Engineers turn ideas into reality.

Engineers are essential in the energy industry by helping improve systems and creating more efficient ways to generate, transmit, and use power from the power plant to your home.

Engineers turn ideas into reality.

Engineers are essential to the energy industry. They help improve systems and create more efficient ways to generate power, transmit it from power plants, and put it to use in our homes.

Solar Energy Systems

Solar Energy Systems engineers perform site-specific engineering analysis or evaluation of energy efficiency and solar projects involving residential, commercial, or industrial customers. They design solar domestic hot water and space heating systems for new and existing structures by applying knowledge of structural energy requirements, local climates, solar technology, and thermodynamics.

Solar Energy Systems Engineer Skills:

  • Conduct engineering site audits to collect structural, electrical, and related site information for use in the design of residential or commercial solar power systems.
  • Design or coordinate design of photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems, including system components, for residential and commercial buildings.
  • Create checklists for review or inspection of completed solar installation projects.
  • Create electrical single-line diagrams, panel schedules, or connection diagrams for solar electric systems using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Create plans for solar energy system development, monitoring, and evaluation activities.
  • Develop design specifications and functional requirements for residential, commercial, or industrial solar energy systems or components.
  • Perform computer simulation of solar PV generation system performance or energy production to optimize efficiency.
  • Provide technical direction or support to installation teams during installation, start-up, testing, system commissioning, or performance monitoring.
  • Design or develop vacuum tube collector systems for solar applications.
  • Develop standard operation procedures and quality or safety standards for solar installation work.

Education/Experience Needed

An entry-level engineer needs a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or the equivalent. To view a list of available degree programs in your area, use the Google Map locator.

Salary

Median Annual Solar Energy Systems Engineer Salary: $97,250
From O*NET 8/2018