PV Designer
SolarCity | Albany , NY | Posted 7/23/2014


The PV Designer will report to the Engineering Team Lead and is responsible for designing code-compliant solar photovoltaic systems for SolarCity’s residential clients.  The position relies heavily on structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering concepts and calculations, with a focus on efficiency and automation.  The ability to be detail-oriented as well as see the bigger picture is a must, and the ideal candidate will be able to manage a large volume of projects while demonstrating excellent communication.


• Use AutoCAD 2D software and custom software tools to design residential photovoltaic ground mount and roof top systems
• Work with project managers to submit plans and drawings to building departments
• Track permitting process through approval
• Work cross functionally with sales, project management and installation teams to ensure clients’ needs and internal deadlines are met
• Perform additional duties as assigned and/or directed


• At least one (1) year of CAD design experience 

• Minimum one (1) year of relevant work experience
• Knowledge of mechanical design and beam theory
• Knowledge of electrical design theory and concepts
• BS in mechanical, civil, or electrical engineering, or other related discipline from a top-tier college or university
• Great attitude
• Knowledge of residential and commercial construction preferred
• PV Industry certifications preferred
• Ability to work in a team environment as well as work independently
• Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background check 

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
• Excellent customer service skills required


Benefits for Full-Time Positions:

• Competitive compensation with many positions incentivized
• Paid training with the nation’s leader in solar power
• Full benefits package  including health, vision, dental insurance
• Attractive vacation, sick and holiday pay
• 401(k) savings plan
• Employee referral program
• Eligibility to receive equity in the company
• Career path opportunities for top performers


SolarCity is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 


Employment Type: Full-Time
Base Pay: N/A
Other Pay: N/A
Industry: Sales - Marketing
Energy - Utilities - Gas - Electric
Education: 4 Year Degree
Experience: At least 2 year(s)
Manages Others: Not Specified
Relocation: Not Specified
Required Travel: Not Specified
Job ID: 2014-3125
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SolarCity is the leading solar company across the nation, serving thousands of people in 14 states. Our satisfied customers include individual home owners, to large corporations and governments.

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