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Engineer, Power Electronics

Date: Dec 9, 2017

Location: Scottsdale, AZ, US

Company: nrg

NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power portfolio. A Fortune 200 company, we create value through reliable and efficient conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country. More information is available at Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

The Power Electronics Engineer will be the key contributor in developing the Renewable O&M Team’s solar inverter and wind converter strategy for qualifying, purchasing, maintenance, refurbishment and replacement.


This position will be responsible for a variety of field start-up oversight and field service SME functions on all components of power electronics equipment, including execution of commissioning protocols, acceptance tests, and site training, and assisting the site manager in maintaining project equipment reliability. This position will also maintain the quality of projects through strict adherence to industry standards.




  • Be the Renewable power electronics SME for the O&M group by demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of power electronic technologies, DCDC converters, inverters and wind converters
  • Develop total cost of ownership models for various types of renewable power electronics
  • Work with development engineering to evaluate new product lines and determine long-term reliability and O&M cost
  • Develop strategies for replacement and / or refurbishment of existing inverters and converters
  • Review historical failure rates and recommend changes to maintenance practices or design to improve reliability
  • Work with warranty manager to ensure warranties are adequate to protect power electronics equipment
  • Assist field personnel with failure analysis and training needs
  • Maintain knowledge of the latest technology and maintenance practices through relationships with IE’s, vendors and customers
  • Work with SCADA/Controls team to develop improved preventative maintenance monitoring and reporting tools for inverters and converters
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned


Education / Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or similar (e.g. military training in a similar field) is required
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in power electronics
  • Inverter experience is highly desired in this position
  • Experience developing and analyzing power electronics cost models related to operations & maintenance is desired


Working Conditions


  • Normal office environment and/or plant environment, including working at heights, high/low ambient temperatures and high humidity areas.
  • Requires standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, climbing stairs and ladders, and entering plant equipment to access, inspect, or collect data on plant equipment.
  • 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
  • Occasionally requires lifting as appropriate to perform duties and responsibilities.
  • Flexibility to work overtime and non-standard working hours as required
  • Requires occasional travel (up to 25%).

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace.  To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability
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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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