Solar Energy Systems Engineer

Capture the sun’s power by designing or installing solar energy systems.
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Salary Range
$50,000 – $139,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Solar Energy Systems Engineers do?

Solar energy is a powerful tool. Not only does the power of the sun translate into clean and efficient energy that heats homes and businesses, but it also reduces our reliance on the limited natural resources of gas, coal, and oil. Solar Energy Systems Designers are specialized Engineers who design and oversee the installation of solar-driven systems.

As a Solar Energy Systems Designer, you might also be an Electrical Engineer. That’s because Solar Energy Systems Designer work in the field of electrical engineering. You know about electrical currents and voltage, but you’ve also mastered the art of reading the sun.

Your job requires you to visit homes and businesses where the solar system is to be installed. You monkey around on the roof, take measurements, figure out the slope, and evaluate how many panels the roof can accommodate. In addition, you calculate the direction and angle of the sun’s rays so that you can ascertain the amount of energy that can be collected.

Back in your office, you use grid paper and computer programs to sketch out the actual design. That might be for a water-heating system, heating a barn, or sole solar reliance for a cabin off the power grid. Whatever the challenge, you consider pumps, batteries, storage, usage, flow rate, and layout to create the most effective design for your customer’s needs. With an approved design in hand, you may also travel back to the job site to oversee installation.

Should I be a Solar Energy Systems Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Cooling and Heating Systems Design Engineer, Energy Systems Engineer, Solar Energy Engineer See More

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