Solar Energy Installation Managers

Direct work crews installing residential or commercial solar photovoltaic or thermal systems.

Median Annual Wage: $60,990

Education: Post-secondary certificate (36%); Some college, no degree (20%); Associate's degree (16%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Crew Leader; Installation Technician; Foreman; Branch Operations Manager; Crew Lead; Installation Manager; Residential Field Manager; Solar Energy Installation Manager; Solar Installation Manager; Solar Installation Supervisor

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  • Estimate materials, equipment, and personnel needed for residential or commercial solar installation projects.
  • Prepare solar installation project proposals, quotes, budgets, or schedules.
  • Plan and coordinate installations of photovoltaic (PV) solar and solar thermal systems to ensure conformance to codes.
  • Monitor work of contractors and subcontractors to ensure projects conform to plans, specifications, schedules, or budgets.
  • Assess potential solar installation sites to determine feasibility and design requirements.
  • 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.
  • Identify means to reduce costs, minimize risks, or increase efficiency of solar installation projects.
  • Coordinate or schedule building inspections for solar installation projects.
  • Perform start-up of systems for testing or customer implementation.
  • Assess system performance or functionality at the system, subsystem, and component levels.
  • Evaluate subcontractors or subcontractor bids for quality, cost, and reliability.
  • Visit customer sites to determine solar system needs, requirements, or specifications.
  • Develop and maintain system architecture, including all piping, instrumentation, or process flow diagrams.
  • Purchase or rent equipment for solar energy system installation.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Solar Energy Installation Managers.

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Solar Energy Installation Managers.

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