Solar Technician

Employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is expected to grow 105% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for other occupations. This continued growth in the solar industry will yield excellent employment opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly those that complete photovoltaic training courses at a community college or technical school.

OVERVIEW:

This 8 week, six module course will provide students with the skills and training necessary for entry level positions as Solar PV installers.

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installers, also known as PV installers, assemble, install, and maintain solar panel systems on rooftops or other structures.
  • Program is 2 hours per day, 2 days per week, for 8 weeks. Course is a combination classroom/laboratory.
  • Work Setting: Most solar panel installations are done outdoors, but PV installers sometimes work in attics and crawl spaces to connect panels to the electric grid. Installers must also travel to jobsites.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Our Solar Energy Technician Programprepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in developing solar-powered energy systems. Course includes instruction in solar energy principles, energy storage and transfer technologies, testing and inspection procedures, system maintenance procedures, and report preparation.

Other topics include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, and electricity basics; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection, and grounding; a detailed look at module and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and ground mounts; and an introduction to safety, construction management, commissioning and more.

This six module course will provide students with the skills and training necessary for entry level positions as Solar PV installers. Starting with the PV fundamentals, and a solid understanding of various components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems, Students will obtain in-depth knowledge PV Solar. Other topics include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, and electricity basics; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection, and grounding; a detailed look at module and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and ground mounts; and an introduction to safety, construction management, commissioning and more. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to take part in one of the fastest growing industries in the world 

Solar Energy Technology

At the end of the programme the technician should be able to:

 ❖ Understand the basic fundamentals of Solar Energy Technologies and the electrical components

❖ Install, maintain and repair solar photo-voltaic systems

❖ Install, maintain and repair solar thermal systems

❖ Assemble Solar Energy systems

❖ Appreciate the impact of renewable energy sources socially, economically and on the environment

❖ Have basic knowledge of other renewable energy sources e.g. geo-thermal, wave, tidal and fuel cells ❖ Have basic knowledge and skills for further studies in the specialized field of renewable energy