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Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 90

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $19.48 - $22.98

Typical Annual Salary: $40,500 - $47,800

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

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

tools & technology

  • Locking pliers
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Power drills
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wire cutters

  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Office suite software
  • Project management software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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