Power Electronics Engineer in Wilsonville, Oregon - #66122 | VanderHouwen

Wilsonville, Oregon

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Job Id: 66122

Power Electronics Engineer
Our client is seeking an experienced and dynamic Power Electronics Engineer with a strong background in low to medium voltage AC and DC applications and a willingness to perform hands-on development and testing. The role will focus on the development and integration of inverter and converter products in the client's battery storage systems.  The successful candidate will design, develop and test client systems while working with multifunctional teams on critical projects. The ideal candidate will have a passion for sustainability and the environment, will thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial setting, be self-motivated, and have an interest in disruptive, cutting-edge technology.

This role is onsite in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Power Electronics Engineer Responsibilities

  • Become the subject matter expert of the power controls hardware in our client's products and be responsible for the design, modeling, specification, and testing of low to medium voltage electrical power systems and equipment.
  • Develop improvements and new product integration through research, design, technical evaluation, and documentation utilizing engineering principles.
  • Develop test plans, build test fixtures, and execute tests to assess the functionality & performance of inverters and converters implemented in flow batteries used for grid-forming, grid-following applications, and DC microgrids. 
  • Develop functional requirements documents, build hardware prototypes, and perform analysis and testing to confirm equipment compliance to applicable specifications.
  • Interface with suppliers, manufacturing, sales, and marketing in the product development process.
  • Utilize Autocad Electrical to prepare schematics and single line diagrams of electrical systems. 
  • Conduct research to test or analyze the design, operation, and performance of equipment.
  • Prepare performance requirements for equipment and systems.
  • Ensure compliance to UL, CSA, IEC, IEEE, EU and EN requirements.
  • Ensure engineering design and standards documentation is complete, accurate and sufficient in support of manufacturing and quality assurance activities and compliant with customer specifications and regulations.
  • Actively communicate specific work requirements or needs to internal functions, such as purchasing and manufacturing to ensure expectations are understood as defined by engineering specifications.
  • What you bring to the table.

Power Electronics Engineer Qualifications

  • BS Engineering in Electrical Engineering.
  • 5 years experience in a Power Electronics Engineering role.
  • Fundamental understanding of various control strategies and conversion topologies.
  • Experience with PCB design with working voltages up to 1kV using industry-standard tools (Altium Designer, Eagle, OrCAD, etc).
  • Experience in power electronic PCB layout and building hardware prototypes.
  • Proven proficiency in 2D CAD systems (i.e., AutoCAD) for design, documentation, and fabrication.
  • Expert knowledge of AC (multi-phase) and DC power, power conversion techniques & principles, motor drive, and UPS battery management systems. 
  • Experience designing and building test stands for power electronics. 
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional and geographically dispersed team environment and across departments: R&D, Manufacturing, Quality, and Supply Chain.
  • Experience proving the durability and reliability of products through the design and implementation of dedicated testing.
  • Experience designing products at high volume.  Proven DFM and DFR track record.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, affable, with demonstrated maturity and professionalism.
  • Self-starter who can follow tasks through to completion with little guidance.
  • Ability to multitask several projects and prioritize workload to meet business-specific deadlines.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. unassisted.
  • Ability to follow job-required Standards and Safety Protocols, per pre-defined processes.
  • Must be able to wear Personal Protection Equipment according to OSHA rules and regulations.


  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Experience in new-product technologies introduction and scale to manufacturing.
  • Experience commercializing new products in a production environment.
  • Experience in battery, fuel cell technologies, or power generation systems.
  • Proficient in DC/DC bidirectional converter topologies and DC/AC bidirectional active front-end PFC grid tied inverters.
  • Experience in GaN and/or SiC technology.
  • Understanding of AC and DC Microgrid Battery Storage principles and applications.
  • Understanding of UL 1741SA and IEEE 1547 Smart Inverter GRID Codes and utility-scale applications.
  • Experience with the protection of power systems per grounding system type (TT. IT & TN).
  • Some experience working with embedded system engineers or experience with embedded programming.
  • Basic understanding of CAN Communication Protocol (CAN 2.0A/2,0B).
  • Basic understanding of MODBUS Communication Protocol (RS485, TCP/IP).

Salary: $150,000-$200,000/year. (DOE)

Benefits are available to eligible full-time employees and include coverage for medical, dental, vision, FSA, and 401k program.

About VanderHouwen 
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws.


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