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Solar Energy Installation Managers
SOC Code: 47-1011.03

Direct work crews installing residential or commercial solar photovoltaic or thermal systems.

Sample of reported job titles: Branch Operations Manager, Crew Lead, Crew Leader, Foreman, Installation Manager, Installation Technician, Residential Field Manager, Solar Energy Installation Manager, Solar Installation Manager, Solar Installation Supervisor


  • 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.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Minitab
  • Calendar and scheduling software - Work scheduling software
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; Autodesk Revit ; Research Engineers International STAAD.Pro; Trimble SketchUp Pro (see all 6 examples)
  • Customer relationship management CRM software - Salesforce software
  • Development environment software - Prolog
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Microsoft Visio
  • Inventory management software - Inventory tracking software
  • Map creation software - Esri ArcGIS; Mapping software
  • Network conferencing software - Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows ; Real time operating system RTOS software
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Cost estimating software; Microsoft Project ; Oracle Primavera Systems
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Blow torch - Acetylene torches
  • Caulking guns - Caulking equipment
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cut pliers - Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Video probe systems
  • Drill bit set - Drill bit sets
  • Forklifts
  • Front end loaders - Utility work machines
  • Geological compasses - Directional compasses
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver - Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters - Digital refractometers
  • Hole saws - Hole cutters
  • Ladders - Extension ladders
  • Levels - Torpedo levels
  • Locking pliers - Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers
  • Masks or accessories - Filter masks
  • Minivans or vans - Work vans
  • Multimeters - Digital multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Ohmmeters - Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Personal computers
  • Pipe or tube cutter - Tubing cutters
  • Pipe wrenches - Large pipe wrenches; Medium pipe wrenches
  • Pitch measuring instruments - Inclinometers
  • Pocket calculator - Handheld calculators
  • Portable data input terminals - Solar analysis systems
  • Positive displacement pumps - Charging pumps
  • Power drills - Cordless drills; Impact drills; Right-angle drills
  • Power saws - Jig saws; Reciprocating saws
  • Protective gloves
  • Pry bars - Small pry bars
  • Putty knives
  • Round file - Rat tail files
  • Safety glasses
  • Screwdrivers - Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Socket sets - Socket wrench sets
  • Solar radiation surface observing apparatus - Solarimeters
  • Soldering iron - Soldering equipment
  • Stud finders - Stud locators
  • Tape measures - Steel measuring tapes
  • Theodolites - Total stations
  • Threading taps - Pipe taps
  • Tinners snips - Tin snips
  • Trenching machines - Trenchers
  • Tube bending machine - Tubing benders
  • Utility knives
  • Wire cutters - Pair of dykes
  • Wire lug crimping tool - Crimping lugs


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.


  • 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.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.


  • Interest code: ER
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 32% responded “Very important.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather
  • Contact With Others
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 31% responded “Very important.”
  • Electronic Mail - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 45% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 14% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 31% responded “Important results.”
  • Physical Proximity - 70% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Telephone - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 51% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 38% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 37% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 50% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 35% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 16% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Letters and Memos - 42% responded “Every day.”
  • Consequence of Error - 22% responded “Very serious.”
  • Time Pressure - 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 35% responded “Important.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 25% responded “Very important.”
  • Level of Competition - 36% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 27% responded “About half the time.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 29% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 28% responded “Never.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 29% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 36% responded “Never.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 39% responded “Less than half the time.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
36%Post-secondary certificate
20%Some college, no degree
16%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $30.80 hourly, $64,070 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 603,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 68,500

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