AutoCAD and Other Requirements for Solar Engineers
Solar Engineer: An Authority in the Use of Sunlight to Generate Electricity
An increasing demand for electricity/power generation throughout the private and public sectors, though vital in many facets of daily life as well as business operations, continues to place substantial strain on producers and consumers alike. For suppliers, there is the endless challenge to meet that demand without failure or interruption; meanwhile, users must deal with rising costs, in terms of both consumption levels and service/supply fees.
This predicament, so to speak, has spawned a movement to reduce energy consumption through such means as high-efficiency appliances, LED lighting, and lifestyle changes in relation to home comfort; it has also ignited an interest in developing alternative energy sources, including wind power and, most notably, solar power.
The sun is an omnipresent source of energy; its radiation can be used for the production of power/electricity through photovoltaic or PV cells. When the sun’s rays hit these cells, they stimulate the flow of electrons that are contained, or stored, within the cells, in turn generating electricity. So who creates these solar or PV cells in the first place? It is the responsibility of a solar engineer.
A solar engineer is, essentially, an authority in the use of sunlight to generate electricity. Their work encompasses the planning, design, installation, and/or maintenance of solar energy projects/initiatives within such settings as:
- Crown corporations
- Utilities commissions
- Residential construction
- Commercial construction
To embark on a career in solar engineering, aspiring candidates will need to obtain their Bachelor’s degree in one of electrical, mechanical, industrial, or chemical engineering. A comprehensive understanding of computer-aided design software, or AutoCAD, is also highly recommended; this AutoCAD programming is fundamental to solar engineering in terms of designing and testing the electronic and structural aspects of photovoltaic cells.
In reference to some of the more specific duties of solar engineers, their job descriptions might allude to such activities as:
- Site assessments
- Client consultations
- Project cost estimates
- Output efficiency assessments
- Emergency system maintenance
- Guaranteeing regulatory compliance
- Preparing technical or financial reports
Solar energy generation experienced considerable average annual growth during the first decade of this century, and this shift toward solar initiatives and solar panel installations was expected to continue at a double-digit rate throughout the next decade and beyond; this bodes well with respect to employment prospects and the demand for qualified solar engineers moving forward.
Recruiting Specialists Can Support the Job Search Efforts of Solar Engineers
For individuals interested in a career as a solar engineer, collaborating with the recruiting specialists from Winters Technical Staffing may prove beneficial in both streamlining and expediting their job search efforts. Whether that search is targeting an entry-level role or an opportunity to advance their existing career, candidates for solar engineer jobs can find valuable support in the knowledge, direction, and resources provided by the Winters Technical Staffing professionals with respect to:
- Resume development
- Interview preparations
- Apprenticeship opportunities
- Industry contacts/networking
- Training and accreditation needs
- Access to non-publicized job openings
- Compensation and benefits expectations
Recruitment specialists from Winters Technical Staffing have demonstrated considerable and consistent success in fulfilling the hiring needs of the engineering sector, including the placement of solar engineers, for more than 40 years. Throughout this period, these professionals have developed and sustained strong working relationships with employers and hiring managers in the engineering sector, and as a result, they are often contracted directly to identify and recruit skilled engineers on behalf of these clients.
Contact Winters Today
If your career interests lie in solar engineering, your job search efforts may benefit from the knowledge, guidance, and resources offered by the recruitment specialists at Winters Technical Staffing, one of leading recruitment agencies in Toronto and the GTA. Call the professionals from Winters Technical Staffing today at 416-495-7422 to request a complimentary career consultation.