Power Systems Engineer

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Alternate Title(s):
Electrical Engineer, Power Engineer, Power Distribution Engineer

Job Type:
System Design

Education & Training Level:
Bachelor's Degree; Licensure http://irecusa.org/irec-programs/workforce-development/solar-licensing-database

Bachelor’s in electrical or power engineering, professional engineering license, and sometimes certification in specific systems required; MS often necessary for advancement. New engineers generally enter as a junior team member under supervision.

Preferred:
Postgraduate Degree

Work Experience:
5+ years

Median Pay:
$85,370.00/year
$41.05/hour

Power Systems Engineer Profile:
Conceive, direct, and implement solar power projects; Assess efficiency of existing solar power plants; Ensure that power grids operate safely.

As part of the clean energy economy, Power Systems Engineers: Prepare and study technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, and topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements; Direct and coordinate construction, installation, maintenance, support, documentation, and testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications; Design, implement, and maintain systems for commercial, industrial, and domestic purposes; Perform detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, and installation specifications; Plan and implement research methodology and procedures to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.

Skills:
Understand technical drawings; Use engineering computer software; interpersonal skills; Strong math skills; Project management skills; Supervisory skills; Understanding of different research methodologies; and Knowledge of topography and geography.

Requirements:
Strong math skills; Competency with engineering computer programs; maintain licenses or certifications.

Job Responsibilities:
Conceive, direct, and implement solar power projects; Evaluate efficiency of existing solar power systems; Develop methods to integrate solar power into existing distribution networks; Ensure solar power system safety; Maintain individual components of the solar power system.

Interests:
System design; Creativity; Math; Engineering Computer Software; Technical Drawing.

Did You Know?

Power Systems Engineers usually work for utilities. As electrical engineers specializing in the generation and distribution of electricity, they are at the forefront of integrating renewable energy sources, like solar power, into the national grid.

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