Design Engineer

February 14, 2013 - March 30, 2013
Location:Columbia, MD
Salary Range:Commensurate with experience
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Exempt
Benefits:Yes
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:EPC Engineering & Construction
Description:Candidate will have responsibility for photovoltaic (PV) engineering deliverables. Will have technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, and executing assignments. Will have business responsibility for providing project deliverables on time and on budget with high quality.

Candidtate will be responsible for multiple client interactions, including scoping, status reporting, and discussion and review of project deliverables.

Specifically, candidates need to have an understanding and working experience with PV power systems and components, including PV modules, racking and tracking systems, inverters, balance-of-system (AC and DC), transformers, switchgear, revenue metering, and data acquisition systems.
Duties:Responsibilities:
• Design and engineering tasks to support commercial EPC projects, commercial EPC business development, and new product/vendor integration.
• PV system design and design review; selection and specification of equipment and materials for PV projects.
• Create CAD drawings of PV systems for proposal, design, and permit applications.
• Interface with senior management, clients, and product manufacturers.
• Conduct site assessment and support of project development efforts, including system energy modeling and energy estimates.
• Communication with project managers who coordinate scheduling and permitting for system installation
• Technology evaluation and risk assessment, technical report writing.
• Utility interconnection and transmission evaluation.
• Review of EPC, O&M, and performance guarantees.
• Equipment commissioning and/or testing and travel to client and remote sites.

Physical Environment:
Most time will be spent in an office environment, but occasional site visits and surveys may be performed in new construction and existing buildings – this typically includes attics, basements, and mechanical/electrical rooms.

Physical Demands:
Will be on job sites occasionally – on roofs, climbing ladders, etc. Significant time spent on the phone and working on computer
Qualifications:Technical Requirements:
• Knowledge of construction practices – including electrical, structural, and mechanical
• Commercial PV design experience, especially electrical design
• Experience with industry standard PV systems and energy modeling tools
• Knowledge of National Electric Code and other model codes
• Project management experience
• Computer based drafting experience (AutoCAD)
• Organized and detail oriented

Desired Skills:
• Able to manage multiple project efforts, prioritize tasks and resources
• Good written and spoken communications skills
• PV installation experience
• Experience with power flow analyses and power systems design
• Experience with cost/benefit analysis
• Experience with data monitoring and performance evaluation

Experience & Educational Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and 3 to 5 years relevant experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in math or science and 7 years of relevant experience

Special Skills:
• Experience with Microsoft-based systems and software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
• Experience with computer-based energy performance modeling tools
• Proficiency in AutoCAD, or equivalent
• Demonstrated technical writing/communication skills

Desired License or Certifications:
• EIT (Engineer in Training)
• NABCEP Certified


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