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Solar Energy Installation Manager

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

Solar Energy Installation Managers Career Video

About This Career

Directs work crews installing residential or commercial solar photovoltaic or thermal systems.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Supervises solar installers, technicians, and subcontractors for solar installation projects to ensure compliance with safety standards.
  • Estimates materials, equipment, and personnel needed for residential or commercial solar installation projects.
  • Prepares solar installation project proposals, quotes, budgets, or schedules.
  • Plans and coordinates installations of photovoltaic (PV) solar and solar thermal systems to ensure conformance to codes.
  • Monitors work of contractors and subcontractors to ensure projects conform to plans, specifications, schedules, or budgets.
  • Assesses potential solar installation sites to determine feasibility and design requirements.
  • Provides technical assistance to installers, technicians, or other solar professionals in areas such as solar electric systems, solar thermal systems, electrical systems, or mechanical systems.
  • Identifies means to reduce costs, minimize risks, or increase efficiency of solar installation projects.
  • Coordinates or schedules building inspections for solar installation projects.
  • Performs start-up of systems for testing or customer implementation.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Installation Manager
  • Residential Field Manager
  • Solar Installation Manager
  • Solar Installation Supervisor


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