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Solar Thermal Installer/Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Installs or repairs solar energy systems designed to collect, store and circulate solar-heated water for residential, commercial or industrial use.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Maintenance/Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Tests operation or functionality of mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and control systems.
  • Applies weather seal, such as pipe flashings and sealants, to roof penetrations and structural devices.
  • Installs solar collector mounting devices on tile, asphalt, shingle, or built-up gravel roofs, using appropriate materials and penetration methods.
  • Installs copper or plastic plumbing using pipes, fittings, pipe cutters, acetylene torches, solder, wire brushes, sand cloths, flux, plastic pipe cleaners, or plastic glue.
  • Identifies plumbing, electrical, environmental, or safety hazards associated with solar thermal installations.
  • Demonstrates start-up, shut-down, maintenance, diagnostic, and safety procedures to thermal system owners.
  • Installs flat-plat, evacuated glass, or concentrating solar collectors on mounting devices, using brackets or struts.
  • Installs circulating pumps using pipe, fittings, soldering equipment, electrical supplies, and hand tools.
  • Installs solar thermal system controllers and sensors.
  • Fills water tanks and checks tanks, pipes, and fittings for leaks.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupations requires climbing things such as ladders, scaffold, and poles more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Solar Energy Technician --
  • Solar Hot Water Installer (SHW Installer) --
  • Solar Maintenance Technician --
  • Solar System Installer --