Herndon, VA, US

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

Senior PCS & Inverter Specialist

Wärtsilä Energy Storage & Optimization (ES&O) is the leading global energy storage optimizer. Our mission is to deliver integrated energy solutions that build a resilient, intelligent, and flexible energy infrastructure - unlocking the way to an optimized renewable future. By integrating renewables, energy management technology, and storage with traditional energy resources, we reinvent clean energy production from the largest and most complex grids to the most remote and essential microgrids. We play a key role in Wärtsilä’s vision towards a 100% renewable energy future through flexibility, reliability, and integration and a more sustainable world for us all.


Preferred location for this position is Herndon, Virginia. You could also work hybrid within the Herndon area. 25% travel is expected.


As a Senior Inverter and PCS Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in our company’s mission to develop cutting-edge power conversion systems. You’ll collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including electrical engineers, product managers, and R&D specialists. Your expertise will drive innovation, enhance system performance, and contribute to our organization’s success.


As a Senior Inverter and PCS Engineer, your primary responsibilities include:
•    Design and Development:
•    Create detailed specifications for inverters and PCS components.
•    Collaborate with the design team to optimize system efficiency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.
•    Modeling and Simulation:
•    Use simulation tools to model and analyze system behavior under various operating conditions.
•    Validate designs through simulations and iterate as needed.
•    Prototyping and Testing:
•    Build and test prototypes of inverters and PCS.
•    Evaluate performance, efficiency, and safety aspects.


Education and Experience:

•    A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Power Electronics, or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred.

•    Minimum of 5 years of experience in designing, developing, and optimizing power conversion systems, inverters, and related components.

•    Proficiency in using simulation tools (such as PLECS, PSIM, or Simulink) for modeling and analysis.


Technical Skills:
•    Inverter Design: Expertise in designing high-frequency, grid-tied inverters for renewable energy systems (solar, wind, etc.).
•    Power Conversion Systems (PCS): Strong understanding of PCS architecture, control algorithms, and grid integration.
•    Component Selection: Ability to select and evaluate components (IGBTs, capacitors, transformers) for optimal system performance.
•    EMC/EMI Compliance: Knowledge of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) standards.
•    Thermal Management: Experience in thermal analysis and heat dissipation techniques for power electronics.


Leadership and Communication:
•    Proven ability to lead technical projects, mentor junior engineers, and collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills for presenting technical findings, project updates, and proposals.


Additional Role-Relevant Information:
•    Research and Development: You’ll actively participate in R&D efforts, exploring emerging technologies, and proposing innovative solutions.
•    System Integration: Collaborate with hardware and software teams to integrate inverters and PCS into larger energy systems.
•    Testing and Validation: Oversee testing, validation, and certification processes to ensure compliance with industry standards.
•    Continuous Learning: Stay abreast of industry trends, attend conferences, and contribute to technical publications.


•    Work closely with hardware engineers, firmware developers, and project managers.
•    Provide technical guidance during product development cycles.

•    Documentation and Reporting:

•    Maintain accurate records of design changes, test results, and project progress.
•    Prepare technical reports and presentations for internal and external stakeholders.
•    If you’re passionate about advancing clean energy technologies and thrive in a collaborative environment, we encourage you to apply for this exciting role.


Last application date: 05/08/2024 


Why you and us:
You will be a part of a global organization with local presence and work in an exciting and dynamic working environment with highly motivated and skilled co-workers. We offer interesting and challenging work tasks, as well as personal and professional development in a great team. If you feel excited by being a part of this working environment and think your personal skills and qualities match the job requirements, we look forward to receiving your job application. At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities. 


We are not accepting unsolicited submissions from 3rd party recruitment agencies.
Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online: https://www.wartsila.com/careers

Individuals hired for positions that require on-site customer interactions and/or in-person travel may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or other country-specific vaccinations, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer. 



Nearest Major Market: Washington DC