Profession solar energy engineer

Solar energy engineers design systems which generate electrical energy from sunlight, such as photovoltaic systems. They design and construct systems which optimise the energy output from solar power, and the sustainability of the production process of solar systems.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Electrical engineering

    Understand electrical engineering, a field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Thermodynamics

    The branch of physics that deals with the relationships between heat and other forms of energy..

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Energy market

    The trends and major driving factors in the energy trading market, energy trades methodologies and practice, and the identification of the major stakeholders in the energy sector.

  • Solar energy

    The energy which originates from light and heat from the sun, and which can be harnessed and used as a renewable source of energy using different technologies, such as photovoltaics (PV) for electricity production and solar thermal energy (STE) for thermal energy generation.

  • Power engineering

    Subdiscipline of energy and electrical engineering which specialises in the generation, transmission, distribution, and usage of electrical power through the connection of electrical devices to motors, generators, and transformers, such as an AC-DC power adapter.

  • Types of photovoltaic panels

    Different types of photovoltaic cells and panels, with different efficiencies in different types of weather, costs, durability and lifespan ratings, and mounting possibilities.

  • Energy

    Power capacity in the form of mechanical, electrical, heat, potential, or other energy from chemical or physical resources, which can be used to drive a physical system.

Skills

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Maintain concentrated solar power systems

    Perform routine maintenance as well as repairs on systems which use reflective materials, such as lenses and mirrors, and tracking systems to concentrate sunlight into a beam, which powers an electrical power plant through its heat generation.

  • Use thermal analysis

    Use software tools such as Icepak, Fluens and FloTHERM as a means to develop and optimize thermal control designs in order to cope with a wide range of difficult problems regarding thermal products and properties of thermal materials.

  • Design solar energy systems

    Develop design specifications for solar energy systems and their components. Create checklists for the inspection and monitoring of completed solar installation projects.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Manage engineering project

    Manage engineering project resources, budget, deadlines, and human resources, and plan schedules as well as any technical activities pertinent to the project.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Create AutoCAD drawings

    Create As-Built municipal drawings using AutoCAD.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Adjust voltage

    Adjust voltage in electrical equipment.

  • Examine engineering principles

    Analyse the principles that need to be considered for engineering designs and projects such as functionality, replicability, costs and other principles.

  • Promote sustainable energy

    Promote the use of renewable electricity and heat generation sources to organisations and individuals, in order to work towards a sustainable future and encourage sales of renewable energy equipment, such as solar power equipment.

  • Conduct engineering site audits

    Collect structural, electrical and related site information by conducting engineering site audits. They are used for the design of engineering solution such as solar power systems.

  • Provide information on solar panels

    Provide organisations and individuals searching for alternative methods to provide facilities and residences with energy on the costs, benefits, and negative aspects of the installation and use of solar panels, and what one must take into account when considering the purchase and installation of solar systems.

Optional knowledge and skills

fluid mechanics use cad software quality standards calculate solar panel orientation electricity market draw blueprints troubleshoot industrial heating systems test procedures in electricity transmission perform project management wear appropriate protective gear inspect facility sites read engineering drawings design thermal equipment assess financial viability maintain photovoltaic systems renewable energy technologies run simulations