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Working As A PV Design Engineer

  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $87,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A PV Design Engineer does

  • Make sure drawings are up to electrical and building code requirements.
  • Sized systems, wiring, and structures to comply with NEC, NFPA, and IBC code standards.
  • Adhere to all codes and regulations such as the NEC, CRC, CFC, and more.
  • Perform structural analysis of home structures for verification of additional weight support.
  • Perform seismic and structural calculations for thousands of residential homes and commercial applications.
  • Manage the BOM and control the revisions of engineering drawings for each PV design generated.
  • Developed and implemented design and CAD standards.
  • Engineered 4.7MW ground mount, 25KV PV site in Wareham Mass.
  • Completed electrical and structural calculations to optimize the complexity of the design.
  • Design layouts of solar panels on roofs based on information provided from surveyors and salesmen.
  • Design reviews of electrical systems for cost reductions and component life cycle analysis.
  • Track permitting process through approval .
  • Design solar systems for residential property.
  • Respond to inbound customer and contractor calls and e-mails.
  • Handle customer service on technical related issues - on the phone or in person during site visits.
  • Collaborated with sales, project management, customer care, and installers to ensure clients' needs are met.
  • Draft designs and construction plans for residential solar installation projects on new buildconstruction for a nationwide contractor.
  • Work cross functionally with other departments to ensure clients needs and internal deadlines are met.
  • Provide shading analysis for California Solar Initiative using Solmetric SunEye program.
  • Used AutoCAD to design the plan sets and have solid understanding of drafting techniques as well as engineering practices.

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PV Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.8%

Unknown

15.1%

Female

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

48.6%

Hispanic or Latino

20.2%

Asian

19.0%

Black or African American

7.2%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Gujarati

16.7%

Italian

16.7%

Hindi

16.7%
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PV Design Engineer Education

Schools

Utah Valley University

17.0%

Arizona State University

9.4%

San Jose State University

5.7%

Brigham Young University

5.7%

University of California - San Diego

5.7%

Purdue University

3.8%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of California - Davis

3.8%

Santa Clara University

3.8%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

3.8%

Columbia University

3.8%

Salt Lake Community College

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Bakersfield College

3.8%

California State University - Fresno

3.8%

Chapman University

3.8%

San Diego State University

3.8%

University of Utah

3.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.8%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

31.4%

Electrical Engineering

11.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.7%

Drafting And Design

4.8%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

4.8%

Architecture

4.8%

Civil Engineering

4.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.8%

Business

3.8%

Engineering

3.8%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Information Technology

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Engineering Science

1.9%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

1.9%

Biotechnology

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Architectural Engineering

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.4%

Masters

19.7%

Other

16.1%

Associate

10.9%

Certificate

1.5%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$59,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$127,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Blue Raven Solar
Highest Paying City
Manchester, NH
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.4 years
How much does a PV Design Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a PV Design Engineer in the United States is $87,469 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $59,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

Real PV Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Svt/Pv Engineer 3 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Jun 28, 2016 $133,750
Svt/Pv Engineer 3 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA May 07, 2016 $132,000
Svt/Pv Engineer 3 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Jan 10, 2014 $129,999
Svt/Pv Engineer 3 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Feb 27, 2012 $127,500
Svt/Pv Engineer 2 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 20, 2014 $125,000
Svt/Pv Engineer 3 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 13, 2014 $125,000
Svt/Pv Engineer 3 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Jan 10, 2011 $115,000 -
$151,000
Svt/Pv Engineer Ciena Corporation Alpharetta, GA Mar 05, 2015 $113,564
Svt/Pv Engineer 2 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 18, 2014 $110,000
Svt/Pv Engineer 2 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 14, 2014 $110,000
Svt/Pv Engineer 2 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 28, 2013 $110,000
Solar PV Design Engineer Delta Products Corporation Fremont, CA Feb 17, 2015 $108,139
Svt/Pv Engineer 3 Ciena Corporation Alpharetta, GA Mar 18, 2013 $102,979
Svt/Pv Engineer 3 Ciena Corporation Linthicum, MD Jun 22, 2011 $100,150 -
$126,840
Solar PV Design Engineer Delta Products Corporation Fremont, CA Sep 14, 2014 $98,650
Svt/Pv Engineer 1 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 20, 2016 $95,000
Svt/Pv Engineer 2 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 14, 2014 $95,000
PV Module Engineer Enphase Energy, Inc. Petaluma, CA Oct 16, 2015 $94,952 -
$107,285
Svt/Pv Engineer 2 Ciena Corporation Alpharetta, GA Nov 17, 2016 $87,688
Svt/Pv Engineer 1 Ciena Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2012 $82,800
Svt/Pv Engineer 2 Ciena Corporation Alpharetta, GA Nov 17, 2013 $81,396
Svt/Pv Engineer 2 Ciena Corporation Alpharetta, GA Jul 07, 2011 $77,000 -
$85,000
PV Design Engineer Contico Corp Edison, NJ May 11, 2015 $75,000
Solar PV Design Engineer Delsolar Development (Delaware) LLC Fremont, CA Sep 14, 2011 $73,728
Solar PV Design Engineer Delta Products Corporation Fremont, CA Jan 01, 2012 $73,728
Solar PV Design Engineer OCI Solar Power LLC San Antonio, TX Jun 01, 2013 $67,000
Regional PV Designer Solarcity Corporation Roseville, CA Jan 12, 2015 $60,008

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Top Skills for A PV Design Engineer

  1. CAD
  2. PV
  3. NEC
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  • Worked with drafted programs such as AutoCAD, Aurora, Google Sunroof, and other company owned programs.
  • Complete electrical analysis of main service panels to safely install PV electrical equipment.
  • Worked with electrical team for optimal interconnection methods.
  • Collaborated with sales, project management, customer care, and installers to ensure clients' needs are met.
  • Completed structural and electrical calculations to ensure safety and compliance with national code and AHJ requirements.

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