Solar Thermal Installer and Technician

Ancillary Support Technician, Ancillary Technician, Heat Exchanger, Installer, Maintenance Technician   More Names
Service Technician, Solar Energy Technician, Solar Hot Water Installer (SHW Installer), Solar Installation Technician, Solar Installer, Solar Maintenance Technician, Solar Pool Heating Installer, Solar Power Installer, Solar System Installer, Solar Technician, Solar Thermal Installer, Solar Thermal Technician, Solar Water Heater Installer, Thermal Technician
Description

Solar thermal installers and technicians install, maintain, and repair solar energy systems designed to collect, store, and circulate solar-heated water for residential, commercial, or industrial use.  Similar to solar photovoltaic installers, solar thermal installers and technicians use specialized skills to install residential and commercial solar projects. They are responsible for safely attaching the panels to the roofs of houses or other buildings and ensuring that the systems work. Solar installers must be able to work with power tools and hand tools at great heights, and possess in-depth knowledge of electrical wiring as well as basic math skills.

When necessary, installers must be problem solvers, able to repair damaged systems or replace malfunctioning components. Safety is a priority when installing solar panels because installers run the risk of falling from a roof and working with heavy equipment. Solar Thermal Installers and Technicials are often self-employed as general contractors or employed by solar system manufacturers or installation companies.

Installation companies typically specialize in installing certain types of systems and provide some maintenance and repair services. When a solar thermal system is purchased, manufacturers may provide the buyer with installation services or maintenance and repair work. Self-employed installers typically have training and experience with installing solar thermal heating systems and are hired directly by the property owners or by a construction firm.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
7% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $29,120 - $47,930    Hourly: $14 - $23
Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

Solar thermal installers work outdoors in most types of weather. The work requires lifting heavy tools and equipment as well as the confidence to work on rooftops and in cramped quarters. Additionally, Installers may risk injury by cuts from hand and power tools; however, risks are minimized by following proper safety procedures.

Most installers work 40 hours per week, but they may work much longer hours during the spring and summer. Harsh weather conditions, such as thunderstorms, may delay work schedules

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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

7% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $29,120 - $47,930

Hourly: $14 - $23