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Principal Wind Engineer

Scottsdale AZ

Clearway Energy Group is accelerating the world’s transformation to a clean energy future. With more than 4.1 gigawatts of solar and wind energy assets in 25 states and a development pipeline across the country, we are offsetting the equivalent of nearly 9 million tons of carbon emissions for our customers. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in Carlsbad, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; Houston, TX; and New York, NY. For more information, visit www.clearwayenergygroup.com.

The Principal Wind Engineer will support 3500 MW of wind turbines across the United States through support of the field operations team, analysis, project management, and root cause analysis. This includes contribution to and development of the Asset Integrity Management and Asset Performance Management platforms for optimization.

The position is based in the Scottsdale, Arizona office.

 

Responsibilities:

Be the primary contact responsible for the development and execution of the turbine life cycle reliability platform

Project management of major technical issues to improve revenue generation for the wind fleet

Program management of the wind fleet technical optimization

Program development and execution of the Asset Integrity Platform for the wind fleet. Research operational and repair methods to improve the generation and lifespan of wind turbines

Contribution to and development of the Asset Performance Platform for the wind fleet

Occasional cross support to the Solar and Battery operations teams for mechanical support

Evaluate and perform root cause analyses (RCA) on turbine main component and high impact failures and faults.

Support teams of wind technicians to advise on field activities and corrective action.

Create and contribute to maintenance procedures, work instructions, safety procedures. This includes implementation of Reliability Centered Maintenance practices for the fleet.

Make recommendations on equipment maintenance, equipment manufactures’, and tooling based on objective observations.

Review of new technology to support new project development efforts

Development of engineering standards for the Clearway Energy Group

Perform engineering support to field personnel, for corrective and preventative maintenance of wind turbines.

Adhere to appropriate company health, safety, environment and quality processes for the business utilizing industry best practice.

Participate as a team member promoting initiatives to improve component performance, quality, and functionality.

Participate in continuous improvement process relating to fleet-wide initiatives

Travel, including overnight with short notice (up to 25%)

 

Requirements

Knowledge & Skills

Capable of contributing in a team environment with site personnel as well as third party contractors

The ability to work independently and make decisions independently if necessary

The ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with site management, site supervisors, engineering staff, and regional management. Ability to communicate technical concepts to both a technical audience and a non-technical audience

Must have an in-depth understanding of rotating machinery and reliability of equipment

Must possess a good understanding of maintenance plans

The ability to interpret and follow technical instruction furnished in verbal, written, diagrammatic and schedule formats

The ability to read and interpret drawings, technical manuals, and commissioning reports

The ability to troubleshoot turbine faults, failures, and offline turbines.

Must possess a valid driver’s license

Knowledge of IEC 61400 standards for wind

Knowledge of proper use LOTO for energy isolation

Knowledge of FEM for loads the tower and foundation

Knowledge of FAST of BLADED for turbine loads

Knowledge of Python and SQL for analytical modeling

Understanding of full turbine lifecycle analysis and reliability program implementation

Knowledge of Monte Carlo simulation experience

Knowledge of Weibull or similar lifetime and failure rate prediction techniques

The ability to travel with a short-term notice to Clearway Energy sites throughout the continental U.S

Able to climb wind turbines with or without a climb assist. Capable of working at heights of up to 300 feet

Employee may be required to work flexible work hours

 

Experience & Education

Bachelor's degree in Engineering required. MS, or PhD in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering is highly preferred

Minimum of 10 years of experience in engineering or field operations and maintenance, is required

Experience with multiple brands of wind turbines is highly preferred

Experience with setup and design of experiment for in field measurements

Experience with analytical processing of sensor data

 

Summary

Clearway is strongly committed to a philosophy of equal opportunity and fully complies with equal employment laws, ordinances and regulations for all applicants and employees.

We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to apply and compete for employment opportunities for which they are qualified. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to recruiting@clearwayenergy.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

 

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Posted March 12, 2020



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