Charleston, TN

$0.00 - $0.00

Principal Engineer, Power Supply

Lead Power Systems Engineer - Charleston, TN

This is Us:
You know us. You just didn’t know it. We are a global chemical manufacturer that prides itself on “Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions”. Our materials are so versatile and adaptable, they have virtually unlimited applications just about anywhere imaginable, making us an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s protecting buildings from the elements, a tube of toothpaste, a cell phone, airbags, or cosmetics, people from all over the world come into contact each day with our products and achievements. We are looking for capable, innovative, and enthusiastic achievers to join our team and grow with us. We are currently seeking a Lead Power Systems Engineer on our Central Infrastructure team for our site in Charleston, TN.

What you will do:

This role reports to the Sr. Engineering Manager in Central Infrastructure. The Lead Power Systems Engineer will provide technical support and engineering services in the field of electrical engineering and is responsible for the uninterrupted power supply of the Charleston site. The position assures safe operations, regulatory compliance, and maximum availability of the power supply equipment and/or infrastructure utility systems.

  • Manage and/or support capital invest and expense type projects within area of responsibility
  • Coordinate 3rd party service providers
  • Maintain and operate the 161kV, 13.8kV, 5kV and 480V network including switch gears, transformers, capacitor banks and other equipment. Conduct and coordinate trouble shooting activities of Power Supply Equipment malfunctions
  • Lead and oversee all Preventative Maintenance (ITPM) programs and tasks for Power Supply equipment. Prepare Switching orders for temporary changes for “maintenance” and restoring back to “Normal” Operations
  • Maintain and operate the emergency 13.8kV generators and Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) system
  • Act as point of contact to company's power utility company; Create monthly energy reports; Analyze and review monthly power billing
  • Own and maintain electrical duct banks; Determine duct bank routing, design, and occupancy; Coordinate future usage of duct banks with the business partners
  • Subject matter expert for VFD and motors
  • Maintain and update the ETAP Software for the Site Power Supply model; Add new electrical loads and changes of electrical loads which connect to the Power supply grid into the model
  • Actively manage and coordinate external repair of electrical equipment like breakers or other equipment
  • Consult and support capital projects executed by Wacker’s project engineering team regarding power supply topics
  • Support the Plant Engineering Managers in providing safe operating conditions, regulatory compliance, availability and performance of various production units
  • Support availability of production units at required capacity and quality
  • Conduct and/or coordinate debottlenecking activities
  • Drive and support continuous improvement activities related to safety, quality and cost
  • Develop and/or support development of specifications, standards and codes
  • Work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams
  • Represent Wacker’s interests towards suppliers and contractors
  • Compile and provide reports related to area of responsibility
  • Cooperate with groups and individuals within the Engineering & Maintenance department, Operations and other service units with focus on achieving optimal results/solutions from a corporate/enterprise perspective
  • Perform all tasks and assignments in accordance to company's policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

What we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering; Electrical Engineering is preferred
  • 15+ years of experience in Power utility companies or industries with high energy demand like Pulp & Paper, Refineries, Chemical or Power plants
  • Experience work for/with Power utility companies or industries with high energy demand like Pulp & Paper, Refineries, Chemical or Power plants
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to perform and succeed in an environment of schedule and cost pressure
  • Capability to professionally deal with changing priorities and requirements
  • Thorough understanding of engineering principles and construction practices
  • Thorough technical knowledge in the field of power supply, electrical engineering and instrumentation incl. relevant regulations, standards, and codes; Knowledge in automation and controls (EI&C) is a plus.
  • Team player attitude
  • Objective judgment and fact-based decision making approach
  • Strong multitasking competency
  • Ability and willingness for domestic and international (mainly to Germany) travel
  • Experience in Power Distribution Systems and Equipment from 161kVA to 480V

Preferred Software Experience:

  • ETAP - power system model
  • DIGSI - SIPROTEC relay programming
  • WinCC - SIEMENS process-visualization system
  • SICAM - power supply control
  • SIGRA - Oscillograph viewing
  • PI - Oil System Inc Plant Information (OSI PI)
  • EXCEL-PI DataLink
  • COMOS - Drawings System

What do we offer?

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. We are innovators, researchers, and pioneers and we believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We foster an inclusive environment that promotes individuality, celebrates diversity, and builds cohesive teams. Together, we create exceptional value for our employees, our customers, and our communities by creating a culture of inclusion and equity that enables, empowers, and values our diverse contributions.

We strive to reward its employees in a fair and equitable manner. Our Total Rewards Package considers employee wellbeing and is comprised of compensation, benefits, work-life balance, performance & recognition, and career development.

Compensation and Incentive plans

Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective day 1

Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays

Paid parental leave

Wellbeing fund

Flexible hybrid work arrangements

401(k) with company match

Education Assistance Program

Career development and advancement opportunities

Support for Community Involvement


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