Solar Energy Systems Engineers
Power Systems Engineer,
Solar Design 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.
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What do they typically do on the job?
- 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 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.
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People who want to pursue this career have knowledge in these areas.
Engineering and Technology
Product and service development
Math and Science
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
Whether you have received formal training or not, these types of abilities are helpful in this career.
Communicate by writing
Read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
Notice when problems happen
Use rules to solve problems
Choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide
People who want to pursue this career have skills in these areas.
Reading work related information
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
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
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
Work values describe how your core beliefs align with those commonly needed for this career.
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
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