Project Design Engineer

Posted 21 February 2023
Salary Competitive Salary (DOE)
Job type Permanent
DisciplineRenewable Energy & Infrastructure
Contact NameCharles Matthews

Job description


A Johannesburg-based South African energy company that develops clean energy solutions for commercial and industrial companies in South Africa. Our client provides turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) service and develops energy solutions that require no upfront costs from our clients. They own, operate, and maintain Solar Systems offering an alternative to ownership and CAPEX purchases through their Solar PPA. They own, operate, and maintain over R100 million ZAR of Solar Systems across South Africa. With R240M of Solar Systems starting construction in 2023. A close-knit team, entrepreneurial by nature, and results-driven. They are building their engineering team and are looking for a design/project engineer to support their senior engineer. You will be responsible for a project from the design phase to overseeing implementation. They are a performance-driven culture and reward their team members.


  • Mandatory experience (4 years+) in the South African solar industry working in the rooftop, ground mount, or carport projects for commercial and industrial (C&I) companies.

  • BSc, BEng, BTech, B.Eng. Tech. Electrical, Energy, or Mechatronics

  • Be proficient in AutoCAD software.

  • Fully proficient in both PVSyst and Helioscope, (Homer Pro a benefit)

  • MS Office & Project tools like MS Project, (Smartsheet a benefit)

  • Registration with ECSA as a professional engineer, Professional Technologist, or in the process (added advantage)

  • Must have own transport including vehicle.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Duties and responsibilities:

1. Design Engineering

  • Analyze the technical information, including RFP and tenders, and generate the required compiled documents, considering creative and advanced solutions that would reduce cost, time and optimizing project’s performance.

  • Prepare bill of quantities for specific projects, for the project infrastructures.

  • Generate preliminary layouts on AutoCAD, Helioscope, PV Case, Helios 3D, or other similar software.

  • Perform site visits and if necessary, measure sites where the drawings are not available.

  • Perform desktop analysis and prepare site layouts and energy yield assessments.

  • Generate electrical schematics such as SLDs (Single Line Diagrams) aligned with the SANS, NRS, and IEC Standards.

  • Perform yield assessments using simulation software such as PVSYST and Helioscope following the rules and guidelines defined by the Engineering Manager

  • Work with the central engineering team to produce detailed engineering drawings, technical descriptions, technical calculations for the engineering signoffs, construction drawings, and drawings for projects licensing EPC, and execution.

  • Analysis of information or inputs given by the Grid operator, regarding Grid Code requirements, PoC specifications and limitations, Grid support, and design of the PV Plants according to that and in full compliance with it.

  • Keeping up with the procurement team to share the project requirements and aligning the project design accordingly.

  • Complete interconnection drawings, single line diagrams, bid sets, construction sets, and as-built drawings in addition to coordinating overflow of engineering with engineering vendors as needed for all solar and battery energy storage projects.

  • Coordinate with clients, consultants, and authorities to ensure the quick approval of drawings - compliant with the job requirements and contract.

2. Project Management

  • Lend technical support to the business development team and be the technical representative for the company during commercial negotiations and potential customers.

  • Provide design, cost, schedule plan, and quality for the engineering component of the project.

  • Assist the engineering and business development team with engineering solutions for planned projects.

  • Review and approve material purchases based on project-specified equipment.

  • Assist in project financial control.

  • Pre-approve Engineering shop drawings and present them to Engineering Manager for final approval.

  • Monitor construction progress across all designated projects and resolve all project engineering queries.

  • Supervise and review executing work quantities and quality of work.

The Benefits:

  • Several benefits