Electrical Engineer

Application Deadline: 23 May 2019

How to apply: Email shamim@staffableafrica.com with your CV/resume and brief cover letter or email introducing yourself with the subject line: Electrical Engineer

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Start Date: As soon As Possible

About the Company:

Aptech Africa Ltd. is Africa’s Solar Energy and Water Pump Specialist. It has offices located in South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Central African Republic. Aptech Africa was founded in 2006 as a distribution and installation company for some of the most reputable brands from Europe and the US. It developed a reputation for distributing high quality products and providing exceptional installation services which allowed it to expand to multiple countries. Aptech Africa continues to grow because it has distinguished itself from other solar companies due to its ability to provide outstanding service, warranty, and competitive pricing.

Position Summary:

The Electrical Engineer will design, engineer and supervise installation of on-and off-grid photovoltaic (PV) systems. The systems may include energy storage (Lead acid or lithium Ion), Backup Generator, load shedding and more. Energy distribution (Microgrids) and house wiring are occasionally required. Systems size varies between few kW up to several MW.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

System design (~50%)

  • Design PV systems.

  • Create engineering details, elevations, single line diagrams, wiring diagrams and other engineering and construction support documents.

  • Evaluate system performance components including voltage drop, power loss, circuit length.

  • Communicate engineering questions and decisions to vendors, investors, and prime contractors.

Field Application (~50%)

  • Perform and/or supervise installation, testing and commissioning of solar hybrid systems according to plan.

  • Responsible for supervision and coordination of staff and third-party contractors carrying out works on site.

  • Keeping accurate and detailed records of electrical testing, that are suitable for audit.

  • Reporting of activities performed on site.

  • Fault finding for any system that is not performing correctly.

  • Responsible for performing corrective and occasionally preventive maintenance where required.


Must Have

  • Bachelors in electrical engineering, advanced degree desired.

  • 3+ years in design and installation of photovoltaic systems.

  • Experienced with solar PV system design, inverters, wiring, grounding, utilities interface etc.

  • Proven experience with large-scale Solar PV systems >200kWp.

  • Technically proficient in the field of photovoltaic conversion, direct current circuits and protection designs (overcurrent, overvoltage, lightning…)


  • Experience in design and installation of medium voltage (MV) electrical systems preferred.

  • Experience with Victron, SMA, Schneider products preferred.

  • Experience with Energy storage (Lead Acid and Lithium Ion) preferred.

Specific Terms

Working Conditions - Must be willing to travel to remote project sites for inspection and supervision (within Africa) approximately 50% of the time.