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PV Design Engineer at GPAC

PV Design Engineer

GPAC Detroit, MI Full-Time
$50,000 - $80,000/Year
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The Design Engineer takes the initial system concept from the sales team and translate them into fully detailed construction ready designs.

Major Responsibilities of PV Design Engineer

• Calculations & design for PV systems – mainly dealing with physical racking layouts (roof and ground), AC/DC electrical design, DC stringing, NEC code compliance, fire / building code compliance, and project requirements

• Accurate BOM preparation of electrical and racking components

• Overseeing project execution from design phase to job completion

• Utilization of custom software tools to design PV ground mounted and roof top systems (Aurora, PVCad)

• Perform accurate system sizing calculations

• Create electrical single/three-line diagrams, panel schedules, or connection diagrams for solar electric systems, using computer-aided design (AutoCAD experience preferred)

• Run production (PVWatts, PVSyst, etc.) reports for system production estimates

• Develop optimal designs with SLD, PML, conduit and wire scheduling, routing and equipment plans

• Execute designs that adhere to grid compliance and permitting requirements

• Coordinate with Sales team to develop complete proposal packages

• Work across functionally with sales, project management, and installation teams to ensure clients’ needs and internal deadlines are met.

Requirements of PV Design Engineer

• 1 plus years of experience in solar PV system design, residential, commercial, or utility scale.

• Must be proficient in AutoCAD and related Autodesk software.

• Must be proficient in PVSyst and related solar performance modeling software.

• Demonstrated electrical, structural and mechanical design skills, with the ability to generate accurate, and highly detailed construction drawings.

• Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal skills, including the ability to communicate in a positive manner with project managers, other engineering/design team members, management and installation contractors to foster an environment of superior coordination.

• Good problem solving and critical thinking abilities and a proactive work ethic. Must take accountability of own body of work, closing each project by design completion efficiently, while maintaining accuracy and strict attention to detail.

• Willingness and ability to clearly define objectives, exercise sound technical judgment, take on increasing levels of responsibility and to thrive in a small, flexible and dynamic work environment.

• Strong ability to apply innovative and creative skills to problem solving

• Experience with on-site troubleshooting of technology and automation of manual processes

• Knowledge of National Electric Code is preferred.


• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or other related field

• Minimum two years in PV Solar construction management or PV Solar design

• Working knowledge of NEC code and NE safety code a plus

• Basic understanding of construction techniques and project management practices

• Current driver’s license

Apply directly to Nick Patrick @

- For more information on this position or other openings please reach out to Nick Patrick
(605) 705-6234

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, age, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable laws or regulations.

GPAC (Growing People and Companies) is an award-winning search firm specializing in placing quality professionals within multiple industries across the United States since 1990. We are extremely competitive, client-focused and realize that our value is in our ability to deliver the right solutions at the right time.

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