What is a Solar Thermal Installer or Technician?
Example of a Solar Thermal Installer or Technician Job Install or repair solar energy systems designed to collect, store, and circulate solar-heated water for residential, commercial or industrial use.
Life as a Solar Thermal Installer or Technician: What Do They Do?
- Cut, miter, and glue piping insulation to insulate plumbing pipes and fittings.
- Determine locations for installing solar subsystem components, including piping, water heaters, valves, and ancillary equipment.
- Connect water heaters and storage tanks to power and water sources.
- Test operation or functionality of mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and control systems.
- Apply ultraviolet radiation protection to prevent degradation of plumbing.
- Design active direct or indirect, passive direct or indirect, or pool solar systems.
Things a Solar Thermal Installer or Technician Should Know How to Do
These are the skills Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians say are the most useful in their careers:
Installation: Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Other Solar Thermal Installer or Technician Job Titles
- Solar Maintenance Technician
- Thermal Technician
- Ancillary Support Technician
- Solar Technician
- Service Technician
Are There Job Opportunities for Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians?
There were about 42,700 jobs for Construction and Related Workers in 2016 (in the United States).
New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.6% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,100 new jobs for Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians by 2026. The BLS estimates 5,100 yearly job openings in this field per year.
The states with the most job growth for Construction and Related Workers are Florida, Iowa, and Texas.
Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, South Dakota, or Hawaii. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.
What Tools & Technology do Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians Use?
Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians:
- Microsoft Outlook
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Office
How to Become a Solar Thermal Installer or Technician
Education needed to be a Solar Thermal Installer or Technician:
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