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Join us and play a vital part in keeping Ørsted at the forefront of the global green energy transformation.


At the core of Ørsted’s business as a world-leading renewable energy company lies a diverse, creative, collaborative group of engineers, project managers, and other related roles. These are the people who take our wind farms and power plants all the way from the drawing board to commercial operation. And we’re always looking for qualified and experienced candidates to join them – even if you don’t think you fit the typical engineering profile.

Could you work for Ørsted as, for example, a structural, mechanical, geotechnical, cable, or chemical engineer? Or as a construction project manager, scope and change manager, project planner, project manager, or risk specialist? Join us and play a vital part in keeping Ørsted at the forefront of the global green energy transformation.

The range of engineering and related roles that keep our projects running means that your engineering career at Ørsted could begin in any of our global markets and in many of our different countries and locations.

Here you can see some example roles.


Engineering


Structural engineer

An offshore wind turbine needs to stay upright and operational for decades, enduring all kinds of extreme weather out at sea. As structural engineers, we make this happen. We analyse everything from soil conditions and turbine behaviour to design foundations that will last, from the largest pipe to the smallest ladder handle.

With each new development in the size of the wind turbines, we’re overcoming challenges that have never been faced before. What we consider a large turbine today will soon be surpassed. We’re pushing the boundaries of technology while working to create a world that runs entirely on green energy – that’s something that never gets boring.

Meet Anela, Load engineer at Ørsted
Mechanical engineer

The engineers who work as wind turbine generator mechanical specialists provide the mechanical expertise needed to take a new wind farm all the way from a concept on paper to a fully operational site. This involves everything from designing the way the wind turbine interfaces with its foundation to undertaking risk assessments for the new technologies we use.

Working closely with many of the same colleagues over several years means we feel like family – it keeps motivation levels high. It’s also rewarding to see a big project through from start to finish, with such a variety of different tasks. And we know we’re doing our part to put the world on track for a greener future.

Geotechnical engineer

Constructing offshore wind turbines on the seabed means Ørsted’s geotechnical engineers have a vital role to play. When you add to that the possibility of typhoons and earthquakes in some of our newer markets, that role becomes all the more important – and exciting. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, we’re responsible for establishing the physical and mechanical properties of the seabed and how it will respond to wind and wave conditions once turbines are built on top of it.

Foundations account for a third of the total expenditure on an offshore wind farm project, so the efficiencies we make here contribute directly to driving down the cost of offshore wind power. In this role, we’re at the forefront of Ørsted’s innovation agenda, meaning we collaborate with internal and external experts and researchers to come up with novel ways of designing and installing offshore wind turbine foundations.

Meet Kris, Geotechnical Engineer at Ørsted
Export cable project engineer

When dealing with large-scale energy projects, it’s vitally important that everything joins up properly. Ørsted’s export cable project engineers are responsible for quality assurance when it comes to the technical interfaces between the substations, transformers, and other components on our wind farms and the export cables that take the power to shore.

We get to see the interfaces all the way from production and testing to installation. This means attending many of Ørsted’s operations in person, whether at an onshore site in the UK, a shipyard in Singapore, or out at sea where cables are installed.

Chemical engineer

As chemical engineers, we keep Ørsted’s heat and power plants running safely, reliably, and efficiently. It’s a vital job – both for the households and businesses that rely on us, and for the wider environment.

From solving unforeseen problems in an inspiring physical environment to taking part in new projects at the forefront of the Danish power industry’s green transformation, there’s rarely a dull day as a chemical engineer.

Project Management


Construction project manager

Construction projects managers are the glue that holds together all the different parties on a wind farm construction project. By bringing everyone to the table on a regular basis, providing logistical and technical services, and making wind turbine foundations safe and accessible to contractors, our ultimate aim is to keep everything safe and well organised.

We’re there from the very beginning of a construction project, and we’re the last ones to hand it over to operations and maintenance when it’s finished. There are enough challenges to troubleshoot, so it never gets boring. Working closely with colleagues and contractors from every discipline and from all sorts of different backgrounds means we learn from each other every day.

Scope and change manager

On massive wind farm projects, plans sometimes change. As scope and change managers, we make sure that any possible deviations from the plan are recorded, communicated, and either approved or rejected. We also record and track the relationships between different work packages to make sure no work is duplicated and nothing is missed.

It’s fascinating to work with an overview of an entire project of this scale and cooperate with all the different stakeholders and package managers, along with other support functions.

Project planner

Being a project planner on an offshore wind project means seeing through every stage of construction, from development to installation to commissioning. We work with a huge range of colleagues and contractors to bring all the different scopes of the project into one overall time schedule, and to make sure all the relevant information is shared efficiently to support decision-making processes. We’re always on the lookout for potential challenges that might affect the schedule, so we can give early warnings and avoid delays.

It’s rewarding to work on projects of such a large scale and with such a high level of complexity and to work with so many different stakeholders. The tasks are always evolving, so the challenges we face each day are different.

Project manager

While external contractors carry out cable installations for our offshore wind projects, the contract is overseen by an Ørsted project manager. We ensure that the contractor has all the necessary data, that their engineering design, installation, and protection methodologies and vessels have been reviewed and found to be acceptable, and that their work fits within the project schedule. We also get the contractor to demonstrate their capabilities through training and mock-up trials.

Working with so many internal and external stakeholders to get a wind farm constructed in the best way involves a lot of problem solving, making sure everyone’s in agreement, and facilitating compromises between different parties. Getting everyone to work together is what makes the job so satisfying.

Meet Kaylie, Electrical Engineering Project Manager at Ørsted

Risk Management


Risk specialist

Building a wind farm is never without risk. As risk specialists, we try to predict and understand the effects of these risks and how they affect the project. In practice, this means talking to the owners of all the different parts of the project to understand what areas of their work might have unpredictable outcomes. By quantifying these uncertainties using a risk register and undertaking a Monte Carlo analysis, we can simulate the risks and predict the likely cost impact they’ll have. Once this impact is budgeted in, our role involves monitoring risks to compare actual performance to what we predicted.

This role gets us involved with every aspect of the project, giving us a broad overview without getting caught up in day-to-day issues. We think of ourselves as the watchmen and watchwomen who are on the lookout for icebergs on the horizon. It’s fascinating!

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