Wind Farm Engineer

Organization
Xcel Energy
Organization Summary

Are you an engineer who wants a challenging, rewarding career at a Fortune 500 company that’s committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship? Do you want to be part of shaping our energy future? An engineering position at Xcel Energy could be a great match for you.

Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Northwest
Southeast
Job type
full-time
Primary Duties

We are seeking an entry level or staff level engineer with interest in and/or knowledge of wind farm design, construction, and/or operation to support the reliable operations at multiple wind farms in Minnesota and North Dakota. Electrical/Controls or Mechanical engineering discipline preferred.  The successful candidate will be part of a team of engineers focused on using technical expertise, advanced analytics, and teamwork to optimize the reliability and effectiveness the wind fleet.  

 

This position, depending on discipline, will focus on wind turbine electrical systems, control systems, collection substations, SCADA, or turbine mechanical systems such as blades, bearings, gearboxes, oil systems, etc and the performance monitoring systems at all Xcel Energy wind farms.  

 

The successful applicant will interface closely with Operations personnel to address engineering related issues at the wind farms to ensure reliable and efficient long term operation.  Applicant shall be capable of periodic climbing a 105 meter wind turbine and completing escape and rescue training, which includes the ability to rappel down the outside of a wind turbine. This position will require traveling up to 25% of the time to support the entire wind fleet.

May lead small-medium, non-critical projects and/or provide field oversight of critical projects under direction of higher level engineer or supervisor. Work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgment, overall adequacy and accuracy. As proficiency is gained, may work on portions of larger projects. Works under supervision and follows established procedures. May supervise or coordinate the work of interns, drafters, craft personnel, technicians and/or others.

This position can be located in Dexter, MN, Fargo ND, or Courtenay ND.

Responsibilities:

  • Uses and applies technical standards, principles, theories, concepts, and techniques to perform activities/assignments of limited scope. 
  • Supports the development of technical documentation (including but not limited to designs, testing, calculations, reports, standards, etc.) Utilizes and may assist with the development of procedures.  
  • Provides ongoing technical support for project activities within areas such as Operations, Maintenance, Testing/diagnostics, Regulatory, etc. May provide field engineering oversight for activities such as commissioning, testing, inspections etc. under direct supervision. 
  • Coordinates/leads projects or portions of projects (including phases such as research, design, equipment selection, procurement support, installation and commissioning), under the direction of a higher level engineer or supervisor.
  • Under the direction of a higher level engineer/supervisor, supports bid/evaluation processes by performing basic analysis and calculations on existing documentation and materials that support the preparation of bid documents. In completing segments of technical evaluations for proposals may need to effectively communicate with other business areas of the company following appropriate processes. 
  • Effectively exchanges information in all formats, on matters having a wide range of importance and complexity both inter-organizationally and with outside customer/vendors. 
  • May coordinate the work of interns, drafters, technicians, and/or others and provides guidance and mentoring to less experienced engineers. Responsible for continuous self development of technical skills and competencies. 
  • May perform activities such as budgeting, estimating, forecasting, accounting, work order management, in support of engineering projects.
Experience

Entry-Level Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency)
  • 0+ years relevant engineering experience
  • Ability to demonstrate the unique technical skills and core competencies for this engineering level established & documented by the organization

Preferred:

  • EIT/FE (Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering) preferred

Staff-Level Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency)
  • 2+ years relevant engineering experience
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge & proficiency in specialty area, knowledge of related specialties, & general knowledge of other related disciplines.
  • Ability to demonstrate the unique technical skills & core competencies for this engineering level established and documented by the organization.

Preferred:

  • EIT/FE (Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering) preferred
How to Apply
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