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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.

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  • Plan and coordinate installations of photovoltaic (PV) solar and solar thermal systems to ensure conformance to codes. Green Task Statement
  • Supervise solar installers, technicians, and subcontractors for solar installation projects to ensure compliance with safety standards. Green Task Statement
  • Assess potential solar installation sites to determine feasibility and design requirements. Green Task Statement
  • Assess system performance or functionality at the system, subsystem, and component levels. Green Task Statement
  • Coordinate or schedule building inspections for solar installation projects. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor work of contractors and subcontractors to ensure projects conform to plans, specifications, schedules, or budgets. Green Task Statement
  • Perform start-up of systems for testing or customer implementation. Green Task Statement
  • 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. Green Task Statement
  • Visit customer sites to determine solar system needs, requirements, or specifications. Green Task Statement
  • Develop and maintain system architecture, including all piping, instrumentation, or process flow diagrams. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers
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

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

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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.

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Work Values

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.

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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 (2013) $29.03 hourly, $60,380 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
Employment (2012) 546,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 187,100
State trends Employment Trends
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "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.

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