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Jobs in Power Engineering

  1. Apr 9, 2010 #1

    What are the biggest and best power engineering companies to work for(worldwide)? I have majored in power engineering.

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  3. Apr 9, 2010 #2


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    Welcome to the PF. What kind of power engineering? Do you mean like AC Mains power distribution over the grid, or power supply and power electronics (amplifiers)? What kind of classes go into a major in power engineering?
  4. Apr 10, 2010 #3
    Well mainly control and instrumentation, power electronics, scada, plc all these things are my main interests. Like if someone did vlsi,micro electronics they can apply intel, ibm...... so i wanted to know which are the biggest in power sector.
  5. Apr 10, 2010 #4


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    I just happened to drop by from the street into a major electric utility here in Kansas (long ago) and they needed someone to implement a SCADA for the first time. At the time I didn't even know what SCADA meant. Anyway, for some reason they hired me. There were 5 engineers and a draftsman in this newly formed department. I was assigned to do the tie-line substation remote interfaces (to monitor Watts, Vars, Amps, etc for ACE control) and the power plant remote interfaces (to do generation control). It took me about two years to have everything in place when I first turned on the Automatic Generation software. Then the fun began in the tuning process.

    BTW There were 15 tie-line substations (up to 340KV) and, if I remember correctly, about 10 generators (up to 720MW)
  6. Apr 10, 2010 #5


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    By power engineering companies, is one referring to those that supply the technology (e.g., GE, ABB, Siemens, Alstom, . . . ) or those which utilize the technology to generate and/or transmit/distribute energy (utilities like Exelon, Entergy, EdF, GdF Suez, . . . )?

    Many large companies have reduced or are reducing staff in order to improve profitability. Some/many utilities have shed generation to become T&D locally, while larger utilities and independent/merchant power producers have assumed the generation and large grid operations.

    It's relatively easy to define biggest in terms of generating capacity or customers served, but it's difficult to define best. Best in what terms?

    The hot area at the moment is Smart Grid technology.
    http://www.energy.gov/news2009/8216.htm [Broken]


    There are numerous suppliers and users of the technology. SG is an extension/advancement of SCADA technology.
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  7. Apr 10, 2010 #6


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    I bet industrial power users like steel smelting companies would have a hard time with this. Since there load changes are so huge. :devil:

    However there is "load shed". But that is only used in extreme situations.
  8. Apr 10, 2010 #7
    Ok let me clarify even further.

    If someone does RF, Electro magnetics, Signal Processing etc they are hired by Defense companies. If someone does micro-electronics, VLSI/VHDL etc they get hired by Intel,IBM,AMD etc. So i did power electronics, power quality and condition monitoring, energy systems etc. So which are the biggest companies to work for in these fields? General Electric>?? what else?
  9. Apr 10, 2010 #8


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    I named some of the biggest.

    In terms of producers (or manufacturers, suppliers) of power generation technology, General Electric (GE, US), ABB Group (Sweden/Switzerland), AEG (Germany), Alstom (France/UK), Siemens (Germany), Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Toshiba, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, . . . . are some of the biggest.

    Then there are the users of power generation/distribution technology - basically private/public utilities.

    US - Exelon, Entergy, Progress Energy, Dominion, Duke (Power/Energy), Constellation, Xcel, AEP, Southern Co, TVA, National Grid, Edison Electric, Ameren, Dynegy, PPL Group, . . .

    Some electrical utilities are listed as Utilities: Gas & Electric,
    See - http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2009/industries/143/index.html

    others are listed as Energy

    Europe - EdF, GdF Suez, E.ON, RWE, Vattenfall, Iberinco, . . . .

    Asia - Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Kansais Electric Power Co. (KEPCO), Korean Electric Power co (KEPCO), Taiwan Power Co, (TaiPower), . . . .
  10. Apr 11, 2010 #9
    Thanks for that, its good enough. i will apply soon
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