Solar PV Structural Engineer

Posted on: Apr 15, 2021

Location: Nationwide

Job Overview

The position of Solar PV Structural Engineer is to support the design of utility scale solar projects nationwide. The position is primarily responsible for activities related to the structural engineering and design of Solar Photovoltaic projects including site plans, pile post plans, bill of materials, structure loading diagrams, structure design and fabrication details, driven pile design, foundation design, construction details, and supporting calculation package. This individual serves as a member of an integrated design team and is responsible for coordinating civil design alongside other disciplines to meet project schedules and deliverables.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Engineers and manages Structural Engineering scope of utility solar facilities
  • Produces and reviews full design packages including site plans, pile post plans, bill of materials, structure loading diagrams, structure design and fabrication details, driven pile design, foundation design, construction details, and supporting calculation package
  • Develops structural loading for solar trackers and support systems, driven piles, skid and slab mounted equipment, and equipment enclosures using ASCE 7, IBC, CBC, and other appropriate standards
  • Designs and analyzes of driven pile, concrete drilled piers, footers, slab on grade and mat type foundations
  • Performs detailed selection of equipment/hardware
  • Writes and reviews material, construction, and steel specifications
  • Creates project schedules and project/construction cost estimates
  • Reviews submittals for conformance with specifications and design
  • Prepares hand and computer-based calculations and models for structural designs; creates a simple hand check to quantify the computer-aided results
  • Prepares a variety of documents and reports associated with projects including cost estimates, budget reports, proposals, and studies
  • Performs field inspection and construction supervision services
  • Reviews the work of designers, drafters, and field service personnel for general quality and ensures accuracy as required
  • Researches and evaluates local AHJ design and code requirement and standards
  • Works with other project team members to produce project deliverables as assigned
  • Responsible for project planning, scheduling, and coordination, for small to large scale projects
  • Supports business development and assists with marketing tasks and preparing proposals
  • Interprets requests for proposals for projects, understands scope and develops cost estimates, schedules, and assumptions
  • Assists with client contacts and communication pertaining to specific assignments and meetings
  • Engages in lifelong learning to maintain knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Provides technical assistance and training for junior engineers
  • Assigns work and coordinates work with entry-level engineers, technicians, or administrative staff
  • Provides pre-sales technical support to customers and the NEI outside sales team
  • Reviews customer specifications and assist in formulating and communicating the commercial strategy to best address customer needs
  • Develops and maintains outstanding company-client relationships
  • Maintains high ethical and professional standards
  • Attends conferences, training workshops, seminars, regular undergraduate and graduate classes as appropriate for advancement and as required to maintain quality of work
  • Attends safety training and adhere to all safety rules and guidelines

Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong understanding of structural analysis, including steel, aluminum, and concrete design
  • Ability to develop staff through mentoring
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office including Excel, Word, Project
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with customers and internal personnel; exercises strong intrapersonal skills
  • Must be self-motivated, well-organized, and a skilled decision maker that is comfortable in a fast-paced design environment
  • Possesses excellent problem-solving skills
  • Commercial understanding of the engineering or construction industries

Qualifications & Experience

  • Must be able to legally work in the United States
  • Experience: 4+ years of experience in a similar engineering or proposal role
  • Education: Bachelor’s in Civil/Structural Engineering or similar field from an accredited institution
  • Possess a strong understanding of the ASCE 7 loading and applicable IBC, ACI, AISC, ANSI, ASTM, IEC and IEEE standards for solar plant design
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD required or can obtain within six (6) months of employment
  • Proficiency or can obtain proficiency within six (6) months of employment with SAP2000, STAAD, Revit, L-pile, or other structural analysis software

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office setting and some field work is also required.
Travel is required (approximately 0-10%).
Must be able to lift 25lbs.
Employee is responsible for managing their own work schedule with input from supervisor and completing assigned tasks.

Employee should identify discrepancies in assigned work and bring to attention of supervisor or engineer responsible for the project in a timely manner. Employee’s work product should be self-checked in a manner that is suitable for review by the supervisor or engineer responsible for the project.

Salary Range

$60,000 – $110,000

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