Solar Energy Installation Managers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Window Installation Subcontractor
  • Solar Project Manager
  • Solar Project Coordination Specialist
  • Solar Installation Supervisor
  • Solar Installation Manager
  • Solar Installation Crew Supervisor
  • Solar Field Installation Crew Member
  • Solar Energy Installation Manager
  • Solar Crew Member
  • Residential Subcontractor
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What They Do

  • Purchase or rent equipment for solar energy system installation.
  • Develop and maintain system architecture, including all piping, instrumentation, or process flow diagrams.
  • Visit customer sites to determine solar system needs, requirements, or specifications.
  • Evaluate subcontractors or subcontractor bids for quality, cost, and reliability.
  • Assess system performance or functionality at the system, subsystem, and component levels.
  • Perform start-up of systems for testing or customer implementation.
  • Coordinate or schedule building inspections for solar installation projects.
  • Identify means to reduce costs, minimize risks, or increase efficiency of solar installation projects.
  • 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.
  • Assess potential solar installation sites to determine feasibility and design requirements.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ER.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • 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.

Education Required

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

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $72,170 with most people making between $43,730 and $107,560

Outlook

1.05%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 21,180 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 23,410 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 223 openings due to growth and about 167 replacement openings for approximately 390 total annual openings.



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