Solar Technician

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  • Permanent
  • Bristol
  • Salary: £DOE

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Direct Response Employment Services is your local employment agency set in the centre of Trowbridge Wiltshire

We are seeking experienced solar  technicians to join our client who are a leader within the energy sector.

Our client has a diverse workforce and are dedicated to the personal professional growth of their staff, no matter what stage of their career they’re at. They can promise you rewarding work which makes an impact, the chance to learn from inspiring colleagues from across a growing, global network and opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

There competitive package offers rewards and benefits including pension schemes, flexible working, and top-down emphasis on better work-life balance. They also offer private healthcare, discounted green travel, 25 days holiday with options to buy/sell days, enhanced family leave and four volunteering days per year so you can make an impact somewhere else.

Job Purpose

As a Solar Technician this position is a field-based role performing operations and maintenance tasks on utility-scale battery storage plants and ground mounted solar PV plants. You will ensure the plants achieve outstanding levels of safety, quality and performance at a cost that meets operational budget, as part of an industry-leading team of renewable energy specialists.

You will be a qualified electrician with experience operating and maintaining MW-scale power plants, with DC and HV electrical competencies. This is a permanent role and will require availability for weekend on-call duties as part of a rota. An overtime system is in place.

A company vehicle, smart phone and laptop/tablet will be provided. Our client provides a comprehensive package of benefits including contributory pension, private health insurance and investment in role specific training. You will have the opportunity to work towards Authorised Person (AP) or Senior Authorised Person (SAP) status.

Our client pride themselves on their in-house training programme and this is provided. Technicians who demonstrate an attitude and aptitude for career progression will be encouraged to broaden their experience to advanced levels such as an industry recognised HV Authorised Person (AP) or Senior Authorised Person (SAP). For team members who embody our values of Passion, Accountability, Collaboration and Excellence, the opportunities for growth are huge.

Accountabilities

Reporting to the Solar & Storage O&M Manager, you will:

Follow and manage health and safety requirements and help to maintain and improve safety standards across the plants.

Achieve and maintain Authorised Person status determined by training received, experience gained and in line with individual job role requirements.

Undertake planned inspection and maintenance according to legal, technical, manufacturer and contractual requirements.

Inspect, test and maintain plant and equipment.

Undertake AC and DC system testing, troubleshooting and fault-finding.

Perform reactive maintenance, fault diagnosis and resolution promptly.

Troubleshoot and repair on sensors and communication equipment including Ethernet and fibre optic networks.

Configure computer-based devices and components, including firmware updates.

Occasionally assist with ground maintenance, cleaning or mechanical work

Induct and manage sub-contractors, ensure their safe working and undertake quality checks on their work.

Keep accurate maintenance records and compile reports.

Keep in close communication with the O&M office and team functions.

Travel between the sites and offices

Occasionally work away from home for training courses or to cover other sites for up to 1 week at a time.

Other tasks determined by the role.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of central inverters desirable
  • Principles of High Voltage operations
  • Technical understanding of AC, DC, SCADA, instrumentation and communications networks
  • Good knowledge and understanding of solar PV technology is essential.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of HVAC, fire protection, security systems is desirable.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of battery storage technology, although training can be given in this area.

Experience

  • Experience, reading, writing and amending Risk Assessments and Method Statements
  • Experience working with equipment vendors to support diagnosis of faults
  • DC and LV installation, fault finding, testing and commissioning
  • Experience working remotely
  • Solar PV installation and O&M experience (MW-scale or large commercial ground-mount)
  • Battery storage installation and O&M experience (MW- scale) is desirable
  • Experience installing or maintaining ethernet and fibre optic communications
  • Experience working with SCADA or data monitoring systems
  • Work with Central inverters
  • Work with High Voltage switchgear

Skills and Attributes

Approach to safe working practices

Excellent communication skills, fluent written and spoken English

Able to respond to changing priorities and emergent issues

Enthusiasm for personal development to read and interpret schematic diagrams and technical manuals

Computer skills for writing reports, reporting progress and communicating by email

Passion, Accountability, Collaboration, and Excellence

Qualifications

Full UK driving licence

Approved Electrician

Inspection and testing qualifications (C&G 2391 or 2394/5) highly valued

First aid qualifications

Health & Safety qualifications (e.g. IOSH Managing Safely, SMSTS)

Benefits:

Additional leave

Company car

Company pension

Flexitime

Free parking

On-site parking

Paid volunteer time

Private medical insurance

Please get in touch to discuss this fantastic opportunity further.

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