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Performance Engineer

Company: Signal Energy Constructors
Location: Chattanooga
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

The Performance Engineer will work on performance engineering activities on projects of varying size and location. Performance Engineer will have knowledge of PV system design and equipment, experience with PV energy models, data analysis and visualization skills, and a strong ability to think critically and problem solve. They may have the opportunity to contribute to open source software.

Responsibilities/ Duties:

  • Live Signal Energy's core principles to achieve preferred selection by our customers by continually improving processes, products and services to ensure Signal Energy consistently meets or exceeds customer requirements.
  • Communicate effectively with a wide range of people including Signal colleagues from all departments, clients, sub-contractors, and other stakeholders.
  • Guide and review energy modelling assumptions and ensure that energy models are aligned with performance tests.
  • Update energy models for use in performance testing.
  • Review design documentation (drawings and specifications) to ensure that location and installation details for meteorological instruments will result in accurate measurements.
  • Maintain integration tests to understand if new versions of energy modelling tools (PVsyst, SAM, etc) affect energy production results and assist PreConstruction teams with construction bid modeling.
  • Write performance test plans as needed to support contract review or as contract deliverables.
  • Conduct data quality reviews of DAS/SCADA data in close coordination with commissioning managers to identify and resolve any issues.
  • Use internal company tools and workflows to efficiently extract data from a wide range of DAS/SCADA systems including AlsoEnergy, LocusNOC, GPM, NorCal SCADA Solutions, InAccess, and others.
  • Use internal company tools and workflows to conduct performance acceptance tests following relevant industry standards as required by contract testing exhibits.
  • Use internal company tools and workflows to conduct availability tests as required by contract testing standards.
  • Support commissioning managers in data processing tasks as needed.
  • Generate performance test reports in support of project milestone submittals.
  • Productively engage with clients and client representatives including owner's engineers and independent engineers to discuss performance testing processes, test procedures, and results.
  • Foster a collaborative and trusting relationship with all stakeholders during the performance testing process.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of PV performance and modelling topics through conference attendance and participation. Required Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities:
    • Strong communication skills: The ability to communicate performance testing processes and results is critical.
    • Passion for learning and problem solving.
    • PV Energy modelling - PVsyst and SAM
    • Strong data processing and visualization skills - advanced Excel knowledge and willingness to learn Python and use Python packages
    • Exposure to programming
    • Knowledge of PV solar equipment including PV modules, combiner boxes, solar trackers, inverters, DAS/SCADA equipment, communications hardware, meteorological sensors, and how they affect performance of the constructed plant. Preferred Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities:
      • Familiarity with and understanding of test standards including ASTM E2848, ASTM E2939, Performance Ratio tests, Energy tests, and IEC 61724
      • Python programming experience, experience with pandas, numpy, pv-lib-python, pvcaptest
      • Experience using the Anaconda distribution and/or the package manager conda
      • Experience with command line interfaces / shells - bash, zsh, or similar
      • Experience with revision control (Git and Github)
      • Experience using Procore Education/ Experience:
        • Bachelor's degree in STEM field.
        • Minimum of 3+ years of experience in the solar industry
        • Experience in operations and construction within the solar industry strongly preferred.
        • Thorough understanding of the principles of solar power generation.

          Signal Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and uses E-Verify.

          We are not accepting resumes from Third Party Recruiting Firms for positions posted on our careers page. If you are an Agency or Search firm representative, contact the Signal Energy Constructors Talent Acquisition Manager directly at for consideration. Signal Energy Constructors or its affiliates will not be responsible for any fees arising from the use of resumes and online response forms through this source. In addition, Signal Energy Constructors or its affiliates will not be responsible for any fees on unsolicited resumes that are submitted to any member of the Staffing or Operations team. Signal Energy Constructors has established an approved vendor program for this service, and will only consider accepting submissions from those approved firms.

Keywords: Signal Energy Constructors, Chattanooga , Performance Engineer, Engineering , Chattanooga, Tennessee

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