June 14, 2019

Are you seeking opportunities to collaborate with a diverse community of engineers to make an impact on climate change?

Are you ready to leverage your communications skills, connect with clients, and deepen your technical expertise in wind turbine technology to foster the safe and successful development of wind energy?

DNV GL’s Wind Turbine Engineer position may be a great fit for you!

DNV GL – Energy’s Renewables Advisory group is seeking a Wind Turbine Engineer to join our Turbine Technology group to support Independent Engineering tasks related to wind turbine technical risk evaluations. The role will allow you to be part of a team at the forefront of new technical developments, including evaluating OEMs new wind turbines and climbing them. In addition to growing technical expertise, the role is an opportunity to flex your project and time management skills, adaptable oral and written communication when conveying technical details to address varying customer needs, and innovative ideas for improving internal tools and processes.

The candidate will be an active member of the IE-Turbine technology group that evaluates the risks associated with wind farm technology, providing (amongst other things) site suitability assessments, turbine technology reviews and construction monitoring reports of wind farms to project owners, lenders, equity investors, and banks.

This position is based out of our Montreal, QC, office or our Seattle, WA, office (other locations may also be considered).

Tasks May Include

  • Perform turbine site suitability analysis with DNV GL developed analytical tools. Evaluate site suitability assessment prepared by OEMs.
  • Contribute to wind turbine technology assessments, review assessments by others, report writing, and client communication as part of technical due diligence for project financing, mergers & acquisitions, owner purchases, and other business needs.
  • Remain current on new wind turbine technology, engaging with OEMs to understand latest technical details on new products and updates/revisions to existing products.
  • Perform field and factory inspections of wind turbines and components as part of construction monitoring, operational project assessments, manufacturing quality inspections, and potentially failure investigations.
  • Review projects’ O&M budgets and provide O&M cost projections using DNV GL’s internal tools, including evaluation of expected major component failure rates.
  • Prepare high quality written documentation and reports conveying work performed, results, and implications.
  • Prepare detailed reports, memos, technical notes, and email correspondence to communicate clearly and objectively to clients with accuracy and technical rigor.
  • Review root cause analysis (RCA) investigations performed by OEMs or others, in order to assess RCA’s completeness and provide evaluation of associated risks and mitigants. Work may also include at some point active participation in RCAs, including investigations into turbine and component failures covering inspection, documentation of field conditions, causality mapping, and engineering calculations (as appropriate).
  • Ability and interest to learn aero-elastic load simulations of turbines. Example work would include detailed evaluation of turbine loads to confirm site suitability, evaluating impacts of turbine modifications (hardware and software) on turbine loads, and assessing remaining useful life of aged turbines.
  • Complete company required documentation in a timely manner such as Job Safety Analysis, Risk Assessments, time sheets, expense reports, inspection check sheets, tracking reports and scheduling controls.

Position Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant engineering or physics disciplines required. Masters in Wind Energy Engineering, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Civil Engineering preferred
  • Minimum 1 year of experience within the wind energy industry in an engineering related role (internships and coursework will be considered). Consulting experience a plus
  • Basic knowledge of wind turbine systems including gearboxes, blades, pitch and yaw systems, generators, turbine controllers, towers, electrical cabling, and SCADA systems
  • Computer programming background (MATLAB, Python or other transferable languages) is a plus
  • Knowledge of mechanical systems, materials, controls, and physical environment impact on structures preferred
  • Proficient in MS Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and able to learn new software
  • Proficient in reading and understanding mechanical drawings and electrical schematics is desired
  • Demonstrated strong written communication skills through report origination, draft/final revisions, ability to review and comment on work of peers, and complete high quality report deliverables. (An original writing sample will be requested as part of the selection process)
  • Proven HSE mindset
  • Ability to be commercially responsible for management of projects and handle associated administrative details
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills, comfortable addressing groups
  • Bilingual (French and/or Spanish) writing and verbal skills a plus
  • Willingness and ability to travel in North America, up to 30% of the time
  • Valid driver’s license with clear MVR that complies with DNV GL insurance requirements.
  • Passport or documentation to allow international travel (entry to USA, Caribbean, or Mexico for example)
  • Ability to walk over rough or slippery terrain as experienced on heavy construction sites
  • Ability to work in inclement weather conditions as experienced across North America and in locations where wind energy projects are typically located
  • Ability to sit for extended periods as required for typical office work
  • Ability to climb a wind turbine tower ladder with up to 30-35 lbs of gear on person, typically to 100-120 m heights
  • Sufficient physical fitness to perform multiple turbine climbs per day
  • Ability to enter confined or enclosed spaces
  • We conduct a pre-employment background check

Interested applicants can submit their resume and cover Letter to DNV GL online job forum. Please include a Cover Letter and an English Version of your Resume

**Immigration-related benefits (for example, visa sponsorship) are not available for this position**

Opportunities Beyond Business

Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.

DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  

Who runs the world – and how?


Do women lead differently than men, and if so, do those differences come down to gender or organizational representation? That’s the question posed by Joan Michelson in a recent Forbes article on gender and leadership style. In the article, Michelson speaks with Laura Liswood, Secretary-General of the Council of Women World Leaders and a former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs.

Instead of inherent gender-based norms dictating leadership behavior, Liswood focuses on the organizational dynamic between “the elephant” (the dominant group of leaders and decision-makers, which happen to be men in the global economy) and “the mouse” (the non-dominant group, or women in the global economy). “The mouse” has to take on a more understanding and adaptive stance to “the elephant” and the systems it creates; therefore, when women assume leadership positions, they still need to work within and through the system designed by men.

Vietnam set for wind energy expansion with over 1 GW expected to be installed by 2021

  • A new GWEC Market Intelligence Report ‘South-East Asia Market Update: Insights on Vietnam’ reveals the country’s wind energy potential, with 327 MW of onshore and offshore wind capacity already installed
  • GWEC announces launch of new South-East Asia Task Force, created to promote wind energy in the region and open up new market opportunities
  • GWEC hosts Vietnam Wind Power 2019 conference in Hanoi to discuss opportunities for project financing among other key topics for the wind industry in the country and the wider region of South East Asia

Hanoi, 11 June 2019: The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is hosting its annual Vietnam Wind Power Conference today for the second time running, gathering major international wind companies, energy authorities, financial institutions and regulators to discuss the potential for wind energy in Vietnam and the impact of renewables in the region.

On the occasion of this official industry event, GWEC launched its new South East Asia Task Force, a key tool to promote wind energy in these emerging markets. The group will act to engage governments and stakeholders in the region and will produce research and policy papers and much more in order to assist in the growth of the renewable energy sector in the region.

The first report published by this Task Force, Market Update on South East Asia – Insights on Vietnam, was also launched today at the event and provides insights on how Vietnam can be a wind power leader in the region with over 327MW of onshore and offshore wind capacity already installed. The report is exclusively available for GWEC members and as part of GWEC’s new Market Intelligence platform. The final report includes more than 30 tables and figures charting the market outlook for the South East Asia region up until 2030.

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said: “South East Asia has all the fundamentals in place to become the next big wind power market. With a rising population, growing GDP, ever-increasing power demand and concerns over energy security, wind power is helping to meet the region’s growing energy demand in a way that is low carbon, cost efficient and bringing local economic benefits. GWEC Market Intelligence’s new report shows that Vietnam is the country with one of the highest potentials in the region for both onshore and offshore wind, with 1GW expected to be installed by 2021. The country’s 3,000km coastline has some of the best resources for both onshore and offshore wind, and it is the only country in the region that has developed offshore wind, with 99MW already installed. We are pleased to return to Hanoi for the second year in a row with the support of the government and industry to explore how Vietnam can emerge as a wind power leader and set an example for region”.

Liming Qiao, Asia Director of GWEC, said: “Changes in local policies is giving the industry renewed momentum and creating significant opportunities for the wind energy market to grow in Vietnam and the South East Asia region as a whole. With a favourable Feed-in-Tariff and ambitious renewable energy targets up to 2030, it is clear that the government is ready to make the shift to clean energy. However, coal continues to be the dominant source of energy for the South East Asia markets, and we must overcome roadblocks like project financing and bankable PPAs to continue expansion within the region. We are looking forward to working together with all the stakeholders in the region through our new South East Asia Task Force to develop the right regulatory frameworks and overcome these roadblocks to ensure that the true benefits of wind power can be realised in the region”.

Vietnam Wind Power 2019 is the official industry event taking place in partnership with GIZ, the Danish Embassy Hanoi and the Embassy of Ireland.

The first event on 11 June will be a full-day workshop focused on addressing the burning issues facing the financing of wind projects and is specifically targeted at international and local finance institutions, development banks and government officials. Running in parallel to this workshop will be a high-level Offshore Roundtable, bringing together government and industry to discuss the role for offshore wind in this emerging wind market.

The full-day conference on 12 June will feature a range of plenary and parallel sessions including regulatory, market, policy, technology updates, offshore as well as other pressing issues relating to the development of a sustainable wind and renewables industry.

More information about the event and the full programme can be found here.


About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See https://gwec.net/

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Women in Wind at Brazil Windpower 2019


On 28 May 2019, Joyce Lee, Policy and Operations Director at GWEC (below), spoke about the Women in Wind program at Brazil Windpower 2019.

Joined by Agnes Costa (Head of the Special Advisory on Regulatory Matters – Ministry of Mines and Energy Executive Secretariat), Ney Maron (Director, Maron Consultoria) and Francine Pisni (Regulatory and Technical Advisory, ABEEólica – Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica), the panel discussed how gender and social justice relate to sustainable development, and how wind power can lead on increasing gender diversity.