Electrical Engineer

S&C Electric Co.

Chicago, IL


The Technology & Breakthrough Innovation department drives the creation of new opportunities for S&C Electric by exploiting new technologies and enabling breakthrough product development for the fast-evolving intelligent grid. Technically sophisticated on the inside, S&C’s future systems must deliver unparalleled user experience, outstanding long-term value, and profitable revenue streams. To meet our demands, and those of our customers, we built a real-time (RT) hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation laboratory based on the OPAL-RT platform. We are looking for an agile, creative, and determined individual to manage, support, and add new capabilities to this laboratory. The successful candidate will report to the Manager – Power System Control. 

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Modeling the physical interface between various devices and the power system within Simulink, generating the input signal that is read by the control unit of these devices, and processing the signal that the control unit outputs; these devices include in particular interrupting systems such as reclosers, and power electronic devices such as inverters, the latter includes PWM signals.
  • Automating the RT/HIL simulation to include conversion of grid models, device configuration through the appropriate interfaces, test generation and execution, compliance verification, and report generation.
  • Setting up an Ethernet/TCP/IP communication network, with the ability to control the flow of packets in order to simulate the contingencies of a wireless communication system.
  • Supporting and guiding other S&C engineers and non-S&C researchers as they prepare new designs to be simulated and tested.
  • Troubleshooting issues both in hardware and in software.
  • Acting as the technical point of contact between S&C and suppliers of simulation platforms.
  • Continuously improving one’s education of both simulation solutions as well as S&C and 3rd party power system equipment, which may include travelling for external training.
  • Evaluating, purchasing, and integrating additional hardware and software components for the simulation laboratory.

To select this job as one of interest to you, at a minimum, you must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Basic understanding of digital signal processing.
  • Lab experience, to include connecting sensors to oscilloscopes and other acquisitions systems, and performing offline analysis of data.
  • Experience in using software simulation tools such as Simulink or similar.
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language, preferably MATLAB, Python, or C/C++
  • Aptitude for translating thought processes into software.
  • Proven ability to work independently, take initiative, and collaborate with colleagues.

Job requirements:

  • The job requires working in the Chicago office in person between three to five days a week.
  • Travel nationally and internationally up to a week every quarter.