PV Design Engineer

CSI Electrical Contractors
Santa Fe Springs, California
Nov 16, 2023
Nov 27, 2023
Engineering, Design
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
About the Role: The PV Design Engineer will be responsible for all aspects of the photovoltaic (PV) array and battery energy storage system (BESS) site layouts along with solar energy modeling. They will work closely with estimating/preconstruction and other engineering and design team members to coordinate the overall design packages and requirements and then help transition the designs to the field where they will ensure the successful construction and energization of the project.

Company Overview

Founded in 1990, CSI has emerged as a leader in highly technical and innovative electrical design and construction. We are a full-service firm with the resources and expertise to handle any commercial, industrial, or one-of-a-kind challenge. We are a trusted contractor to diverse industries, such as aerospace, biotech/pharmaceutical, education, healthcare, entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing, and retail, to name a few. Our services also include energy solutions and have earned a reputation as a premier provider of energy development, installation, and maintenance. In July 2019, CSI proudly joined the MYR Group family expanding our commercial and industrial reach. We're proud to celebrate 31 years of commitment to do all things with excellence for our customers, ourselves, and our craft. We Build Better.

Essential Functions

The analysis of solar energy projects involves working across a range of responsibilities, including:
  • Meteorological data evaluation
  • Review of RFP engineering exhibits as they relate to PV & BESS production and design
  • Define site constraints and buildable areas for solar PV array
  • Development of PV models and application of modeling techniques
  • Perform finance-grade solar energy resource assessment (SERA)
  • Independent engineering report writing, evaluation
  • PV module analysis and recommendation
  • Inverter topology and recommendation
  • Assist with PV tracker topology, technology analysis and recommendations
  • Plant design package reviews
  • Support estimating/preconstruction and business development
  • Reviews of commercial agreements including Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), Interconnection Agreements, Service Contracts, Facility Studies
This includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Work alongside the Business Development, Estimating, and Engineering teams to create preliminary site layouts and single line drawings (DC and AC) for project proposals.
  • Provides engineering support for proposals, estimating, procurement and construction.
  • Provides technical support to personnel/cross functional teams supporting the assigned project by performing moderate level engineering tasks, calculations, data analysis, and studies as needed to develop preliminary detailed scopes of work on large and small projects.
  • Assess the solar resources and expected energy output of proposed solar projects to optimize the solar field size and output.
  • Review, validation, and analysis of meteorological data for solar resource assessments.
  • Estimation of plant losses and calculation of assessment uncertainties.
  • Assist with design and optimization of solar PV systems to meet project requirements, minimize cost and propose value.
  • Convey results and findings by means of discussions, graphic-based presentations, and project documentation.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with various equipment (modules, racking, inverters, disconnects, combiners, etc.) used for proper design and installation of solar projects.
  • Understand manufacturer's installation guidelines by creating site plans and single line drawings.
  • Review and approve equipment vendor drawings on major equipment from manufacturers.
  • Conducts project detailed design and QA/QC reviews for completeness and accuracy of internal and external design documents that align with our customer requirements and CSI's best practice standards.
  • Perform site visits as needed to verify that construction is in agreement with engineering design drawings, including preparatory meetings, and QA/QC.
  • Prioritize, multitask, and follow through on assigned tasks and projects with minimal supervision.
  • Assure proper documentation of technical data generated for the assigned projects and/or tasks are consistent with engineering best practices and policies.
Other Duties
  • Works independently with direction from Project Design Manager.
  • Coordinate with other engineering disciplines, Project Managers, Directors and Operations personnel to successfully deliver design projects.
  • Create and update database of design records for future reference.
  • Attend mandatory training sessions on new products, installation methodology, and safety.
  • Initiates and maintains contacts with key engineers in other companies, suppliers and industry associations to maintain their technical expertise.
About You: Qualifications
  • Preferred graduate of four-year college or university with Bachelor of Science in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or related Engineering program. Strongly preferred the degree is from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  • Possess a minimum of 4 to 8 years of related work experience (Can be a combination of trade & relevant work experience).
  • Competency with solar meteorological data, experience with solar energy simulation modeling, independent engineering and nuances of design, solar technology, and analysis of operational project data and performance.
  • Experience in utility-scale solar/PV projects, highly preferred.
  • This position will require both office and field time with the ability to work remotely.
  • Positive attitude, showing customer focus and the initiative and ability to work independently
  • Moderate level of understanding of discipline specific technical designs, engineering principles, business standards, practices, procedures, and product / program requirements
  • Experienced in the practice of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting recommendations
  • Ability to apply engineering theories and principles to review and evaluate design drawings to determine if the design meets the contractual requirements, construction best practices and budget.
  • Has a firm understanding of the principles of Project Management
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite of products, AutoCAD 2D, BlueBeam, PVSyst, and other web-based software applications.
  • Proactive attitude, showing initiative and the ability to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and follow through on assigned tasks and projects with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work in a fast-moving environment while maintaining a positive attitude in stressful situations and adapt to changing job requirements
Physical Demands
  • Frequently works outdoors on uneven surfaces.
  • May be required to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • May be required to stoop, bend, and crouch.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%.
Work Environment
  • Works in a climate-controlled environment at least 50% of the time.
  • When in the field, may work in varying weather conditions: hot, cold, and wet conditions.
  • When in the field, will work in areas with large industrial equipment subject to high noise levels.
  • May occasionally work in areas with hazardous chemicals.
What We Offer: Benefits
  • Amazing Company Culture - We have a culture of trust, teamwork, performance, and commitment that drives our success.
  • Competitive Salaries - We pride ourselves in offering above industry average salaries based on talent and experience.
  • 401K Matching & Profit Sharing - We believe good work should be rewarded and provide 401k matching and profit sharing.
  • Awesome Health, Dental, & Vision Insurance - We provide a wide variety of insurance options to meet you and your family's needs.
Our Values
  • We strive to do the right thing always. We are committed to being honest and trustworthy and we always deliver on our promises.
  • We have a deep respect for our customers, each other, and our families. We treat every project as our own and are driven to provide the best customer experience and final product.
  • We believe that building better includes making intentional investments in our people and communities. Because of this, CSI gives back a percentage of our profits to local and national charities that are near and dear to our hearts.
Position may be subject to pre-employment screening, which may include background check and drug testing. Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process, contact our Employment Hotline at 1-.

MYR Group, Inc. and our subsidiaries are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers. We promote diversity of thought, culture, and background, which connects our family of brands. We are committed to a work environment that supports, inspires, and respects all individuals and in which personnel processes are merit-based and applied without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age . click apply for full job details