high-performance projects

Educate team on changing trends in technology, standard processes and safety


Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in Engineering or equivalent technical field

5+ Years of professional experience working with SCADA systems

Familiarity with grid interconnection SCADA telemetry and control requirements across various markets and ISOs including CAISO, NYISO, PJM, MISO and ERCOT

Relevant SCADA communication protocols, computer interfaces and media types: MODBUS, DNP3.0, OPC, Fiber, Serial, TCP/IP, Radio

Experience in integration of various devices including Substation Devices (RTACs, Relays, Meters), Array Devices (Inverters, Trackers, Met Stations, BESS) and remote RTUs from Utilities and other 3rd Parties.

Understanding of NERC compliance from the SCADA perspective.

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to lead technical discussions among SCADA vendors, equipment manufacturers, utilities, and internal teams.

Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize projects and tasks.

High degree of dedication to a quality safety culture and an incident-free work environment

Willingness to travel within the U.S. to support company’s portfolio of assets

Personal values consistent with those of the AES Corporation; Safety, Integrity, Excellence, Agility and Fun

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

The expected salary for this position, at commencement of employment, is between $115.000 and $144.500/Annual; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements such as annual bonus, in addition to a full range of medical, dental, vision, life, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if a candidate receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.