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Summary Report for:
47-4099.02 - Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians

Install or repair solar energy systems designed to collect, store, and circulate solar-heated water for residential, commercial or industrial use.

Sample of reported job titles: Installer, Maintenance Technician, Service Technician, Solar Energy Technician, Solar Hot Water Installer (SHW Installer), Solar Installer, Solar Maintenance Technician, Solar System Installer, Solar Technician, Solar Thermal Installer

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Tasks

  • Design active direct or indirect, passive direct or indirect, or pool solar systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform routine maintenance or repairs to restore solar thermal systems to baseline operating conditions. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply operation or identification tags or labels to system components, as required. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess collector sites to ensure structural integrity of potential mounting surfaces or the best orientation and tilt for solar collectors. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect water heaters and storage tanks to power and water sources. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine locations for installing solar subsystem components, including piping, water heaters, valves, and ancillary equipment. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill water tanks and check tanks, pipes, and fittings for leaks. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify plumbing, electrical, environmental, or safety hazards associated with solar thermal installations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install circulating pumps using pipe, fittings, soldering equipment, electrical supplies, and hand tools. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install copper or plastic plumbing using pipes, fittings, pipe cutters, acetylene torches, solder, wire brushes, sand cloths, flux, plastic pipe cleaners, or plastic glue. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install flat-plat, evacuated glass, or concentrating solar collectors on mounting devices, using brackets or struts. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install heat exchangers and heat exchanger fluids according to installation manuals and schematics. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install monitoring system components, such as flow meters, temperature gauges, and pressure gauges, according to system design and manufacturer specifications. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install plumbing, such as dip tubes, port fittings, drain tank valves, pressure temperature relief valves, or tanks, according to manufacturer specifications and building codes. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install solar collector mounting devices on tile, asphalt, shingle, or built-up gravel roofs, using appropriate materials and penetration methods. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install solar thermal system controllers and sensors. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test operation or functionality of mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and control systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply ultraviolet radiation protection to prevent degradation of plumbing. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply weather seal, such as pipe flashings and sealants, to roof penetrations and structural devices. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut, miter, and glue piping insulation to insulate plumbing pipes and fittings. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Demonstrate start-up, shut-down, maintenance, diagnostic, and safety procedures to thermal system owners. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Acetylene torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Caulking guns — Caulking equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Video probe systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill bit set — Drill bit sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Front end loaders — Utility work machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Geological compasses — Directional compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Digital refractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hole saws — Hole cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic pumps — Transfer pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Extension ladders; Fiberglass extension ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Torpedo levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Masks or accessories — Filter masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Minivans or vans — Work vans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ohmmeters — Volt-ohm meters VOM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Tubing cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches — Large pipe wrenches; Medium pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pitch measuring instruments — Inclinometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pocket calculator — Handheld calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Solar analysis systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positive displacement pumps — Charging pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Cordless drills; Impact drills; Right-angle drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Jig saws; Reciprocating saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Small pry bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Round file — Rat tail files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Fall arrest harnesses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Solar radiation surface observing apparatus — Solarimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stud finders — Stud locators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Steel measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading taps — Pipe taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Tin snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trenching machines — Trenchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube bending machine — Tubing benders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water hoses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters — Pair of dykes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire lug crimping tool — Crimping lugs See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Work scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Cost estimating software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Maintain mechanical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine appropriate locations for operations or installations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply adhesives to construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install plumbing or piping. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install solar energy systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect plumbing systems or fixtures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with clients about products, procedures, and policies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess locations for potential green technology installations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply identification labels or tags. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install gauges or controls. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Construction and Related Workers, All Other.
Employment data collected from Construction and Related Workers, All Other.
Industry data collected from Construction and Related Workers, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $17.02 hourly, $35,400 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 36,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 11,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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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Job Openings on the Web

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