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AES Senior Commissioning Engineer - East Coast in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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As part of the Grid Integration Division, the High Voltage Engineering team delivers pre-construction engineering and construction/commissioning engineering for facilities associated with renewable energy power plants. Voltage ranges from 12kV up to 500kV. We are currently looking for a dynamic and team oriented High Voltage - Medium Voltage Senior Commissioning Engineer.

The Senior Engineer for this position should have a strong understanding of testing standards and tools, as well as leading technical discussions on site during start-up and commissioning. This is a solid opportunity for a Senior Engineer that not only is proficient on the technical engineering aspects of the role but enjoys building and maintaining relationships with EPCs and Power Utilities. This Senior Engineer will lead efforts to energize new renewable sites for AES Clean Energy.

This position travels 35-40% of the time on the east coast or midwest. Primary locations for travel are upstate New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The ideal applicant lives within the Eastern or Central time zones.

Applicants must reside within the United States.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead testing and commissioning activities for AES Clean Energy sites (Solar, Wind, Battery Storage).

  • Excellent understanding of equipment testing such as vacuum reclosers, pad mounted step up transformers, instrument transformers (PT/CT), surge arresters, string inverters, switchboard, grounding system, and relay protection systems.

  • Review recloser settings/review relay settings

  • Line settings and coordination between our generation and the interconnecting utility.

  • Experience with cable testing such as Tan/Delta, VLF, online and offline partial discharge testing.

  • Knowledge of inverter systems and required testing.

  • Ensure third party EPC testing crew employs acceptable testing equipment (Doble) and materials, procedures, and follows the proper industry recommended practices.

  • Work together with EPC testing crew when troubleshooting equipment and understanding root cause analysis.

  • Develop punch list reports in preparation for mechanical completion and substation energization.

  • Develop or lead efforts within AES to ensure the site is safe and ready to energize by developing/reviewing then coordinating energization procedures among different stakeholders.

  • Lead efforts on connecting generation to the grid.

  • Lead the technical review of equipment testing results as per The International Electrical Testing Association (NETA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

  • Ensure equipment testing reports are properly handled and stored in the AES file structure.

  • Provide testing scope reviews and advise on any issues that appear technically incorrect or inconsistent.

  • Review of substation and distributed generation designs by providing feedback to design engineers to ensure lessons learned are captured for future projects.

  • Growth opportunity for leadership role within the engineering team.

  • Travel and field work 40%.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Power Systems. Candidates with an Associate degree/technical degree on Electrical Instrumentation are also qualified for this role.

  • 5+ years of proven demonstrated experience on testing procedures, testing experience, or design and construction of similar facilities.

  • Strong familiarity with NETA and ANSI testing procedures for equipment and relaying.

  • Proficient in reading electrical single lines, DC schematics, and equipment wiring diagrams.

  • Strong communication skills and ability to lead technical discussions among EPCs, Power Utilities, and internal stakeholders.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize projects and tasks.

  • Able to support project engineering tasks during design and construction.

  • The ability to work independently on several active projects at once.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience with reclosers, SEL relaying, generator interconnect experience

  • Experience with switchgear, medium voltage padmount transformers

  • Experience on SCADA controls and architecture.

  • Project Management experience handling multiple consultants and EPCs at once.

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 $140,250/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.

Safety comes first at AES. To protect the health and safety of our people, customers, communities and partners, and to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, AES requires all newly-hired people or current AES people applying for U.S.-based role(s), to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be willing to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their date of hire. Except where prohibited by law or not specifically covered in a collective bargaining agreement, new hires and transfers will be required to provide proof of vaccination during onboarding and periodically thereafter. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, as applicable.

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