Details Report for:
47-1011.03 - Solar Energy Installation Managers
Direct work crews installing residential or commercial solar photovoltaic or thermal systems.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- 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 used in this occupation:
|Front end loaders — Utility work machines|
|Ladders — Extension ladders|
|Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers|
|Masks or accessories — Filter masks|
|Multimeters — Digital multimeters|
|Pipe or tube cutter — Tubing cutters|
|Pipe wrenches — Large pipe wrenches; Medium pipe wrenches|
|Power drills — Cordless drills; Impact drills; Right-angle drills|
|Power saws — Jig saws; Reciprocating saws|
|Stud finders — Stud locators|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software|
|Customer relationship management CRM software|
|Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook|
|Map creation software — Mapping software|
|Network conferencing software — Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS|
|Office suite software — Microsoft Office software|
|Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint|
|Project management software — Cost estimating software; Microsoft Project|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word|
|95||Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.|
|56||Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.|
|33||Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.|
|22||Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.|
|22||Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.|
|6||Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.|
|78||Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.|
|78||Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.|
|72||Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.|
|67||Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.|
|50||Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.|
|45||Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers.
Employment data collected from First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers.
Industry data collected from First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers.
|Median wages (2012)||$28.70 hourly, $59,700 annual|
|Employment (2012)||546,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Much faster than average (22% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||187,100|
|Top industries (2012)||
Construction (62% employed in this sector)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.