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Solar Designer

Let your curiosity and passion for making things guide your path to a rewarding career in solar energy

Job Details

Typical Tasks

  • Work with customers to understand their goals and needs for their solar project
  • Perform calculations to figure out the correct size and best possible layout for the solar panels
  • Plan the solar project, including all electrical and mechanical specifications as well as add-ons like battery storage 
  • Give technical support to installation teams and other coworkers 
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create technical drawings and schematics for your customer’s solar project

Typical Skills

  • Strong math or engineering background
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Computer skills, including applications like email, word processing, customer relationship management (CRM) software, and computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Typical Experience or Education

  • Most employers will require a four-year degree in engineering or a related field
  • Knowledge of solar products, safety standards, and how to connect solar panels to the electrical grid (can typically be trained “on the job”)
  • Some companies may want to see previous experience as a Solar Installer

Professional Development Opportunities

Some Solar Designers may choose to advance their skills with professional certifications, such as:

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