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Bayside, NY 11364
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Solar Energy Systems Designer
|Overview:||Solar energy system designers plan and design hot water and space heating systems for new and old buildings using knowledge about the sun's energy and local climatic information. They make decisions about the system's components and estimate cost savings compared to fossil fuel heating.|
|Duties:||They design solar domestic hot water and space heating systems for new and existing buildings applying knowledge about local climate conditions and the energy required for a project.
Determine the type of solar system to use such as water, glycol or silicone based on the knowledge of what operates most efficiently in the specific climate conditions.
Calculate the heat generating capacity of different solar panels to determine optimum size and type of panels to be used. They arrange their location.
Specify water storage tank sizes, pumps needed, and piping requirements. Select electrical controls, thermostats and solar sensors to be used. They oversee installation and testing.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Engineering Science
A.A.S. Architectural Technology
|Job Outlook:||Employment as a solar energy engineer will grow as fast as average through 2018. Despite an overall decline in jobs in utilities, solar energy is expanding rapidly producing opportunities for new workers. The Federal government has passed new energy legislation creating subsidies for clean technologies such as solar so that segment should provide significant opportunities for well-educated workers.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$40,000 to $46,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||A college degree from an accredited engineering program with a concentration in construction and electrical engineering, environmental science, and physics is the usual educational background needed. Courses in architectural engineering and computer-aided design are essential. Most states require certification by passing a written examination.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.