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AECOM Senior Power Systems Engineer in Melbourne, Australia

Australia - Victoria, Melbourne

Job Summary

Our Energy team have a new opportunity for a Senior Power Systems Engineer to join our multidisciplinary team in Melbourne. As part of a dynamic team, you will primarily focus on developing and delivering grid connection services projects and support the broader Power & Industrial business.

This is an exciting time for AECOM’s Energy business as the energy market, and Renewable Energy in particular, continues to grow. Grid connection is becoming a critical area where proponents (utility providers and private investors and developers) are seeking specialized grid connection and network planning services across various life cycles from siting to feasibility stage through to commissioning and on-going compliance monitoring during the operations phase. Our team is actively involved across both development and construction phase of the utility scale renewable energy projects (including grid connected and off grid) throughout the country.

The team is working on a variety of challenging grid connection projects with some of the emerging technologies which include utility scale wind, solar, battery, pumped hydro and hybrid plants across the entire NEM (National Electricity Market) in Australia and offers a great opportunity to be a part of the energy transformation.

The Role

The role of Senior Power Systems Engineer is an exciting and diverse opportunity for a proven Power Systems Engineer to take a step towards varied projects and work with a variety of AECOM’s major Power and Energy clients throughout Victoria and South Australia.

As part of this opportunity, the Senior Power Systems Engineer will:

  • Undertake detailed power system/grid code compliance studies using tools such as PSS/E, PSCAD and Digsilent’s PowerFactory

  • Undertake grid connection due diligence including grid prospecting, connection optioneering, risk assessment and capacity/constraints assessment

  • Support clients on negotiating with regulator and market operator (AEMO) and network service providers the best technical and commercial outcomes for their projects

  • Support negotiation of connection agreements

  • Deliver concept design for various connection configurations

  • Lead and manage medium to large scale projects

  • Support business process(es) improvement initiatives

  • Write bids/proposals

  • Liaises with OEMs and clients to drive the technical outcomes

Minimum Requirements

  • Proven relevant professional experience working for an Engineering Design Consultancy or an OEM or Utility Network Planning and connections.

  • Proven understanding of transmission and distribution planning and customer connection processes for both regulated and industrial networks.

  • Strong understanding of technical requirements (NER schedules S5.2 and S5.3) and guidelines for connecting new generators and loads (including new guidelines for DMAT).

  • Undertaken and reviewed detailed grid connection studies using PSS/e,PSCAD and Digsilent’s PowerFactory including PSS/E-PSCAD benchmarking and Model Acceptance Test(MAT).

  • Proficient in Python Scripting.

  • Managed designs for renewables connection projects at transmission or distribution level.

  • Demonstrated understanding of control and protection principles of high voltage substation equipment, transmission lines, generators, transformers, reactive equipment, etc.

  • Basic understanding of power electronics and control systems related to renewable technologies

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing technical design documentation/report.

  • Exceptional levels of written and oral communication.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Accredited CPEng or working towards Chartership status with Engineers Australia.

  • Prior use of PowerFactory and ETAP expertise is desirable

What we Offer

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) recognises AECOM as taking a sophisticated, holistic approach to supporting women and men’s participation throughout our workplace.

We provide a diverse and inclusive work environment and offer many benefits to ensure your professional development & wellbeing.

  • Flexible start and finish times, working from home, part time and job share options;

  • Work-from-home equipment packages and assistance;

  • Multidisciplinary and innovative projects for career development;

  • State of the art, modern and contemporary offices;

  • Paid parental and partner leave;

  • Purchased additional annual leave + salary packaging;

  • Corporate Employee discounts from up to 400 retailers;

  • Wellbeing benefits eg. Vaccinations, health insurance discounts;

  • Employee stock purchase plans;

  • Study assistance;

  • Professional and technical development opportunities.

AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or recruitment agencies. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM and in the absence of a signed Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any recruitment fee.

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Power

Business Line Power

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Australia

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 257889BR

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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