Installation & Service Technician

Installation and Service Technicians install, maintain, and repair systems in a trade such as electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR), utility work, and more. More information about these jobs can be found in the Apprentice job description.

Three specialized renewable energy technician careers are Wind Turbine Technicians, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installers, and Weatherization Technicians.

Wind Turbine Technician

Wind Turbine Technicians install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. They maintain the physical integrity of the wind turbine by climbing wind turbine towers to inspect, diagnose, and repair turbine equipment and perform routine maintenance.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

A wind turbine is experiencing issues generating the expected amount of power so a Wind Turbine Technician is hired to inspect and repair the issue. After safely climbing the tower, the Technician inspects the components, trouble-shoots the problem, and concludes that the gear box needs to be replaced and begins doing so.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Diagnose problems involving wind turbine generators or control systems.
  • Climb wind turbine towers to inspect, maintain, or repair equipment.
  • Test electrical components of wind systems with voltage testers, multimeters, oscilloscopes, infrared testers, or fiber optic equipment.
  • Start or restart wind turbine generator systems to ensure proper operations.
  • Troubleshoot or repair mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical malfunctions related to variable pitch systems, variable speed control systems, converter systems, or related components.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Field Service Technician, Maintenance Technician, Operations, Maintenance and Service Wind Turbine Technician (OMS Wind Turbine Technician), Wind Farm Support Specialist

MEDIAN PAY SRC

$52,260

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

GED/High School Diploma, On-the-job Training, Associate’s Degree or Trade School for certifications

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

None

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Tool and Equipment Handling, Safety Protocols, Detail Oriented, Communication Skills, Analytical Skills, Mechanical Skills, Physical Stamina and Strength, Troubleshooting

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Service Technicians, Mechanics, General Maintenance and Repair Workers

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installer/Technician

Solar PV Installers assemble, install, and maintain solar panel systems on rooftops and other structures. They assist in planning PV system configurations, analyze structure and site conditions, activate and test PV equipment and systems, and perform routine maintenance.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

A Solar PV Installer is mounting solar panels onto a residential roof. After an electrician connects the panels to the electric grid, the PV Installer will check for proper wiring, polarity, and grounding, and will perform any maintenance on the system in the future.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Install photovoltaic (PV) systems in accordance with codes and standards, using drawings, schematics, and instructions.
  • Assemble solar modules, panels, or support structures, as specified.
  • Apply weather sealing to array, building, or support mechanisms.
  • Determine appropriate sizes, rating, and locations for all system overcurrent devices, disconnect devices, grounding equipment, and surge suppression equipment.
  • Identify methods for laying out, orienting, and mounting modules or arrays to ensure efficient installation, electrical configuration, or system maintenance.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Solar Installer, PV Design and Installation Technician, Solar Technician

MEDIAN PAY SRC

$39,240

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

GED/High School Diploma, On-the-job Training, Associate’s Degree or Trade School for certifications, NABCEP Certification

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

None

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Tool and Equipment Handling, Safety Protocols, Detail Oriented, Communication Skills, Analytical Skills, Mechanical Skills, Physical Stamina and Strength, Troubleshooting

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Electricians, Service Technicians, Mechanics, General Maintenance and Repair Workers, Roofer, Construction Worker

Weatherization Technician

Weatherization Technicians install residential envelope sealing, retrofit building systems, and weatherize, insulate, and/or seal buildings. They perform tasks to help buildings perform more efficiently and reduce emissions through properly installing residential envelope air sealing, HVAC duct sealing, and insulating doors, windows, and systems.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

A building audit has determined several areas where heat is escaping and a Weatherization Technician is instructed to insulate the home’s attics and seal the front door to minimize energy loss.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Test and diagnose air flow systems, using furnace efficiency analysis equipment.
  • Inspect buildings to identify required weatherization measures, including repair work, modification, or replacement.
  • Maintain activity logs, financial transaction logs, or other records of weatherization work performed.
  • Apply insulation materials such as loose, blanket, board, and foam insulation to attics, crawl spaces, basements, or walls.
  • Install and seal air ducts, combustion air openings, or ventilation openings to improve heating and cooling efficiency.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Building Analyst, Energy Administrator, Energy Assistant, Energy Auditor, Energy Auditor, Weatherization Installer

MEDIAN PAY SRC

$36,890

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

GED/High School Diploma, On-the-job Training, BPI Certification

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

None

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Tool and Equipment Handling, Safety Protocols, Detail Oriented, Communication Skills, Analytical Skills, Mechanical Skills, Physical Stamina and Strength, Troubleshooting

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

HVAC Installers, Service Technicians, Mechanics, Plumbers, General Maintenance and Repair Workers, Construction Worker