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Solar Project Engineer

Opsun Systems Inc.

This is a Part-time position in Montreal, QC posted May 25, 2021.

Opsun is looking for engineers to integrate a multidisciplinary team comprised of engineers of different backgrounds and technicians.

The Project Engineer is responsible of the PV panel structure design, while respecting applicable Building Codes and other regulations.

More precisely, a Project Engineer has the following roles and responsibilities:
– Take a leadership role in managing solar racking projects, managing all aspects of the engineering of the solar structures.

– Create, engineer, and optimize PV racking structure in SolidWorks;
– Master a series of internal calculation tools helping with the engineering process of racking structures;
– Proceed to all Building Code Calculations (automated, computer calculations, but requires human guidance).

– Analyse and understand complex structures (buildings).

– Design foundations for ground mounted and carport structure.

– Analyse building structure load capacity.

– Support the sales team in preparing quotations, by providing preliminary engineering guidance and preliminary drawings;
– Technical support with clients during the development of solar projects (react to changes during construction, imagine solutions to problems, in collaboration with other project engineers)
– Design, engineering, drawings, and shop drawings of components for production.

– Participate (with technicians) in the creation of plans
– Participate in continuous improvement processes to improve drawings and quotations production.

– Understand complex client’s requirements, imagine solutions, present and discuss solutions to clients.

– Discuss with third party contract manufacturers (in English) about feasibility of parts.

– Proceed to finite element analysis (FEA) and prepare engineering report.

– Execute R&D processes to improve existing components, better understand the impact of snow and wind on solar arrays and imagine new solutions (product) as necessary.

– Create and document project development tools (Excel calculators and basic programming will be useful)
– Read and understand architectural and structural plans.

Requirements Bachelor’s degree or better in engineering, Civil Engineering or Mechanical preferred.

The following abilities will be required:
– Knowledge in mechanical structures, and Building Codes (Canada, Ontario, Québec, US, International).

– Advance knowledge in mechanical structure conception.

– Building Structure Basics
– Foundation Design
– Advanced knowledge of : Solidworks and Microsoft Office (Excel)
– Basic notions of Autocad
– Perfect understanding (written and verbal) of French and English.

Assets and challenges The following elements will be seen as an advantage:
– 3 years of foundation or building structure design
– 3 years of technical and/or industrial drawings (with Solidworks, or equivalent)
– Skills in project management
– Knowledge in any programming language (namely C++ and Excel advanced functions).