Assistant Protection Settings Engineer

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GE Renewable Energy

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Stafford, United Kingdom

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30+ days ago

Job Description Summary

GE Grid Systems Integration (GSI) are looking for an Electrical Engineer, preferably with a bias of Power Engineering and be comfortable with electrical engineering mathematics, who wants to start their career working within a dynamic projects business. GE have a fantastic opportunity for the candidate to work alongside our extremely talented Protection Settings Engineers to learn the art and science of setting studies for protection relays applied to High Voltage AC Transmission systems.

GSI, a GE Renewable Energy business, serves customers globally with over 2,200 employees worldwide. We provide power utilities and industries worldwide with equipment, systems, and services to bring power reliably and efficiently from the point of generation to end power consumers. GSI are focused on addressing the challenges of the energy transition by enabling the safe and reliable connection of renewable and distributed energy resources to the grid including HVDC, HVAC, FACTS and service agreements. We electrify the world with advanced grid technologies and accelerate the energy transition.

Job Description

The Role

The candidate will be part of a small yet diverse and sought-after team of Protection Settings Engineers working as part of the larger team of engineers to deliver High Voltage AC & DC substations and Offshore windfarms, battery energy storage and green hydrogen production opportunities to support the Green Energy Transition.

The role requires an enthusiastic individual with an interest in high voltage protection relays and is comfortable with electrical power engineering mathematics. The candidate will ideally have or be working towards an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Power Electrical Engineering (or similar) and must be highly motivated, organised, disciplined and prepared to work independently.

Specific training and coaching will be provided by our Senior staff, with the candidate working towards achieving National Grid Settings Authorisation certification in the medium term. Something which is very sought-after in the industry.

Preferably, the candidate will have some industrial experience covering AC substation design and primary plant with an understanding and appreciation of protection, control/SCADA including OT cyber security, telecom, metering, current and voltage transformer specifications and substation integration.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Prepare high voltage protection settings calculations e.g. low impedance feeder differential and distance protections, transformer biased differential protections, and low impedance busbar protection calculations or high impedance busbar protection circulating current calculations.
  • Calculations of short circuit fault level studies manually to IEC60909 for symmetrical and non-symmetrical faults using symmetrical components
  • Use of power system analysis and modelling software such as Power Factory Digsilent software to perform short circuit fault level studies and protection gradins/selectivity reports
  • Use of Arc-flash analysis software such as Alpi Caneco BT for LVAC 400V systems.
  • Preparation of first-time energisation circuit switching programs
  • Preparation of automatic reclosure switching sequence reports
  • Technical analysis of employer’s requirements to define and optimise protection functionality selection
  • Advisory to project and tendering teams on all thing’s protection related
  • Uses some level of judgment and has ability to propose different solutions outside of set parameters but with guidance.
  • Uses prior experience and on-the-job training to solve straightforward tasks.
  • Has access to technical skills and very strong analytical thinking required to solve problems.
  • May use multiple internal sources outside of own team to achieve results.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Power Electrical Engineering Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited university.
  • Engineering Mathematics must be strong, and the candidate must have a positive interest in protection relays and be looking for this to be their chosen career.
  • Fluent oral and written English.
  • Ability to analyse and resolve problems.
  • Ability to plan and execute to very tight delivery schedules.

Desirable experience

  • Good knowledge of protection relays for high voltage AC substations
  • Previous use of a power system analysis and modelling software and Arc-flash analysis software preferred
  • While previous experience is not compulsory, it is preferable if the candidate has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in AC substation engineering

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