Gridblock

Test Engineer, Power Electronics

Atlanta, GA (On-site)
Full-Time
Applications are considered on a rolling basis

Opportunity

GridBlock has an exciting opportunity for a Test Engineer, Power Electronics. In this position you will work directly with the research & development group and help develop a consistent, reliable, and efficient test environment for GridBlock’s power electronics product suite. We are looking for an innovator who will be responsible for the test planning, test execution, test automation and test reporting processes, as well as support testing for product certification and during product manufacturing.

The Test Engineer, Power Electronics needs to be agile, professional, and comfortable in a rapidly changing environment. The right person is trustworthy with confidential information, highly organized, self-motivated, has excellent communication skills, can think strategically, and works equally as well independently as with a team.

Reports to:
Director, Engineering

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop test cases and conduct tests for power converters (>10kW) in collaboration with the power electronics team
  • Design hardware and test setups to support validation/verification of new power electronics prototype/product functionalities and features
  • Develop and implement test automation for consistent, reliable, and efficient testing
  • Support test requirements and protocols for factory testing during product assembly
  • Test new power topologies, power semiconductor modules and power technologies
  • Support simulation and modeling efforts based on test results
  • Report, organize and analyze test results with the power electronics team
  • Support test plans and execution for certification purposes
  • Travel 20-30% of the time

Education and Experience

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent (required)
  • MS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent (preferred)
  • Strong knowledge of power electronics systems working principles, including AC/DC, DC/AC, DC/DC, AC/AC conversion and grid-connected converters
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience testing power electronics equipment, including test cell development, automation, and implementation, and conducting tests
  • Experience with high power converter testing (>10kW, 1000Vdc, 600Vac)
  • Experience conducting test on multi-converter module systems, verifying individual converter module functionality as well as system-level/converter stack operation
  • Experience working with medium voltage levels and MV test cells (20kVAC)  
  • Strong hands-on testing and troubleshooting experience
  • Experience with testing processes for certification standards including UL1741, UL9741, IEC62109-1, IEC62109-2 is a plus
  • Prior experience with EMI and FCC testing will be valued

Specific Skills / Abilities

  • Proficient in the use of oscilloscopes, power analyzers, programmable power supplies, active loads, variacs, and other equipment used for power electronics testing
  • Strong understanding of power systems including 4wire AC systems, unbalanced operation, grounding schemes, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of safety procedures working with hazardous current and voltage levels
  • Proficient in the use of circuit simulation tools (PLECS, Simulink, PSPICE, etc.)
  • Ability to understand complex schematics and board layouts (Cadence)
  • Strong understanding of signal integrity, noise issues, signal processing for power electronics environments
  • Ability to work with HIL platforms, experience with OPAL-RT system is a plus
  • Proficient in script programming (Python, Pytest) for test automation
  • Good understanding of digital control for power electronics, DSP and microcontrollers, and ability to program/use these platforms during testing campaigns
  • Familiar with PV, Energy Storage Systems, DC fast charging equipment, and generators operation
  • Outside-the-box thinker eager to work on new power conversion technologies and willing to derive innovative testing solutions for advanced power electronics
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • Strong work ethic and organizational skills, ability to keep a clean and organized test environment
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, diverse, multicultural, and cross-functional team
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and ability to solve complex problems under pressure and provide solutions for short and long term

Great Place to Work

  • A fast-paced, entrepreneurial culture focused on innovation
  • A flexible, autonomous work environment
  • A culture of respect, learning, and excellence
  • Experienced, highly talented experts as team peers
  • Growth and travel opportunities
  • Be part of a team of change-makers having a significant impact on real people around the world

About

Gridblock

GridBlock is a revolutionary energy router that dynamically manages the flow of energy between multiple sources and loads and has the ability to create and operate a self-contained microgrid. GridBlock packetizes and routes electrical energy with isolation and high accuracy to serve AC or DC systems seamlessly. The precision technology enables a bidirectional power flow on multiple ports or channels concurrently, bringing the flexibility and control of Internet routers and switches to the electrical grid. Increasingly, electrical installations require smart integration of EV or e-truck charging, battery storage, solar panels and critical loads, with custom design and build for each location adding to the cost of implementation. GridBlock simplifies all of this with a flexible, software-defined, modular solution that can manage a wide variety of end-use configurations and applications.

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