Solar Technology Specialist, Senior

Organization: APS
Location: Yuma, Arizona, États-Unis
End of contest: December 6, 2017
Type (Full time / Part time): Full time
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Under minimal supervision, the Solar Technician assumes direct responsibility for maintaining a variety of APS owned solar assets located throughout the State of Arizona. The Solar Technician (SR) functions include but are not limited to; installation, commissioning, testing, inspecting, troubleshooting, repairing, and modifying solar photovoltaic systems, and utilizing DAS and SCADA communication systems. The Solar Technicians (SR) carries out these tasks in accordance with Operating and Maintenance procedures and associated vendor and manufacture technical procedures. Provide technical support for operating and maintaining solar assets from 2KWac to 35MWac ground mount, carport structures, rooftops, etc. Provides technical direction to less experienced solar technicians.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Requires an AA degree in an applicable technology area such as electric power, electronics, mechanics, or hydraulics and five (5) years of solar maintenance and construction, or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. 
  • Knowledge of general electricity and electrical theory. 
  • Demonstrated experience working with communications equipment (DAS), testing equipment (i.e.-Various Fluke meters,, IV Curve, IR Camera, Megger Testing, Solmetric Eye ), construction and technical repair standards required.
  • Proficiency in 480VAC, 1000 VDC, electronics, computers, mechanics and or hydraulics with Hands on experience with electrical trouble shooting.  
  • Ability to work independently, or as a lead member of the team. Good written and verbal communication skills along with PC skills in a Windows based environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability and understanding of electrical/electronic blue print designs, schematics and redline new construction drawings.

In-depth working knowledge of the National Electric Code (NEC), Accident Prevention Manual (APM) and Maintenance / Construction standards. Able to use PI displays for assessing solar plant operating status.  Ability to push firmware and software operating systems into inverters. Achievement of, or ability to obtain, level 1 and 2 training from inverter manufactures within the first twelve months of employment to ensure ability to troubleshoot/work on inverters. Ability to operate all functions of inverters and clear most problems. Able to perform all recommended preventative maintenance on all solar equipment on utility/DE plants and utilize Maximo system in accessing data, entering information on work orders.  Experience using infrared equipment to check for loose connection/ hot spots, working with and analyzing DC electrical system problems.  This position will be required to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and climb ladders, kneel, squat, bend, stoop and twist to assume awkward positions.  Requires statewide travel on a regular basis.

Major Accountabilities:

  1. Use diagnostic tools to  troubleshoot, identify and repair inverter performance issues of the solar systems
  2. Connect with communications equipment/computers to troubleshoot communications problems and identify and repair communication issues with DAS or SCADA systems
  3. Troubleshoot/repair controls and motor drives on tracker equipment.
  4. Identify module performance issues with testing equipment to include removal and replacement of modules and replace solar modules as needed
  5. Perform voltage and current checks on AC/DC systems and perform preventative maintenance on weather station equipment
  6. Provide technical direction to less experienced solar technicians
  7. Oversee third party contractors to ensure contractor is complying with APS construction standards and Accident Prevention Manual (APM)
  8. Collaborate with and take professional directional advice from Solar-related Engineering team to resolve  solar tech issues

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, "U.S. Export Control Laws").  Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws.  All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status.  All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors.  For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Job ID 20170760


400 North 5th Street
Arizona United States