Job Description Summary
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented and experienced Drives Control Engineer to join GE Power Conversion’s Systems Engineering group.
The Lead Drives Control Engineer is responsible for Control Software and key Control Hardware for GE Power (PC)’s range of Electric Drives. This is a technical role and will involve working in a multi-disciplinary team of engineers to specify, design, code & validate control systems for MW-scale power electronic drive systems for Marine, Energy and Industry applications.
This Role Involves
Responsible for & managing the design, develop and maintain Drive Control Systems technology:
Control algorithms, techniques, software and modules.
Application software and standards.
Core Drive Control PCB hardware.
FPGA configurations and I/O interfacing.
Developing and maintaining good engineering interfaces to:
ITO sales team.
Field / commissioning engineering.
Automation Control Dept. firmware development.
Peer groups in other parts of GE PC and other parts of GE.
Liaising with Suppliers and Customers.
Skill Set Required
Should include a strong knowledge and significant experience of the following:
Variable Speed Drive Control Schemes, notably:
Control Systems Design (Linear & Non-linear control system design).
Experience of C code programming & awareness of embedded software design, microprocessor & FPGA programming.
Control System Design / Simulation tools such as Matlab Simulink.
Power electronics – Diodes, Thyristors, IGBTs, GTOs, IGCTs, MOSFETS, SiC, GaN etc.
Understanding of electrical machines: DC, Induction, Synchronous, Permanent magnet machines.
Converter and inverter power stack configurations for such machines.
Suitable control strategies for such power electronics converter systems and electrical machines.
PWM control schemes and other switching strategies.
Awareness of the side effects of the Drive on the wider system; heating, harmonics, noise.
Designing hardware / software systems to control such Drives.
Discipline of Product Life Cycle, from initial design to detailed design and specification, through levels of testing and validation, then through into maintenance.
Comprehensive understanding of:
Real-time operating systems.
The methods and approaches underlying the design and writing of software for a real-time environment.
Concepts of control event accuracy and resolution.
Hardware and software simulation options.
How a Drive control system can be distributed into software, FPGA firmware and hardware.
Pros and cons of coding in C, assembler, VHDL, Matlab code generation and other languages.
Floating point and integer maths.
Drive system awareness:
Electrical noise and how to design to limit its effects.
LV and MV (perhaps up to 10kV) insulation, isolation and screening.
Analogue and digital circuit approaches.
Design of interface circuits.
Microprocessor and FPGA interfaces.
PCB design approaches.
High speed communications such as Ethernet, fibre optic Ethernet and higher speed derivatives thereof.
Equipment packaging design; cooling, ventilation and other environmental effects.
Drives system installation / site working:
EHS awareness and site working practices.
Types of site – sea trials etc.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college (or equivalent qualification) in Electrical Engineering or equivalent subject
Experience of working with Variable Speed Drive technology and five years’ experience leading a technical team of Software, Hardware or Control engineers
Relocation Assistance Provided: No