Wind Control Systems & Operability Engineer (m/f)

11 Oct 2016
18 Nov 2016
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
The Performance & Operability team is seeking a controls engineer with demonstrated wind turbine system and controls expertise. The Wind Control Systems & Operability Engineer is an integral part of the wind product and design process. This is a global engineering role where the scope includes design, implementation, and validation of dynamic and operational control systems that meet product needs.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Participate in the development and enhancement of control algorithms that increase turbine performance, lower mechanical loading of the turbine, and at the same time allow the turbine to run with high availability
  • Implement and validate control algorithms in both the loads simulation environment as well as on the GE MarkVIe PLC according to the product requirements flow-down
  • Investigate and analyze complex controls issues occurring in the fleet of installed turbines and develop corrective actions
  • Cooperate with the Loads and Validation teams to analyze the impact of the controls strategy on the mechanical loads of the turbine in simulation and through the evaluation of measurement data
  • Establish "first principle" wind turbine control methodologies to improve overall system optimization and physics based understanding
  • Provide key wind turbine controls expertise through all phases of product development from requirements definition through design and development, validation and product life-cycle support
  • Effectively communicate and provide recommendations through the analysis, preparation and presentation of technical data to internal and external GE customers using reports, records, and letters
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the controller development and loads simulation infrastructure


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Science from an accredited University
  • Considerable control systems engineering work experience
  • Good understanding of classical (transfer functions, frequency domain design, etc) and basic knowledge in modern (state-space, optimal control, etc) control theory
  • Knowledge of Matlab/Simulink or similar programs
  • Ability to interface effectively with all levels of the organization and external customers
  • Fluency in English

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience with wind turbine control systems strongly preferred but not mandatory
  • Advanced degree (MSc, PhD) with a focus on controls, wind energy, or system dynamics
  • Experience with Model-Based design of control systems
  • Experience with state estimation techniques (e.g. EKF)
  • Proficiency in at least one aero-elastic wind turbine simulation tool such as Bladed, Fast, or Flex
  • Experience with real-time control systems such as the GE MarkVIe
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language such as C or Delphi
  • Experience with the wind turbine mechanical loads certification process according to IEC 61400-1
  • German language skills