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At PVEL, we create data that drives the global clean energy transition. Our team pioneered product testing that unlocks investments in solar power.

Join the PVEL Team

We create data that drives the global clean energy transition. Our team pioneered product testing that unlocks investments in solar power.

We're passionate about our work because of its impact – and we have fun doing it.

As the leading reliability and performance testing lab for solar project developers and investors, we develop independent reports on solar PV and energy storage equipment. Over the past decade, we’ve built a global network that connects manufacturers to 400+ downstream partners who use our reports to guide 30+ gigawatts of purchasing decisions each year.

But that’s just the beginning. PVEL has grown rapidly because our work accelerates adoption of solar power worldwide.

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We're passionate about our work because of its impact – and we have fun doing it.

As the leading reliability and performance testing lab for solar project developers and investors, we develop independent reports on solar PV and energy storage equipment. Over the past decade, we’ve built a global network that connects manufacturers to 300+ downstream partners who use our reports to guide 30+ gigawatts of purchasing decisions each year.

But that’s just the beginning. PVEL has grown rapidly because our work accelerates adoption of solar power worldwide.

Explore PVEL's open positions below

Test Engineer - Inverter/ESS

PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) is seeking a full-time Test Engineer to join our engineering team.  This position is based out of our office in South San Francisco, CA and may require travel to our other solar test facilities along with projects at client sites.

General Responsibilities

  • Support project work at PVEL’s Berkeley, South San Francisco, and Davis Test Sites
  • Support project work for PVEL’s Inverter & Energy Storage(ESS) business segments
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Engineering Development support
  • Equipment maintenance, repair, cataloguing & calibration support
  • Work Instruction and Standard Operating Procedure drafting
  • Training of technical staff on procedures and processes
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Tasks

  • Support project work for PVEL’s Inverter/ESS business segment
    • Execute on build and experimental plans, with minimal guidance for client project work performed at test site such as inverter PQPs and batch testing.
    • Support DuT wiring and testing preparation
    • Manage and facilitate the repair of equipment issues or downtimes
    • Lead troubleshooting efforts on communication networks or data acquisition issues
    • Be the main communication interface for Engineering team to Operations team for site.
    • Support client visits or technical inquiries
    • Ad hoc site support
  • Data analysis and reporting
    • Support PVEL’s Technical Writing team with reporting and writing
    • Collaborate on the development analysis templates/scripts and report templates
    • Perform the analysis and report creation for bespoken project designs
  • Engineering Development support
    • Contribute to the design, implementation, and validation of Engineering Development Efforts.
  • Equipment maintenance, repair, & calibration
    • Provide primary support for equipment troubleshooting and Engineering-based maintenance event
    • Escalate and coordinate subcontractor support for repairs that are require it
    • Coordinate preventative maintenance events with subcontractors
    • Support Test Engineering Team calibration efforts

Abilities Necessary to Perform Regular Functions of the Job

  • Normal office and lab environments, lifting of up to 50 lbs., regular walking, sitting, bending, twisting, standing and reaching
  • Travel for field work up to 25%.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed to meet deadlines and business needs
  • Valid driver license required and acceptable driving record meeting company requirements; ability to rent a vehicle
  • Ability to work in the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with AC power grid connected equipment such as inverters and transformers
  • Experience with DC power testing equipment & data acquisition
  • Familiarity with a host of standards including ISO 17025, UL 1741, IEEE 1547, IEC 61215, UL 1642, IEC 62133, UN 38.3, UL 1973, NFPA 70, UL9540, NFPA 855, FCC Part 15B, etc.
  • Basic understanding of PV, inverter, & battery design, operation and function
  • Experience with LabVIEW. MATLAB, VBA, R, CAN, and/or Modbus preferred
  • Open to learning, creating, and expanding the capabilities of the lab & field site

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the job title as the subject line.

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