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RES Mechanical Superintendent I - Solar in Des Moines, Iowa

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 coordinating the site mechanical construction schedule, execution plan, and managing the daily issues involved during the mechanical construction of solar generation project.

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

Specific duties:

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 daily before scopes of work commence.

  • Adheres to and ensures all site team members understand Standard Work Instructions (SWIs).

  • 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 Construction Manager.

  • 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

  • Prepares 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.

  • Ensures site prep work is executed as per contracts, design, and specification.

  • Inputs into the mechanical execution of overall construction plan. Understands productivity rates to effectively build the overall mechanical execution plan.

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

  • Builds and maintains relationship with local AHJ as needed.


  • 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.

  • Coordinates and supervises all mechanical construction activities.

  • Directs all 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 and the RES safety program, encourages safe work practices, and rectifies job site hazards immediately.

  • Coordinates all mechanical field functions including scheduling of any required outages.

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

  • Provides a positive and engaging work environment.


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

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

  • Manages QA for mechanical construction teams under his/her direction

  • Manages design change notices.

  • Manages subcontractor contracts to ensure compliance.

  • Manages the mechanical material on site.


  • Provides the required documents, drawings, and other forms to active projects for monitoring and maintaining the EMS.

  • Ensures completion of all required permitting activities before commencement of work.

  • Ensures training is provided and certifications are maintained on mechanical field staff to comply with EMS requirements.

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

  • Project permits

  • Leadership- Ability to teach and lead others

  • Team building

  • Mentor and facilitator-

  • Decision making

  • Understanding environmental concepts including permit requirements

  • Interpreting state rules and regulations

  • 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)

  • Job Costing or accounting software

  • 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 personalities.

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.

Anticipated base salary range: $85,000- $125,000

RES is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.