Renewable Maintenance Specialist, Senior | Agave Solar

Date: Apr 3, 2024

Location: GILA BEND, AZ, US, 85337

Company: APS

Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.  


Renewable Maintenance Specialist, Senior | Agave Solar -  Assumes direct responsibility for maintaining a variety of APS owned solar assets located throughout the state of Arizona.


What your day would be like:

You are responsible for:

  • Installation, commissioning, testing, inspecting, troubleshooting, repairing and modifying solar photovoltaic systems, and utilizing DAS and SCADA communication systems.
  • Performs tasks in accordance with Operating and Maintenance procedures and associated vendor and manufacturer technical procedures.
  • Provides technical support for operating and maintaining solar assets from 2KWac to 35MWac ground mount, carport structures, rooftops, etc.
  • Provides technical direction to less experienced solar technicians.
  • Position will be required to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and climb ladders, kneel, squat, bend, stoop and twist to assume awkward positions.
  • Requires statewide travel on a regular basis.

Minimum Requirements

Renewable Maintenance Specialist, Senior

  • Associates degree in an applicable technology area such as electric power, electronics, mechanics or hydraulics
  • PLUS five (5) years of solar maintenance and construction experience.
  • In lieu of degree, seven (7) years of solar maintenance, construction and/or other job-related experience.


Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications

  • Knowledge of general electricity and electrical theory.
  • Demonstrated experience working with communications equipment (DAS), testing equipment (e.g., various Fluke meters, IV Curve, IR Camera, Megger Testing, Solmetric Eye), construction and technical repair standards required.
  • Proficiency in 480VAC, 1000 VDC, electronics, computers, mechanics and or hydraulics with hands-on experience with electrical troubleshooting.
  • Ability to work independently or as a lead member of the team.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills along with PC skills in a Windows-based environment.
  • Demonstrated ability and understanding of electrical/electronic blueprint designs, schematics and redline new construction drawings.
  • In-depth working knowledge of the National Electric Code (NEC), Accident Prevention Manual (APM) and Maintenance/Construction standards.
  • Able to use PI displays for assessing solar plant operating status.
  • Ability to push firmware and software operating systems into inverters.
  • Achievement of, or ability to obtain, level 1 and 2 training from inverter manufactures within the first twelve months of employment to ensure ability to troubleshoot/work on inverters.
  • Ability to operate all functions of inverters and clear most problems.
  • Able to perform all recommended preventative maintenance on all solar equipment on utility/DE plants and utilize Maximo system in accessing data, entering information on work orders.
  • Experience using infrared equipment to check for loose connection/ hot spots, working with and analyzing DC electrical system problems.

Major Accountabilities

1) Performs diagnostics to troubleshoot, identify and repair inverter performance issues of the solar systems.
2) Connects with communications equipment/computers to troubleshoot communications problems and identify and repair communication issues with DAS or SCADA systems.
3) Troubleshoots/repairs controls and motor drives on tracker equipment.
4) Identifies module performance issues with testing equipment to include removal and replacement of modules and replace solar modules as needed.
5) Performs voltage and current checks on AC/DC systems and performs preventative maintenance on weather station equipment.
6) Provides technical direction to less experienced maintenance specialists.
7) Oversees third party contractors to ensure contractor is complying with APS construction standards and Accident Prevention Manual (APM).
8) Collaborates with and takes professional directional advice from solar-related Engineering team to resolve solar technical issues.


Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Plant/Field Role:
This position requires work to be performed in the field and/or at the work site, due to the nature of work.  



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