Power systems engineers are scientists who work in laboratories or power plants and are responsible for designing, testing, constructing, and operating power systems. They work in laboratories for universities or power companies, as well as in utility plants for utility companies. Power system engineers work with teams of engineers and scientists and typically report to a lead engineer. They can expect to work during regular business hours, either in the laboratory or at a power plant, and sometimes they will work night shifts or weekends. In emergency situations, they may be called in to work overtime hours. Many in this position work with a specific type of equipment, such as generators or refrigerators, and they are responsible for maintaining these systems. They must also be proficient in system diagnostics software and electrical systems monitoring in general.
Power Systems 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.