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Principal Grid Systems Engineer

Aquinas Consulting
Portland, OR
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Aquinas Consulting is currently looking to fill a Principal Grid Systems Engineer job in Portland, OR (or Vancouver, WA). In this role, you will provide project management of controls related projects from conception to completion. This position will require you to understand the Grid Code of Transmission System Operators and Authorities. To be considered and idea fit for this positions, you will have a degree in Electrical Engineering as well as experience designing and implementing Power Control systems.

Principal Grid Systems Engineer Job Responsibilities

  • Project management of controls related projects from conception to completion as well as monitoring, data collection and analysis for control system optimization.
  • Understand the Grid Code of Transmission System Operators such as NYISO, MISO, ERCOT, WECC,
    CAISO, PJM, BPA, or other system authorities.
  • Maintain the active and reactive power control systems for renewable energy facilities.
  • Have full operation and ownership of all power plant control systems.
  • Good knowledge of basic principles of power generation and electrical principles as well as an understanding of PLC’s and programming Controls/Logic, SEL-5033 RTAC experience is required.
  • Working Knowledge of renewable energy power controls, PID tuning principles, process loop tuning, and testing is required.
  • Working knowledge of power systems communication protocols such as Modbus, DNP3, ICCP, OPC, IEC 61850
  • Knowledge Windows based computers, VM Hosts and related hardware/software.
  • Experience with the following programming languages: .NET, Visual Basic, C#, #, IEC 61131 Logic, structured text etc.
  • Advanced-level ability to read, modify and create electrical schematics
  • Experience with ORCAD Capture, Pspice or Matlab/Simulink
  • Ability to work hands-on in a testing environment to develop control systems
  • Understanding of computer networking and cyber-security best practices.
  • Comply with NERC / CIP procedures.
  • 10-20% Travel required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience inclduing but not limited to:
    • 5+ years’ experience reviewing, editing, and understanding interconnection and power purchase agreements.
    • 5+ years’ experience performing and reviewing load flow and reactive power studies for new and existing
      renewable energy power plants.
    • 5+ years designing and implementing Power Control systems.
    • 5+ years’ experience with various programming languages: .NET, Visual Basic, C#, IEC 61131 Logic,
      structured text, etc.
    • 5+ years’ experience in SEL-5033 RTAC programming
  • Ability to qualify to NERC standards including successful 7-year background investigation and security review.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with management, Plant Operations, and technical personnel.
  • High energy and ability to work with little direct supervision.

If you are interested in this Principal Grid Systems Engineer Job in Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA, please apply now to be connected with a member of our team.

Please note: Applying to this role is an agreement to have your information entered into our database and acknowledgement that a recruiter will reach out to you either by phone, email, and/or text message regarding this and similar job opportunities.

Aquinas Consulting is a woman and minority owned company headquartered in Milford, CT that provides Engineering, Information Technology (IT), and Manufacturing staffing solutions throughout the US. We take pride in 20 years of service to our clients, our hiring managers, our consultants, and our local community. Aquinas is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and committed to considering all qualified applications without regard to race, genetic information, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

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