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AECOM Solar Engineering Specialist in Thornhill, Ontario

Job Summary

AECOM has a position available for a Solar Engineering Specialist as part of our multi disciplinary energy and engineering team in Markham, ON; Calgary, AB; Burnaby, BC; Edmonton, AB; Mississauga, ON.

For this role, AECOM offers the freedom and flexibility to work remotely and/or be located at a variety of offices located in Canada. Our team provides a wide range of electrical engineering services across markets sectors including transmission (substations, overhead and underground transmission systems, generator interconnections, interconnection strategy), renewable generation (Solar PV, Battery Energy Storage Systems, Wind), power distribution (overhead and underground power systems, substations, EV charging networks, microgrid design, etc.), and next generation energy (hydrogen, fuel cells, electrolyzers, etc.).

We are looking for an up-and-coming leader with a solar PV design and power engineering background to promote our skills to new clients and maintain our existing client base. Qualified candidates will have a strong background in solar engineering coupled with experience supervising teams and leading tasks on projects.

The successful candidate is expected to be a detail oriented, experienced engineer who can make decisions independently under the guidance of senior staff. The focus of the experience must be in the power industry associated with solar engineering and design and their interconnection and distribution systems. Experience with battery energy storage and/or wind power is a plus. It is an excellent career opportunity for an engineer with a strong technical background and looking to grow into an engineering leadership role.

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – over 50,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

The responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Supervising a team of engineers in the completion of utility scale solar projects as well as solar microgrid solutions

  • Working with Project Engineers and Project Managers on developing design schedules and budgets for electrical engineering work activities

  • Supporting company business development activities as it relates to renewable energy projects

  • Providing input to management on project resourcing and staff forecasting needs

  • Monitoring your teams project progress to ensure quality, on-time and on-budget delivery of projects

  • Solar PV system design including array layouts, DC string sizing, equipment layouts, and utility interconnections for rooftop, carport, and ground mount (fixed tilt and single-axis tracking) systems

  • Solar PV system energy production modelling

  • Developing solar construction and equipment specifications

  • Engineering calculations (NEC maximum system voltage, conductor sizing, overcurrent protection sizing, utility disconnect requirements, voltage drop, and conduit sizing)

  • Support drawing production - Solar PV system One line and three-line diagrams, Cable and Conduit Schedules

  • Bill of Materials

  • PV system cost estimation and payback evaluations

  • DC and low to medium voltage power distribution design

  • Supporting projects through complete life cycle including the feasibility phase, preliminary and detailed design, issue-for-bid, construction, start-up, and commissioning

  • Participating in and presenting engineering work at client meetings

Level specific responsibilities:

  • Serves as lead solar engineer and Engineer of Record on mid- to large size solar PV projects

  • Provides specialized technical input to studies and design for staff's specific area of expertise, technical expertise for studies and design efforts, and presents complex technical solutions to clients.

  • Performs quality control reviews of work developed by others.

  • Participates in development of technical proposals.

  • Provides estimates for the engineering budget and schedule

  • Reviews, checks and signs off work prepared by team

  • Ensure that the technical and safety standards are maintained in all aspects of design work

Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS (Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering preferred) and 6+ years of relevant experience

  • Experience must include electrical design of commercial and utility-scale solar PV systems coupled with leadership experience

  • Occasional travel within Canada will be required

  • Current professional engineering license(s) in Alberta/Saskatchewan/Ontario

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum ten (10) years of engineering experience preferred

  • Highly Proficient in AutoCAD, PVsyst, and Microsoft Excel desired

  • Experience with other software in the industry such as NREL SAM, ForgeSolar, and Helioscope

  • Battery Energy Store System and/or other renewables experience

  • MV AC Collection System Design Experience

  • Proficient with the NEC, as well as related codes such as IBC and NFPA 855

  • Strong Familiarity with utility practices, industry codes and standards (NESC, IEEE, PIP etc.).

  • Interest in developing talented technical teams

  • Able to lead engineering tasks with strong communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Experience on full EPC, Design/Build projects from start to finish.

Additional Information:

  • Relocation is not available for this position.

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position.

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed. You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients. We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business. We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career. When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Electrical / Electronic

Business Line PPM

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Canada

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 273447BR

Additional Locations CA - Burnaby, BC - 3292 Production Way, CA - Calgary, AB - 48 Quarry Park Blvd, CA - Edmonton, AB - 18817 Stony Plain Rd NW, CA - Mississauga, ON - 1000-5090 Explorer Drive

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.