Field Metering Engineer 2021-08-22T20:39:41+00:00

Field Metering Engineer, Power Leone

Energicity is leading developer of solar and hybrid microgrid utilities in Africa, delivering affordable, reliable, scalable electricity to rural off grid communities, who have never had electricity before. Through leveraging strategic use of local content and right sized engineering, Energicity, and its subsidiaries Power Leone and Weziza Benin have best in class status among the energy access industry.

Based on our core capabilities, Energicity is currently deploying minigrid utilities in concessions in Sierra Leone and Benin to serve 100,000 people. Further, the company is developing new pipeline to develop minigrids to serve another 100,000 people in West Africa in 2022 and 2023. Beyond just providing light, Energicity’s electrification services enable rural off grid communities

  • better health care outcomes with modern health care equipment, vaccines and light for nighttime procedures
  • dramatic improvements in test scores for children in school, and
  • significant increases wealth and opportunity for rural entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers.

The Field Meter Engineer will play a critical role in ensuring our meters in the field perform to serve our customers. We are looking for an engineer excited about working on cutting edge IoT systems and comfortable working in the remote communities. You are someone that feels comfortable speaking with customers, maintenance technicians, and our customer operations team. Power Leone’s metering platform remotely measures our customer’s energy usage, relays that information to our metering platform. The metering platform charges our customers based on their energy usage and rates. Our customers pay on a pre-paid basis, and the smart metering platform automatically reconnects and connects our customers based on their account status. The metering platform plays a vital role in our operations, and this role will be key in the development, deployment, and maintenance of our metering platform across all our projects.

The position would be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone and serve communities in the Kambia, Port Loko, and Moyamba Districts.

Qualified candidates please send your credentials and cover letter to careers@powerleone.com by August 31, 2021.

 The role’s responsibilities include:

  • Metering:
    • Go to site to conduct field assessment and repairs of meters in the field
    • Support the metering engineer in new deployments and maintenance of our existing metering systems, including analysis, in field maintenance, and
    • Update existing meters software and hardware as new developments are made
    • Monitor existing metering systems for issues and check systems physically periodically
  • Program meters and deploy central metering system in new communities
    • Support deployment of metering in new villages
    • Support commissioning on project ensuring communications with metering platform
  • Support new meter platform development
    • Update programming of meters as necessary and added functionality is developed
    • Develop and build new meter builds as we update suppliers and develop new physical requirements
    • Support building and design of new meter capability – including load control, grain mill scheduling, and other ideas as they are developed
    • Quality test new developments with meters and metering platform

Skills and Experiences

  • Degree in Computer Science Engineering or Electrical Engineering preferred
    • Familiarity with programming and working with Arduino and microcontrollers
    • Basic understanding of electrical engineering concepts required
    • Familiarity with photovoltaics (PV) systems a plus
    • Hands on work with microcontrollers, sensing, and wireless communications a plus

The core values of our company are:

Excellence – Everything we do must be of the highest quality from building and maintaining solar systems, to our software systems, to our documentation.  We double and triple check our own work and each other’s work.  We take responsibility for making things great; we also take responsibility and fix things immediately with anyone who is impacted if anything is less than great.

Learning – we strive to always be learning as an organization and as individuals.  We are solution oriented in all things.   If there’s a problem, we’re always looking at ways to fix it.  If there’s not a problem, we’re always  looking for ways to innovate to be the best we can be.  We set up experiments and tests to try to do things better, we learn when things work, we learn when things don’t.  We aren’t afraid to fail, we ARE afraid not to learn.

Teamwork – we value our team and we value each other.  We have each other’s back.  We communicate when something is working well and on track, we over communicate when something is not working well or on track.  We trust each other and trust that we are all working for the good of the company – and if something isn’t working the way we think it should, the course of action is to communicate, to be solution oriented, and to have each other’s back.

Honor – just as we honor each other, we honor the communities in which we work.  We respect our clients, we respect our stake holders.   We recognize that we are working across multiple cultures and that we try to understand each other’s perspective – knowing that it is our differences that make us the best. We may not always agree with each other, our customers, our stake holders, but at the core of every interaction must be respect.