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Power Electronics Engineer

  • Sector: Power & Energy
  • Location: Stafford, Staffordshire
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 17/01/2017
  • Duration: 6 months+
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The Company:
Our client works in several areas of the energy industry, including renewable resources such as wind and solar, biogas and alternative fuels, and coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy.

The Role:

* Design, validation and industrialisation of power electronic converter modules for HVDC & FACTs
* Circuit simulation for design and testing
* Specification of key power electronics components
* Electronics and thermal design integration
* Compile DFMEA and design document and know how to apply PFMEA
* Decisive in addressing technical hurdles and maintaining performance
* Review and approve the drawings and design documentation when required
* Ability to undertake deep technical reviews of technology with engineering experts
* Implement and perform validation tests and design-proving tests
* Innovation on new technical ideas for patent applications
* Work closely with supply chain for power electronics components
* Integration with other departments (engineering, manufacturing, S&P, SQA) for product development and support tendering and project delivery
* Actively broadening and deepening HVDC knowledge and share specialised expertise to other engineers
* Familiarity with REACH compliance and environmental impact of their work
* Strick adherence to Zero Deviation policy and promote EHS within the team
* Travel across the EU and other countries for supply chain integration

Skills & Experience requirements:

* In-depth Power Electronics and High Voltage knowledge (such as HVDC and FACTs applications, Variable-speed drives)
* Power electronic components (IGBTs, thyristors, passive components)
* Proven ability in product design, validation and industrialisation
* Thermal Design (loss calculations, heatsink specification)
* Power Electronic control & protection
* Design for excellence (DFX) (e.g. manufacturing, cost, size, weight, efficiency, performance, test, maintenance)
* Simulation tools such as Matlab-Simulink, PSCAD-EMTDC
* Specification & report writing and reviewing
* Design & type testing programmes
* Ability to interact with other engineering disciplines and good at sharing knowledge
* EHS compliance ability


* Knowledge/understanding of high-power and high-voltage design and control issues
* Understanding of multi-modular converters
* High Voltage engineering
* Prior experience in a manufacturing environment
* Prior experience of supplier chain integration (e.g. technical communication, clause-by-clause review, production line audit)
* Intellectual property and the patent process experience
* Ability to coordinate a small group of engineers
* Chartered Engineer or ready to apply for the status

Specific Abilities:

* Strong interpersonal and communication skills
* Self-motivating, proactive and results driven approach
* Strong problem-solving and root cause identification skills
* Able to work to deadlines with high quality
* Ability to synthetize complex issues and come up with solutions
* Proficient in the English language, written and verbal. Other languages are bonus

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
The candidate will probably be educated to degree level in a related science such as electrical and electronic engineering. Candidates should have proven experience of the design and development of power electronic converters (preferably at high power ? 1MVA). A good understanding of power semiconductors, their control, protection and application is critical. It is also expected that applicants will have an experience in developing passive components as part of a power electronics converter, such as inductors, capacitors, etc. In addition to relevant experience, an enquiring mind and desire to learn new skills, an ability to apply different engineering disciplines and a willingness to share the knowledge are essential qualities. Short term site work may be required to support the installation and commissioning of the products developed by the department.

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for approaching half a century, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft's services.

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