Solar Energy Installation Managers

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Direct work crews installing residential or commercial solar photovoltaic or thermal systems.

Common job titles of Solar Energy Installation Managers include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 35.99% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 20.19% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Estimate materials, equipment, and personnel needed for residential or commercial solar installation projects.

    Identify means to reduce costs, minimize risks, or increase efficiency of solar installation projects.

    Supervise solar installers, technicians, and subcontractors for solar installation projects to ensure compliance with safety standards.

    Provide technical assistance to installers, technicians, or other solar professionals in areas such as solar electric systems, solar thermal systems, electrical systems, or mechanical systems.

    Monitor work of contractors and subcontractors to ensure projects conform to plans, specifications, schedules, or budgets.

    Prepare solar installation project proposals, quotes, budgets, or schedules.

    Assess potential solar installation sites to determine feasibility and design requirements.

    Plan and coordinate installations of photovoltaic (PV) solar and solar thermal systems to ensure conformance to codes.

    Purchase or rent equipment for solar energy system installation.

    Evaluate subcontractors or subcontractor bids for quality, cost, and reliability.

    Visit customer sites to determine solar system needs, requirements, or specifications.

    Perform start-up of systems for testing or customer implementation.

    Coordinate or schedule building inspections for solar installation projects.

    Assess system performance or functionality at the system, subsystem, and component levels.

    Develop and maintain system architecture, including all piping, instrumentation, or process flow diagrams.


Work vans

Wire cutters

Volt-ohm meters VOM

Vise grip pliers

Video probe systems

Utility work machines

Utility knives

All Tools

Tubing cutters

Tubing benders


Total stations

Torpedo levels

Tin snips

Stud locators

Steel measuring tapes

Soldering equipment


Solar analysis systems

Socket wrench sets

Small pry bars

Safety glasses

Right-angle drills

Reciprocating saws

Rat tail files

Putty knives

Protective gloves

Pipe taps

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Pair of dykes

Needlenose pliers

Medium pipe wrenches

Large pipe wrenches

Laptop computers

Jig saws


Impact drills

Hole cutters

Handheld calculators


Global positioning system GPS receivers


Filter masks

Extension ladders

Drill bit sets

Directional compasses

Digital refractometers

Digital multimeters

Diagonal cutting pliers

Desktop computers

Crimping lugs

Cordless drills

Charging pumps

Channel lock pliers

Caulking equipment

Adjustable widemouth pliers

Adjustable hand wrenches

Acetylene torches


Autodesk AutoCAD

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

Autodesk Revit

Computer aided design and drafting software CADD

Microsoft Windows


Research Engineers International STAAD.Pro

All Technologies

Salesforce software

Trimble SketchUp Pro

Cost estimating software

Customer relationship management CRM software

Esri ArcGIS

Inventory tracking software

Mapping software

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS

Oracle Primavera Systems


Real time operating system RTOS software

Work scheduling software



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


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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.

Critical Thinking

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

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Teaching others how to do something.


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


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Learning

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

Social Perceptiveness

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

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Learning Strategies

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

Operation Monitoring

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

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Management of Material Resources

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


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