Power engineers are in charge of making sure that the electrical operations are running effectively and efficiently for their organization. They ensure electricity is properly generated and delivered in a steady, safe manner. A passion for innovation is important in this job, as some power engineers are required to develop solutions for more efficient electricity delivery. Power engineers need experience with electrical testing systems, and they must continuously carry out tests to make sure that operations are running smoothly and safely. They also need to conduct analyses of why failures occurred, determine how to fix them, and develop effective prevention methods as necessary.
Routine switchyard maintenance on the electrical systems is also performed by the power engineer. Power engineers may hold a leadership position, overseeing the work of subordinates and hiring individuals as necessary. Additionally, they are often in charge of delivering safety guidelines and training to other staff members. A power engineer must document all maintenance, failures, and repairs in reports that may need to be presented to other parties within the company.
At least a bachelor's degree in engineering and relevant experience is usually required for this position; an advanced degree may be required or preferred as well. Power engineers must work well in a team setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision. They also need to be organized and have excellent communication skills.
Power Engineer Tasks
Develop methods of integrating renewable power technology.
Ensure safe operation of power grids, pumps, generators, motors, boilers, turbines, and heat exchangers etc.
Conceive, direct, implement, and evaluate efficiency of power systems.
Work with manufacturing engineering on release and documentation of new hardware, test equipment, and assembly fixtures.