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DER Development/Application Engineer

Date Posted: May 16, 2018

Location: Buffalo, NY, US

Company: NRG

Job Description

NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

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Position Summary:  


The Development/Application Engineer provides technical design, equipment selection, and technical support for all matters relating to Reliability Solutions work installing, retrofitting and maintaining reciprocating engine generator projects within NRG DER. The Development/Application Engineer serves as a subject matter expert for NRG DER and provides necessary support to other areas of the company. They are key to the development of operational strategy and achievement of operational objectives. The Development/Application Engineer helps facilitate the execution of day to day activities pertaining to generator projects as well as special projects by communicating and coordinating with other departments as needed and interfacing with the NRG DER Sales Engineers. The Development/Application Engineer will also work with the Environmental Engineer to monitor federal, state, and local government regulations, legislation, and laws as they pertain to generator installations. The Development/Application Engineer is responsible for providing support to the executive team by providing analysis and interpretation of generation projects. The Development/Application Engineer works closely with NRG DER Senior Management Team and Regulatory and Compliance staffs to ensure all projects are compliant with federal, state and local law. The Development/Application Engineer will support and mentor Project Managers and the Environmental Engineer.


Duties & Responsibilities


  • Develops initial, conceptual design of onsite backup power generation system
  • Creates preliminary design drawing that identifies all system components necessary to create a budgetary proposal
  • Develops and evaluates alternative solutions to engineering problems, prepares studies/scope statements outlining alternative solutions, and recommends the most reliable and cost-effective solution for the life of the project
  • Assists Sales staff with budgetary proposal creation and attends customer sales meetings as required to answer questions as NRG DER’s technical expert
  • Refines conceptual design into final design and sequence of operations including final component selection necessary for a quality, cost-effective installation that meets code, safety, and reliability goals
  • Coordinates the timely creation of final, PE stamped, design drawings and specifications with third-party design engineer(s)
  • Develops interconnection drawings for the monitoring system and other subsystems
  • Prepares engineering technical standards, guidelines, and procedures
  • Prepares required testing protocols and procedures
  • Provide specialized technical support to Asset Management group
  • Assists Asset Management staff in the review of existing installations and recommends design modifications to improve reliability, safety, and expense
  • Responds to technical questions from customers and NRG staff
  • Manages specialty NRG DER projects as requested by management
  • Supports and emphasizes the importance of safety and environmental programs and ensure regulatory compliance
  • Participates and/or leads teams that focus on specific problem areas or needs for generating units
  • Initiates/participates in continuous improvement planning and implementation in the assigned area of responsibility
  • Prepares written reports in the assigned area of responsibility
  • May be required to direct the work activities of others
  • Recognizes problems and is proactive in helping to resolve them
  • Performs field inspections and takes field measurements
  • Ensures company resources are used in a cost-effective manner


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Detailed knowledge of natural gas and diesel generator sets, multiple engine paralleling, and broad experience with generator set installations including electrical, mechanical, environmental, and civil requirements
  • Detailed knowledge of automatic transfer switches and paralleling switchgear; switchgear functionality, modes of operation and processes; Ability to read and write PLC logic a plus
  • Detailed Knowledge of NEC codes and compliance requirements
  • Detailed knowledge of utility interconnection, including IEEE 1547 Interconnection Standards, protection relay functionality, and programming
  • Design experience in conjunction with PV, wind and battery generation a plus
  • Ability to design electrical one-line and physical layouts of generator sets and paralleling switchgear
  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret final design drawings and specifications
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply industry and NRG safety standards and codes
  • Ability to use PC and associated software applications to collect and analyze data and produce spreadsheets, databases, and reports
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical concepts (verbal and written)
  • Ability to establish and maintain a positive and professional working relationship with all individuals
  • Ability to perform as a team member or leader in a cross-functional team environment and achieve consensus decisions
  • Ability to support and maintain schedule on several concurrent assignments
  • Ability to perform standard calculations in an appropriate engineering discipline
  • Basic understanding of the processes, systems, assets, resources, key personnel, and business functions of the company
  • Ability to read, create and follow written policies and procedures
  • Ability to proficiently speak, read, write and understand English
  • Ability to perform economic analyses
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of applicable safety and environmental regulations




  • Uses and maintains technical and professional knowledge, shares that knowledge with others, and recognizes/applies new technology in a cost-effective manner
  • Obtains and applies knowledge of competitive business practices in daily work activities and decision making
  • Seeks and understands the customer/client’s needs and focuses on meeting and exceeding their expectations
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Anticipates and accepts changes in the organization and adapts to meet the new requirements
  • Committed to making the workplace safe and environmentally sound
  • Willing to accept accountability for own decisions, performance, and behavior


  Minimum Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering COMBINED with 5 years of experience in distributed power system design and engineering. In lieu of a degree, a high school diploma or GED equivalent COMBINED with 10 years of experience in distributed power system design and engineering may be considered
  • Previous experience with the application of engine generators and switchgear, including one-line design
  • Previous experience with equipment and system commissioning, testing and troubleshooting
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project and Outlook


Preferred Qualifications


  • 10 or more years of experience in distributed power system design and engineering
  • Experience with industry vendor software (SEL, Woodward)



Working Conditions


  • Normal office environment and/or out-of-doors work environment.  (Including working at heights, high/low ambient temperatures and high humidity areas at generating unit work locations)
  • Requires a valid driver’s license and ability to operate a motor vehicle
  • Requires standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, climbing stairs and ladders, and entering plant equipment to access, inspect or collect data on plant equipment
  • Work overtime and non-standard hours as required
  • Requires frequent travel
  • Occasionally requires wearing personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, ear plugs, etc.)
  • May be required to work around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials, and chemicals
  • Requires operation of a personal computer
  • Occasionally requires lifting as appropriate to perform duties and responsibilities


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