Solar Energy Systems Engineers
SOC: 17-2199.11

Description:

Perform site-specific engineering analysis or evaluation of energy efficiency and solar projects involving residential, commercial, or industrial customers. Design solar domestic hot water and space heating systems for new and existing structures, applying knowledge of structural energy requirements, local climates, solar technology, and thermodynamics.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
136,900 employed

Projected (2024):
142,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Applications Engineer
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Distributed Energy Systems Consultant
  • Energy Systems Laboratory Director
  • Engineering Vice President
  • Field Engineer
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Renewable Energy Division Manager
  • Research Engineer
  • Solar Applications Development Engineer
  • Solar Design Engineer
  • Solar Designer
  • Solar Development Engineer
  • Solar Energy Advisor
  • Solar Energy Engineer
  • Solar Energy Systems Designer
  • Solar Energy Systems Engineer
  • Solar Engineer
  • Solar Mechanical Engineer
  • Solar Photovoltaic Designer
  • Solar Photovoltaic Product Development Engineer
  • Solar Photovoltaic Systems Engineer
  • Solar Process Engineer
  • Solar Project Engineer
  • Solar Systems Designer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Test or evaluate photovoltaic (PV) cells or modules.
  • Review specifications and recommend engineering or manufacturing changes to achieve solar design objectives.
  • Perform thermal, stress, or cost reduction analyses for solar systems.
  • Develop standard operation procedures and quality or safety standards for solar installation work.
  • Design or develop vacuum tube collector systems for solar applications.
  • Provide technical direction or support to installation teams during installation, start-up, testing, system commissioning, or performance monitoring.
  • Perform computer simulation of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system performance or energy production to optimize efficiency.
  • Develop design specifications and functional requirements for residential, commercial, or industrial solar energy systems or components.
  • Create plans for solar energy system development, monitoring, and evaluation activities.
  • Create electrical single-line diagrams, panel schedules, or connection diagrams for solar electric systems, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Create checklists for review or inspection of completed solar installation projects.
  • Design or coordinate design of photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems, including system components, for residential and commercial buildings.
  • Conduct engineering site audits to collect structural, electrical, and related site information for use in the design of residential or commercial solar power systems.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Abrasion testers
  • Accelerated weathering machines
  • Adhesion testers
  • Apparent power meters
  • Atomic absorption spectrometers
  • Auger electron spectrometers
  • Bench ovens
  • Chronopotentiometers
  • Compression testers
  • Copy machines
  • Coulometers
  • Creep testers
  • Current versus voltage IV curve tracers
  • Data loggers
  • Differential scanning calorimeters
  • Digital imaging microscopes
  • Digital pattern generators
  • Digital resistance thermometers
  • Direct current DC power supplies
  • Electrometers
  • Electron beam evaporators
  • Electron energy loss spectrometers
  • Energy dispersive x-ray spectrometers EDS
  • Environmental chambers
  • Fatigue testers
  • Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM
  • Film extruders
  • Flexure testers
  • Flow coulometric detectors
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometers
  • Focused ion beam FIB systems
  • Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers
  • Goniometers
  • Graphics tablets
  • Hand calculators
  • Hardness testers
  • High-precision balances
  • Hipot testers
  • Humidity ovens
  • Impact testers
  • Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters
  • Inert atmosphere glove boxes
  • Infrared cameras
  • Ion beam assisted deposition IBAD systems
  • Ion mills
  • Irradiance detectors
  • Laboratory tube furnaces
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser printers
  • Lasers
  • Lifetime testers
  • Liquid chromatographs LC
  • Load frames
  • Mask aligners
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Mechanical shakers
  • Meggers
  • Micromanipulators
  • Moisture analyzers
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Optical scanners
  • Permeation testers
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters
  • Phase angle meters
  • Photoluminescence spectrometers
  • Photovoltaic array simulators
  • Picoammeters
  • Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems
  • Plotters
  • Polarographic analyzers
  • Potentiostats
  • Power quality meters
  • Pull testers
  • Pyranometers
  • Raman spectrometers
  • Reactive power meters
  • Recording ammeters
  • Reflectance spectrometers
  • Rheometers
  • Scanning electron microscopes SEM
  • Scanning probe microscopes SPM
  • Shear testers
  • Solar simulators
  • Spectrocolorimeters
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometers
  • Spin coaters
  • Sputtering systems
  • Strain gauges
  • Surface profilometers
  • Tensile testers
  • Thermal cyclers
  • Thermocouples
  • Thermogravimetric analyzers
  • Thermopiles
  • Transmission electron microscopes TEM
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Ultraviolet UV exposure units
  • Vacuum evaporators
  • Vacuum laminators
  • Vacuum ovens
  • Video cameras
  • Voltmeters
  • X ray diffractometers
  • X-ray photoelectron spectrometers
  • ANSYS FLUENT
  • Autodesk AutoCAD LT
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Energy-10
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • Global positioning system GPS software
  • HOMER Micropower Optimization Model
  • IMSI Design TurboCAD software
  • Maui Solar Energy Software Corporation PV-DesignPro software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments Compact FieldPoint System
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Optical Physics Technologies SUN_CHART
  • PV Optics
  • PVsyst
  • Regional Energy Deployment System ReEDS
  • RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software
  • Simple Model of the Atmospheric Radiative Transfer of Sunshine SMARTS
  • Simulation software
  • Solar Advisor Model
  • Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment SWERA
  • SOLAR-2
  • SolTrace
  • The MathWorks MATLAB


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980