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Solar Photovoltaic Installers

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.

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Skills Needed

60%

Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

6%

Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.

56%

Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

56%

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

53%

Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

50%

Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

50%

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

50%

Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

50%

Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

50%

Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

50%

Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

50%

Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

50%

Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

47%

Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

44%

Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

44%

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

41%

Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

41%

Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

41%

Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

41%

Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

41%

Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

41%

Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

41%

Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

38%

Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

38%

Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

38%

Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

38%

Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

38%

Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

35%

Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

35%

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

31%

Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

22%

Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

22%

Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

19%

Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

19%

Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Wages

This following graph displays the lower, median and upper income potential of the job.

 
  • Lower Income Salary $36k
  • Median Income Salary$46k
  • Upper Income Salary $55k

Employment Projections for this Job

 

Education Pathway

High school courses

  • Below A rigorous high school STEM education - versus the minimum required for graduation - prepares students to come up with creative solutions to tough problems, better preparing them for college and new careers.

  • Recommended years of math:
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  • Recommended years of science:
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Degree Levels Offered

    • Energy Tech/Power Plant Certificate
    • Solar Energy AAS
    • Solar & Renewable Energy CERTG

Paying for school

Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.

  • 1

    Associate's Degree

  • 3

    Certificate Of At Least One But Less Than Two Years

  • 3

    Certificate Of Less Than One Year

  • 2

    Graduate Certificate