The Apprentice Solar & Battery Storage Technician is a site-based role assisting with operational and maintenance duties on utility-scale solar plants above 5 MW in size. The overall purpose of the role is to ensure the solar plants achieve outstanding levels of safety and performance at minimum cost.
This is a fixed term apprenticeship for up to 4 years, leading to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation (Level 3) with day release at Tiverton Campus / Petroc College.
The responsibilities of the Solar & Battery Storage Technician include:
- Adherence to health and safety requirements always and helping to maintain and improve safety standards across the solar plants
- Work towards Authorised Person status commensurate with training received, experience gained and in-line with individual job role requirements
- Assisting the Electrical Technician with planned inspection and maintenance according to legal, technical, manufacturer and contractual requirement.
- Assisting the Electrical Technician with AC and DC testing, troubleshooting and fault-finding
- Assisting the Electrical Technician carry out reactive maintenance, fault diagnosis and resolution in a timely manner
- Assist with the Inspection, testing and maintenance of PV modules, DC string combiner boxes and string inverters
- Assist with the troubleshooting and repairs on sensors and communication equipment including RS485, Ethernet and fiber optic networks
- Configuration of computer-based devices and components, including firmware updates
- Occasionally assisting with ground maintenance or mechanical work
- Carrying out inductions for sub-contractors and monitoring their work
- Keeping accurate maintenance records and compiling reports
- Keeping in close communication with the O&M office
- Occasionally working away from home for training courses or to cover other sites for up to 1 week at a time
- Other duties commensurate with the role
- Strong approach to safe working practices
- Excellent communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Positive, can-do attitude
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Able to respond to changing priorities and emergent issues
- Enthusiasm for personal development
- problem-solving skills
- Computer skills for writing reports, reporting progress and communicating by email
- Ability to work in challenging environments (weather)
- Flexible attitude towards working hours – some days may require later evenings
A company phone, laptop/tablet, full uniform, PPE and tools will be provided.
The ideal candidate will have up to 3 years electrical experience and will need to be located near the operational plants in North Cornwall / North Devon.
There is a requirement to be available for supervised weekend call out duties.