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Summary Report for:
17-2199.11 - Solar Energy Systems Engineers

Perform site-specific engineering analysis or evaluation of energy efficiency and solar projects involving residential, commercial, or industrial customers. Design solar domestic hot water and space heating systems for new and existing structures, applying knowledge of structural energy requirements, local climates, solar technology, and thermodynamics.

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Tasks

  • Conduct engineering site audits to collect structural, electrical, and related site information for use in the design of residential or commercial solar power systems. Green Task Statement
  • Design or coordinate design of photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems, including system components, for residential and commercial buildings. Green Task Statement
  • Create checklists for review or inspection of completed solar installation projects. Green Task Statement
  • Create electrical single-line diagrams, panel schedules, or connection diagrams for solar electric systems, using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Green Task Statement
  • Create plans for solar energy system development, monitoring, and evaluation activities. Green Task Statement
  • Develop design specifications and functional requirements for residential, commercial, or industrial solar energy systems or components. Green Task Statement
  • Perform computer simulation of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system performance or energy production to optimize efficiency. Green Task Statement
  • Provide technical direction or support to installation teams during installation, start-up, testing, system commissioning, or performance monitoring. Green Task Statement
  • Design or develop vacuum tube collector systems for solar applications. Green Task Statement
  • Develop standard operation procedures and quality or safety standards for solar installation work. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

Ageing ovens — Accelerated weathering machines; Solar simulators
Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Bench ovens; Humidity ovens
Scanning electron microscopes — Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM; Scanning electron microscopes SEM
Semiconductor process systems — Focused ion beam FIB systems; Ion beam assisted deposition IBAD systems; Ion mills; Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems
Spectrometers — Auger electron spectrometers; Electron energy loss spectrometers; Energy dispersive x-ray spectrometers EDS; X-ray photoelectron spectrometers

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Simulation software; SOLAR-2; SolTrace; The MathWorks MATLAB
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD LT; Autodesk AutoCAD software; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software; IMSI Design TurboCAD software
Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
Mobile location based services software — Global positioning satellite GPS system software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RI

Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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Work Values

Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineers, All Other.

Median wages (2013) $44.56 hourly, $92,680 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 133,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 29,500
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Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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