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Principal Engineer- Instrument & Controls

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Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location(s): Juno Beach, FL, US, 33408

Company: NextEra Energy

Requisition ID:  61801 


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Position Specific Description

NextEra Energy's Power Generation Division is looking for a Principal Instrument and Controls (I&C) Engineer on the I&C Fleet Team in Engineering and Operations Support Services (EOSS).  This I&C Engineer will report directly to the Engineering Leader of the I&C Fleet Team in the Controls and Network Security Organization.  This role will provide technical expertise in the area of instrumentation and controls for the Fossil and Thermal-Solar Generating Fleet.  Responsibilities include system/asset program management; the development of department standards and best practices; troubleshooting and improving plant control systems; and managing system replacement, upgrades, and integration projects. 


Position Description

This position will require subject matter expertise (SME) in Power Generation Control Systems Core functions will include:

  • Managing asset programs for Instrument and Control equipment and systems with focus on cost management, reliability, compliance, and delivering expert support
  • Defining and managing project budgets, schedules, and execution, including support of technical design reviews, factory acceptance testing, and quality assurance through all phases of the project
  • Developing and applying engineering standards in process control theory, maintenance programs, and project construction
  • Providing troubleshooting and support to the Power Generation Division (PGD) in the area of Instrumentation and Controls for combined cycle, conventional, and thermal-solar power generation facilities
  • Collaborating with multi-discipline teams for problem solving, betterment opportunities, and systems integration
  • Supporting the deployment and maintenance of cyber security solutions to meet corporate standards or NERC CIP standards


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years of experience in Power Generation or related industrial automation and control field
  • Experience with a major Distributed Control System (DCS).  Preferred platforms include:  Emerson Ovation, GE Mark V, Ve,VI, VIe, Siemens T3000, Toshiba TOSMAP-DS, and/or Mitsubishi DIASYS
  • Demonstrated successful application of process control knowledge
  • Understanding of network architecture and topologies, including ability to troubleshoot Network Switches and Routers on Plant Control and Process Data Networks
  • Due to the 24 hour, 7 day per week nature of power generation, night, weekend, and holiday support via telephone or call-out, may be required
  • Travel to sites and vendor facilities throughout the United States averages about 30%


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineer (PE) Certification.
  • PMI Project Management Certification.
  • Six Sigma Certification; Green Belt or higher.
  • Experience with Allen Bradley and Siemens family of PLC’s, Bently Nevada and Siemens Vibrometer vibration systems, and fire protection systems
  • Experience with third party datalink communication protocols, including Modbus, DNP, OPC, etc.
  • Knowledge and skill in control loop logic development and testing (sensors through final control elements) for classical and advanced algorithms.
  • Hands-on functional checkout and start-up experience of new or retrofit power generation equipment and experience in process controls tuning desired
  • Working knowledge and understanding of NERC CIP regulatory standards and processes
  • Experience with Siemens, GE, and/or Mitsubishi combustion turbine commissioning, operation, and control logic development

Job Overview

Employees in this role make decisions and recommendations having significant impact on extensive engineering and related activities for the company. This position negotiates critical and controversial issues with top level engineers and officers of other organizations and companies.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

•   Demonstrates a high degree of creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in planning, organizing, and guiding extensive engineering programs and activities
•   Manages one or more programs of complex diversity and scope which are of critical importance to overall company objectives
•   Acts as a subject matter expert
•   Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

•  Bachelor's - Engineering
•  Experience: 7+ years

Preferred Qualifications

•  None


Employee Group:  Exempt
Employee Type:  Full Time
Job Category:  Engineering
Organization:  Florida Power & Light Company 
Relocation Provided:  Yes, if applicable


Where permitted by applicable law, NextEra Energy requires all employees and new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination on or before the first day of employment.


NextEra Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.


NextEra Energy provides reasonable accommodation in its application and selection process for qualified individuals, including accommodations related to compliance with conditional job offer requirements, consistent with federal, state, and local laws. Supporting medical or religious documentation will be required where applicable and permitted by applicable law. To request a reasonable accommodation, please send an e-mail to, providing your name, telephone number and the best time for us to reach you. Alternatively, you may call 1-844-694-4748. Please do not use this line to inquire about your application status.


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