• Protocol Test Engineer

    Location NL-Arnhem
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    Are you eager to learn about globally standardized data communication protocols that enable smart grids and are key for the interoperability between devices in the power industry?


    Apply now and become our new colleague!


    In a typical energy IT environment, several components and devices from different manufacturers have to interoperate flawlessly. Communication standards are a basic requirement to realize open infrastructures and device interoperability. Energy companies often require that a product passes a conformance test before they will proceed to purchase. The test will reveal any interpretation problems and bugs in the software at an early stage (before implementation on the customer’s site).


    In DNV GL’s experience, more than 90 percent of devices fail the first test.


    It has been proven that using certified products significantly reduces communication problems when a device enters service.


    In Arnhem, we operate the world’s first accredited IEC 61850 level A test lab and within DNV GL we are the centre of excellence on data communication protocols.

    Also, externally our lab is recognized as leading the industry, this is shown in the higher number of tests/year compared to our direct competition.


    To keep up with market demand, we’re looking for a Protocol Test Engineer to strengthen our team.


    As a Protocol Test Engineer, you perform interoperability and conformance tests on products to analyze and determine if they confirm with globally standardized communication protocols, such as IEC 61850 and DNP3.0. Our customers are either manufacturers who require their products to be tested, or utilities who are applying those products in their grid.

    You will execute the tests, with test tools that are developed by DNV GL, in our Arnhem lab or at the customer site.

    Next to working with our test tools, it is also possible to play a role in the development of our test tools.


    Based on your background, experience and ambition, we will create a plan together with you for your development for the next few years. We will do this through our 70-20-10 philosophy: 70% learning on the job, 20% coaching and 10% training.


    Tasks and responsibilities:


    As a Protocol Test Engineer, you will first learn about all the protocols, then execute tests together with colleagues and eventually you will be responsible for executing interoperability and conformance tests by yourself.


    And also, you will:

    • Support with the development of proposals
    • Write test reports
    • Remain in close contact with your customers during the execution of a test
    • Maintain our quality systems
    • Contribute to the development of current and new services 

    Position Qualifications

    We’re looking for a new colleague who has a flexible attitude, is pro-active and eager to learn new things.


    Next to the above:

    • You have a background in Electrical, Electronic or IT Engineering
    • Your English and Dutch language skills are strong, verbal and in writing
    • You are available to travel (inter)nationally on a regular basis (about 30% of your time)
    • You are a team player but also able to able to work independently
    • You never compromise on quality in your work
    • It's a big plus if you have knowledge of software development
    • You take responsibility for your own tasks and competences

    Our offer:


    We’re offering a challenging, varied and responsible job in a dynamic and international environment. You will be part of a team of about 200 committed professionals. Your home office will be our Energy headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands. We offer you plenty of opportunities for personal growth, according to our 70-20-10 philosophy: 70% learning on the job, 20% coaching and 10% training. Naturally, the position is rewarded appropriately, including good fringe benefits such as a permanent contract, 38-hour work week, 30 leave days with option to sell or buy extra days, laptop, smart phone and expense allowance.

    Company & Business Area Description

    Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries.


    Combining leading technical and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, DNV GL empowers our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.


    Originated in 1864, DNV GL operates globally in more than 100 countries with our 15,000 professionals dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


    DNV GL – Energy, with more than 2,300 experts in over 30 countries around the world, is committed to driving the global transition toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. With a heritage of 150 years, we specialize in providing world-class, innovative solutions in the fields of business & technical consultancy, testing, inspections & certification, risk management, and verification.

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