Senior Project Design Engineer

Remote, USA
Hanwha Q CELLS USA Corp – Engineering /
Full-time (Hybrid) /
Hybrid
Hanwha Q CELLS USA Corp (“HQC US”) develops, invests, and delivers solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage systems (BESS) projects through Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) services in North America.

The company brings a decade of global leadership in solar PV to deliver utility-scale power generation plants customized for local and regional energy markets. HQC US offers the full spectrum of PV solutions – from the core technology of cells and modules to large-scale project development and investment. With proven capabilities across the solar and battery storage value chain, HQC US minimizes uncertainty and risk and helps customers achieve a higher return on their investment in renewable energy.

This position reports to the Director of Engineering, or another management personnel that the President/Senior Vice President of the Company may designate. This position is based out of our Irvine office and working hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm or 9:00am to 6:00pm local time. This position is expected to travel up to 30%

JOB FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Prepare bid packages for subcontractors including scope of work, schedule, project description, and conceptual design in coordination with internal CAD Designers and Subject Matter Engineering Experts
    • Assist in all stages of project design including conceptual and advanced system design observing regulatory codes as well as customer requirements, balance of systems, permitting and technical support
    • Prepare conceptual design for solar projects including selection of major components, equipment layouts, single-line diagrams, etc.
    • Develop, implement, and improve internal design processes for the EPC Engineering Team and other stakeholders in the company
    • Standardize design process with the CAD Designers and Subject Matter Experts
    • Review, evaluate and implement industry trends and product innovation
    • Support Procurement and Estimation in discussions and evaluating suppliers and contractors
    • Assist project implementation in collaboration with the Project Manager and Senior Project Engineer during planning and construction to assure quality and execution according to schedule
    • Development and review of energy production models, project schedules, cost estimation, bill of materials, budgets, scopes of work, and quotes from suppliers
    • Coordinate external resources such as structural, civil and electrical engineering consultants, geotechnical and topographic surveyors, other specialized professionals as needed and suppliers
    • Create, review and maintain drawing packages and project documentation
    • In collaboration with other team members, contribute to the completion of proposals to design and deliver photovoltaic projects
    • Provide recommendations for continuous improvements in project designs, plans, processes and product development
    • Assist with technical training of other team members and new employees
    • Perform energy generation modeling for solar projects using PV Syst and other tools
    • Perform other duties and special projects, as assigned. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • A degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or another related engineering science
    • Minimum of 5 years of professional engineering experience in the solar industry
    • Relevant work experience in the design and development of PV power plants
    • Experience with AutoCAD (or equivalent)
    • Experience with photovoltaic performance modeling tools (preferably PVSyst)
    • Strong in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Experience with Gantt charts (MS Project or equivalent)
    • Knowledge of the National Electric Code
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Assertive, able to cope with pressure, a team player
    • Previous experience managing project from initial design to installation and execution, preferred
    • Experience in permitting processes with local authorities having jurisdiction, preferred.
$120,000 - $160,000 a year
The above-listed salary range is required by the California Pay Transparency Act and may differ depending on the location of those candidates hired nationwide. The salary range shared in the job description is for the listed position and only pertains to the candidate if they work in Irvine, CA. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to internal pay equity, skill set, education, licenses and certifications, geographic location, essential job duties and requirements, and the necessary experience relative to the job’s minimum qualifications. An additional discretionary bonus structure or incentives may be offered as part of the overall compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, dental, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
 
·  Stationary Position: frequently remains stationary up to 90% of the time and sitting up to 8 hours in a day
·  Move/Traverse: infrequently bend, stand, stoop and/or walk
·  Carry Weight: infrequently carry weight and/or lift objects (light to heavy) weighing up to 10 pounds
·  Hearing and Speech: frequently communicates with the ability to hear and talk on a regular basis with employees, coworkers, and all personnel matters; must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations
·  Sight: frequent use of sight to detect images on computer, office documents, and office objects near and far
·  Climb: occasionally ascends/descends on stairway to get to office upper and lower floors
·  Travel: review above travel requirement for this position

WORK ENVIRONMENT
 
·  Regular professional, office business setting
·  Noise level ranges from low to moderate (if in office setting)
·  Noise level ranges from moderate to high (if on construction worksite)

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