Wind Turbine Engineer – Montreal

August 15, 2014

Department: Turbine Technology
Division: Renewable Advisory North America
Location: Montreal (Quebec)
Nr of Opening: 1

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Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a challenging and dynamic working environment, a competitive benefits package and several opportunities for professional development and career advancement.

DNV GL – Energy’s Renewables Advisory group is seeking a Wind Turbine Engineer to join our Turbine Technology team.  This team consists of industry leading engineers who been providing independent engineering consulting expertise to various clients across the wind energy industry for over 30 years.  We are seeking a skilled, likeminded engineer who values diversity in project work, possess solid analytical capabilities, has demonstrated good writing and verbal communication skills, and understands the consulting engineering business.

Tasks May Include

  • Perform wind turbine technology assessment, review, report writing, and client communication as part of technical due diligence for project financing, mergers & acquisitions, owner purchases, and other business needs.  Will entail remaining current on new wind turbine technology, engaging with OEMs to understand latest technical details on new products and updates/revisions to existing products.
  • Perform field and factory inspections of wind turbines and components as part of operational assessments, manufacturing quality inspections, construction monitoring, and failure investigations.
  • Perform turbine site suitability analysis with DNV GL developed analytical tools.  Evaluate site suitability assessment prepared by OEMs.
  • Ability and interest to learn aero-elastic load simulations of turbines.  Example work would include detailed evaluation of turbine loads to confirm site suitability, evaluating impacts of turbine modifications (hardware and software) on turbine loads, and assessing remaining useful life of aged turbines.
  • Support performance of root cause analysis investigations into turbine and component failures covering inspection, documentation of field conditions, causality mapping, and engineering calculations (as appropriate).
  • Support performance of failure rate predictive statistical analysis.
  • Prepare high quality written documentation and reports conveying work performed and results.
    • Prepare detailed reports, memos, technical notes, and email correspondence to communicate clearly and objectively to clients with accuracy and technical rigor.
    • Complete company required documentation in a timely manner such as Job Safety Analysis, Risk Assessments, time sheets, expense reports, inspection check sheets, tracking reports and scheduling controls

What We’re Asking

  • Bachelor in relevant engineering or physics disciplines required
    • Masters in Wind Energy Engineering, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Civil Engineering preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience within wind energy industry in an engineering related role
    • Consulting experience a plus.
    • OSHA Construction 30 hour training accreditation preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically up to 20% of the time, internationally up to 10% of the time
  • Willingness and ability to successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen.

Technical Competency

  • Qualified candidates are expected to demonstrate most of the following technical competency items
    • Track record of Top HSE mindset and safety based behavior;
    • Solid knowledge of wind turbine systems including gearboxes, blades, pitch and yaw systems, generators, turbine controllers, towers, and foundations, electrical cabling, and SCADA systems;
    • Field experience performing visual turbine inspections, construction monitoring, commissioning, operation monitoring, or factory quality assurance assessments;
    • Experience with or familiarity of different wind turbine platforms and manufacturers;
    • Computer programming background (MATLAB, Python or other transferable languages);
    • Knowledge of mechanical systems, materials, controls, and physical environment impact on structures;
    • Knowledge of statistical methods for deriving component failure rate based on available failure data;
    • Familiarity with consulting engineering business needs and expectations and proficient in project management;
    • Proficient in MS Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and able to learn new software;
    • Proficient in reading and understanding mechanical and civil drawings, and electrical schematics;
    • Proficient in reading and understanding operational procedures and instructions, maintenance and inspection check sheets and health and safety processes;
    • Demonstrated strong written communication skills through report origination, draft/final revisions, ability to review and comment on work of peers, and complete high quality report deliverables.  (An original writing sample will be requested as part of the selection process).

Physical Requirements

  • The following physical requirements are established to enable performance of all job requirements
    • Ability to walk over rough or slippery terrain as experienced on heavy construction sites;
    • Ability to work in inclement weather conditions as experienced across North America and in locations where wind energy projects are typically located;
    • Ability to sit for extended periods as required for typical office work;
    • Ability to climb a wind turbine tower ladder with up to  30 lbs of gear on person, typically to 100m heights;
    • Sufficient physical fitness to perform multiple turbine climbs per day;
    • Ability to enter confined or enclosed spaces;
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

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