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July 22, 2022

Employment Opportunity - Wind Systems Reliability Engineer


The Wind Energy Institute of Canada (WEICan) is an independent non-profit organization that advances the development of wind energy across Canada through research, testing, innovation, and collaboration.  WEICan owns and operates a Wind R&D Park that features five 2 MW wind turbines, a 109 kW photovoltaic array, and a 111.5 kW/223 kWh battery energy storage system. 

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Scientific Director, the Wind Systems Reliability Engineer contributes to research projects at the Institute, specifically those related to service life estimation/asset management of the wind turbines installed at the Institute. The Wind Systems Reliability Engineer will also participate in the development, implementation, and ongoing operation of testing and technology development projects.  

Principle Responsibilities and Accountability:

  • Assist in the development of operations and research programs involving the wind park in accordance with current best practices and industry findings
  • Participate in wind park operational troubleshooting
  • Lead the development of various system test programs. Review data for quality control and reduce data for detailed analysis.
  • Collaborate in the writing of academic papers with other researchers and present findings at conferences. Prepare presentations for others within the Institute.
  • Remain current with information on technical trends, research, applications, and effective practices related to the wind energy industry.
  • Draft project proposal submissions.
  • Participate in safety related training and WEICan’s safety responsibilities. Assist in the selection, design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of measurement equipment and data acquisition systems.
  • Work collaboratively, manage multiple projects, balance priorities, lead project teams, and meet deadlines.
  • Work independently.
  • Work with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Draft equipment documentation procedures, including troubleshooting documentation.
  • Develop operational and testing procedures in accordance with technical standards applicable to wind turbine testing. Participate in wind turbine testing leading to certification contracts.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.     

Education and Training:

Graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering is preferred. Undergraduate, other engineering disciplines, or other related degrees (e.g. Physics) may also be considered.  

Experience/Skills/Knowledge:

The following experiences/skills/knowledge would be considered an asset for the successful candidate:

  • Experience in wind systems
  • Interest in renewable energy
  • Understanding of the electricity grid
  • Experience in electrical/mechanical and instrumentation design and implementation
  • Experience in engineering research
  • Experience in analyzing large amounts of data
  • Knowledge of industrial control technologies
  • Relevant experience in electrical systems
  • Experience in instrumentation, programming, digital control systems, and data acquisition systems
  • Experience in project management
  • Knowledgeable in CSA, CEC, and the IEC wind turbine standards
  • Knowledge of computer systems, MS Office and CAD software packages.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Familiar with life in small, rural communities.  

Working Conditions:

The position primarily involves work in an office environment at WEICan’s North Cape, Prince Edward Island site. Some field work, including climbing wind turbines and wind monitoring towers and work within a substation, may be involved in support of technical projects, both at WEICan and remotely. The position requires intermittent travel. Candidate must have a Canadian driver’s license and the ability to hold a Canadian passport is preferred. The position requires flexible work hours and evenings and weekend work will be required occasionally.  

How to apply

To be considered for this position, please email a resume and cover letter to marianne.rodgers@weican.ca with Wind Systems Reliability Engineer in the subject line.
 
Deadline: August 15, 2022
 
WEICan supports diversity and inclusion is its employment practices.Thank you to all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Visit www.weican.ca for more information about WEICan

 

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The Wind Energy Institute of Canada advances the development of wind energy across Canada through research, testing, innovation and collaboration.