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Reliability Engineering Renewables Intern- MN, CO, TX Job

Xcel Energy

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Rqd Experience: Internship/Co-op
Date Posted: September 6, 2022
Reference Code: 48774-en_US
Location(s): MN - Minneapolis; CO - Henderson; TX - Lubbock

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you're looking for.

Summary
Exciting opportunities to learn and grow in your knowledge of Renewable Generation. Work with the engineering staff to support the reliable and efficient operation of Xcel Energy's renewable generation assets including wind farms, solar farms, and hydroelectric plants. Specific duties (described below) will depend on the particular position as there will be 2 positions focused on mechanical systems and performance, 2 positions focused on electrical/controls/cyber security and 1 position focused on dam safety and hydroelectric generation.
In general, you will work as an entry level engineer performing various tasks that enhance the reliability, safety, and performance of the systems. Example focus areas may include:
  • Controls/SCADA
  • Wind turbine mechanical systems troubleshooting and problem resolution
  • Data analytics
  • Computer, server, software, and network maintenance
  • Data validation and retrieval
  • Technical report writing, review, and presentations.
  • Understanding and supporting Dam Safety principals and requirements
  • Hydroelectric plant systems and components
  • Industry research and collaborative studies
The applicant should demonstrate an innate curiosity to learn and take the initiative in R&D projects involving Xcel Energy's renewable generating fleet. Through practical field experience and mentoring, the candidate will gain insight and experience in the growing fields of data analytics and renewable energy.

Please note: this is a paid internship to support renewable generating facilities (including wind farms, solar farms, and hydro plants in Minnesota, Colorado, & Texas). Relocation, housing and living expenses will NOT BE PROVIDED. Expect to cover living expenses on your own. Preference will be given to candidates majoring in mechanical, a erospace, or electrical engineering in their junior year. Preference given to candidates able to work full-time (40 hours/week) during the summer with the ability to extend the internship to part-time (10-15hours/week) during the school year.
The candidates hired for the wind engineering internship positions should be prepared to spend time in the field at various wind facilities.Must be able to commute to the work site(s) with your own transportation.

Option 1: Mechanical/Aerospace/Wind Turbine Data Analytics (2 positions)
Work with the engineering staff to support wind farm data-analytics projects and R&D efforts. An ideal candidate can apply statistical techniques to analyze time-series data and present useful conclusions as reports and PowerPoint slides. Candidate demonstrate an innate curiosity to learn new data analysis tools, methods and takes initiative in R&D projects involving Xcel's wind turbines. Through data mining and practical field experience, the candidate will gain insight and experience in the exciting field of wind turbine data analytics.

Preferred skills and knowledge
• Course work in applied physics, mathematics, fluid dynamics, wind energy-related topics
• Proficiency using Python, MATLAB, or any other programming languages for data analysis

Option 2: Electrical/Controls (2 positions)
Work with the engineering staff to support wind farm projects and operations. Work as an entry level engineer performing various tasks primarily related to SCADA & data analytics functions at wind farms. Duties may include computer, server, software, and network maintenance, data validation and retrieval, and technical report writing and review.
Preferred skills and knowledge
• Course work in applied physics, mathematics, fluid dynamics, wind energy-related topics, computer networking, programmable logic controllers, and data science
• Proficiency using R, PowerShell, and Windows Server

Option 3 - Dams and Hydroelectric focused. Civil/Structural/Mechanical (1 position)
The position is located in Hydro Operations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Work with the engineering staff to support hydroelectric plant projects and operations. Work as an entry level engineering analyst performing various tasks primarily related to dam safety and hydro operations.Duties may include construction observation, dam safety inspections, plans and specifications review, risk evaluation, emergency action planning, and technical report writing and review.Through practical field experience and mentoring, successful candidate will gain significant professional and technical skills. Prefer course work in structural, geotechnical, or water resources engineering and an interest in dam safety and hydropower.

Minimum Requirements
• Must be enrolled in an ABET accredited Engineering program
• Prefer a Junior or higher
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
• Able to travel 25% in the primary location of the position (MN/CO/TX)
• Ability to communicate effectively; both in writing and verbally
• Must be self-motivated, have good technical skills, and have ability to work well with others
• Submit a cover letter and unofficial transcript with application

Preferred skills and knowledge
Varies by specific position:
  • Course work in applied physics, mathematics, fluid dynamics, wind energy-related topics, computer networking, programmable logic controllers, and data science
  • Proficiency using Python, MATLAB, R, PowerShell, and Windows Server
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace Engineering degrees
  • For Dam/Hydro position:


Xcel Energy is committed to the safety of its employees and customers, and promotes a Safety Always culture. Because of this, we strongly encourage all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; however, vaccination is not mandatory. After being hired, you will asked to report your vaccination status and dates of vaccination. This information will be maintained confidentially and disclosed only on a need-to-know basis. If you are not fully vaccinated or choose not to disclose your vaccination status you will be required to follow any health-and-safety rules applicable to unvaccinated employees.

As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you're ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

Posting Notes: MN - Minneapolis || MN - Minneapolis; CO - Henderson; TX - Lubbock || United States (US) || Operations || 60102:ES PO REL Eng Renewables || Part-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $22.50 per hour

This position may also be eligible for the following benefits: Pension, 401(k) plan, Paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Personal holidays

Requisition Number: 48774
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at recruiting@xcelenergy.com
About this Employer‍

As a leading electric and natural gas energy company, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers across our eight states: Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

Our workforce of more than 12,000 is rising to the challenge of a dynamic, constantly-changing utility industry. One that requires us to be even more customer focused, forward thinking and productive while remaining committed to meeting our customers’ fundamental need for safe, reliable, affordable energy.

With nearly 50% of our workforce eligible to retire in the next five years, there’s never been a better time to come on board. Do you have a passion for renewable energy, like wind or solar? Or care about giving back to the community? You’ll be in a position to directly impact our energy future.

At Xcel Energy, you’ll be challenged, respected and rewarded. You’ll find an ethical team committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship. A dynamic company where you’ll have meaningful work that makes a difference.