Solar Energy Installation Manager

Also called: Installation Manager, Piping Supervisor, Residential Field Manager, Solar Electrical Project Manager, Solar Energy Installation Manager

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Solar energy installation managers direct work crews installing residential or commercial solar photovoltaic or thermal systems.

  • Supervise solar installers, technicians, and subcontractors for solar installation projects to ensure compliance with safety standards.
  • 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, or 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.
Work Context

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Work Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Plan layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
  • Coordinate construction project activities.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Assess locations for potential green technology installations.
  • Test green technology installations to verify performance.
  • Coordinate construction project activities.
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Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Building and Construction
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Engineering and Technology
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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Skills

Management of Personnel Resources
  • Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Time Management
  • Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Coordination
  • Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Monitoring
  • Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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Abilities

Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Hot Technology
  • Research Engineers International STAAD.Pro Hot Technology
  • Trimble SketchUp Pro Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D Hot Technology
  • Autodesk Revit Hot Technology
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Project management software
  • Microsoft Project Hot Technology
  • Cost estimating software
  • Oracle Primavera Systems
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Education

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Job Outlook

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
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