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SOLAR
TECHNICIAN

BECOME A SOLAR TECHNICIAN

Solar

This program is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of solar systems, installation, and maintenance necessary for entry‐level employment as a solar energy technician. The program includes training and ability to test for certifications in OSHA‐10; CPR, and First Aid; and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Associate certifications for both Photovoltaic and Solar Heating. 

Graduates are prepared for entry‐level positions including, but not limited to Photovoltaic Installer (PV Installer), Solar Thermal (ST) Technician, Solar Installer, Solar Installer Technician, Solar Photovoltaic Installer (Solar PV Installer), Solar Technician, Solar Heating Technician. 

**Please note this course includes a residential component in Kansas City, Missouri, for 10 consecutive days.

Arrangements are provided for air travel to Kansas City, Missouri, lodging, program‐related local transportation, and meals during the day. These costs are included in program tuition. Discretionary incidental expenses for evening meals, snacks or any other personal needs are the responsibility of the student.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  1. Identify photovoltaic (PV) applications, advantages and safety hazards associated with PV installations.
  2. Describe how to install a simple grid‐connected PV system.
  3. Identify appropriate codes and standards concerning installation, operation, and maintenance of PV systems and equipment.
  4. Identify, select, and sketch a suitable location for PV array installation, including proper orientation, sufficient area, adequate solar access, and structural integrity.
  5. Identify appropriate system designs and array configurations based on user loads, customer expectations, and site conditions.
  6. Determine the size and capacities for major system components based on user load, desired energy production, autonomy requirements, and costs.
  7. Identify the appropriate size, rating, and location of required overcurrent protection and power disconnect devices.
  8. Install, label, and terminate electrical wiring and devices in accordance with local and national codes.
  9. Perform diagnostic procedures, interpret the results, and implement corrective measures on a malfunctioning system.
  10. Identify solar thermal (ST) applications, advantages and safety hazards associated with ST installations.
  11. Describe how to install a simple grid‐connected ST system.
  12. Identify appropriate codes and standards concerning installation, operation, and maintenance of ST systems and equipment.
  13. Successfully obtain NABCEP Photovoltaic and Solar Heating Associate certification.
  14. Successfully obtain CPR and First Aid certification.
  15. Successfully obtain OSHA‐10 certification.

At the core of this intensive and challenging capstone course is an 80‐hour boot camp in Kansas City, Missouri. This time provides a review of program learning objectives, the opportunity to learn and practice program competencies, and earn OSHA‐10, CPR/ First Aid certification, and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Associate Photovoltaic and Solar Heating exams. 

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Program Length

40 Weeks*

Estimated Annual Salary 

$22.34 Hourly | $46,470 Annual**

* - Program length is assuming continual full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.

** - Median salary information and projected job growth is from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Solar Photovoltaic Installers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/solar-photovoltaic-installers.htm

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