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SunPower Corporation

Project Engineer, Structures

SunPower Corporation - Richmond, CA

Do you want to change the world? We do, too.

The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%.  But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we’re looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.

SunPower is a global solar energy solutions company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. Our solutions are unrivaled in terms of long-term reliability, efficiency and guaranteed performance, and our company is unmatched in terms of global reach and scale. Through design, manufacturing, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring, SunPower provides its proprietary, world-record efficient solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide.

SunPower is changing the way our world is powered every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 7,000 in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. In an industry that is reshaping the world’s energy future, there’s no better place to be than SunPower.

We believe that our employees create our brand – with each project, each communication, each task completed and each interaction. Experience is critical to SunPower in regards to not only our customers but also our employees and dealer partners. As such, we strive to hire candidates that are service focused. The experience we would expect the ideal person to deliver is:


SunPower is seeking a Project Engineer to manage the project designs for solar projects ranging in size in the Commercial DG business unit. The Project Engineer reports to the Manager of Project Engineering and will be responsible for managing engineering design services to deliver a portfolio of construction documents to support our in-house construction-project management team, and provide structural/civil engineering subject matter expertise.  The Project Engineer will coordinate with internal and external resources as needed to generate the design package.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned):

Oversees the preparation of detailed mechanical, electrical, civil and/or structural designs for rooftop systems and free standing ground-mounted solar arrays

Accountable for on-time delivery of permitted set of construction drawings for optimized system design that meets all contractual requirements on multiple project designs simultaneously; Manages competing priorities and overcomes obstacles to successfully meet submittal dates

Leads and supervises the assembled project engineering team in preparation of project deliverables, including detailed procurement and construction drawings and specifications to meet agreed upon schedule at a set budget

Assesses and anticipates deliverables needs, reviews and edits engineering budget and schedule, and communicates resource needs to senior management.

Represents SunPower in project team meetings covering engineering and technical issues, including meetings with the public and regulatory authorities, owners, EPC contractors, construction subcontractors, and inspectors

Primary interface with Project Management Team on matters relating to detailed engineering progress, quality, scope and schedule.

Maintains responsible control over all design activities pertaining to the project, including engineering, quality control, and code compliance

Uses understanding of construction logistics, site preparation, material and labor costs to ensure design optimized and value engineered to the greatest extent possible

Supports Project Management team in updating and maintaining overall project schedule and budgets for portfolio of projects

Is subject matter expert and used as a resource for cross-discipline SunPower employees

Leads in defining a project’s functional and spatial requirements. Estimates costs and develops schedules for the design of solar arrays.

Schedules and leads Design Review meetings

Creates Scopes of Work for engineering consultants and modifies and updates the boilerplate scopes as needed

Mentors more junior engineers

Effectively directs and utilizes administrative resources in repetitive tasks such as generating plots and updating schedules

Stamps construction documents as needed including drawings, specifications and calculations


Minimum requirements:

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)

B.S. degree in Structural or Civil Engineering and 5 years of related experience or M.S. Degree and 3 years of related experience

OR equivalent combination of education and years of related experience

Preferred requirements:

Minimum of 5-7 years project engineering experience in the design/build, EPC or utility electricity generation field

Licensed Structural Engineer (SE)

Excellent, demonstrated civil or mechanical design skills

Strong AutoCAD and proven ability to generate accurate, highly-detailed construction drawings

Strong analytical skills

Well-developed and professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with people at all levels of the organization, as well as outside customers and vendors

Ability to work in a team environment with a customer service focus

Sufficient organizational skills to manage time well, prioritize effectively, and handle multiple deadlines

Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

Ability to delegate and prioritize work of drafters, technicians, and interns

Strong familiarity with construction, building codes and electrical codes

Proven ability to successfully procure, monitor, and assess subcontracted consultants

Must be computer-savvy, strong knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Ongoing professional development is expected

Strong construction, permitting, and interconnection experience in the solar PV industry

Knowledge of electrical design, materials and methods of installation, especially in power generation

Knowledge of structural design software such as L-Pile, RISA 3D, CFS, EnerCALC, or similar

Strong familiarity with construction costs, schedules, and WBS project accounting

Diverse regional expertise in permitting and interconnection requirements for small and large scale PV projects


This position is based out of Richmond, CA 

Occasional travel (visiting project sites, etc.)

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

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SunPower Corporation


Project Engineer, Structures SunPower Corporation - Richmond, CA, United States


Location: Richmond, CA

Company Profile:
Since 1985 SunPower has been leading global solar innovation. SunPower solar panels consistently deliver more energy and long-term peace of mind with the highest performing solar power systems available. SunPower is the solar energy choice of more homeowners and businesses around the world. Global headquarters based in Silicon Valley since 1985 Total solar energy generated >18,000,000 MWh Diversified global portfolio leading residential, commercial and utility solar energy markets World's highest efficiency solar panels featuring SunPower Maxeon cell technology More than 200 patents for solar technology