Well, like most college graduates fresh out of school, I was looking for an opportunity to develop and gain skills as a structural engineer. Once I started working for RBI Solar, I quickly realized I was doing so much more than using my structural engineering skills. I was being environmentally efficient and using our God-given resources to help the environment while building safe structures for our clients. This makes me appreciate what I do even more, and I’m so glad I am working in the solar industry.
I actually celebrated my one year anniversary in solar last September!
I’m part of the engineering team. We make sure solar mounting systems are safe for the clients whom we provide our services to. As a structural engineer, my responsibilities include performing structural calculations for solar mounting systems, determining and preparing wind & seismic calculations to ensure the integrity and compliance of the PV mounting systems. I also work with other teams within and outside the engineering departments like the designers and project managers to ensure clients’ needs and internal deadlines are met.
My proudest accomplishment is being part of a team that is helping the environment. Knowing that the projects I’ve worked on are out there providing energy reliability, security, and slowing down global warming is very rewarding.
I will say “Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it”. There are lots of opportunities in the solar industry. And, one of the best things about this industry is the fact that you can easily translate or apply your current skills set/knowledge to fit a solar career so definitely do your research to see what areas match your interests.