Senior Project Engineer

| Charlottesville, VA, USA
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Company Description
With nearly 80 employees, over 100 projects completed or under development, and an award-winning track record of innovation and implementation, Sun Tribe is one of the fastest growing clean energy companies in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Thanks to an experienced, in-house team of development, engineering, financial, regulatory, procurement, and construction experts, Sun Tribe serves as a comprehensive energy advisory and delivery company for our client-partners. 
Whether building the first solar array to sit on an abandoned coal mine in Virginia’s history, powering the first 100 percent solar school district East of the Mississippi, installing solar on flagship state government buildings, or working with Fortune 200 companies to help meet their sustainability goals, Sun Tribe specializes in creating a brighter energy future through long-lasting, sustainable partnerships. Job Summary
Sun Tribe EPC’s Engineering Team Designs, Engineers, and supports unambiguous plans and specs to enable efficient and compliant project delivery of 1MW to 20MW size PV projects. We utilize both internal and external design and engineering resources. As a Senior Project Engineer, you develop and model bid level and early stage projects, manage 3rd party electrical engineering firms to create construction drawing sets, develop bills of materials, review equipment submittals, and provide technical support to field crews during construction. As a Senior Project Engineer at Sun Tribe, you will act as the responsible technical lead on assigned projects.
The Senior Project Engineer position reports directly to the Director of Project Engineering and will work closely with other Engineers, Project Managers, Supply Chain, and Field Operations.

  • Demonstrates technical ownership of responsible projects from NTP through construction
  • Evaluates site constraint plans for technical and economic feasibility
  • Develops and progresses PV system layouts using civil, environmental, permitting, and interconnection considerations.
  • Evaluates and selects equipment to optimize system economics, functionality, reliability, constructability, and safety
  • Reviews equipment submittals prior to procurement
  • Assists with work order creation for a project’s 3rd party electrical engineer of record (“EEOR”)
  • Manages the EEOR
  • Hosts design charettes with internal stakeholders to collect comments on the 30%/60%/90%/IFC drawing sets and transmits to the EEOR
  • Ensures that the EEOR’s drawing set complies with the Sun Tribe’s standards and owner’s technical specifications
  • Creates project and equipment specifications and Bills of Material
  • Provides guidance to Supply Chain on what tests should be performed for equipment that receives Factory Acceptance Testing
  • Oversees relay programming and generates work order for 3rd party consultants as needed
  • Provides field support when necessary to solve technical problems, communicate design details, and perform quality control walk-throughs
  • Reviews QA/QC documentation for completeness and accuracy
  • Assists the O&M team to resolve issues
  • Continually seeks new equipment, design, and installation methodologies for PV systems
  • Performs cost/benefit analysis of design and construction variants to optimize economic and performance outcomes
  • Other duties, as assigned

Basic Qualifications Required

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering (Civil, Structural, or Mechanical acceptable depending on experience) required
  • Five years’ experience in solar PV system design or related field
  • Understanding of the NEC, IBC, IFC, and other relevant electrical & building codes as they pertain to solar PV design
  • Two years of Project Management experience
  • Strong understanding of physical, electrical, and structural construction plans
  • Strong software experience in AutoCAD and MS Excel

Skills & Experience Preferred

  • EIT or PE in Electrical Engineering
  • MS in Engineering or Management
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or >4 years of PM experience
  • Software experience in Procore, MS Project, PVSyst/PVCase, or AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work well with others in a collaborative team environment
  • Self-motivated
  • Honest, reliable, self-aware, and conscientious
  • Strong Planning, organization, and prioritization skills

 Other Requirements

  • Demonstration of company core values; Community, Safety, Perpetual Improvement, Nature, Joy, and Respect
  • Ability to work & thrive in a generally fast-paced office environment
  • Some evening and weekend work is required


  • This position is eligible for a hybrid position in Charlottesville, VA or remote work from the mid-Atlantic region. 

Review of Applications will continue until the position is filled.
If you don't check every box, don't let that stop you. We prioritize talent, passion, and drive over what looks good on paper. If you're on the fence, we encourage you to hit the apply button and highlight what draws you to Sun Tribe.
Sun Tribe is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, family medical or genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
Sun Tribe EPC is a drug-free workplace.
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Sun Tribe operates in the Energy industry. The company is located in Charlottesville, VA. Sun Tribe was founded in 2016. It has 72 total employees. To see all 2 open jobs at Sun Tribe, click here.
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