Power Electronics Validation Leader

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Job Description Summary

The Power Conversion Product Development team focuses on technology development and innovation for high power electronic devices, systems and control software. The team has great expertise in high power IGBT electronic devices and their applications, electric drive system design and technology, simulation, controls, and software development.

You will be a member of a development team and will cooperate with members of the Global Research Center and GE businesses worldwide. You will provide your expertise especially in the area of electrical machines and drives in the very high power, medium-voltage range (>1MW, 1-10 kV).

Job Description

About us:
GE’s Onshore Wind business has a total installed base of more than 50,000 wind turbines in more than 35 counties, with 100+ GW of global installed capacity. We harness increased onshore wind energy potential through a broad family of turbines that are uniquely suited for a variety of wind environments, including Cypress, GE’s most powerful onshore wind turbine, and GE’s 2MW platform, which has more than 20GW installed and in operation today. We are committed to our customers’ success in wind, offering a broad portfolio of products and services that make renewables the energy of choice for a cleaner future.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead the team responsible for planning, design, construction, and operation of equipment used to test and validate power electronics products
  • Lead compliance to EHS rules in conjunction with GE Renewables EHS lead for Test Labs
  • Drive a Safety First mindset
  • Drive a Continuous Improvement mindset – safety, lab improvements, test implementation improvements, testing processes, etc.
  • Manage the coordination, use and maintenance plan of test assets (labs, instrumentation, etc.)
  • Lead and ensure the effective partnership of converter design engineering and availability of all test assets
  • Lead the team that develops test operating procedures and complete safety reviews for test permits.
  • Lead technical reviews to evaluate new product requirement specifications for completeness and clarity for testing.
  • Partner with converter design leads to develop product test plans, ensure complete test coverage, and establish and maintain traceability of requirements to validation results
  • Manage the process for documentation of test artifacts
  • Drive processes to document test results of defects and abnormal behaviors, and subsequent root cause evaluation of defects and abnormal behaviors witnessed during test or commissioning of assets
  • Drive lessons learned behavior
  • Partner with design team to ensure effective testing of converter systems to agency certification requirements (e.g. IEC, UL, CSA, etc)

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or related Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience planning, designing, constructing, and commissioning complex electrical power circuits and systems
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience developing and operating state-of-the-art high power (>1MW) power electronics test systems

Desired Characteristics:

  • Understanding of electrical and thermal design aspects for power electronics systems
  • Experience testing power electronic systems through product validation
  • Experience with instrumentation and measurement of power converters
  • Demonstrated project leadership capability
  • Demonstrated ability to meet goals and objectives
  • Effective technical documentation skills
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Proven interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Advanced Technology Degree
  • Ten years experience in power conversion design or test or related fields
  • Understanding of electrical and thermal design aspects for power electronics systems
  • Familiarity with IEC, UL, and CSA regulatory standards
  • Familiarity with NFPA 70 and 70E and Arc Flash analysis (EasyPower or SKM) and testing
  • Familiarity with low & medium voltage insulation systems-partial discharge theory and testing methods.
  • Working knowledge of low & high voltage electrical distribution, power conversion and control system design.
  • Working knowledge of wind turbine or photovoltaic system technologies.
  • MBB/ BB, DFSS certified (GE employees only)

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes