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Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Also called: Installer, PV Installer, Solar PV Installer, Solar Technician

What they do:
Assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. May perform minor electrical work such as current checks.
On the job, you would:
  • Install photovoltaic (PV) systems in accordance with codes and standards using drawings, schematics, and instructions.
  • Assemble solar modules, panels, or support structures, as specified.
  • Apply weather sealing to array, building, or support mechanisms.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Cost estimating software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$37,900
per year, on average
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