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POWER Engineers Field Engineering Technologist - Solar in Portland, Oregon

Field Engineering Technologist - Solar



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Field Engineering Technologist - Solar

POWER Engineers, Inc. is seeking a Field Engineering Technologist - Solar for our PCI Project Construction Mgmt Dept. The candidate selected for this position may work remotely full-time at a location other than a POWER-designated office/job site. This is a field position and travel will be required.

Roles and Responsibilities

To support the Senior Project Engineer, POWER's Field Engineering Technologist will perform the following duties:

  • Act as an Engineering Technician in support of the Senior Project Engineer in planning, designing, and building the Project Quality Assurance Plan, processes, procedures and work instructions for the Field Project.

  • Provide Engineering support of the construction to the Senior Project Engineer by performing field reviews of the work performed by the construction contractor to verify it meets the technical specifications established in the IFC engineering packages and that any changes/deviations have been identified, reviewed and accepted by the Senior Project Engineer, the Engineer of Record and members of the engineering team.

  • Assist the Senior Project Engineer in coordinating Quality Assurance Inspection teams to report on any non-conformities to the engineering requirements and to recommend corrective action and remediation/mitigation to minimize schedule, cost and quality impacts to the project.

  • Perform and provide to the Senior Project Engineer non-conformance reporting (NCR), punch list and coordinate inspections to ensure final construction build meets engineering specifications and is managed in real-time throughout the project.

  • Verify the construction contractor has adhered to and ECN or RFI responses in respect to revisions to the engineering specifications and report finding to the Senior Project Engineer.

  • Support Senior Project Engineer in liaising with internal Engineering teams to interpret, communicate, and suggest alternatives to engineered technical construction specifications.

  • Support the Senior Project Engineer in documenting project activities, creating and maintaining a reporting structure to make all stakeholders aware of daily, weekly, and monthly technical reports from the field, including daily inspections and non-conformance reporting.

  • Conduct field visits with the Senior Project Engineer to provide technical guidance and implement a Project Quality Plan audit in accordance with POWER's Quality Management System.

  • Confer with the Senior Project Engineer about reviewing Inspection & Test Plans (ITPs) and leading/being part of constructability reviews.

  • Use computer-aided design software under the charge and guidance of the Senior Project Engineer.

  • Evaluate pre-construction field conditions, suggesting any needed engineering changes based on the existing conditions.

  • Monitor field tests of construction materials, welding, bolting, concrete placement and obtaining of samples by 3rd party testing laboratories.

  • Complete walk-downs with Senior Project Engineer to assess final completion and project close-out status.

Required Education/Experience

  • At minimum 8 years in a utility and/or heavy construction environments with a minimum of 5-years in utility-scale (10 MW +) photo-voltaic (PV) solar field construction.

  • Experience interpreting IFC engineering packages and technical drawings.

  • Experience with Quality Management Systems (i.e. ISO 9001, Six Sigma, etc.) and the development of quality processes, procedures and work instructions.

  • Ability to be able to read and understand engineering specifications and drawing and assess constructability and make necessary recommendations to engineering teams.

  • Must be able to spend a significant amount of time in the field evaluating construction and assuring technical specifications are met.

  • Subject matter expertise in the understanding of the construction, quality, safety, environmental and permitting requirements of the work with all the necessary steps and accompanying technical requirements.

  • Ability to audit and spot check reports against actual field conditions.

  • Significant experience with Geo-spatial reporting software, including ability to contrast field realities against established schedules.

  • Knowledge of the use and evaluation of ITPs and ITRs.

  • Clear understanding of IFC technical engineering specifications and the tools/processes necessary to capture, memorialize, and verify realities against specifications.

  • Understanding of construction workflows, technical requirements, ability to identify and anticipate showstoppers in the construction process to efficiently and effectively deploy a team of technically qualified Quality Assurance inspectors.

  • Previous work history estimating and/or evaluating large project construction estimates.

At POWER Engineers, you can have a rewarding career on every level. Our philosophy is simple: Do Good. Have Fun. Build Success.

You’ll work on fun and challenging projects and initiatives. You’ll have the chance to make a positive impact on society and the environment. And you’ll find the support, coaching and training it takes to advance your career.

Since we’re employee-owned, we get to make POWER a great place to work. That includes providing competitive compensation, professional development, and a full benefit package:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision

  • Paid Holidays

  • Vacation/Paid Sick Leave

  • Voluntary Life Insurance

  • 401K

  • Telehealth Benefit covers all providers

  • Maternity and Paternity Leave

  • New Dads and Moms Benefit program

  • Fertility Benefits

  • Gender affirming care

POWER is a fun engineering firm. That might seem contradictory to some, but it works for us!

Salary DOE: The pay range for this position is $50 - $60/hour; however, pay may be higher or lower depending on the candidate's job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. This figure does not include additional compensation such as health benefits, vacation, 401k, etc.

EOE, including disability/vets