Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers were the first of 13 “green” occupations we studied under the “green” grant we received in 2009.

Definition: Oregon adopted the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' definition of solar photovoltaic installers, which states that they assemble, install, or maintain solar PV systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. They may measure, cut, assemble, and bolt structural framing and solar modules. Some solar PV installers perform minor electrical work such as current checks. This occupation does not include solar thermal installers (included in plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters) or solar PV electricians (included in electricians).

Where did our data come from? In 2010, research, interviews, and surveys were used to collect information on solar PV installers. Oregon employers participated in individual interviews and surveys. Their feedback was used to create an occupational profile consisting of common licenses, skills, and alternate job titles associated with solar PV installers.

Skills employers want: Many Oregon employers indicated that when hiring for solar PV installers, they tend to look for applicants with previous math, construction, roofing, mechanical skills, or electrical experience. Employers also stated that they expect to provide on-the-job training to workers, due to the specialized nature of installing solar PV panels. As far as education level, employers generally cited a high school education as the minimum level needed to perform this job. Finally, employers emphasized the importance of following safety procedures and regulations on the job, as many installations take place on rooftops.

More information about this occupation is available in the full article ( For a glimpse into the typical day of a solar PV installer, visit the Career Pathways photo diary page of a solar PV installer at

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