Energy Preconstruction Engineer/Designer

Organization Summary

The Preconstruction Engineer/Designer is facilitating all phases of preconstruction design review, finalizing BOM, and capturing design improvement implemented throughout construction. 

Why Work for Knobelsdorff

In the early 1980s, in a small garage on a plot of family-owned land, Knobelsdorff Enterprises began. At the beginning KE was a small operation, serving local agricultural and industrial facilities. Three decades of hard work, and a commitment to excellence has grown KE into four divisions. Teamwork, and dedication to our core values has expanded our operations nationwide and have grown to surpass 200 employees. We continue to grow, and drive success with the same steadfast dedication, and core values since the start. Join us today!

  • We offer our employees a career with plenty of room to grow. We offer customizable training programs, and educational stipends so employees can continue to develop.
  • Great benefits with a wide selection of options to choose from. Our benefit package includes a competitive compensation and benefits package, including paid health, dental, life, long-term disability, vacation, and a 401(k)-retirement plan with company match
  • We offer an unparalleled culture that allows employees a work/home balance that fits their lifestyle choices. We have paid vacation based on years of service, as well as unpaid vacation to meet your own work/life balance choices.
  • We have full time work booked years in advance to offer you sustainable employment.
  • For more about our culture visit our careers page at
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Primary Duties
  • General Responsibilities:

  • Lead design reviews through the project life cycle.
  • Finalizing Bill of Materials for material procurement.
  • Works with Purchasing/Preconstruction/Construction/Estimating to review and approve equipment and material specifications.
  • Captures design improvements and ensures they are incorporated into future works
  • Seeks out opportunities for design improvement from parties
  • Works closely with the construction team to incorporate constructability feedback into future designs
  • Acts as a technical resource for construction and preconstruction teams
  • Leads design and page-turn meetings
  • Design Solar PV Systems, including 1-line diagrams, array layouts, fence layouts, road layouts, and string sizing
  • Perform energy modeling using PVsyst Software of Helioscope
  • Stay current on design techniques and construction strategies through continuing education via a variety of resources.
  • Maintain open communication lines with all working relationships.
  • Uphold the core values of the organization.
  • Work well with others to accomplish the mission of the organization and of the job.
  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills.
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines under pressure.
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Manage project files, drawings, documents & records in our project system.
  • Travel as job requirements necessitate.
  • Willing to work occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Additional duties as needed.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Support the CAD needs of the Preconstruction, Prefabrication, and Field construction teams, including but not limited to:

  • Create proposal-level PV designs
  • Build up KE PV Design Criteria
  • Create Install/Shop Drawing
  • Prepare Submittal Packages
  • Performs energy modeling in Helioscope or PVsyt
  • Perform takes for proposals and material procurement
  • As-Built Drawings
  • Maintain CAD file archives
  • Stay current with required training for the company's CAD requirements
  • Quality assurance of work product
  • Utilize and work within Procore for submittals and transmittals


  • The requirements listed in job descriptions are guidelines, not fixed rules. You do not have to satisfy every requirement or meet every qualification listed. If you feel you are an excellent candidate, we encourage you to apply!
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in PV construction management or PV Solar Design.
  • Self-starter and team player.
  • Knowledge of National Electric Code
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and Verbal skills including the ability to communicate positively with all project stakeholders
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD experience preferred.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license that represents a history of safe & competent driving.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to sit, stand, kneel, stoop, walk, and sit for long periods of time
  • Must be physically capable of lifting and carrying up to 20 lbs.
  • Accessibility: If you need accommodations as part of the employment process, please contact Knobelsdorff Human Resources at 651-923-4970or via email at [email protected].
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