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Solar Energy Systems Engineers

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Perform site-specific engineering analysis or evaluation of energy efficiency and solar projects involving residential, commercial, or industrial customers. Design solar domestic hot water and space heating systems for new and existing structures, applying knowledge of structural energy requirements, local climates, solar technology, and thermodynamics.

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

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    6
    Abilities
    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge
    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $90,780/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $43.64/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 7,380
    • Yearly Projected Openings 530
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Spectrometers
    • Semiconductor process systems
    • Power meters
    • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
    • Coulometers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Project management software
    • Office suite software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.