Electrical Engineering (Micro-grid) Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as an Electrical Engineering (Micro-grid) Specialist for Centro de Tecnología Avanzada (CIATEQ A.C.) in Jalisco state, Mexico. Smart Cities are cities that, through the application of technology in their different areas, are transformed into more efficient locations making better use of their resources, saving energy, improving the services delivered and promoting sustainable development. They are complex systems in real time that generate large amounts of data that, when used in combination with information technology and computer systems, can help overcome present and future challenges. One of such challenges is the efficient and sustainable use of energy sources to meet the needs of city inhabitants. An alternative is to integrate renewable sources into the distribution systems through micro-grids, which allow for more efficient and autonomous energy use. CIATEQ is a public research center with the goal of developing innovative technological solutions that will increase the competitiveness of its clients while being environmentally and socially responsible. The center is interested in designing and building a renewable energy micro-grid with the purpose of studying its behavior and developing its own control algorithms.

An Electrical Engineering (Micro-grid) Specialist, with at least a degree in electrical engineering and at least 10 years of professional experience related to electrical generation, distribution, monitoring, measurement, and control systems, is needed to collaborate with the Energy Efficiency Laboratory staff. He/she will participate and advise in the selection and specification of equipment necessary to design the micro-grid, work with the team to address the issue of sensorization of the micro-grid, and collaborate in the design of production and consumption performance monitoring and evaluation strategies for the micro-grid. The PCRV will also facilitate learning opportunities for the project team members and other interested stakeholders according to the needs identified in relation to the topics relevant to the project. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of CIATEQ A.C. to use renewables energies and measure energy production and consumption.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change. Final invitation decisions will be made by early June.

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.

Partner Information

CIATEQ A.C., Centro de Tecnología Avanzada

Required Skills

• Degree in Electrical engineering. Masters preferred with a specialization in renewable energies
• At least ten years of professional experience related to electrical generation, distribution, monitoring, measurement, and control systems
• Experience using information technologies and SCADA systems
• Basic Spanish language or the willingness and ability to improve quickly Spanish language communication skills.
• Flexibility, adaptability, and professionalism given a new work environment in a new culture and within the context of the rules, regulations, and core expectations of the Peace Corps.
• Initiative, resourcefulness, and the ability to work on a team with potentially limited resources and limited supervision.
• Willingness to learn about and integrate/adapt into the Mexican culture.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Mexico

  • Mexico may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Mexico, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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