Scope of Position
The qualified Advanced Solar Technician performs unsupervised field maintenances, troubleshooting and general resets on specific solar generators and its associated components. The advanced level solar technician is expected to understand and follow procedures as provided through service manuals, Control Instructions, Work Instructions, and other pertinent documents or instructions as provided by company supervisory personnel. The advanced solar technician is expected to know and follow established safety guidelines and will seek guidance in matters for which they may be uncertain or unfamiliar as well as being able to lead a maintenance crew and provide basic Solar Technician Training.
- 25% Complete unsupervised preventative/unscheduled maintenances on utility-scale photovoltaic power plants and storage systems in a timely manner.
- 15% Inspection of solar modules, the use of testing equipment such as IR camera, IV curve tracer, multimeter, amp clamps, inclinometers, and electrical megohmmeter.
- 10% Accurately complete, on a daily basis, maintenance logs, work orders, time cards, service reports, and any other required paperwork or computer work for the specific project / assignment.
- 25% Safely perform OEM testing, troubleshooting, repairs and upgrades / revisions to a broad range of equipment in the renewable industry.
- 25 % Monitoring systems, as well as other components, of large PV power plants and energy storage systems as well as performing resets as needed on faulted equipment.
- Conduct site safety assessments and identify all safety hazards on job site, follow safety regulations and work procedures, lead daily safety meetings, and accurately fill out required safety documentation, as well as seeking guidance from a competent source for all work for which they are unfamiliar with or do not feel safe performing.
- Recommission PV systems, including but not limited to; insulation testing, IV curve testing, thermal imagery, torque testing, and performance evaluations.
- Review project plans, specifications and installation instructions to ensure that the project is built according to the approved design and specification.
- Participate in 24/7 on-call rotation.
- All other duties as assigned.
Supervision of Others:
During certain situations, may have to oversee contractors and sub-contractors to support site(s). The Advanced Solar Technician will also oversee and train Basic Solar Technicians on preventative maintenances.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactory. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Two (2) + years of electrical experience with successful completion of the advanced solar technician training course
- Working knowledge of solar industry best practices, NEC requirements, and diagnosis / repair of solar generator failures.
- Ability to work well with sub-contractors in resolution of issues identified in the field during that phase of a project.
- NABCEP certification a plus.
- High School diploma or equivalent; or up to two years of related experience or training; or combination of education and experience.
- Mastery of an Advanced Solar Technician Level training program.
- Knowledge of electrical code and OSHA regulations
- Ability to work independently.
- Knowledgeable in all Microsoft Suite applications; Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams.
- Working knowledge of the National Electrical Code.
Requires knowledge of
- Must be able to communicate clearly and instruct less experienced technicians for which they may be partnered, on how to complete maintenances for
- the solar generator(s) they jointly maintain.
- Must be competent at filling out work orders, Control Instructions for maintenances, Inspection Forms, Parts Sheets, and other job-related forms.
- Skilled in the use of electrical test instruments for the purpose of checking for the presence of voltage and resistance measurements on de-energizedcircuits and the knowledge of in-depth testing and troubleshooting of medium and high voltage equipment.
- Competence in solar inverters and knowledge of DC – AC generation theory.
- Have an understanding of fasteners types and techniques.
- Must be able to read and interpret basic schematics and technical data.
- Knowledge in electrical safety and arc flash standards.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to: stand, use hands and fingers to handle, or feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to lift and/or move up to 35 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Able to work in an electrical-mechanical environment. This may have been achieved through formal training, previous work experience or the ability to demonstrate that an individual is electro-mechanically inclined.
- Able to stand for extended periods of time and walk multiple miles.
- Able to operate company vehicles (field trucks) both on site as well as on public roads and highways. Must have a current driver’s license with a good DMV printout.
- Demonstrate good work habits, including but not limited to attendance, and maintaining a neat and orderly work environment.
10% of time is spent in the office environment, utilizing computers (frequent use of various Microsoft software/programs), phones, and general office equipment.
90% of time is spent outside of the office visiting vendors’ and/or internal customers’ sites in additional to attending various conferences and meetings.
This position requires working on platforms or skids, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, and the repetitive use of legs, arms, hands and fingers. The employee will work eight (8) hours a day, forty (40) hours a week, and overtime and night shifts as required.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to:
- Extreme weather conditions, including cold, heat, rain, wind, etc.
- Moving mechanical parts and vibration
- Confined spaces
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Support site budget by ensuring costs are within budget and maintenances and repairs are made in a timely manner by finding efficiencies.