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RES Assistant Mechanical Superintendent I - Solar in Des Moines, Iowa

Assistant Mechanical Superintendent I - Solar

Come join the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active in wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution. Our vision is to be a leader in the transition where everyone has access to affordable zero carbon energy. Being part of the RES team means shaping the world’s energy future.

RES offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 401K + employer match, life insurance and AD&D, paid time off, paid sabbatical, paid parental leave, alternative work schedules, fitness center membership, tuition reimbursement, and professional development.


Responsible for assisting in developing the site mechanical construction schedule, execution plan, and managing the daily issues involved during the mechanical construction of solar generation project.

The assistant mechanical construction superintendent assists in all site mechanical construction activities and supervises all mechanical field personnel as required to successfully complete the solar project on schedule and within budget. The assistant mechanical superintendent works diligently to build a safe, high quality, profitable solar project.

Safety Accountabilities:

  • Leads by example to show that safety is the most important function, ensuring that all employees follow safe practices while working.

  • Accountable to continually reinforce safe behaviors and correct “at risk” behaviors.

  • Ensures Job Hazard Analysis (JHA’s) occurs before scopes of work commence.

  • Adheres to and ensures all site team members understand standard operating procedures.

  • Ensures new hires receive job- and task-specific training prior to work commencing.

  • Leads and support the site team in technical, quality and safety, utilizing systems in place.

  • Ensures company employees and contractors are adhering to the company safety policy.

  • Promotes job site safety, encourages safe work practices and rectifies job site hazards immediately.

Client Relationship and Management:

  • Provides excellence in the management and delivery of the project, in-line with the client’s expectations.

  • Maintains positive relationships with customers, contractors, suppliers and other employees.

  • Manages landowner expectations, concerns, and Right of Way access.


  • Provides information about site activities including accurate install rates for mechanical discipline, projected task completion and hazards to the Mechanical Superintendent.

  • Schedules and ensures appropriate staffing for daily mechanical construction activities with employees.

  • Identifies potential schedule changes, workflow and staffing issues.

  • Maintains mechanical construction schedule, identifies upcoming issues and solves problems.

  • Orders materials and schedules inspections as necessary throughout the process.

  • Understands the project plans and specifications.

  • Assist in preparation of schedules and supervises completion of a final mechanical punch list.

  • Ensure that mechanical structures - including all foundations, tracker/tables and modules- are built as per specification.

  • Ensure site prep work is executed as per contract, design, and specification.

  • Inputs into the mechanical execution of overall construction plan.

  • Reviews the engineer's drawings prior to beginning construction to ensure that the project can be built in a safe and reliable manner.


  • Directs, guides, and coaches mechanical foremen and craft to ensure activities on site are understood and following established processes through quality checks.

  • Follows processes for systems and communication lines on site and ensure implementation is consistent.

  • Assists with managing site personnel.

  • Fosters a culture of continuous improvement.

  • Ensures that project is utilizing Safety Management Systems (SMS), Quality Managements Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and technical procedures.

  • Identifies and mitigates potential employee relations issues.

  • Manages and supports employee development and growth.

  • Provides regular and direct feedback on performance and goal progress.

  • Assist in coordination and execution of all mechanical construction activities.

  • Directs all mechanical field personnel to achieve completion of the project on schedule, within budget, with quality workmanship that conforms to original plans and specifications.

  • Promotes job site safety, encourages safe work practices and rectifies job site hazards immediately.

  • Identifies, deploys, and manages a high-performing team needed to accomplish business objectives.

  • Provides a positive and engaging work environment.


  • Ensure quality control program is followed to ensure processes are implemented according to the design of the project and are consistent.

  • Maintains an organized job site, including in the onsite construction office.

  • Manages QA for mechanical construction.

  • Manages subcontractor contracts to ensure compliance.

  • Manages the mechanical materials once received from RES logistics on site.

  • Manages Safety of line crews to the highest level.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Advanced level of knowledge in

  • Safety and OSHA requirements

  • Relationship building

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Interpretation of a project schedule

  • Planning and task direction

  • Adaptability to environment

  • Working in fast paced environment

  • Interpretation of scopes of work

  • Leadership- Ability to teach and lead others

  • Team building

  • Mentor and facilitator-

  • Decision making

  • Contract management

  • Sub-contractor and vendor and materials management

  • Construction drawing review

  • Drawing Quantity Takeoff

  • Communications, leading meetings, engaging teams, public speaking, presentations

  • Reporting

  • Writing skills

  • Intermediate level of knowledge in:

  • Project Management

  • Creating logical and resource-loaded project schedules

  • Budget Analysis and controls

  • Estimating work efforts

  • Change orders

  • QA/QC processes

  • Development of processes and procedures

  • Continuous Improvement such as Lean, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management

  • Project Finance

  • Microsoft Office suite ( Excel, Word, PPT, Outlook, Visio)

  • Basic level of knowledge in:

  • Engineering Management

  • Scheduling software (MS Project, Primavera 6)


  • At least 3-5 years’ experience working in a solar mechanical construction environment or Utility Construction environment.

  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.

  • Organization: Utilizes strong organizational skills.

  • Communication: Displays strong written and oral communication skills and

employs effective listening skills.

  • Problem Solving: Analyzes problems and makes sound decisions in a

timely manner based on objectives, risks, implications and costs.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Tactful and mature demeanor with well developed

  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to work well with diverse


Physical requirements and environment:

The work environment and physical demands characteristics are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Performs some sedentary office duties in the construction site office, but the role also involves a significant amount of time working outside on the active construction site performing construction support activities.

We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States; however, we currently are not providing visa sponsorship or hiring individuals who will need visa sponsorship in the future.

Anticipated base salary range: $78,000- $95,000

Location: USA, Nationwide

The final agreed upon compensation is based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. This position is bonus eligible.

We maintain a drug-free workplace. Candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug test as a condition of employment.

RES is proud to be an EEO employer.