Senior Project Engineer - Solar REMOTE

Mackinnon & Partners Remote
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November 12, 2022
Mackinnon & Partners
San Jose, California

Sr. Project Engineer - SOLAR

The company brings a decade of global leadership in solar PV to deliver utility-scale power generation plants customized for local and regional energy markets. Mackinnon and Partners offers the full spectrum of PV solutions - from the core technology of cells and modules to large-scale project development and investment. With proven capabilities across the solar and battery storage value chain, M & P minimizes uncertainty and risk, and helps customers achieve a higher return on their investment in renewable energy.


  • Review technical documentation such as site studies, reports, permits, etc. as related to design, cost or schedule impact
  • Create, review and maintain drawing packages, energy production models, bills of materials, scopes of work and other technical project documentation;
  • Manage the technical needs in all stages of project development and design, including conceptual and advanced system design, observing regulatory codes as well as customer requirements, specify balance of systems, perform site visits, coordinate needs for the permitting and technical support during the construction phase;
  • Assist in the development and review of energy production models, project schedules, cost estimation, bill of materials, budgets, scopes of work, standards and quotes from suppliers;
  • Coordinate internal resources for subject matter expertise and project risk reduction;
  • Implement external resources such as structural, civil and electrical engineer consultants, geotechnical and topographic surveyors, other specialized professionals as needed and suppliers;
  • In collaboration with other team members, contribute to the completion of proposals to design and deliver PV and BESS projects,
  • Maintains continuous improvements in project designs, plans, processes and product development;
  • Assist with technical training to other team members and new employees;
  • Collaborate with team members when necessary to ensure effective communication and results;
  • Prepare conceptual design for solar projects including selection of major components, equipment layouts, single-line diagrams, etc;
  • Prepare bid packages for subcontractors including scope of work, schedule, project description, and conceptual design;
  • Perform energy generation modeling for solar projects using PV Syst and other tools;
  • Lead the technical tasks in preparation of EPC proposals and the review of potential project acquisition opportunities;
  • Assist in field with site visits as needed, testing, commissioning and start-up of constructed power plants;
  • Perform other duties and special projects, as assigned.


  • A degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or another related engineering science
  • Minimum 5 years of professional engineering experience in the solar industry - large scale utility scale solar experience required
  • Relevant work experience in the design and development of power plants (in particular solar or wind power plants)
  • Willingness to travel, at least 25% of the time
  • Experience with AutoCAD (or equivalent)
  • Experience with photovoltaic performance modeling tools (preferably PVSyst)
  • Strong in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with Gantt charts (MS Project or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of the National Electric Code
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Assertive, able to cope with pressure, a team player
  • Previous experience managing projects from initial design to installation and execution, preferred
  • Experience in permitting processes with local authorities having jurisdiction, preferred.

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