Development Engineer III

Denver, Colorado / California / Chicago, Illinois / Elkridge, Maryland / Baltimore, Maryland
Engineering /
Full-time /
Remote
ROLE OVERVIEW

The Development Engineer III will engage in solar PV and energy storage design engineering, supporting
the development and construction of community- and utility-scale solar and storage systems ranging in
scale from 1MWac to 20MWac. Day-to-day tasks include designing and drafting, energy performance
modeling, equipment review and selection, utility and AHJ coordination, and coordination with third-party
engineering consultants. The Development Engineer III will take a technical lead role in a particular
market or markets, completing day-to-day tasks relatively independently, with only occasional supervision
and support.

This position demands excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with
both technical and non-technical audiences. The position will include frequent external interaction and
requires a high degree of professionalism.
This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual looking to launch their career in the growing
renewables industry.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Design community and utility-scale solar PV and storage projects including civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical aspects utilizing AutoCAD Civil 3D, PVCase and other design tools.
    • Generate and review single-line and 3-line electrical diagrams for solar, solar + storage, and standalone storage applications.
    • Generate performance analysis models utilizing PVSyst.
    • Complete electrical calculations for development stage designs
    • Conduct peer reviews of deliverables for engineering team members
    • Advise & guide less experienced engineering team members
    • Conduct environmental and constructability diligence reviews for prospective project sites.
    • Coordinate with multidisciplinary teams of engineers and equipment manufacturers to advance designs.
    • Review and approve equipment vendors and products for inclusion in projects.
    • Solicit and review equipment bids in support of equipment selection
    • Create and maintain project documentation related to project design, development, and performance.
    • Coordinate with internal project development and project management teams on design requirements and project scheduling.
    • Review and interpret technical reports and studies prepared by consultants to determine impacts to projects.
    • Review and interpret utility and AHJ requirements for interconnection, zoning, and permitting.
    • Conduct site visits to prospective project locations for feasibility assessments, as needed.
    • Facilitate feedback and lessons learned to improve company and engineering team processes.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

    • Four (4) year engineering degree from an ABET-accredited university; electrical, mechanical, or energy focus acceptable.
    • A minimum of 4+ years of experience with community and utility-scale solar PV
    • Knowledge of photovoltaic system design, National Electric Code, International Fire Code, and other relevant building codes
    • Knowledge of utility processes and requirements for interconnection to distribution and transmission systems
    • Knowledge of 3-phase AC electrical system design
    • Knowledge of utility distribution equipment and design
    • Operational knowledge of AutoCAD, PVsyst, and related PV design software
    • Strong working knowledge of spreadsheets and word-processing programs
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills with an aptitude for building trust and rapport
    • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects and tasks
    • Passion to learn new things through self-study and structured settings

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES

    • E.I.T. certification or PE license a plus
    • NABCEP PV Installation Professional, PV Design Specialist, or PV Associate a plus
    • Knowledge of civil site design practices including stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and site grading
    • Operational knowledge of energy storage controls and/or modeling software
    • Exposure to basic site diligence documents such as geotechnical reports, Environmental Site
    • Assessments (Phase I & II), endangered species reports, ALTA and topographic surveys, and wetland delineations
$100,000 - $160,000 a year
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The base salary range for this position is $100,000-$160,000 depending on relevant experience, along with eligibility for the company’s substantial bonus plan, with a target bonus of 30% of annual salary (prorated in the first year based on start date).

Pivot Energy is dedicated to providing a great work experience for all employees, placing an emphasis on company culture, and a focus on our people. To that end, Pivot offers an outstanding benefits package that includes:

· Excellent health/dental/vision insurance benefits with up to 100% of premiums covered by the company
· Four weeks of vacation plus employment milestone bonus vacations
· Company paid life insurance and short- & long-term disability coverage
· Generous parental leave
· 401(k) matching (after vesting period)
· Work from home stipend for new employees
· Public transit reimbursement
· PTO for volunteering in the community
· Charitable donation matching up to $500/year
· Professional development and educational reimbursements

A complete list of all the benefits Pivot offers may be provided upon request.
ABOUT PIVOT

Pivot Energy is a national renewable energy provider that develops, finances, builds, owns, and manages solar and energy storage projects that help decarbonize our nation’s electricity, increase equitable access to clean energy for local communities, and provide real cost-savings to American businesses and
families.
 
We are fiercely dedicated to accelerating the rapid transition taking place in the energy industry to a more decentralized and cleaner approach to power generation. We are committed to positively contributing to the local communities and people we serve with more than clean energy. We believe global warming poses an existential threat to our planet and that we have a responsibility to help mitigate the threat. Our portfolio includes projects that reduce energy burden for income-limited families, create workforce pathways for under-represented groups within the solar industry, and include robust community investment opportunities.
 
As a Certified B Corporation and one of Denver’s “Best Places to Work”, we believe that company success is driven by a healthy environment, thriving society, and workplace where all individuals are respected. We evaluate every internal decision on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors to determine if our actions will result in a net positive impact on the community, our employees, customers, shareholders, and the environment. Learn more in our annual ESG Report.
 
At Pivot, our core values guide our work internally and externally:
·       Impact – We hold ourselves accountable to having a measurable impact on our people, communities, and the planet
·       Balance – Put family first; work hard/have fun
·       Determination – Find ways to be successful no matter how difficult the challenge
·       Professionalism – Impress everyone we touch, be a team player
·       Honesty – Be truthful and transparent, externally and internally
·       Kindness – Create an environment where kindness, empathy, and vulnerability are embraced
 
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION and JUSTICE STATEMENT
 
At Pivot, we are proactively developing and maintaining an inclusive culture, rooted in mutual respect, that supports a workforce of different generations, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, ability statuses, religions, and cultures to work collaboratively together for greater impact. We seek to build a team that invests in relationship building, celebrates each other’s successes, and makes space for the unique contributions and working styles people bring into Pivot. 
Pivot invests in company-wide trainings, assessments, and programs to advance internal inclusion and equity practices, such as employee allyship building, cross-cultural communications, and equitable hiring and management protocols to increasingly recognize bias and ensure mutual respect and belonging.
 
EEO STATEMENT
Pivot Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. We actively work to cultivate an inclusive culture that welcomes, empowers, and enables equitable career growth for employees regardless of background.