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Principal Project Engineer - Energy Storage (Engineer/Scientist III)

Company: Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Job Description:

Principal Project Engineer - Energy Storage (Engineer/Scientist III) Job Title:Principal Project Engineer - Energy Storage (Engineer/Scientist III)Location:Palo Alto, CAJob Summary and Description: Provides design and field engineering support to Research Principals, Project Managers and Program Managers. Works directly with EPRI staff and will sustain a high level of interaction with utilities, technology solution providers, subcontractors, and demonstration site personnel (to include military staff at US military bases and electric utility staff at utility distribution and/or substation sites). Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop requirements and project concepts
  • Assist project manager to develop budgets, schedules and contracts
  • Develop and review engineering deliverables and submittals to ensure compliance with project specifications/scope-of-work
  • Manage and guide subcontractor work progress
  • Coordinate the installation, commissioning, and testing of energy storage systems and microgrids, including writing commissioning acceptance tests and test plans
  • Provide oversight of activities at project locations, primarily in U.S. but occasionally internationally (travel required)
  • Comply with all maintenance and safety codes, procedures and initiate actions to correct safety hazards and unsafe conditions
  • Perform test setups, implement configuration changes as needed, and perform field tests to evaluate safety, equipment/plant performance at laboratory, vendor, factory test facilities, field test facilities, pilot plant field sites, and utility, military, and other critical loads within buildings and overall building sites
  • Perform data analyses of test data to determine performance measures of energy storage and microgrid backup power systems
  • May present research results to electric utility and military technical and technical staff and non-technical staff
  • Responsible for the success of individual projects
  • Perform advanced engineering/scientific analysis with minimal direction and supervision. Beginning to demonstrate creativity and ingenuity in providing technical solutions. Works directly with EPRI staff and high interaction with members and industry.
  • Conduct technical searches and analyzes information in support of the project team
  • Conduct independent research and begins to manage small, less complex projects
  • Provide technical advice and counsel to other professionals within EPRI.
  • Assist Project/Program managers in assessing customer needs, formulating technical approaches, preparing proposals, technical publications/papers, and making presentations.
  • Review progress and evaluates results. Makes changes in methods, design or equipment where necessary.
  • Exercise considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment.Education:Bachelor's Degree in a technical field or equivalent experience requiredKnowledge, Skills, and Abilities:--- 4-5 years of engineering experience or comparable work/educational experience required.--- Good verbal and written communication skills--- Required some supervision and guidance to recognize strategic issues and build collaborative projects--- Responsible for the success of individual projects--- Works closely with contractors or staff to complete project research--- May participate in multiple projects--- Individual contributor--- May present research results to advisors or technical staff/members--- Starting to develop technical depth in 1-2 areas--- Focus on projects within a programAdditional Job Information: Ideal Candidate:
    • Masters Degree preferred in Electrical Engineering or related technical field
      • 1-2 year's experience in the development of energy storage, microgrid or similar technology deployments
      • --- US Security clearance or willingness to pursue clearance is highly desirable
      • Capability to read, interpret electrical diagrams, engineering drawings, construction plans, specifications, safety and operation and maintenance manuals
      • Knowledge of industry and safety standards
      • Experience with remote monitoring, data logging, and communications systems
      • Experience with Wye and Delta wiring configurations for energy storage and/or microgrid systems
      • Experience with electric utility planning and operations
      • Experience with new technology demonstrations and testing
      • Experience in construction and field experience overseeing or supporting construction, commissioning, and/or maintenance
      • General computer skills with Microsoft programs, including MS Project or similar project management software
      • Safety attitude with job and peers
      • Strong time management capability
      • Strong team work ability
      • Customer focus and professionalism
      • Self-starter and ability to work alone
      • Excellent verbal and written communication
      • Attention to detail and accuracy oriented EPRI participates in E-Verify, an online system operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration (SSA). EPRI uses the system to check the work status of new hires by comparing information from the employee's I-9 form against SSA and Department of Homeland Security databases.Note: To ensure compliance with U.S. export controls, please indicate your U.S. citizenship or (for foreign citizens) your U.S. visa/immigration status in your resume or cover letter.EPRI is an equal opportunity employer. EEO/AA/M/F/VETS/Disabled Together . . Shaping the Future of Full time REQ-1154 About Us Together Shaping the Future of Electricity EPRI provides thought leadership, industry expertise, and collaborative value to help the electricity sector identify issues, technology gaps, and broader needs that can be addressed through effective research and development programs for the benefit of society.

Keywords: Electric Power Research Institute, Inc., Palo Alto , Principal Project Engineer - Energy Storage (Engineer/Scientist III), Engineering , Palo Alto, California

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