Career Details for Solar Energy Systems Engineers

Solar Energy Systems Engineers

Also called:

Energy Systems Laboratory Director, Engineering Vice President, Renewable Energy Division Manager, Solar Engineer

What they do:

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.

On the job, you would:

  • Create plans for solar energy system development, monitoring, and evaluation activities.
  • 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.

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Engineering and Technology

  • product and service development
  • design

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Business

  • customer service

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Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

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Verbal

  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • use rules to solve problems
  • come up with lots of ideas

Math

  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Cooperation

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software

  • SolTrace
  • The MathWorks MATLAB

Computer aided design CAD software

  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel

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bachelor's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

outlook
BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$97,300


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.

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