Solar Energy Installation Managers
SOC: 47-1011.03

Description:

Direct work crews installing residential or commercial solar photovoltaic or thermal systems.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
578,400 employed

Projected (2024):
636,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Branch Operations Manager
  • Commercial Subcontractor
  • Crew Lead
  • Crew Leader
  • Delivery and Installation Subcontractor
  • Electrical Subcontractor
  • Foreman
  • Installation Manager
  • Installation Technician
  • Photovoltaic Subcontractor
  • Piping Supervisor
  • Residential Field Manager
  • Residential Remodeling Subcontractor
  • Residential Subcontractor
  • Solar Crew Member
  • Solar Energy Installation Manager
  • Solar Field Installation Crew Member
  • Solar Installation Crew Supervisor
  • Solar Installation Manager
  • Solar Installation Supervisor
  • Solar Project Coordination Specialist
  • Solar Project Manager
  • Window Installation Subcontractor


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Plan and coordinate installations of photovoltaic (PV) solar and solar thermal systems to ensure conformance to codes.
  • Supervise solar installers, technicians, and subcontractors for solar installation projects to ensure compliance with safety standards.
  • Assess potential solar installation sites to determine feasibility and design requirements.
  • Assess system performance or functionality at the system, subsystem, and component levels.
  • Coordinate or schedule building inspections for solar installation projects.
  • Monitor work of contractors and subcontractors to ensure projects conform to plans, specifications, schedules, or budgets.
  • Perform start-up of systems for testing or customer implementation.
  • Provide technical assistance to installers, technicians, or other solar professionals in areas such as solar electric systems, solar thermal systems, electrical systems, and mechanical systems.
  • Visit customer sites to determine solar system needs, requirements, or specifications.
  • Develop and maintain system architecture, including all piping, instrumentation, or process flow diagrams.
  • Estimate materials, equipment, and personnel needed for residential or commercial solar installation projects.
  • Evaluate subcontractors or subcontractor bids for quality, cost, and reliability.
  • Identify means to reduce costs, minimize risks, or increase efficiency of solar installation projects.
  • Prepare solar installation project proposals, quotes, budgets, or schedules.
  • Purchase or rent equipment for solar energy system installation.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acetylene torches
  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Caulking equipment
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Charging pumps
  • Cordless drills
  • Crimping lugs
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital refractometers
  • Directional compasses
  • Drill bit sets
  • Extension ladders
  • Filter masks
  • Forklifts
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Hacksaws
  • Handheld calculators
  • Hole cutters
  • Impact drills
  • Inclinometers
  • Jig saws
  • Laptop computers
  • Large pipe wrenches
  • Medium pipe wrenches
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Pair of dykes
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pipe taps
  • Protective gloves
  • Putty knives
  • Rat tail files
  • Reciprocating saws
  • Right-angle drills
  • Safety glasses
  • Small pry bars
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Solar analysis systems
  • Solarimeters
  • Soldering equipment
  • Steel measuring tapes
  • Stud locators
  • Tin snips
  • Torpedo levels
  • Total stations
  • Trenchers
  • Tubing benders
  • Tubing cutters
  • Utility knives
  • Utility work machines
  • Video probe systems
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Wire cutters
  • Work vans
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Cost estimating software
  • Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Mapping software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • Oracle Primavera Systems software
  • Prolog
  • Work scheduling software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580