Independent Energy Solutions

Director of Engineering (Electrical)

Job Summary


Independent Energy Solutions






Full Time




Solar Photovoltaic

Close Date:



Commensurate with Experience




Address To:

Human Resources Director



The role of the Director of Engineering (Electrical) is to establish and direct the overall objectives, ensures deadlines are met, and initiatives of an engineering department. Develops ideas for PV system enhancements and oversees the creation and improvement of elements and system components that involve the engineering department. Provides engineering expertise to other teams where needed.



·         Review all drawings for accuracy.

·         Primary internal contacts are with entire organization through daily contact and problem-solving oriented team meetings. Key external contacts include industry, contractors and vendors. 

·         Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. 

·         Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

·         Ensure product quality.  Direct the timely resolution of all product liability issues.  Comply with State and Federal regulations.  Minimize legal exposure and/or liabilities of the corporations. Reviewing project requirements, RFP’s and proposals

·         Completing jobsite visits as required to evaluate site conditions, electrical tie-ins, and other items that will impact system design and constructability.

·         Evaluating Fire Department Requirements and incorporate requirements into designs

·         Creating Array Layouts and Single-Line Electrical Drawings for Rooftop, Ground-mounted, and Solar Carport Structures (both grid-tied and off grid)

·         Working closely with Electrical and Structural Engineering firms as necessary

·         Facilitating both internal and external plan review processes

·         Initiating requests for meter & main AC disconnect switch location approvals with relevant utility

·         Assist in initiating CSI reservation application process to CCSE or other facilitator

·         Creating Bills of Materials based on project design drawings

·         Performing wire sizing and voltage drop calculations

·         Facilitating final sign-offs with engineering firms, and client representatives.

·         Obtain PE stamps/ signatures

·         Prepare submittal drawings "For Construction".  Obtain permits and notices to proceed

·         Prepare as-built drawings

·         Create and submit Operation and Maintenance Manuals

Work Conditions:

  • Occasional travel may be required (including some overnight travel).
  • Ability to walk construction job sites and climb ladders is necessary.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and other devices and objects.
  • Overtime may be required to meet project deadlines.




Minimum Requirements:


  • Bachelors degree in engineering (electrical preferred, mechanical and structural accepted)
  • 10 years experience as a Design Engineer electrical engineering industry.
  • 5+ years experience creating engineered drawings with AutoCAD or AutoCAD Lite (2008).
  • Fundamental working knowledge of NEC Codes. Strong working knowledge of construction drawings and electrical line drawings
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • This position requires access to sensitive military bases and therefore requires a clean background check (no felonies), U.S. born citizenship, a clean DMV record, and a clean drug-test.


“Plus” Qualifications desired:

  • Experience with REVIT
  • Experience with Sketch-up
  • Experience in Utility Scale PV and Substation design and construction
  • Working knowledge of structural codes relevant to various PV array configurations
  • Registered PE in California


 Key Qualities and Experience:

  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential
  • Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Flexible during times of change
  • Ability to read communication styles of team members and contractors who come from a broad spectrum of disciplines
  • Honest, Mature, Dependable
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to learn, understand, and apply new technologies
  • Customer service skills an asset