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Digital Systems Engineer – Digital Systems Engineer, Principal

South Bend IN American Electric Power

Job Description:

Digital Systems Engineer 

**Please note, this position is posted in a range and level will be determined by education and experience. Relocation assistance in the form of a lump sum amount will be considered (less applicable taxes).** 

A successful candidate for the Digital Systems Engineer position will have the following characteristics and proficiencies:

  • A "Measure Twice, Cut Once" mentality. Work is routinely performed on live systems, and changes to equipment configurations are rigorously controlled by procedures. Outside of work on test or development stations, work is performed cautiously and deliberately, and well-documented.
  • Strong communication skills. The Digital Systems Engineer will be looked to by other departments as a single-point subject matter expert, and will be called upon to explain events or provide recommendations to audiences that may have a narrow, or limited understanding of digital concepts. The digital systems engineer will also need to be able to effectively advocate for the needs of their system in person, and in writing.
  • Organized. Core duties are performed on a periodic basis, and the digital systems engineer routinely has a mix of short-term and long-term assignments whose progress must be managed, in addition to emergent work.

Technical skills:

  • Computer proficiency: The digital systems engineer must be comfortable with using standard office productivity software (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) in the course of everyday duties. With minimal training, the engineer must be able to learn to use other graphical interfaces.
  • Data Analysis and Trending: The engineer will be required to gather data from plant equipment, create meaningful trends, and be able to interpret them. This includes reviewing alarm logs, I/O data, and written logs and reports.
  • Logic Fundamentals: Boolean / relay logic and expressions are routinely used. With minimal training, must be able to interpret a logical block diagram. PLCs are used to manage system I/O, and a basic familiarity with PLC concepts is required. Experience with RTP, Triconex, or Wonderware systems will be particularly useful.
  • Electrical Fundamentals: The Digital systems engineer must have a firm understanding of electrical control and I/O circuits, and be able to apply their knowledge to interpreting electrical prints in the course of troubleshooting, and in the course of developing improvements to the system. Exposure to common transducer types (AOV/MOVs, Pressure, flow, level, RTD, etc.) will be especially useful. Knowledge of EMI and grounding concepts is desired.
  • Networking Knowledge: The digital systems engineer must have a working knowledge of computer networking and basic administration. TCP/IP and serial networks are used to route system data in isolated networks of up to a dozen managed CISCO switches. The digital system engineer will be the one primarily responsible for maintaining these networks- performing troubleshooting, developing improvements or corrections to their configuration, and monitoring their performance. Understanding and experience with cyber security hardware such as firewalls and data diodes is desired.

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Requirements

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR NUCLEAR ENGINEER

  • Has typically acquired 2 or more years of related engineering experience along with a Bachelor's degree in engineering in a program accredited by ABET*
  • Individuals with a Master's degree in engineering in a program accredited by ABET* may be considered for entry into the organization at this level.
  • *ABET – Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.  Acceptable alternatives are (1) a Bachelor's degree in engineering (non-ABET), plus a Professional Engineers (PE) license in any state of the U.S. or (2) a Bachelor's degree in engineering (non-ABET) plus a Master's degree or PhD in engineering from a university with an ABET accredited Bachelor's program.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR NUCLEAR ENG (UPPER MID-LEVEL)

  • Has typically acquired 4 or more years of related engineering experience along with a Bachelor's degree in engineering in a program accredited by ABET* OR 2 years of related engineering experience along with a Master’s degree in engineering from a program accredited by ABET*
  • Individuals with a PhD in engineering from an engineering program accredited by ABET* may be considered for entry into the organization at this level
  • Registration as a PE in any U.S. state or Puerto Rico** is encouraged and preferred.
  • *ABET – Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Acceptable alternatives are (1) a Bachelor’s degree in engineering (non-ABET), plus a Professional Engineers (PE) license in any state of the U.S. or (2) a Bachelor’s degree in engineering (non-ABET) plus a Master’s degree or PhD in engineering from a university with an ABET accredited Bachelor’s program.
  • *Confirmation is required to ensure the PE obtained in Puerto Rico aligns with NCEES standards.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR NUCLEAR ENG, SR

  • Has typically acquired 6 or more years of related engineering experience along with a Bachelor's degree in engineering in a program accredited ABET* OR 4 years of related engineering experience along with a Master's degree or PhD in engineering from a program accredited by ABET*
  • Registration as a PE in any U.S. state or Puerto Rico* is encouraged and preferred.
  • *ABET – Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Acceptable alternatives are (1) a Bachelor's degree in engineering (non-ABET), plus a PE license in any state of the U.S. or (2) a Bachelor's degree in engineering (non-ABET) plus a Master's degree or PhD in engineering from a university with an ABET accredited Bachelor's program.
  • *Confirmation is required to ensure the PE obtained in Puerto Rico aligns with NCEES standards.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR NUCLEAR ENG, PRINC.

  • Has typically acquired 8 or more years of related engineering experience along with a Bachelor's degree in engineering in a program accredited by ABET* OR 6 years of related engineering experience along with a Master's degree or PhD in engineering from a program accredited by ABET*
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in any U.S. state or Puerto Rico* is required for this position unless approval to waive this requirement is given by the organization's EVP.
  • *ABET – Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.  Acceptable alternatives are (1) a Bachelor's degree in engineering (non-ABET), plus a PE license in any state of the U.S. or (2) a Bachelor's degree in engineering (non-ABET) plus a Master's degree or PhD in engineering from a university with an ABET accredited Bachelor's program.
  • *Confirmation is required to ensure the PE obtained in Puerto Rico aligns with NCEES standards.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Physical demand level is Sedentary for all levels.

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