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Senior Power Electronics Hardware Engineer

Findlay Township, PA, USA | General Electric

  • Industry:
    Energy / Renewable Energy / Oil & Gas
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    Engineering
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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Activities contributing to the design and development of products, solutions and systems. Includes activities linked to technical improvement of existing products and components Impacts approaches, projects and programs in the functional area or affected business organization and ways of working. Impacts quality, efficiency and effectiveness of own team. Has significant input into priorities. Guided by professional practices and policies that are shaped by the role. The role has moderate autonomy, requiring high levels of operational judgment.


Job Description


Essential Responsibilities



  • Lead development of advanced power converter projects from concept to the delivery of a fully validated solution that meets specified requirements.

  • Prepare detailed technical specifications for large industry, marine and naval power converters that capture customer requirements

  • Serve as the customer facing technical lead or principal investigator on technology projects including but not limited to power conversion, power systems analysis, power systems control and energy storage system integration

  • Design, select, specify, and validate critical power components (IGBTS, IGCTs, MOSFETS, Diodes, capacitors, gate drive circuits, analog circuits in switching environments, etc.)

  • Ensure that all designs and practices implement and foster a culture of safety, quality and value.

  • Develop system simulation models and prototypes 

  • Provide technical leadership to personnel supporting the assigned project

  • Work with a multi-disciplinary engineering development team that includes application engineering, power conversion design, controls engineering, mechanical design, control hardware design, and product test / validation

  • Document technical data generated by the assigned project consistent with engineering policies and procedures

  • Develop and perform product validation test plans

  • Work with external consultants and third parties to achieve certification of product designs (UL, CSA, CE, MIL, etc.)

  • Provide timely communications on significant issues or developments

  • Participate in teams assigned to address organizational initiatives and generic issues

  • Participate as a presenter or reviewer in technical and program reviews

  • Assure proper documentation of technical data generated for the assigned projects and/or tasks consistent with engineering policies and procedures

  • Maintain ownership of all engineering artifacts associated with specific power converters on projects including drawings, bill of materials, specifications, test and commissioning procedures

  • Interface with Sourcing and Purchasing to ensure suppliers products are meeting specifications

  • Interface with the Manufacturing and Test departments to ensure the power converters produced are fit for purpose

  • Create models of the power electronics for use by power systems engineers for performing power quality studies

  • Support sales by reviewing customer requirements and highlighting differences/gaps between those requirements and power converter capabilities

  • Manage design reviews for power converters

  • Collaborate with other GE PC businesses to understand power converter technologies produced at those factories that can be used to satisfy customers in North America


Qualifications/Requirements



  • MSc. in engineering from an accredited university with an emphasis in Power Electronics

  • 6+ Years’ experience in power electronics/power conversion.

  • Must be US Citizen with ability to obtain DOD Personal Security Clearance up to SECRET level.


Desired Characteristics



  • Understanding of power electronic technologies (AC/DC,DC/DC & DC/AC) design.

  • Working knowledge of switching waveforms, power semiconductor losses and loss modeling.

  • Background with analog circuit design and applications in low and medium voltage converter designs such as transistor level design in gate cards and protection functions.

  • Experience in PCB design for minimal stray inductance and capacitance and EMI/EMC optimization.

  • PCB schematic capture and layout experience.

  • Experience in design of IGBT based power converters and magnetic component design.

  • Experience in parallel and series implementation of power semiconductors for purposes of higher power and voltage converter design.

  • Deep understanding of the control of voltage source and current sourced power converters.

  • nowledge of semiconductor devices (Thyristor and transistor based) and their application to large power converters, with an emphasis control theory.


GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.


GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).


As a federal government contractor, GE may in the future be required to have U.S. employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Some GE customers currently have vaccination mandates that may apply to GE employees.


Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes


Inclusion & Diversity


At GE Power Conversion, our systems help electrify the world and reduce energy consumption. We are committed to building a more sustainable world for everyone. We aspire to be an inclusive employer, focused on creating a work environment where diversity is encouraged. Join us to see what we can achieve together.


About GE Power Conversion


GE's Power Conversion business applies the science and systems of power conversion to help drive the electric transformation of the world's energy infrastructure. Designing and delivering advanced motor, drive and control technologies that evolve today's industrial processes for a cleaner, more productive future, it serves specialized sectors such as energy, marine, industry and all related services.


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