Job Opportunity: Assistant Designer

Job Opportunity: Assistant Designer


Job Description: Assistant Designer

Position Level: Entry Level

Start Date:  On or about July, 10th 2023

Division(s): Design & Construction

Reports To: Operations Manager

Company Overview: Pisgah Energy Inc. is a solar and energy storage design and development firm serving commercial, municipal, institutional, and utility clients across the Southeastern US. Services include project planning, energy usage analysis, feasibility studies, solar and energy storage design, financial analysis, RFP services, project development, construction administration, and design-build services.

Position Summary: The Assistant Designer is a new position created to support the growing needs of the company’s consulting, design, construction administration, and design-build services for rooftop, ground-mounted, parking canopies, floating solar PV arrays, and energy storage systems. The Assistant Designer’s primary responsibility is to support the design, estimating, interconnection, and permitting needs for the company.

The Assistant Designer is responsible for the following duties:

-Generating code-compliant solar PV layouts and production reports throughout multiple stages of project development. Primary Software – Helioscope.

-Providing energy usage analysis. Primary Software – Excel and Energy Toolbase

-Conducting field site visits for obtaining/confirming site information that is relative to the design and interconnection of the system.

-Providing cost estimates for materials, permitting, and various subcontractor trades.

-Providing financial analysis for solar and energy storage projects including key investment metrics like IRR, Simple Payback, NPV, LCOE, annual and lifetime energy savings. Primary Software – Energy Toolbase.

-Conducting glare study analysis for solar PV arrays.

-Providing plan-reviews for land surveyors, civil, geotech, structural, electrical engineering plan sets during schematic design, design-development, and construction drawings.

-Preparing/ reviewing/ issuing subcontractor bid packages.

-Reviewing subcontractor scopes of work.

-Evaluating and recommending subcontractors.

-Serving as the company’s utility interconnection liaison and providing and submitting interconnection documents to company clients, state and federal utilities commission, and utility companies.

-Gathering AHJ specific design criteria to be used for project specific design and estimating purposes.

-Submitting permitting packages to various AHJ’s, including zoning, building, land disturbance, etc.

-Vetting products the company uses in design and construction and supporting company vendor relationships.

-Providing solar PV and energy storage layouts and schematics. Primary Software – AutoCAD

-Supporting client rooftop warranty needs and submitting solar system documentation to roofing manufacturers.

-Supporting development staff with proposal compilation.

-Supporting the research needs of the design and construction departments.

-Developing standard operating procedures.

-Generating and maintaining project schedules. Primary Software – Smartsheet and MS Project

-Participating in weekly team meetings and monthly department meetings.

This is a living document and subject to change over time as needed. All employees may be asked to perform additional duties as needed.    

Requirements: The Assistant Designer must have a fundamental understanding of photovoltaic and energy storage systems, energy units, and the electrical and mechanical integration of system components. This is an entry level position that has opportunity for growth and advancement within the company. Occasional travel will be required. Clear communication, strong math, exceptional organizational, and analytical skills are a must. This position is based in the Asheville Office with some occasional light lifting required.

-Valid Driver’s License

-Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in Renewable Energy, Physics, Energy, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, or Building Science

-Must reside in or be willing to move to the Greater Asheville North Carolina Area

-Experience using MS Office, Excel, AutoCAD

Compensation: Annual Salary Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule: 8:30-5pm M-Th, 8:30-12:30 F


-Company Credit Card

-Company Computer

-Monthly Cell Phone Stipend ($60)

-Health Insurance Stipend at 50% of Insurance Premium or $250/month, whichever is less.

-Paid Vacation (4 weeks annually)

-Paid Holidays (10 days annually)

-Paid Sick Days (5 days annually)

-Paid Parental Leave (4 weeks annually)

-Professional Training and Certification Opportunities

-Access to Company vehicle for work-related travel

Candidate Instructions: Email Cover Letter and Resume to [email protected] by 5pm on Wednesday, June 14th 2023.