Structural Engineer
Alternate Title: Civil Engineer
Structural Engineer

Structural Engineers are responsible for the design and/or analysis of structural support systems for solar projects. They may supervise the construction of Concentrated Solar Power plants, PV plants, and related structures.

As part of the clean energy economy, Civil Engineers in the solar industry conduct structural analyses for commercial and utility-scale PV power projects. Civil Engineers evaluate structural loads on solar array support structures and buildings resulting from wind, seismic, and other sources. Additionally, Civil Engineers prepare foundation designs for solar arrays and related equipment, assist project managers by resolving technical issues relating to structural loading, evaluate array support structures, and provide inspection and troubleshooting in the field. They also interface with civil works subcontractors and building authorities. Civil Engineers prepare calculations and drawings for permitting and approvals in accordance with the International Building Code (IBC) and other applicable building codes and support sales and proposal activities.