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  Controls Engineer Student Co-Op Experience
Controls Engineer Student Co-Op – Hydropower Systems, Ivyland PA (Philadelphia Suburbs)

Job Length: 6 months
Job Status: Pending

Company Description:
American Governor Company (AGC) is the world’s premier hydroelectric turbine controls company, offering consistently superior parts, service, training, and technical support for mechanical governors and complete custom-engineered digital control packages. AGC has provided parts, service, and training to thousands of hydro power plants across the globe! In North America we regularly conduct business with every major hydro owner. Our annual Governor School in June has provided thousands of industry professionals with theoretical knowledge and practical training on everything from the oldest mechanical governor to the newest PLC digital governor. The hydroelectric control systems we work with are a key component in stabilizing the frequency of the entire power grid. The governor systems AGC designs, installs, and commissions react instantaneously and regulate hydroelectric generation to compensate for the ever- changing power generation and consumption. As solar and wind generation are being utilized more, the changing weather conditions cause instabilities to the available power. Our installed systems in hydroelectric power plants correct for these instabilities and aid in the prevention of blackouts and brownouts. We take pride in knowing that our work benefits society and plays such a major role in everyday life. AGC is always looking for exceptional self-starters who wish to grow, learn, and excel in their careers. A large portion of our Engineering team started as Co-op students that thrived during their time with us.

Position Description:
We are seeking an Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Co-op student to join our Engineering team in our Ivyland, PA (Philadelphia Suburbs) Headquarters. We specialize in designing advanced turbine control systems that utilize new industrial automation products. The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) based governor systems are custom designed for every project. Along with the PLC governor enclosure with touch screen interfaces, the hydraulic system is also retrofitted or replaced with precision control valves that allow for accurate control of the turbine/generator system.

As a Co-op student, you will join active project teams and work alongside the Project Engineers to design, assemble, and test custom turbine control systems. To accomplish this, you will be trained in governor theory and AGC’s best practices during your Co-op. You will contribute to the successful execution of multiple projects and your designs will be manufactured and installed in power plants. Co-op students are involved in the design process of many of our projects; here are some examples:

2009-Present: US Army Corps of Engineers (127 Unit Contract) – System Design Specification creation; Elementary and Wiring Diagrams; Data Logging PLC Software
2010: Pardee Dam – Human Machine Interface (HMI) Design and Commissioning
2011: Talcville Powerplant – HMI Development and Testing
2012: Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam – Servo Feedback Design, Enclosure Factory Testing
2012: Snare Falls & Snare Forks – Unit Controller and Governor Enclosure Arrangements; Elementary and Wiring Diagrams
2012 – 2016: Maraetai 2 & Atiamuri – Hydraulic Power Unit Elementary and Wiring Diagrams; HMI Development; Data Logging PLC Software; Servomotor System Design and Finite Element Analysis
2014 – 2015: Agus – HMI Development; Distributing Valve Interface Design
2015: Pit 3 – Governor Equipment Installation Diagrams
2015 – Present: Haas – Governor Equipment Design Diagrams Present: Peavy Falls Hydro – Enclosure Arrangement Diagrams

Travel required for position: Some Domestic
Anticipated travel information: During your Co-op, we will strive to provide the opportunity for at least one trip to a hydro power plant where American Governor has an active project. All travel and meal expenses will be paid by American Governor Company.

Recommended Qualifications:
At AGC, we have a dynamic workforce that responds to the demand of a global provider of engineering services. The right student will be organized and detail-oriented, but also leave room to enjoy the experience and be part of the team.

Technical Qualifications:
Previous AutoCAD or Creo (Pro/E) experience is highly recommended, as they are the primary software utilized for the mechanical and electrical design. In the first stages of a project, the drawings you may work on include Enclosure Arrangements, Electrical Schematics (Wiring and Elementary Diagrams), Mechanical Fabrications, Device Installations, and Equipment Overviews.
There will be some work in our on-site shop, assembling and testing components. As projects near completion, the opportunity to setup and perform internal and customer-witnessed Factory Acceptance Tests will be available. Part of this may include programming of PLCs and HMIs for the simulator and/or the governor.
A basic understanding of the following will benefit you, but is not required: electrical circuits and devices (e.g. relays), hydraulic circuits and devices (e.g. valves), troubleshooting skills, and control theory.

Additional Qualifications:
Minimum GPA: 3.00
Minimum Work Authorization level required: No Restriction
Level(s) of Experience Sought:
Intermediate – Some related work or volunteer experience/second Co-op
Unofficial Transcript requested: Yes, when interviewing
Majors: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Technology

Pre-Employment Screening Requirements: Background check

Contact: Susan Mitchell, HR Manager – smitchell@americangovernor.com
Direct line: 610-638-0365


American Governor Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.