Solar Field Solar Technician II

  • Dependent upon experience - $23 - $27.50/hour plus potential bonus
  • United States Illinois Jerseyville
  • Contract
  • Alternative & Renewable Energy
  • Solar
Good Day!

The NES Chicago office currently has a great job opportunity with one of our clients located in Jerseyville, IL for a Solar Field Technician II. This individual would be employed on a 6-month contract with potential to hire.  If this sounds like a great opportunity for yourself or someone you know, please reach out to Dylan Fox at Additional job details can be found below.

The Client is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world's third-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets, and market-leading operating capacity, THE Client has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 17 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK, US and Vietnam). 
THE CLIENT is committed to furthering social advances in terms of sustainability and integration. This is reflected by the inclusion of the company in the Bloomberg Gender Equality index and the fact that it has been certified as a Top Employer 2021 in Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Portugal and Romania), both of which recognize its employee-driven policies.

What you will do
Role Overview:
Responsible for the on-site operations, maintenance, repairs, and replacement of solar field equipment at THE Client is an operating solar-energy generation site. To include but not limited to completing Lock out Tag out (LOTO), Tail Board meetings, and job-specific documentation that is required to conduct solar turbine maintenance in the safest manner possible. Perform inspections of equipment, tools, and facility for compliance with THE Client policy and Governmental Safety and Environmental regulations. This person must be a self-motivated, self-starter that has the ability to work alone safely. Will require travel from the Mojave area to the Lucerne valley regularly. 

Main responsibilities:
-Ensure proper operation and maintenance of solar field equipment and associated solar plant components, including inverters, tracker systems, transformers, substations, and switchgear 
-Proactively look for improvement opportunities to job-appropriate processes and procedures and communicate through appropriate channels or implement improvements using the appropriate control management protocol 
-Read schematics in order to troubleshoot complicated mechanical, and electrical, problems with investors, tracker control systems, PV panels, and components 
-Perform mechanical and electrical component repair and replacement of parts to correct malfunctions in accordance with all pertinent manufacturers' requirements
-Effectively gather information regarding solar performance/issues 
-Diagnose, recommend, and implement solutions up to intermediate routine issues 
-Seek assistance when encountering? issues outside the trained skill level to ensure success in the resolution 
-Comply with all pertinent environmental health and safety programs 
-Act as a safety role model; encourage and recognize others completing safe acts and intervene when unsafe acts are being practiced 
-Identify gaps in safety standards as well as safety risks in the environment 
-Implement effective risk mitigation and provide recommendations to higher-level technical staff and management 
-Promote integrity, strong initiative, and a no-compromise focus on safety and quality of work on a continuous basis  
-Perform preventive maintenance in accordance with OEM maintenance manuals 
-Perform data collection and prepare reports in order to meet reporting requirements 
-Work with and respond to the client Remote Operations Control Center when necessary 
-Perform QA/QC inspections in accordance with applicable SOP
-Ensure that reliable electronic communication is maintained between the solar field, substation, site office, and home office 
-Facilitate periodic equipment inspections and reporting 
-Document all work performed using computer-based service reporting procedures (SAP)
-Adhere to effective internal controls 
-Supervise contractors on site to ensure compliance with all the client’s policies and procedures 
-Additional duties as required 

What are we looking for
Minimum Requirements:
  • 1+ years of college or technical school education, or an equivalent combination of training and experience 
  • 2 – 5 years relevant experience in solar energy or a related industry, Renewable energy experience is a plus 
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office software, SQL Server software, facility management, and reporting systems, and computerized diagnostic and troubleshooting tools. 
  • Familiarity with maintenance and electronic testing equipment ?(e.g., voltage testers, amp clamps, oscilloscopes, megohmmeters, infrared testers, torque equipment, alignment tools, and various hand, and power tools) and with heavy equipment required for facility maintenance, including working knowledge of crane and rigging requirements 
  • Experience with power plant operations and maintenance, solar plant operations, (including power inverters specifically), high-voltage switching, and post-operational repair and maintenance of solar field components (preferred) 
  • Understanding of Microsoft products and/or complementing products.? (Preferred)  
  • Competency in Analytical Problem Solving, Strong Communication, Customer/Partner Relationships, and Technology Expertise. (Preferred). 
Minimal, as needed. 
Behavioral Requirements:
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of a valid driver’s license 
  • Ability to work around low- and medium-voltage equipment 
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists 
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally to other operational sites within the US as needed 
  • Ability and willingness to work overtime on holidays and weekends and to work on short notice as needed due to on-call scheduling  
  • Ability and willingness to respond to site emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as needed 
Physical demands & working conditions:
  • Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to frequently perform physical tasks including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, bending, twisting, squatting, and reaching approximately 75% of the time while on sites; ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment 
  • Walking: Ability to walk .25 to .5 miles per day, including across unpaved and rough surfaces when on sites  
  • Speech/Reading: Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or scheduled form 
  • Lifting: Ability to frequently lift items weighing up to 50 pounds 
  • Climbing: Weight, including harness and tools, must be in accordance with the weight limit as specified by the ANSI Fall Protection Standards 
  • Vision/Hearing: Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form 
  • Tolerance to Extreme Weather Conditions: Ability to work in adverse weather conditions 25% of the time while on solar farm sites 
  • Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary 
Among the client’s principles we would like to highlight diversity and inclusion as a strength in our values and practices. Reinforcing these principles has a real impact on the satisfaction of commitment, increases talent and the quality of leadership of our professionals. To achieve all our objectives, it intends to attract, develop and retain different profiles, assuming diversity as a key factor and differentiator of fundamental innovation in our organization. We welcome and value all people, and we are committed to the inclusion and sense of belonging of each person who is part of the client.

With over 90 years' combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world's leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Chemicals, Construction & Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining and Manufacturing sectors worldwide. With more than 80 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.

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