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Solar Installer

As a Solar Installer, you will install solar panels that help New Yorkers get affordable, renewable energy from the sun.

Job Details

Typical Tasks

  • Climb ladders and remain at on rooftops for extended periods of time 
  • Install electrical and mechanical equipment at both residential or commercial buildings
  • Perform routine preventative maintenance and repairs on solar equipment
  • Inspect and test solar equipment to diagnose any problems 
  • Reference manufacturer’s specifications to ensure proper system functionality 
  • Communicate information with customers and coworkers, especially around safety and project timelines

Typical Skills

  • Strong mechanical skills 
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to safely work with hand and power tools 
  • Ability to climb ladders and work at heights 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Ability to safely lift up to 50 pounds

Typical Experience or Education

  • Most employers may require a high school diploma or equivalent 
  • Many employers like to see vocational school training, a related associate’s degree, or previous on-the-job training
  • If you have not completed a relevant program at a vocational school, 1-2 years of previous work experience in solar, electrical, construction, or energy efficiency can help get your foot in the door
  • Knowledge of relevant products and tools 
  • Previous workplace safety training and experience is a plus

Professional Development Opportunities

Some Solar Installers may choose to advance their skills with professional certifications such as:

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