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USA - Herndon, VA, US

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Digital Technology and Open Innovation

Project Engineer - Chief, Energy Storage & Optimization


Wärtsilä is an innovative technology company known for being a forerunner in the Marine and Energy markets. Every day, we – Wärtsilians - put our hearts and minds into turning Wärtsilä's purpose of enabling sustainable societies with smart technology, and our Smart Marine and Energy visions into reality. Our ultimate aim is to provide increased value to both our customers and society. New, game-changing ideas and continuous improvement have been part of our DNA since 1834. Together, we can create new business opportunities and more sustainable future that we can all be proud of. 


We want to transition the world towards a cleaner future. By pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, we can make it work. We are always on the lookout for future-oriented talent – want to join the ride?


Wärtsilä’s Energy Business is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an Energy System Integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Our offering includes flexible internal combustion engine-based power plants, energy storage & integration solutions, as well as gas to power systems. We support our customers over the lifecycle or their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 68 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.


Wärtsilä’s Energy Business is looking for a Chief Project Engineer for the Energy Storage & Optimization business. This position will report to the Manager of Project Delivery.


The position of Chief Project Engineer ("CPE") will be part the growing Project Delivery Team and report to Manager of Project Delivery. The CPE are responsible to oversee the Project Engineering (High & Medium Voltage design, etc), Internal Interface (System Engineer, Commissioning Manager, Project Manager, etc), and Onsite/Remote Technical Support. Qualified candidates should have a solid understanding of fundamental electrical engineering, project management and construction principals, as well, as experience in high power electrical systems. This position will be a member of Wartsila's internal and customer technical Subject Matter Expert Team for Energy Storage Systems Products and Projects and will work closely with the following group: Software Delivery, Product Delivery, Project Management, Commissioning Manager and other various groups to ensure ESS projects fulfil customer functionality and contract requirements.


The ideal candidate will be a self-starter that can work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. The candidate should thrive in a fast paced, constantly changing environment while the industry and company go through substantial growth.


Preferred location(s) for this position is Wärtsilä’s location in Herndon, VA or Houston, TX.


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Main Responsibilities:

  • Electrical power distribution systems: Low to Medium Voltage and Substation Medium to High Voltage
  • Experience in designing and specifying Switch-gear and motor control centers, Lighting Projection, Grounding/Earthing Systems, Power supply (UPS), Fire alarm systems,
  • Provide engineering support for the design, operation, and troubleshooting of all the facility electrical components and systems, including: Load flow analysis, Short circuit analysis, Electrical equipment evaluation
  • Experience using electrical modeling tools such as PSCAD/PSSE/ETAP etc.
  • Familiar with typical commercial and industrial cabinet wiring, documentation, wiring harnesses
  • Compile commissioning documents for submittal to the client.
  • Ensure safe and reliable function of the plant and equipment.
  • To be a representative of the company and have technical ownership of assigned tasks or projects
  • Manage project activities, integration engineering and technical correspondence with customers, vendors and cross functional stakeholders as well as internal team member
  • Ability to travel to domestic and international project sites and/or vendors (Approx. 10 - 15%).
  • Location: Herndon, Virginia, USA; Houston, Texas, USA


Additional Job Requirements

  • Familiar with lithium ion battery.
  • Familiar with relevant codes and standards for ESS and inverters (NEC, IBC, IFC, NFPA, UL, IEC.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate highly complex engineering, construction and operational issues.
  • Experience and understand in CAD drawing.
  • Ability to execute many projects and tasks in parallel, self-directed, highly detail-oriented, organized and flexible.
  • Experience with utility scale energy storage and renewable energy projects and products (bi-directional inverters, various battery chemistries, PV, wind turbines, flywheels, etc.).
  • Knowledge of multimeters, oscilloscopes power quality analysis, harmonics and their operation.
  • Ability to configure and troubleshoot programmable logic controllers (PLC) and industrial electronic equipment (protection relays, inverters, BMS, etc.).
  • Experience with industrial control methods and SCADA systems.


Minimum Experience and Educational Requirements

  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. in in Electrical, Mechanical or Power Engineering, or equivalent work experience.
  • 5 years' experience with renewable energy (Solar Utility Scale) and/or Energy Storage System, Power System Design, Communication Network, and minor Software.



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Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.


We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online: http://www.wartsila.com/en/careers/vacancies.


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer. 

<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">This is Wärtsilä

<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasizing sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">www.wartsila.com

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