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Disciplines: Building Services Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Remuneration: $ per annum

Location: Melbourne

Type: Full Time

Posted: 18/10/2019

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Reporting to the Senior Wind Engineer and located in the Melbourne office, the purpose of this position is to provide technical inputs to the work of the Development and Engineering & Construction teams including:

  • Preparation of energy resource assessments;
  • Wind farm layout designs;
  • Due diligence on potential wind farm site acquisitions;
  • Wind Farm site prospecting, and 
  • Wind data analysis and QA.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Undertake wind farm energy resource assessments by:
  • Developing detailed and optimised wind farm layout designs;
  • Calculating long-term wind speed estimations, and
  • Developing energy production predictions for wind farms.
  • Carry out wind farm environmental assessments including:
  • Wind farm noise emission predictions;
  • Calculation of Zones of Visual Influence, shadow flicker and blade glint impacts;
  • Production of Photomontages, and
  • Assessment of EMI impacts of wind farms on communications corridors.
  • Contribute to Data Analysis and QA by:
  • Sourcing reference data sets;
  • Undertaking QA procedures and control of data sets;
  • Analysing data for use in design and evaluation tools, and
  • Analysing AEAG monitoring station data.
  • Provide technical and project management inputs to the work of the Engineering & Construction Department, including:
  • Coordinating and overseeing, wind monitoring station (mast & SODAR) maintenance, installation and decommissioning by third-party contractors;
  • Progress quote/estimate proposals and defining scope of work from third-party contractors;
  • Ensuring third-party contractors perform services to an agreed professional standard and to the full extent of their contracted obligations, by compilation of project specification documentation and review and archiving of contractor reports;
  • Overseeing the automatic downloading of monitoring station data and assisting with the management of downloading software and hardware;
  • Completing regular data reviews, including fault identification and regular reporting;
  • Contribute to monthly upload of data to the AE Citrix-based database, including data validation activities; and
  • Contribute to the implementation of AEAG/AE meteorological mast safety instruction requirements.
  • Contribute to the AEAG site prospecting process by:
  • Site identification and completion of area evaluations for wind resource;
  • Assessing shortlisted priority wind farm prospect sites for further development focus;
  • Completing preliminary layout design, and
  • Producing preliminary energy predictions based on turbine types and wind resource.
  • Contribute to due diligence of potential wind farm site acquisitions (at all stages of development) through the review of 3rd party wind data sets.
  • Provide technical advice across a broad cross-section of projects, technologies (wind and solar) and business requirements, including in-house developments, bids and deliveries of third-party EPC projects, projects under construction and operational systems.
  • Prepare technical reports (wind and solar) and contribute to project business case reports.
  • Develop tender documents for submission for external EPC (wind and solar) and other contracting opportunities.
  • Assist with wind monitoring activities including downloading of monitoring station data, fault diagnosis and monitoring station condition monitoring from time to time as required.
  • Assisting with the development of new and innovative technical methods and site assessment techniques.
  • Assist with Wind Farm and Solar Farm Operational Services including turbine Power Performance Testing, turbine availability assessment, wind farm performance assessment and Performance Ratio calculation/procedure verification from time to time as required,

Maintain up to date knowledge of:

  • The wind power industry in Australia from both a technical and broader market perspective;
  •  Industry and government wind resource assessments;
  • Turbine suppliers and models;
  •  Relevant international and Australian standards
  • Be familiar with and act in accordance with AEAG’s Health, Safety and Environmental policies.

Experience/Qualifications

  • Relevant Degree in Engineering or Science.
  • Advanced skills in the use of wind analysis software packages such as WindPro, Open Wind, WASP.
  • Strong working knowledge of GIS and CAD software including ESRI, ArcGIS and AutoCAD.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in a comparable technical role.
  • Strong technical report writing.
  • Current Australian driver’s license.
  • Willingness and flexibility to travel both interstate and overseas, as required.
  • Strong working knowledge of wind farm analysis software including WAsP, WindFarmer and WindPro.
  • ACCIONA is a global company with a business model based on sustainability. Its aim is to respond to society’s main needs through the provision of renewable energy, infrastructure, water and services.

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