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Southern Company Solar Operations Technician (SPC Rutherford) in Forest City, North Carolina

Solar Operations Technician (SPC Rutherford)




Want an innovative challenge? Solar technology is rapidly developing in the traditional Southern Company footprint and here’s an opportunity to be a part of it. We are seeking strong technical individuals for Solar Operations Technician position for Southern Power’s Rutherford Farm solar facility in Rutherford County, North Carolina. The responsibilities include operating and maintaining utility scale solar photovoltaic electric systems as well as monitoring, troubleshooting, and repairing the plant's electrical and mechanical equipment and various other duties. In addition, the successful candidates will maintain plant maintenance records in the computer based work order system, Maximo®, and participate in the plant system owner program. The candidate will need to have the willingness to serve on any Operations Review Board (ORB) action teams when required. Shift work required, including nights. This position will be filled at a level commensurate with experience.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills )

  • HS Graduate or Equivalent

  • 2-year College/Technical Degree or equivalent relevant work experience required

  • Electrical background is highly preferred

  • Strong mechanical and electrical aptitude and a demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and repair electrical and mechanical equipment are required

  • Solar Utility Scale Inverter maintenance experience preferred (i.e. Advanced Energy or SMA)

  • Strong technical background in electrical and electronic devices and equipment

  • Instrumentation experience is a plus; PV and/or experience with inverters is desired

  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work with little to no direction as well as possess an ability to follow directions when required.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to apply principle of logical thinking and deal with situations that will be encountered.

  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills are required.

  • Must be able to learn how to independently operate a solar plant and communicate effectively with plant stakeholders.

  • Ability to perform physically demanding activities (i.e. climbing stairs and ladders, lifting heavy equipment) while working safely in all types of weather.

Relocation assistance may be available for this position.

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Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: North Carolina-Charlotte Area-Forest City

Operating Company: Southern Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

Rutherford Solar Site (553Forest City)

553 Ferry Road

Forest City, 28043

Req ID: SPC2000410