Senior Mechanical Engineer - Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon
20 Jul 2016
08 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Does Wind power mean the world to you? Are you an experienced Mechanical Engineer looking for a new challenge? Vestas is looking for a motivated engineer to join our team. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in root cause analysis, solution development, project management, and customer service and willingness to work in a fast paced, rapidly developing field.

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Vestas American Wind Technology, Inc., Service - US & Canada.

Department Description
The Engineering department's role is to optimize wind turbine performance and reliability by providing engineering support for construction and maintenance through troubleshooting, root cause analysis, solution development, engineering project management and customer support.

  • Understands product technology around drivetrain, bearings, hydraulics, etc. To a substantial degree and be able to communicate with customer's engineers and consultants as a subject matter expert on such topics.
  • Develops and maintains region-specific technical documentation in support of mechanical systems.
  • Conducts root cause analysis for mechanical systems component failures and prepares formal reports.
  • Develops cost effective technical solutions for mechanical systems issues.
  • Works within multi-discipline teams to solve complex mechanical, electrical and structural problems.
  • Provides technical guidance to other engineers within the department.
  • Able to present technology at conferences and generally recognized to be a regional technology expert in supporting Vestas commercial operations.
  • Participates in industry groups supporting wind technology. In some instances it will be necessary to lead or influence some key industry groups.
  • Evaluates construction-related issues regarding turbine installation.
  • Reviews construction Requests for Information (RFIs) for contractor installation modification requests.
  • Prepares and maintains necessary drawings, specifications, and documents for project installations and continuous improvement projects associated with construction.
  • Completes corrective action projects to analyze and resolve field failures of mechanical systems/components for wind turbine generators.
  • Responds to technical inquiries from service personnel, project managers, and external customers.
  • Prepares and maintains necessary drawings, specifications, and documents for wind turbine generator maintenance and continuous improvement projects associated with in-service turbines.
  • Coordinates/assists with Vestas Wind Systems Research & Development in Denmark as required for wind turbine component upgrades and retrofits.
  • Manages testing and inspection work going on in the North American region to assist R&D with ongoing improvement testing.
  • Designs or assists in the design of special tools, rigging and lifting devices for wind turbine up tower repairs. Ensures compliance with ASME, AISC, AWS and similar codes.
  • Provides support for suppliers/vendors manufacturing special tools, rigging and lifting devices.
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer
  • Professional Engineering License in Mechanical Engineering Preferred
  • Considerable experience in engineering problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong aptitude with mechanical engineering fundamentals: stress analysis, machine design, power transmission, and hydraulic systems.
  • High level of proficiency in 2D and 3D CAD - Autocad and Creo preferred.
  • Considered by peers to be a top performer
  • Travel required as an essential element of job: 15%
What we offer
As a member of the Vestas team, we offer a competitive salary and one of the most comprehensive benefits plans in the industry. Among the many amenities we offer: healthcare; dental; vision; paid time off (PTO); generous 401(k) plan; tuition assistance; and much more.

It is the policy of Vestas to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to age, race, religion, color, gender, or national origin, and to afford equal opportunity to veterans and individuals with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, provincial, or local law. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify a representative within the People & Culture department.

Additional Information
This position is located in Portland, OR

By joining Vestas, you join the only global energy company dedicated 100% to wind energy. Together with our customers, we have installed more than 51.000 turbines in over 70 countries, and we remain committed to increase that number via our superior, cost-effective wind technologies, products and services.

Since Vestas was founded in 1979, Vestas has achieved a market-leading position with more than 60 GW of installed wind turbines or around 19% of total global capacity.

Every day, everyone at Vestas works to make Vestas the undisputed global wind leader and the world's energy mix more sustainable - join us, and be part of ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.