Solar energy is gaining global attention with the growing need for alternative energy sources in the world today. This is creates the need for solar installation electricians, who must possess the highly-advanced knowledge to safely install solar equipment and stay up-to-date on the national electrical code. They must also be able to work alone and quickly due to the fast-paced nature of the environment.
There is quite a lot that must be learned to become a successful solar installation technician, but most important is the nation electrical code (also known as the NEC or NFPA 70), which is the standard for safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment. They must also have an understanding of wire and conduit sizing and the ability to spot safety hazards and faulty equipment. There is a variety of tools with which these electricians must be proficient, including screwdrivers, diagonal cutters, pitch finders, compasses, irradiance measuring tools, and more.
A solar installation electrician must be able to work quickly, efficiently, and independently. They may have several jobs lined-up to complete, and therefore must be aware of the time spent on each installation. It is important for them to be able to push, pull, and lift heavy objects, and be comfortable with ladders and high places. A valid driver's license is required, as they must have reliable transportation to their job site.
Becoming a solar installation technician does not necessarily require experience in solar installation; many companies require a strong background as an electrician. This generally involves acquiring a certified electrician's license or a NABCEP certification.
Solar Installation Electrician Tasks
Perform scheduled preventive maintenance activities on equipment.
Troubleshoot and repair material handling equipment.
Support customers by effectively interfacing with customer and office in repairing equipment as needed.
Troubleshoot and repair electrical equipment.
Evaluate and make recommendations regarding required repairs and maintenance.