Posted: Nov 18

Position:  Superintendent

Supervisor: Senior Manager of Operations, Construction, and Safety

Classification:  Full-time, salaried, exempt (Administrative/Professional)

Summary Description:

The Superintendent is overall responsible for the field operation as it pertains to solar installation.  This includes project-specific construction management, crew oversight, as well as medium- and long-term planning to maintain readiness and to promote efficiency.

Superintendent Job Responsibilities:

  • Crew Safety – Superintendent is to maintain a vigilant focus on safety training, safety awareness, and an overall culture of safety among all field employees.  Avoidable accidents should be eliminated to the greatest extent possible.
  • Customer Satisfaction/Experience – Superintendent should ensure that all crew members promote customer experience.
  • Installation Quality – Although a somewhat subjective measure, the Superintendent must have a definite idea of what the quality standards should be across the company and enforce them rigorously.  Correction notices should be minimized, and an overall culture of quality should be maintained.
  • Installation Efficiency as Measured by the Installation Cost per Watt Superintendent should be actively engaged in month-to-month monitoring of the installation cost per watt and actively identify measures to reduce these costs where practical and so long as it does not conflict with safety or installation quality.
  • Production Capacity and Readiness – This is generally measured by an ongoing focus on the number of installed kilowatts per crew per day.  Acceptable minimums, as well as desired goals should be discussed at recurring operations meetings in consultation with the Construction Manager and General Manager.
  • Employee Morale and Retention – Superintendent should seek to maximize morale and retention as measured by crew member annual turnover.  Single-digit turnover, measured by the number of individuals who voluntarily leave the company, is generally the desired norm, obviously with the lowest number possible being the goal.
  • Training Level/Certification – Crew training and certification should be monitored by Superintendent and actively pursued.  Superintendent should brief the GM and Construction Manager periodically, no less than quarterly.
  • Vehicles and Stocked Materials – Superintendent is overall responsible for the readiness of the installation fleet and the levels of “truck stock.”


Activities to Promote the Above Performance Goals:

  • Weekly After-Action Reports – Document that briefly details any issues experienced on specific jobs in order to provide a feedback loop to the engineering and design portions of the operations team.
  • Review of Upcoming Jobs – Superintendent and Crew Leads should be able to review jobs at least one week in advance to identify any issues pertaining to design, materials, labor, or other resources.
  • Truck Stock/Equipment Storage – Superintendent, with the assistance of Crew Leads, should maintain visibility on levels of truck stock to eliminate as much as possible trips from projects to various supply outlets.
  • Vehicle/Truck Stock – Superintendent should have a program to ensure vehicles are subjected to routine maintenance.  Superintendent should make routine inspection of storage areas and truck stock.
  • Meetings – Superintendent should conduct routine meetings to train crew members on company accounting controls pertaining to fuel, truck stock, or other accountable items.


Requirements (knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Experience installing or managing solar PV construction projects
  • Strong understanding of grid-tied PV system design
  • Previous field management or foreman experience
  • Strong leadership skills – ability to organize, utilize and motivate team members quickly to respond to changes in the construction schedule and scope
  • Ability to read, understand, and edit (red-line) electrical and structural plans
  • Good at problem solving and implementing site-specific design modifications
  • Strong understanding of electrical wiring, theory and the trade
  • Strong understanding of the NEC Code and the ability to reference the code as required
  • Knowledge of Universal Building Codes and building materials and techniques
  • Experience supervising and managing subcontractors in other trades
  • Experience working with city/county permitting offices and inspectors
  • Proficiency on a computer in MS Office (Emphasis on Excel, Outlook, and web-based data)
  • Ability to work long hours as required in order for the installation crews to work to optimal efficiency on a daily basis
  • Must be willing to travel