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Solar O&M Electrical Technician - South West England

The Solar Farm Electrical Technician is a site-based role performing 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. The ideal candidate will be a fully qualified electrician with experience operating and maintaining MW-scale solar plants. You will need to be located near the operational plants and have a full driving licence. This is a permanent role and will require availability for some weekend on-call duties. A company vehicle, phone and laptop/tablet will be provided. Strong candidates will have the opportunity to work towards Authorised Person (AP) or Senior Authorised Person (SAP) status.

Organisational Context

The business currently undertakes O&M on a solar portfolio The O&M service monitors, maintains and enhances the asset.

 

Key Accountabilities

The responsibilities of the Solar Farm Electrical Technician include:

  • Adherence to health and safety requirements at all times and helping to maintain and improve safety standards across the solar plants
  • Undertaking planned inspection and maintenance according to legal, technical, manufacturer and contractual requirements
  • Undertaking AC and DC testing, troubleshooting and fault-finding
  • Carry out reactive maintenance, fault diagnosis and resolution in a timely manner
  • Inspection, testing and maintenance of PV modules, DC string combiner boxes and string inverters
  • Troubleshooting and repairs on sensors and communication equipment including RS485, Ethernet and fibre 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 

Knowledge

Essential

  • Strong technical understanding of AC, DC and communications networks
  • Good knowledge and understanding of solar PV technology

Desirable

  • Knowledge of central inverters
  • Principles of High Voltage operations

Skills & Attributes

Essential

  • 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
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Computer skills for writing reports, reporting progress and communicating by email 

Experience

Essential

  • Previous Solar PV maintenance experience, ideally on MW-scale or large commercial systems
  • Experience of working remotely without close supervision 

Desirable

  • Solar PV installation experience (MW-scale or large commercial ground-mount)
  • Experience installing or maintaining ethernet and fibre optic communications
  • Experience working with SCADA or data monitoring systems
  • Central inverter experience
  • High Voltage experience 

Qualifications

Essential

  • Full UK driving licence
  • Qualified electrician (17th edition)
  • Inspection and testing qualifications (C&G 2391 or 2394/5)

Desirable

  • First aid qualifications
  • Health & Safety qualifications (e.g. IOSH, SSSTS, CSCS)
  • Advanced electrical qualifications
  • Solar PV qualifications (C&G 2372 or C&G 2399)
  • Central inverter qualifications
  • High Voltage qualifications

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Posted: 23/08/2017

Location: UK & Ireland

Contract Type:Full-Time, Permanent

Type of Role: Operations, Solar

Reference Number: solarpv