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NextEra Energy Principal Engineer - Process Controls and SCADA Integration in Juno Beach, Florida

Principal Engineer - Process Controls and SCADA Integration

Date: May 17, 2024

Location(s): Juno Beach, FL, US, 33408

Company: NextEra Energy

Requisition ID: 77538

is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and a world leader in battery storage. We provide energy-related products and services that grow our economy, protect the environment, support our communities and help customers meet their energy needs. We are leading the decarbonization of the U.S. economy with our goal to reach Real Zero carbon emissions from our operations by 2045 while improving customer affordability and reliability. Are you interested in creating a cleaner environment for future generations? Join our world-class, innovative team today.

Position Specific Description

NextEra Energy is currently seeking a Process Controls Engineer who can apply diversified knowledge of engineering principles and process control practices to a broad variety of assignments related to power generation and energy storage. Employees in this role have the responsibility of specifying control system platform requirements, developing control strategies and managing the implementation of process control functional logic and HMI execution.

Employees in this technical role provide engineering expertise and guidance conceptualizing, interpreting, and executing assignments related to continuous control of energy conversion and storage processes.

The Process Control and SCADA Engineer champions control solution platform development, management of control standards and modularization of functional logic and graphics. The engineer guides and/or assists EPC firms performing controls related planning and execution for new construction and existing sites. The controls engineer supports work scoping and installation package development for renewable process control software/hardware solutions. The controls engineer typically supports commissioning activities remotely, implements lessons-learned into functional logic plans and work execution plans for project implementation through turnover to operations.

The successful candidate will have a sense of accountability and urgency required to make informed decisions regarding safety, regulatory compliance, system integrity, and engineering complexity under limited supervision.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plans and develops engineering projects which have important impact on major company programs

  • Acts as subject matter expert to individuals within and outside the organization with responsibility to act independently regarding technical matters pertaining to individual's field

  • Completes assignments given in broad terms concerning general objectives and limitations

  • Provides technical support to project developers and peer engineering disciplines

  • Incorporates feedback from operating engineers for failure mitigation and quality improvement

  • Performs system and factory acceptance testing for new controls and system mods and upgrades

  • Provides technical leadership in the functional specification, design, implementation and testing of control solutions

  • Ensures the organization’s SCADA networking, cybersecurity and operating requirements are addressed

  • Interfaces with 3rd party contractors and vendors to ensure products and services meet project requirements

  • Assists Project Engineers during system stand-up and commissioning

  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Technical / Functional Excellence/Learning

  • Effective Written Communications

  • Effective Verbal Communications

  • Working experience with functional logic development for continuous process control, PID loops and/or protection

  • Working experience with networked based communication and control architectures

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical or related STEM field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Modbus, OPC, and DNP3 protocols

  • Experience with functional safety standards e.g. IEC 61511/61508 or equivalent protection concepts

  • Experience with DCS/PLC based control implementations e.g. Modicon/Schneider, Ovation

  • Working knowledge of power fundamentals and voltage control

  • Substation RTU, protection and control experience

  • Working technical integration experience

  • Ability to evaluate risk in PLC/DCS control code, recommend improvements in best practices, and manage the base code to ensure safe and optimal operation.

  • Proficient knowledge of Six-sigma and engineering design practices

  • Supervisor/Management Experience: 0+ year

Job Overview

Employees in this role make decisions and recommendations having significant impact on extensive engineering and related activities for the company. This position negotiates critical and controversial issues with top level engineers and officers of other organizations and companies.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates a high degree of creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in planning, organizing, and guiding extensive engineering programs and activities

  • Manages one or more programs of complex diversity and scope which are of critical importance to overall company objectives

  • Acts as a subject matter expert

  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s - Engineering

  • Experience: 7+ years

Preferred Qualifications

  • None

Employee Group: Exempt

Employee Type: Full Time

Job Category: Engineering

Organization: NextEra Energy Resources, LLC

Relocation Provided: Yes, if applicable

NextEra Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

NextEra Energy and provides reasonable accommodation in its application and selection process for qualified individuals, including accommodations related to compliance with conditional job offer requirements, consistent with federal, state, and local laws. Supporting medical or religious documentation will be required where applicable and permitted by applicable law. To request a reasonable accommodation, please send an e-mail to, providing your name, telephone number and the best time for us to reach you. Alternatively, you may call 1-844-694-4748. Please do not use this line to inquire about your application status.

NextEra Energy will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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