Black & Veatch Lead Solar Electrical Engineer in Walnut Creek, California

Lead Solar Electrical Engineer

CA-Walnut Creek


Date published:24-Feb-2018

Opportunity:Experienced Hire

Business Line:Power

Business Plan:ENG


With hundreds of experienced staff, 40 years of experience, and over a thousand completed projects, Black & Veatch is a leader in the renewable energy industry. From planning and consulting through engineering and construction, we offer solutions for all major renewable energy technologies including solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass, hydro, marine energy, solar thermal, and geothermal.

Black & Veatch has been actively engaged in the solar industry for decades, including involvement in nearly half of the utility-scale PV plants currently operating in North America (on a MW basis). We are owner’s engineer for some of the largest solar projects in the world, and we have provided construction monitoring services on over 4,500 MW of solar PV facilities.

Primary Purpose:

Functions as a technical specialist or in a lead role. With minimal supervision, applies advanced engineering techniques and analyses for problems and methods. Expands knowledge and skill set in area of discipline. May start to expand knowledge in other disciplines and/or functional areas.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

This individual will be involved in all aspects of electrical design for solar photovoltaic projects, both distributed and utility scale generation. The position will focus on conceptual and detailed design, procurement specification, design review, construction oversight, and owner’s engineer support.

The primary focus would be on medium and low voltage power distribution systems and electrical infrastructure such as modules, combiner boxes, inverters, transformers, collection systems, switchgear, and SCADA. A focus on design optimization for cost reduction and performance increase is required.

Our Lead Solar Electrical Engineers have the ability to support projects from concept through operations. The position will include a wide variety of diverse assignments including: due diligence, siting, feasibility studies, new technology evaluation, project proposal evaluation, conceptual design, detailed design, design review, performance estimates, and cost estimates. The position will work closely with senior managers and engineers in the local office and across the globe.

The position will entail interaction with clients including: utilities, energy project developers, financial institutions, energy end-users, investors, government agencies, and other organizations.

Essential responsibilities will include preparing designs for assigned projects, which may include analysis, calculations, research, equipment selection, layout, etc., necessary to develop required design documents. Coordinate work with others in multi-disciplinary teams. Identify and understand client issues, and work collaboratively to develop and communicate creative solutions. This position also requires working knowledge of solar performance modeling.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing. Minimum of 5 years related work experience All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

? Specific knowledge of solar energy technologies is required.

? Competence with the NEC.

? Minimum of 5 years of experience performing related duties in the solar or related energy industry.

? Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

? Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly through formal reports, presentations, memoranda, and email.

? Demonstrated ability to function equally well in collaborative, multi-discipline teams, and self-directed independent assignments.

? Must be self-motivated, with an ability to balance multiple projects while working under tight deadlines.

? Must have experience with solar energy projects, and specific experience with all major electrical equipment in a PV solar power plant.

? Experience with utility interconnection procedures and processes and solar production modeling a plus.

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