The successful candidate will be responsible for performing technical evaluations of solar PV modules. These reviews may be initiated by product manufactuers who seek approval from a qualified third-party engineering firm, or initiated by project investors who seek confirmation that the equipment selected for a project will perform as expected over the project’s anticipated operational life. The deliverables for most client engagements will be technical reports that the customer will rely upon for investment decisions.
Performing technical reviews will require candidates who can assess detailed aspects of PV module design including cell processing methods, cell interconnection approaches, encapsulants, and environmental protection. Candidates should possess a solid fundamental understanding of the manufacturing processes for both crystalline and thin-film products, and be able to model device performance. The technical review will include evaluation with respect to relevant codes and standards, so the candidate should be familiar with UL 1703, IEC 61730, IEC 61646, IEC 61215 and the National Electrical Code (NEC).
The successful candidate should be familiar with the major suppliers of PV modules and with the primary technical differences between products and market segments. It is expected that the successful candidate will have at least 4 years experience in a role involved in the design, testing or modelling of PV modules and at least 8 years of related engineering experience.
Corporate / senior