Power System Engineer
- Newburgh, IN
Alcoa Corporation is a global industry leader in the production of bauxite, alumina and aluminum, enhanced by a strong portfolio of value-added cast and rolled products and substantial energy assets. Alcoa Corporation draws on the innovation culture, customer relationships and strong brand of ParentCo. Previously known as the Aluminum Company of America, ParentCo pioneered the aluminum industry 128 years ago with the discovery of the first commercial process for the affordable production of aluminum. Since the discovery, Alcoa aluminum was used in the Wright brothers’ first flight (1903), ParentCo helped produce the first aluminum-sheathed skyscraper (1952), the first all-aluminum vehicle frame (1994) and the first aluminum beer bottle (2004).
Today, Alcoa Corporation extends this heritage of product and process innovation as it strives to continuously redefine world-class operational performance at its locations, while partnering with its customers across its range of global products. We believe that the lightweight capabilities and enhanced performance attributes that aluminum offers across a number of end markets are in increasingly high demand and underpin strong growth prospects for Alcoa Corporation.
Alcoa Corporation’s operations encompass all major production processes in the primary aluminum industry value chain, which we believe provides Alcoa Corporation with a strong platform from which to serve our customers in each critical segment.
The Power Systems Electrical Engineer is responsible for the 24/7 support of Warrick’s rectifier station and plantwide high voltage power system. The engineer will be accountable for providing engineering expertise to the electrical crews, contractors, production centers, and plant management to insure the safe and reliable operation and upkeep of a large high voltage infrastructure to insure continuous and reliable power delivery to the Warrick aluminum production areas.
Major Activities/ Key challanges:
Provide electrical engineering expertise to insure equipment reliability and system improvement support for the Warrick smelting aluminum plant as pertaining to both high and medium voltage applications.
Monitor all Plant high voltage power operation, including system line-up, production center requirement, and interface as necessary with all areas of the plant.
Develop and provide clear, concise switching orders for all system changes as well as provide direction for establishing electrical safe work zones for persons working near electrical hazards.
Provide 24/7 failure response (in the event of a system issue, provide immediate response through in-house and contract resources to return system to support full productivity in expedient manner).
Provide detailed analysis on all high voltage related incidents.
Lead capital budget initiatives for the high voltage power system (prepare funding requests, provide
expenditure projections, implement actions, and track execution).
Develop and implement multi-year maintenance plans.
Lead the design, rebuild, install and commission both new and revised equipment including, but not
limited to high current rectifier systems, transformers, high voltage switchgear, high voltage transmission line, and metering for the smelting aluminum plant (voltages include 138KV, 15KV, 4160V, and 480V)
Safety protocol SPA for the Central Services department on electrical safety, high and medium voltage. Provide support and audit to insure compliance.
Safety Protocol SPA across the Warrick Enterprise – Power Plant, Smelter and Fabricating on electrical safety, high and medium voltage.
Be an active participant in the Alcoa Electricals Safety Standards Team and Power Engineers network.
- Bachelors’ degree in Electrical Engineering.
- 5 years minimum of medium and high voltage maintenance and reliability experience within an industrial manufacturing or electrical utilities environment.
- Demonstrated experience in leading, managing and executing electrical projects including design, installation, and commissioning.
- Have strong organizational and problem solving skills, using both theoretical and practical methods to achieve improvements or correct identified problems.
- Must be able to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization, have excellent team and people skills in order to drive change, be able tohandle multiple tasks.
- Posses above average computer skills especially in Microsoft Office applications.
- Have a working knowledge of CMMS applications.
- Electrical Engineering Degree with emphasis on high voltage and power distribution systems.
- In-depth electrical and operational knowledge of high current power rectifier systems.
- 10 years of high voltage experience within an industrial manufacturing or electrical utilities environment.
- Has an understanding of short circuit, arc flash, load flow, and relay coordination studies.
- Knowledge of maintenance and operation of electrical equipment, can troubleshoot and has Root Cause Problem Solving experience.
- Basic mechanical expertise with high voltage switchgear and structures.
- Can evaluate equipment condition, understands and interprets testing results, and can perform reliability assessments.
- Familiar with transformer oil analysis, electrical testing and substation maintenance requirements.