Software Applications Engineer

Aug 13, 2017
Sep 09, 2017
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Software Applications Engineer

Company: Hitachi America, Ltd.

Division: Energy Solutions Division

Location: Huntsville, AL

Status: Regular, Full-Time


Launched in April of 2015, Hitachi's energy solutions business is growing fast with strong pipeline of projects. The current team includes several of the most experienced and prominent technical and thought leaders in the Microgrid and energy storage and IT markets today. The Applications Engineer is responsible to fulfill a wide variety of electrical power systems and software engineering activities in support of Energy IoT Projects-creating Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) and configuring microgrid and Distributed Energy Resource Management (DERMs) software solutions to electrical hardware equipment; creation/reviews of software enterprise and field system architectural drawings; and integration and commissioning of equipment and applications in the field from a software perspective; distribution system operator functions.


* Provide system operator expertise operating and maintaining electrical power systems (microgrids and DER fleets) using Spirae Wave?? solutions.

* Lead scoping, requirements, and customization of software, system optimization, and analytics solutions for customer applications.

* Working with Hitachi mechanical and electrical engineers, support laboratory and research on equipment and cloud vs. on-premises software solutions. Evaluate options, and select optimal implementation configurations based on project and business requirements.

* Support software development efforts by contributing to design, engineering, and configuration of interfaces to new distributed generation, energy storage, managed loads, telemetry devices, etc.

* Engineer, program, and validate control sequences, logic, and mathematical calculations using IEC 61131 languages in a software-based PLC

* Work directly with clients to prepare analytical studies, specifications, and reports

* Work with other software engineers to develop and integrate Cloud-based applications to support the overall business and client base.

* Deploy and lead the commissioning of software products in a variety of installations, including campus and island microgrids, utility DERMS projects, and other renewable and distributed energy projects.

* Configure Spirae Wave?? software to support individual customer engagements.

* Identify and purchase equipment to support software and equipment integration needs.

* Create software modification requests and contractual engagements with partners.

* BS or MS in engineering or software-related field

* Minimum 5 years' experience in power systems engineering or oil and gas and automation in areas such as:

* Power generation, substation design, power system studies, HV/MV/LV switchgear, power inverters, protective

* PLC programming with IEC 61131-3 languages, RTU, SCADA software, and field experience with voltage regulators, speed governors, synchronizers, inverters, grid paralleling, and load sharing configuration and programming

* Distribution systems operations

* Demonstrated analytical, organizational, and reasoning skills.

* Demonstrated experience with the design, development, installation, and commissioning of power generation systems, including creation of drawings, field engineering, and oversight of third party engineering service providers

* Experience/familiarity with UML (i.e. EA Sparx)

* Experience developing technical use cases

* Experience developing/implementing SOAs (service oriented architectures), SOAPs (Simple Object Access Protocols), and other applicable architectures

* Understanding of cyber security protocols

* Experience developing software requirements specifications

* Experience testing control systems with hardware in the loop and simulators

* An understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT) with the industrial internet and Cloud systems.

* OpenFMB??? Operations Technology (OT) modeling and system integration experience preferred.

* An understanding of interfaces via electronic communication between all deployed assets of a microgrid such as MOD BUS or other universal languages.

* Familiarity with codes and standards (NEC, ANSI/IEEE, UL, CSA, CE, NEMA, OSHA, IEC, IBC).

* Detail-oriented self-starter with strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task in a relatively complex unstructured work environment with little supervision

* Must be a self-directed, conscientious team player.

* Strong interpersonal skills with proven written and verbal communication skills.

* Demonstrated experience in customer facing activities; the ability to interface with customers to resolve issues with positive outcomes.

* Ability to travel up to 30% of the time.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Utility operations experience managing and maintaining distribution networks using real time operational SCADA/DMS systems

* Power generation experience with diesel or natural gas generators, PV and wind turbine inverters, energy storage systems (battery, flywheels, etc.)

* Keen understanding of a variety of subjects related to renewable energy, including wind integration, transmission operations, ancillary services, and distributed power management.

* Familiarity with Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB)

* Communication protocols and standards expertise (Modbus, DNP3, IEC 61850).

* Familiarity with industrial network design and troubleshooting, experience with protocol client and server simulators, network tools such as Wireshark.

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