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  • Solar/Renewable Design
  • High growth sector
  • International Projects
  • Central Wellington Offices
What's happening?

With renewable energy now at its tipping point, the prospects for Electrical Design Engineers in the sector have never been greater.  This fast-growing company has been leading the charge over the last few years  - taking smarter power systems to local international communities and businesses and now expanding to meet the demand.  Specialising in grid-connected and remote power this team are putting the juice where it's needed and lighting up people's lives right around the globe.  It's exciting stuff and getting more so every day.  

So - if you are a solar-experienced Design Engineer looking to be a part of this good story, you will also get to join a company with: 

  • strong backing
  • deep knowledge of Renewable Energy
  • an enviable track record
  • a really good future

Interested? ...then walk this way please.

The Role:

Designing commercial solar power systems. These are typically 100kW - 1MW photovoltaic systems, often grid-tied with battery energy storage systems and backup facilities.

Your role would be to take a design brief, produce a concept, select components and produce fully detailed designs ready to build.

In this team you will be working with a bunch of very passionate and experienced engineers possessing skills right across the power and renewable sector (HV, Protection, Solar, Commissioning, sales etc.). You will definitely have someone there to support you and offer support to, in fact mentoring is a key element of the growth of this industry. New technologies, products, strategy, tools, regulations and environments ensure the you will always be learning and always be growing in this game.

Skills and Experience:

Essentially, you need to have a good track record of designing on-grid solar systems. This is also a tight team so versatility and resourcefulness are valued. 

  • Degree, NZCE, NDE or experience equivalent with (5+ years)
  • Strong software skills, ideally in AutoCAD, DigSilent etc..  
  • A portfolio of 200kW+ solar PV designs done by you.

Other useful software skills might be:

  • E-Tap
  • SKM
  • PVsyst
  • Retscreen
  • Helioscope  

The role is based in the modern Wellington office.

  1. Why is this role available? 
    Expansion of the capabilities of the team.
  2. Would I be the only solar system Designer?
    No, there are others in the team.
  3. Does this role cover HV Design? 
    Not specifically, there are HV Design Engineers who handle this but you will need to understand the protocols and connection requirements on the LV side.
  4. Is there much travel?
    There may be some international travel but this is likely to be minimal as there are teams for project delivery and commissioning.
  5. Do I need to have experience in on-grid systems?
    This depends on the type of project you have experience with. If you apply with examples, we can advise. 
  6. I have no experience in New Zealand, should I apply?
    If you have good commercial solar design experience and excellent communications, we would love to hear from you.
  7. I have no solar experience, should I apply?
    If you are an experienced Electrical Engineer, Fosterra have an extensive track record in the power sector, so we will consider you for other roles or advise. 
On offer:
  • excellent career prospects in a strong sector
  • assistance with relocation
  • work flexibility
  • worthwhile projects

If you are  keen to know more, please contact Lachlan McNeill on +64 3 365 6673 or Richard Foster on +64 3 379 7002.   Alternatively, to submit an application press the APPLY button and follow the steps, include your CV as an attached Microsoft Word document. 

NOTE: FOSTERRA and ACORVA are jointly and exclusively managing this role for our client.

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Electrical Design Engineer (Commercial Solar)
New Zealand
Wellington ~ Wellington
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Engineer - Electrical