Senior PV Design Engineer

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Senior PV Design Engineer

Job Title: Senior PV Design Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: USA
Reference: DH18
Contact Name: Dale Howell
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Job Published: May 17, 2016 09:40

Job Description

The Senior PV Design Engineer provides design deliverables to support commercial and/or utility-scale solar electric systems. He/she will execute engineering and technical tasks of assigned projects from early stage site evaluation through complete permitted PV system design package and handover to Construction. The PV Design Engineer will identify the most appropriate technical and material solutions for each project as well as perform detailed design calculations. Deliverables include equipment specifications, concept design drawings, site evaluation reports, completed interconnection forms, three-line electrical diagrams, final design drawings and specifications, and other supporting detail as required. The Sr. PV Design Engineer may also provide some day to day supervision over the commercial engineering team. This role may include review and approval of production models, engineering sales support documents and complete PV system designs and calculations.  
Key Responsibilities: 

  • Design complete large-scale commercial or utility-scale PV systems, including but not limited to, mounting systems, electrical configurations, requisite wire and conduit sizing according to NEC and Company’s voltage drop standards, and generation of BOMs and detailed system production modeling.
  • Prepare technical drawings, specifications of PV systems to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
  • Conduct detailed site evaluations for targeted projects, including but not limited to, due diligence review, proposal development and pre-engineering support to Sales, Finance and Construction.
  • Manage and work closely with equipment vendors to identify technical challenges and create new solutions.
  • Coordinate with structural, electrical, geotechnical, and civil Professional Engineers during design process to assure the design meets technical and code requirements.  Manage professional engineer review process to obtain PE stamps on drawing packages.
  • Work closely with and manage 3rd party professional surveyor to document existing site conditions, local and federal codes and requirements for construction.
  • Provide technical support to Commercial Sales, and Finance for the development of technical proposals and customer presentations.
  • Participate in meetings and technical presentations to customers, investors and PV technical community.
  • Provide engineering/technical input and direction to site evaluation and characterization, permitting, power purchase agreements, interconnect agreements, financial modeling, and other project development aspects.
  • Work with appropriate electric utilities to prepare and process interconnection paperwork; provide technical support and management of the interconnection process.
  • Review specifications for purchases of materials or equipment.
  • Identify appropriate equipment for use in PV systems and perform technical qualification of vendors.
  • Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.
  • Opportunity to travel nationwide to conduct site visits to potential solar PV project locations and ongoing projects under construction.
  • Inspect completed installations and observe operations to ensure conformance to design and equipment specifications and compliance with NEC, operational, and safety standards.
  • Provide on-going technical support to project construction team during construction of PV systems.
  • Review of other design engineers’ work during design phase.
  • Maintain constant communication with key members of Sales and other departments as needed to ensure optimal system design, including but not limited to, design workload reporting for use in forecasting and scheduling.
  • Develop necessary customer deliverables such as concept module layouts, single line diagrams, equipment or material specifications, engineering validation, 3-D renderings and photo simulations.
  • Provide engineering and/or technical input and direction relevant to site evaluation and characterization, permitting, Power Purchase Agreements, Interconnection Agreements, financial modeling, and related project development tasks.
  • Perform detailed energy production modeling calculations, string sizing, PV array to inverter matching, voltage drop, as well as orientation and inter-row spacing analysis.
  • Perform electricity tariff analysis, electricity bill analysis, and load versus energy generation analysis.
  • Engage in Request for Proposal (RFP) review, technical writing, and response coordination
  • Maintain a deep understanding of the National Electrical Code (NEC), the International Building Code (IBC), and the International Fire Code (IFC), National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
  • Learn to use PVsyst, HelioScope, Google Sketch-up, and Microsoft Excel
  • Meets and/or exceeds established performance objectives of assigned duties as defined and communicated by management.
  • Ability to work within a team as well as mentor and manage other team members.

Key Requirements:

  • BS degree in an engineering discipline, (i.e. BSEE, BSME, BSCE, BSChE) – Electrical Engineering degree is preferred
  • NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification a plus
  • 5 years minimum engineering experience
  • 2 years experience in electrical, mechanical, structural, or civil engineering design
  • Prior experience in the solar industry highly desirable, specifically in commercial, utility and distributed generation.
  • Project experience to include project development and permitting, conceptual and detailed design, project engineering.


  • Familiarity with the National Electric Code (NEC) as pertaining to photovoltaics.
  • Must possess technical knowledge of related engineering systems, equipment,
    engineering calculations, and construction methods/materials.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Ability to work within a team as well as mentor and manage other team members.
  • Strong computing skills including MS Office Suite and AutoCAD.
  • Organized with the ability to simultaneously manage multiple design projects.
  • Successfully pass pre-employment background check and drug screen.                                          

What our Clients offer:

Health Coverage (Medical, Prescription, Dental and Vision)

  • 401(k) with Company Discretionary Matching
  • Company Paid Short-Term Disability
  • Company Paid Long-Term Disability
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 15 Days Paid Time Off
  • Business Casual Work Environment


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