Summary 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.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
|Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers|
|Pipe wrenches — Large pipe wrenches; Medium pipe wrenches|
|Pitch measuring instruments — Inclinometers|
|Power drills — Cordless drills; Impact drills; Right-angle drills|
|Power saws — Jig saws; Reciprocating saws|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Customer relationship management CRM software|
|Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook|
|Network conferencing software — Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS|
|Project management software — Cost estimating software; Microsoft Project|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
Interest code: ER
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.|
|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.|
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 (2010)||559,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Faster than average (20% to 28%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||259,700|
|Top industries (2010)|
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.