Senior Electrical Engineer (Utility Scale Solar)

Pure Power is seeking an experienced engineer to design, generate construction documents, and provide construction administration services for large utility scale solar PV systems.

About Pure Power Engineering

Pure Power is an engineering firm specializing in designing big, challenging, and high-profile solar PV systems (with or without energy storage). Our sophisticated clients know engineering isn’t a commodity and it pays in the end to have the best detailed, technically accurate, and well thought out designs. As a full-service engineering firm, our work is creating the electrical and structural drawings and calculation packages for bidding, permits, and construction, as well as supporting the lead up to the full engineering drawings, primarily interconnection support and electrical/structural feasibility studies. Pure Power has 20 engineers with over 100 years collective solar industry experience. You will be coming into a culture of constant education, improvement, and teamwork. You will challenge yourself every day to make each design and drawing set the best one yet.

Responsibilities

Provide technical leadership to our team in designing medium and large utility scale projects.  Responsibilities include the following:

  • General
    • Design and engineer utility scale PV solar systems.
    • Apply value engineering techniques specific to utility scale systems.
    • Develop construction documents using AutoCAD.
    • Travel to project sites from time to time to gather site-specific data, as required.
    • Site assessment and analysis both from on-site data collection and network tools.
    • Site specific production analysis of PV arrays using models such as PVsyst
    • Complete utility interconnection applications and building permit applications.
    • Develop detailed equipment specifications.
    • Coordinate activities between clients, utilities, permit agencies, contractors, and other engineering firms.
    • Contributing to or writing technical papers.
    • Integrating energy storage systems into the solar PV system.
    • Provide mentorship and training to new and junior engineering personnel.
  • Coordinate with Pure-Power’s in-house engineers on the construction documents.
    • Manage our in-house resources that will do the detailed interconnection designs.
    • Review drawings to ensure compliance with all requirements of the utility and IA.
    • Perform and support a variety of interconnection studies with outside utilities
    • At handoff, ensure requirements for the design are known by the engineering team.
    • We have a team of very technical engineers that can be leveraged at any point, but we need one SME to manage the overall interconnection aspect of the project.
  • Coordinate 3rd party engineering firms
    • Coordinate civil and structural engineering firms
    • Substation design firms.
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Value engineering.
    • Create designs & drawings.
    • Prepare equipment specifications.
    • Specify pad mounted and pole mounted equipment.
    • Design protection and relaying systems.
    • Review contractor’s equipment submittals and shop drawings.
    • Electrical Studies: Short circuit, load flow, coordination, arc flash, etc.
    • Site assessment and analysis both from on-site data collection and network tools.
    • Attend system startup and utility witness tests.
    • Review commissioning reports and testing results.
  • Manage the interconnection application and agreement process;
    • Create preliminary One Line & Three Line diagrams.
    • Include high level relaying or effective grounding designs as required.
    • Fill out interconnection application technical sections.
    • Review feasibility or impact study, respond to comments.
    • Negotiate favorable terms in the final agreement.
    • Estimate total interconnection costs and timelines.
    • Track high saturation areas of the grid and impact on IC cost & schedule.
  • Knowledge of Utility Standards & Incentive Requirements
    • Understand each utility’s requirements, handbook standards.
    • Develop relationships and a network of key personnel at utilities.
    • Maintaining a current working knowledge of utility regulatory agency requirements.
    • Review NERC, PUCT, ERCOT, PJM, MISO, and CAISO standards.
    • Knowledge of State or utility incentive programs’ technical requirements.
    • Ensure our designs are compliant with all requirements.
  • General
    • Manage the design all aspects of the AC interconnection on commercial and utility scale PV solar systems & energy storage systems.
    • Standardize processes and procedures.
    • Coordinate activities between clients, utilities, permit agencies, contractors, and other engineering firms.
    • While most of this work will be carried out in Pure Power’s office in Hoboken NJ, some travel to sites will be expected.
    • Integrating energy storage systems into the solar PV system.
    • Contributing to or writing technical papers.
    • Prepare a variety of technical reports, documents, and correspondence.
    • Provide mentorship and training to engineering personnel.

 
Required Qualifications

  • Considered a subject matter expert for utility scale solar.
  • 4+ years’ experience designing solar PV systems.
  • Mastery of the National Electrical Code
  • 4+ years’ experience working with AutoCAD with an understanding of layer control, dimensioning and scaling, sheet sets, blocks, xrefs, line weights, plot files, and file transmission.
  • Medium Voltage design experience
  • 2+ years’ experience managing a team
  • Ability to communicate among construction, technical and non-technical personnel, both internally and outside the company.

 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • 4+ years’ experience installing utility scale systems.
  • Experience in traditional building design with a MEP firm.
  • Substation design experience
  • Short circuit, coordination, arc flash studies
  • SKM PowerTools, ETAP, and other software.
  • Experience with Solar PV design software including: SunDat and Helios
  • Energy storage systems
  • Hands on experience commissioning, testing, and troubleshooting solar PV systems.
  • NABCEP certification.
  • MS in electrical engineering, or other related discipline.


Location
Pure Power is in the exciting downtown area of Hoboken, just steps away from the Hoboken train station that has NJ Transit trains from throughout north Jersey and PATH and Ferry options from NYC. We can provide parking for those that wish to drive to the office. 

Compensation and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  We offer healthcare plans, long-term and short-term disability, life insurance, dental, vision and 401K.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: Pure Power is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

Please note: potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.

 

Email resumes to careers@purepower.com.