You'll assemble, install, and maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. May perform minor electrical work such as current checks. If you are looking for a way to contribute to our transition away from fossil fuels, look into becoming a solar panel installer!
Make a Difference
A Typical Day
- Install photovoltaic (PV) systems in accordance with codes and standards, using drawings, schematics, and instructions.
- Assemble solar modules, panels, or support structures, as specified.
- Apply weather sealing to array, building, or support mechanisms.
- Determine appropriate sizes, ratings, and locations for all system overcurrent devices, disconnect devices, grounding equipment, and surge suppression equipment.
- Install module array interconnect wiring, implementing measures to disable arrays during installation.
- Up to 1-year on-the-job training
Education & Training
Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.
Northwest Lower Michigan
Complete your general studies at Northwestern Michigan College.
Renewable Energy Tech - Electrical — Northwestern Michigan College
Elsewhere in Michigan
— Lansing Community College
Renewable Energy Certificate
— Kellogg University
Explore This Career
Try it before you buy it!
See if you enjoy doing physical labor outside, as this is a must for solar panel installers!
Learn about renewable energy technology and electrical systems. Ask your family about an investment in a small solar panel array.
The Local Advantage Learning Pathway
Taking science classes and hands-on classes as well like Physics or Environmental Science in High School will help prepare you for the technical and conceptual aspects of this job.
Many employers have training programs that can give you all the needed skills and information.
Specialize or broaden your skills as you discover new opportunities in this career due to fast-changing technologies.
Sample Job Titles...
Solar Photovoltaic Installer