Applications Engineer

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  • Category: Jobs - Professions
  • Region: Gauteng
  • Published: 24/05/2020
  • Ad Type: Jobmail Affiliate

Our client based in the East Rand is looking for an Applications Engineer to support microgrid project by ensuring that the controls and algorithms required are optimized, functional, and part of an overall library so as to successfully deliver microgrid (and complex storage) projects in Africa. This position will support design execution as a part of the Segment/Engineering Microgrid program team Minimum Requirements

Bachelor degree in electrical engineering, automation, embedded systems engineering or similar degree and/or similar experience
Minimum of 3+ years’ experience in the automation industry, preferably in energy distribution control and monitoring, IEC standards, automation solution design and development;
Programing and design experience in electrical distribution systems a plus. 
Strong knowledge in electrical design and understanding of energy distribution applications.
Experience with automation technologies and programming languages (IEC61131-3), fieldbus communication protocols, energy distribution specific fieldbuses;
Minimum of 1 year of experience or other proven track record in managing significant aspects of projects – strong knowledge of project management principals. 
Legally authorized to work in the South Africa without company sponsorship
Ability to travel frequently within South Africa and surrounding region, but also to Europe and US from time to time.
Possess and maintain a valid and unrestricted driver’s license
Strong knowledge of project Management principles
Strong customer focus, continuously curious about customer behavior;
Proactive, self-driven and a good team player
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work with cross-functional teams in a dynamic and diverse environment;
Proactive, self-driven and a good team player
Analytical, autonomous, accountable;
Fluent in English


Focuses on customer satisfaction
Ability to understand customer needs so as to co-develop value-based proposals and guide customer on design solutions
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with ability to be flexible to adjust to changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment
Advanced computer and software skills, including well versed in MS Office Suite of tools
Proven experience managing projects that require automation and programing
Ability to quickly learn Company’s electrical product and service offerings/capabilities
Possesses good technical writing and presentation ability, organizational skills, documentation and communication skills, and have previously functioned as part of a team dynamic
Experience presenting technical solutions internally and with customers.
Technical Training capabilities
PLC, SCADA and Automation experience strongly desired


Analysis of controls proposal requirements to accurately define the scope of work required
Detailed development and design of proposed control systems
Confirm and maintain the library of most needed functions and maintain a clearly defined standard deployment for simple configurations of microgrids
Support the selection and testing of platforms of different sizes
Describe reference architecture by size / complexity
Actively be involved in the business development and estimation processes and especially support price proposal development as concerns controls and software development.
Support the Estimation and Engineering teams for automation aspects of larger Electrical Systems projects
Project management of ongoing development / implementation for current projects
Maintain a disciplined approach to create clear and achievable cost, quality, and schedule objectives and follow these objectives through to successful completion.
Writing formal technical proposal documents
Interfacing with internal and external suppliers on specifications and pricing
Supporting commissioning and training requirements for controls
Providing guidance and support to other project management personnel on installations
Effectively manage internal and external stakeholders in the projects
Able to support the technical aspects of customer opportunity sales meetings as needed
At times will support technical aspects of trade shows and technical paper presentations
Other duties and projects as assigned
Support the identification of customer needs and build customer insight by working with the wider microgrid technology development teams
Ensure the design and development of microgrid solutions for connectivity and interoperability, data acquisition and analytics, integration with third party systems
Develop standard microgrid control and algorithms for Africa – and for special requirements, provide working solutions that as needed can be rolled into the standard options
Identify project risks, especially around controls, and then help define and implement risk mitigation plans
Provide technical coordination for project work and drive projects forward to success.
Evaluate selected technologies partners and describe their impact on next-generation Company products for Microgrid applications
Support the implementation of Company products into the customer's final system (including the implementation of Company products in external systems)
Support the implementation of Microgrid software libraries through modular and scalable application design
Provide application domain expertise to product support personnel to solve field issues
Interprets proposed scope of work and responsibilities requirements to ensure the proposal adheres to or properly acknowledges any deviations
Interface with Company internal stakeholders to ensure alignment and shared learning across the wider organization as well as maximizing Company content wherever possible
Interface with external vendors for quotation requests as required
Ensure proper bill of materials for a project proposal
Interpret customer application specifications and prepare software scope of work responses
Design and test to implementation algorithms / software for active orders            
Support development of controls aspect of integrated O and M and training packages and provide r training for controls as needed
Provide technical assistance as concerns control philosophy and capabilities before, during, and after order receipt 
Support customer presentations as needed
Activity involved in personal professional growth and development
Complete detailed controls part of project specification and support any associated 3rd party estimating, equipment specification, and subcontractor work scope development
Project detailed hand-off and support ongoing projects by identifying any "Extras" where requirements exceed or vary from original specifications
Actively support Company internal processes and requirements as needed
Develop / build on existing technical knowledge of common elements of microgrids and how they are applied, especially solar PV, energy storage, and gensets (diesel, natural gas, grid)

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