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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.   (O'Net 17-2199.11)

 
Reported job titles:   Consulting Engineer, Distributed Energy Systems Consultant, Energy Systems Laboratory Director, Engineering Vice President, Field Engineer, Power Systems Engineer   (view all job titles)
 
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    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                          - Biochemical Engineers
                          - Validation Engineers
                          - Energy Engineers
                          - Manufacturing Engineers
                          - Mechatronics Engineers
                          - Microsystems Engineers
                          - Photonics Engineers
                          - Robotics Engineers
                          - Nanosystems Engineers
                          - Wind Energy Engineers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 26.90   $ 34.13   $ 40.97   $ 46.71   $ 50.54   $ 40.21  
    Yearly $55,950   $70,990   $85,210   $97,150   $105,130   $83,630  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 24.98   $ 32.60   $ 41.09   $ 47.24   $ 54.16   $ 40.55  
    Yearly $51,950   $67,810   $85,470   $98,250   $112,650   $84,350  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 31.24   $ 34.67   $ 39.83   $ 44.48   $ 47.37   $ 38.45  
    Yearly $64,970   $72,110   $82,850   $92,510   $98,530   $79,970  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                                  - Biochemical Engineers
                                  - Validation Engineers
                                  - Energy Engineers
                                  - Manufacturing Engineers
                                  - Mechatronics Engineers
                                  - Microsystems Engineers
                                  - Photonics Engineers
                                  - Robotics Engineers
                                  - Nanosystems Engineers
                                  - Wind Energy Engineers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 64 63 -0.2% 1
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                                - Biochemical Engineers
                                - Validation Engineers
                                - Energy Engineers
                                - Manufacturing Engineers
                                - Mechatronics Engineers
                                - Microsystems Engineers
                                - Photonics Engineers
                                - Robotics Engineers
                                - Nanosystems Engineers
                                - Wind Energy Engineers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Federal government, all industries 21.1%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 11.5%
    Scientific research and development services 6.5%
    Administrative and support services 6.4%
    Transportation equipment manufacturing 6.4%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


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  • Conduct engineering site audits to collect structural, electrical, and related site information for use in the design of residential or commercial solar power systems.
     
  • Design or coordinate design of photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems, including system components, for residential and commercial buildings.
     
  • Create checklists for review or inspection of completed solar installation projects.
     
  • Create electrical single-line diagrams, panel schedules, or connection diagrams for solar electric systems, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
     
  • Create plans for solar energy system development, monitoring, and evaluation activities.
     
  • Develop design specifications and functional requirements for residential, commercial, or industrial solar energy systems or components.
     
  • Perform computer simulation of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system performance or energy production to optimize efficiency.
     
  • Provide technical direction or support to installation teams during installation, start-up, testing, system commissioning, or performance monitoring.
     
  • Design or develop vacuum tube collector systems for solar applications.
     
  • Develop standard operation procedures and quality or safety standards for solar installation work.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Solar Energy Systems Engineers  updated June 2009
     


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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Solar Energy Systems Engineers  updated July 2013
     


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    State of Vermont License Information
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Engineer Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Professional Engineering
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


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    • Construction Engineering.
     
    • Engineering Science.
     
    • Systems Engineering.
     
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