Solar energy/solar power engineers are in growing demand. Industrialized nations are moving the way of green energy as they are trying to reduce negative impacts on the environment. Because of this, many more jobs for solar energy/solar power engineers are becoming available today.
Solar energy/solar power engineers are major players in the clean energy sector so their contributions are invaluable. In this position, the engineer can design everything from different solar energy apparatuses to solar plants.
Solar energy/solar power engineers primarily work regular office hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, as power plants never close, some engineers work overnight and on the weekends as well. Depending on the size of the plant, they may work with other engineers or with the aid of technicians. The work is spread through several different working environment such as outdoors where solar panels are, and indoors in different kinds of rooms including an electrical room or operating station. Solar energy/solar power engineers generally report to a managing operator or the head of a power plant.
Requirements for working in this position include a degree in computer or electrical engineering or similar fields. Most employers prefer that their engineers have several years of experience in electrical systems and in the solar energy field. This job sector will only continue to grow as countries move away from using fossil fuels. Solar energy/solar power engineers will play a major part in the further development of clean energy and will be a big factor in cleaning up the environment as a result.
Solar Energy / Solar Power Engineer Tasks
Create plans for solar energy system development, as well as monitoring and evaluation activities.
Design photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems, including system components.
Perform site-specific audits to collect structural, electrical and related information for use in the design of residential, commercial, or industrial solar power systems.
May utilize computer simulations of solar power generation performance or production to optimize efficiency.