To generate electricity as ecologically and economically as possible, the performance of the facility has to be constantly monitored and optimized. That’s where I come in. My job is to develop a digital twin of the facility for the operator. This digital replica detects any anomalies in operation and gives warning of any damage before it occurs. Big data analyses and machine learning are tools that are used here in our software. These methods can be applied to various types of energy generation – of course, in times of the energy transition, renewable energies like wind are particularly interesting.
So what qualifications do you need for my job? I studied mechanical and environmental engineering and resource management before doing my doctorate, though that’s not essential. I then worked at the chair of thermodynamics at Ruhr University Bochum, before joining STEAG in 2011. Since being here, I’ve had the opportunity to work on exciting projects and in an international environment. I also particularly like the aspect of sustainability in my work. Besides expertise in thermodynamics and process simulation, the job also calls for good project organization and English language skills. The ability to communicate is also important for working as part of a team, creating a pleasant working environment not only professionally but also on a personal level.
You’re interested in power generation and renewable energies and are nearing the end of your degree course? If you’re also looking for variety and teamwork in your job, then check out our career opportunities, and maybe you’ll soon be supporting our team as a student trainee, an intern or – like me – as a project manager.