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Solar Energy Systems Engineers - 17-2199.11

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Consulting Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Photovoltaic System Designer (PV System Designer)
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Solar Design Engineer
  • Solar Designer
  • Solar Energy Engineer
  • Solar Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2190 Miscellaneous Engineers
17-2199.00 Engineers, All Other
17-2199.11 Solar Energy Systems Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Conduct engineering site audits to collect structural, electrical, and related site information for use in the design of residential or commercial solar power systems.
  • 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.
  • Design or coordinate design of photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems, including system components, for residential and commercial buildings.
  • Design or develop vacuum tube collector systems for solar applications.
  • Develop design specifications and functional requirements for residential, commercial, or industrial solar energy systems or components.
  • Develop standard operation procedures and quality or safety standards for solar installation work.
  • Perform computer simulation of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system performance or energy production to optimize efficiency.
  • Perform thermal, stress, or cost reduction analyses for solar systems.
  • Provide technical direction or support to installation teams during installation, start-up, testing, system commissioning, or performance monitoring.
  • Review specifications and recommend engineering or manufacturing changes to achieve solar design objectives.
  • Test or evaluate photovoltaic (PV) cells or modules.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
  • Analyze green technology design requirements.
  • Collect data about project sites.
  • Create graphical representations of energy production systems.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods.
  • Design alternative energy systems.
  • Determine design criteria or specifications.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Test green technologies or processes.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Engineer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Solar-Energy-Systems Designer