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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.

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  • Design active direct or indirect, passive direct or indirect, or pool solar systems. Green Task Statement
  • Perform routine maintenance or repairs to restore solar thermal systems to baseline operating conditions. Green Task Statement
  • Apply operation or identification tags or labels to system components, as required. Green Task Statement
  • Assess collector sites to ensure structural integrity of potential mounting surfaces or the best orientation and tilt for solar collectors. Green Task Statement
  • Connect water heaters and storage tanks to power and water sources. Green Task Statement
  • Determine locations for installing solar subsystem components, including piping, water heaters, valves, and ancillary equipment. Green Task Statement
  • Fill water tanks and check tanks, pipes, and fittings for leaks. Green Task Statement
  • Identify plumbing, electrical, environmental, or safety hazards associated with solar thermal installations. Green Task Statement
  • Install circulating pumps using pipe, fittings, soldering equipment, electrical supplies, and hand tools. Green Task Statement
  • 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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

Ladders — Extension ladders; Fiberglass extension ladders
Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers
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:

Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Project management software — Cost estimating software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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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.
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.

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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.
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.
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.

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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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