Role: Senior Project Installation Engineer/Electrician
Reports To: Thys Wessels
Office location: Midrand

Main purpose of the job:

Renewable Energy Engineers work on the production of energy from renewable or sustainable sources, including wind, solar, and hydro or marine power. To research and develop new machinery and equipment, production processes, and ways to minimize the impact on the environment.

Key responsibilities:

  • Plan, prepare for, manage, and execute activities pertaining to Installations and Preventative Maintenance on the solar plant assuring all HSE procedures are followed, activities include but are not limited to:
    • Substation maintenance as per annual maintenance schedule
    • E-House maintenance as per annual maintenance schedule
    • General Junction Box (GJB) maintenance as per annual maintenance schedule
    • Array Junction Box (AJB) maintenance as per annual maintenance schedule
    • Reverse Osmoses (RO) plant (Water filter system) maintenance as per maintenance schedule
    • Infrared Red scans of panels, AJBs, GJBs, transformers and inverters
    • Inspections as scheduled on substation, E-House, GJBs, AJBs and RO plant
    • Inspect, test, diagnose and maintain CCTV system
  • Plan, prepare for, manage, and execute activities and execute pertaining to Corrective
  • Maintenance on the solar plant assuring all HSE procedures are followed, activities include but are not limited to:
    • Respond to all alarms triggered on the solar plant
    • Resolve all trips on the solar plant as soon as possible
    • Attend to all breakdowns, do fault finding/root cause analysis and resolve, fix or replace faulty equipment with minimal energy loss
    • Diagnose and replace PV panels
    • Diagnose, test, repair and/or replace cables, cable inter-connections, PV junction/string boxes, connectors, and fuses in PV systems
    • Diagnose, test, repair and/or replace transformers
    • Diagnose, test repair and/or replace HV yard equipment
    • Diagnose, repair and/or replace switchgear and control gear in PV systems
  • Maintain solar/diesel Hybrid system, including batteries
  • Apply root cause analysis techniques on all major and reoccurring faults
  • Investigate technical failures and prepare a formal technical report
  • Generate Work Order (WO) requests for onsite intervention in CMMS/ERP system
  • Enforce HSE compliance with contractors
  • Work with Power Engineer on Plant optimization (reliability and future CAPEX projects)
  • Perform standby duties
  • Train/mentor interns
  • Interact with Eskom Control as required
  • Prepare Requests for Quotes as needed
  • Record keeping and management of spare part movements
  • Report significant events to Plant Manager and Power Engineer
  • Any other duties, as assigned by the Plant Manager, in line with the role


  • Very hardworking
  • Reliable
  • Dynamic professional with great values and integrity
  • Team player that believes in constant and ongoing communication
  • Very detailed in his approach



  • Able to troubleshoot and analyze data including following various types of process charts, schematics, and single line diagrams
  • Have a good understanding and percept the on of an integrated system and how to apply effective fault-finding techniques in such a system.
  • Very good written and oral communication skills
  • Well-organized and responsive in all communications including clear, concise e-mails, adept at writing technical reports and policies
  • Good team player; able to balance team and individual responsibilities
  • Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Able to manage stress and high-pressure situation
  • Able to handle multiple projects, prioritize work and work effectively under limited supervision


  • 15 plus years of experience as an Electrician
  • 5 years of Alternative energy/renewable energy experience
  • Managing electrical installation teams
  • 5 years of experience on Mining Sites/projects 


Minimum of an N3 (or NQF equivalent) with electrical subjects; N6 or ND) or NQF equivalent) is preferred

  • Red Seal qualification preferred
  • Minimum 2 years’ utility experience in power plant or industry experience is desired
  • Working knowledge of PV plants is an advantage
  • Experience in switching LV, MV and HV systems
  • Experience with lock-out tag-out procedures
  • Working knowledge of power system protection
  • Able to read and interpret single line diagrams and schematics
  • Demonstrated experience in the maintenance of LV and 22kV cable, DC cable systems including fault location and diagnostics is an advantage
  • Cable jointing qualifications and experience is an advantage
  • SCADA: able to analyse data, investigate and report on trends
  • SCADA systems: knowledge of/experience in T3000 SCADA and Ellipse experience would be advantageous
  • General ERP/CMMS experience
  • Excellent MS Office experience
  • Code B driver’s license required with no previous judgements
  • Simotion and Sinamics experience is an added advantage
  • PLC troubleshooting and maintenance is an added advantage

Closing Date

20 June 2022

Your application must include:

An updated CV, motivational letter and relevant certificates.