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SOLAR DESIGNER & ENGINEER: Engineering Has Opened Many Doors For Me

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Megan, a solar designer and engineer, spends her typical day designing solar layouts, meeting with clients, and writing reports. The work at her firm includes large solar farms and ground mount projects. She tells us that we shouldn't expect our college degree to directly translate into what we do, as she had studied civil engineering in university but now works in solar design.

Degree: Civil Engineering
Job Title: Solar Designer & Engineer

Job Summary: Commercial and Industrial Designers

Job Description

Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day.

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An increasing number of designers are also getting a Master of Business Administration (MBA) to gain business skills.

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Average salary
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$35,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
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5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time
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Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
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Creativity, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, People skills, Detail oriented

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m='16100'>my</span> <span m='16250'>position</span> <span m='16720'>is in a</span> <span m='17086'>design</span> <span m='17452'>group.</span> <span m='17820'>And</span> <span m='18195'>so</span> <span m='18570'>I do</span> <span m='19000'>solar</span> <span m='19880'>layouts</span> <span m='20150'>like</span> <span m='20420'>big</span> <span m='20870'>solar</span> <span m='21370'>farms,</span> <span m='21630'>ground</span> <span m='21890'>mount</span> <span m='22340'>projects,</span> <span m='25150'>things</span> <span m='25340'>like</span> <span m='25630'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='26325'>A</span> <span m='26750'>typical</span> <span m='27120'>day,</span> <span m='27520'>I</span> <span m='27740'>work</span> <span m='27950'>in</span> <span m='28030'>the</span> <span m='28130'>office.</span> <span m='29920'>I</span> <span m='30020'>use</span> <span m='30260'>the</span> <span m='30350'>program</span> <span m='30990'>AutoCAD,</span> <span m='31800'>which</span> <span m='32090'>is</span> <span m='32200'>a</span> <span m='32290'>design</span> <span m='32659'>program.</span> <span m='33250'>So</span> <span m='33540'>it's a</span> <span m='33620'>lot</span> <span m='33830'>of</span> <span m='34090'>drafting.</span> <span m='36580'>I</span> <span m='36680'>work</span> <span m='36900'>in</span> <span m='36990'>a</span> <span m='37040'>small</span> <span m='37440'>group.</span> <span m='38130'>But</span> <span m='39110'>my</span> <span m='39600'>day</span> <span m='39850'>just</span> <span m='40090'>consists</span> <span m='40600'>of,</span> <span m='40890'>it</span> <span m='40990'>could</span> <span m='41180'>be</span> <span m='42460'>doing</span> <span m='42870'>a</span> <span m='42930'>drafting</span> <span m='43590'>for</span> <span m='44030'>AutoCAD,</span> <span m='44670'>or</span> <span m='45890'>writing</span> <span m='46250'>reports,</span> <span m='48030'>coordination</span> <span m='48680'>with</span> <span m='48930'>clients</span> <span m='49260'>who</span> <span m='49590'>are</span> <span m='49920'>either</span> <span m='50170'>developers</span> <span m='51144'>or</span> <span m='51631'>other</span> <span m='52118'>engineers.</span> <span m='54066'>And</span> <span m='54553'>that's about</span> <span m='55040'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='55527'>I actually</span> <span m='56014'>studied</span> <span m='56501'>civil</span> <span m='56988'>engineering</span> <span m='57962'>in</span> <span m='58449'>college,</span> <span m='58936'>and so</span> <span m='59423'>that was</span> <span m='59910'>the degree</span> <span m='60397'>I obtained.</span> <span m='61371'>And</span> <span m='63806'>I was</span> <span m='64319'>looking</span> <span m='64644'>for</span> <span m='64970'>a</span> <span m='65019'>change</span> <span m='65820'>and</span> <span m='67030'>came</span> <span m='67300'>across</span> <span m='68090'>a</span> <span m='68970'>job</span> <span m='69850'>description</span> <span m='70730'>for</span> <span m='71610'>a</span> <span m='72060'>civil</span> <span m='72360'>engineer</span> <span m='72930'>in the</span> <span m='73430'>solar</span> <span m='73850'>industry.</span> <span m='74810'>And</span> <span m='76230'>they were</span> <span m='76680'>starting</span> <span m='77240'>to</span> <span m='77390'>do</span> <span m='77600'>a</span> <span m='77660'>lot</span> <span m='77830'>of</span> <span m='77900'>these</span> <span m='78230'>big</span> <span m='78720'>solar</span> <span m='79250'>farm</span> <span m='79650'>projects,</span> <span m='80410'>which</span> <span m='81850'>is</span> <span m='82340'>a</span> <span m='82430'>lot</span> <span m='82600'>of</span> <span m='82700'>land.</span> <span m='83770'>So</span> <span m='84430'>with</span> <span m='84890'>my</span> <span m='85410'>civil</span> <span m='85750'>engineering</span> <span m='86090'>background</span> <span m='86940'>with</span> <span m='87750'>grading</span> <span m='88070'>and</span> <span m='88390'>site</span> <span m='88940'>feasibility,</span> <span m='90845'>that's</span> <span m='91210'>kind of</span> <span m='91705'>how I</span> <span m='92200'>fell</span> <span m='92470'>into</span> <span m='93100'>place</span> <span m='93385'>with</span> <span m='93670'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='94850'>I</span> <span m='94970'>guess</span> <span m='95180'>some</span> <span m='95400'>advice</span> <span m='95800'>would</span> <span m='95930'>be</span> <span m='96928'>don't</span> <span m='97416'>expect</span> <span m='98392'>what</span> <span m='98880'>you</span> <span m='99368'>do</span> <span m='99856'>in</span> <span m='100344'>college,</span> <span m='100832'>what</span> <span m='101320'>you study,</span> <span m='101808'>to be</span> <span m='102784'>applicable</span> <span m='103272'>to</span> <span m='103760'>the</span> <span m='104260'>real</span> <span m='104520'>world,</span> <span m='104750'>necessarily.</span> <span m='106970'>It's</span> <span m='107170'>quite</span> <span m='107580'>different.</span> <span m='108510'>But</span> <span m='109210'>the</span> <span m='109300'>knowledge</span> <span m='109810'>you</span> <span m='110100'>receive</span> <span m='111050'>is</span> <span m='111531'>very</span> <span m='112012'>critical.</span> <span m='112493'>And</span> <span m='115380'>I</span> <span m='115480'>would</span> <span m='115590'>just</span> <span m='115780'>say</span> <span m='117880'>choosing</span> <span m='118640'>something</span> <span m='118980'>like</span> <span m='119280'>an</span> <span m='119440'>engineering</span> <span m='120100'>background</span> <span m='120750'>has</span> <span m='121620'>opened</span> <span m='121920'>up</span> <span m='122330'>so</span> <span m='122610'>many</span> <span m='123190'>doors</span> <span m='123610'>for</span> <span m='123700'>me.</span> <span m='124430'>I</span> <span m='124570'>could</span> <span m='124750'>go</span> <span m='124900'>a</span> <span m='124940'>lot</span> <span m='125140'>of</span> <span m='125210'>different</span> <span m='125540'>directions.</span> <span m='126292'>I mean,</span> <span m='126670'>I worked</span> <span m='127070'>for a</span> <span m='127470'>civil</span> <span m='127580'>engineering</span> <span m='128020'>company.</span> <span m='129199'>Now I</span> <span m='129440'>work</span> <span m='129660'>for</span> <span m='129759'>a</span> <span m='129820'>solar</span> <span m='130160'>company.</span> <span m='131150'>I</span> <span m='131270'>could</span> <span m='131520'>go</span> <span m='131750'>into</span> <span m='132424'>real</span> <span m='132898'>estate</span> <span m='133372'>development,</span> <span m='133846'>land</span> <span m='134320'>development.</span> <span m='134794'>And</span> <span m='136220'>to</span> <span m='136350'>just</span> <span m='136660'>think</span> <span m='136950'>of</span> <span m='138020'>something</span> <span m='138440'>that</span> <span m='138690'>will</span> <span m='139610'>make</span> <span m='139790'>you</span> <span m='139910'>happy</span> <span m='140330'>in</span> <span m='140430'>your</span> <span m='140530'>everyday</span> <span m='140880'>life</span> <span m='141180'>but</span> <span m='141320'>also</span> <span m='141590'>something</span> <span m='142210'>that</span> <span m='143150'>could</span> <span m='143330'>maybe</span> <span m='143970'>provide</span> <span m='144270'>many</span> <span m='144570'>opportunities.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255805,"video_id":"2701282585001","name":"70167918","duration":147007,"thumbnail_url":null}});