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Avangrid Power Systems Engineer in Portland, Oregon

Power Systems Engineer



Portland, OR, US



Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number one producer of wind power, and one of the world's biggest electricity utilities in terms of market capitalisation. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy and France, with a workforce of more than 35,000 people.

Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through its investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, to offer its customers the most advanced products and services. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to sustainability and the fight against climate change.

Scope of Work - Main duties, settings, geography, reporting relationships, other relationships:

The Power Controls Systems and Grid Code Engineer is a key member of a 24/7 mission critical operations team responsible for providing the technical support & analytical services with limited supervision for the management, design, specification, configuration, troubleshooting, and support of systems and processes that affect operation of renewable generation control systems.

MAJOR ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Scope of work - range of responsibilities):

  • Project management of controls related projects from conception to completion.

  • Conduct monitoring, data collection and analysis for control system optimization.

  • Understand the Grid Code of Transmission System Operators such as NYISO, MISO, ERCOT, WECC, CAISO, PJM, BPA, or other system authorities.

  • Maintain the active and reactive power control systems for renewable energy facilities.

  • Have full operation and ownership of all power plant control systems.


Education & Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • 2+ years’ experience reviewing, editing, and understanding interconnection and power purchase agreements

  • 2+ years’ experience performing and reviewing load flow and reactive power studies for new and existing renewable energy power plants

  • 2+ years designing and implementing Power Control systems

  • 2+ years’ experience with various programming languages: .NET, Visual Basic, C#, IEC 61131 Logic, structured text, etc

  • 2+ years’ experience in SEL-5033 RTAC programming

Desired Requirements:

  • Good knowledge of basic principles of power generation and electrical principles

  • Understanding of PLC’s and programming Controls/Logic, SEL-5033 RTAC experience is required

  • Working Knowledge of renewable energy power controls, PID tuning principles, process loop tuning, and testing is required

  • Working knowledge of power systems communication protocols such as Modbus, DNP3, ICCP, OPC, IEC 61850

  • Knowledge Windows based computers, VM Hosts and related hardware/software

  • Experience with ORCAD Capture, Pspice or Matlab/Simulink

  • Understanding of computer networking and cyber-security best practices

  • Background in process control and energy management systems, as related to the Wind or Solar Energy Business preferred

  • Background in reviewing, editing, and understanding interconnection and power purchase agreements for renewable energy power plants preferred

  • Detailed understanding of NERC / CIP standards preferred


Avangrid employees may be assigned a system emergency role and in the event of a system emergency, may be required to work outside of their regular schedule/job duties. This is applicable to employees that will work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York within AVANGRD Network and Corporate functions. This does not include those that will work for Avangrid Renewables

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