Service Technician - Needville, TX

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At SMA America, we believe in Energy that Changes. Since 1981, SMA has been developing innovative solar technology with a purpose - making the installation, operation, and maintenance of photovoltaic power plants simpler, more reliable, safer and more cost effective. In the meantime, we've also been collecting awards as a great place to work, providing growth opportunities to our employees, and challenging conventional thought.

Purpose of the position

  • The Service Technician is responsible for maintaining Utility & Commercial PV plants in the field. Duties include maintaining, troubleshooting, repairing, and basic analyzing of PV plants, Utility & commercial inverter applications and all associated equipment and site assets.

Primary duties / responsibilities

  • Maintains, conducts basic troubleshooting & repairs, and analyzes Utility and commercial PV Plants and equipment in the field, via email, telephone and site visits.

  • Develops a knowledge of SMA's commercial inverter products, associated SMA accessories, and third-party accessories.

  • Develops and maintains knowledge of PV plant operations, designs and basis of operations and design.

  • Maintains a working knowledge of the National Electric Code (NFPA 70), NFPA 70E, NESC.

  • Regularly works with high voltage DC electricity, three phase AC power, and the relevant software and firmware of the PV SCADA and control systems and solar inverters.

  • Maintains a high level of customer satisfaction while striving to lower the costs of Service.

  • Other duties as may be required or assigned.

Required training (type / duration / field / additional training)

  • An Associates' degree in a technical field is strongly preferred or Apprentice/Journeyman training in electrical or PV field with 2+ years' experience.

Required relevant professional experience (type / duration)

  • At least 3 years of experience in electrical, electronic and/or network communications are required.
  • Prior experience in the solar energy industry is strongly preferred.

Other specialized skills

  • Knowledge of PV solar and/or alternative energy markets is required.
  • Knowledge of National Electric Code is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Proficiency in the English language, both written and verbal, is required. German and/or Spanish language skills are a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) is required.
  • Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy are required.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems effectively.
  • This position may require periodic domestic and international travel.

The compensation range for this position is $25/hr - $28.85/hr DOE.

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