Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
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.
Volt-ohm meters VOM
Vise grip pliers
Video probe systems
Utility work machines
Utility knivesAll Tools
Steel measuring tapes
Solar analysis systems
Socket wrench sets
Small pry bars
Rat tail files
Phillips head screwdrivers
Pair of dykes
Medium pipe wrenches
Large pipe wrenches
Global positioning system GPS receivers
Drill bit sets
Diagonal cutting pliers
Channel lock pliers
Adjustable widemouth pliers
Adjustable hand wrenches
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
Research Engineers International STAAD.ProAll Technologies
Trimble SketchUp Pro
Cost estimating software
Customer relationship management CRM software
Inventory tracking 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.
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.
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.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
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.