How to become a Solar Technician

How to become a Solar Technician

Renewable energy is a booming industry and set to continue growing.

As a Solar Technician, you’d be assembling, installing and maintaining solar panels for residential or commercial projects, in accordance with predetermined plans, building codes, and safety restrictions.

If you’d like a hands-on job that also comes with some responsibility, you enjoy technical puzzles and working outside (also at heights or in small, confined spaces), then this could be a career for you.

 

About you:

 

  • Strong technical skills
  • Electrical knowledge and certification
  • Great customer service
  • Attention to detail
  • Good work ethic & ability to work alone

 

The job:

 

  • Assess the job site, identify and resolve any potential hazards
  • Create or interpret installation plans
  • Determine parts and steps required for installation
  • Install, inspect, maintain and repair solar panel systems (including all of their parts)
  • Carry out electrical works required
  • Carry out electrical testing necessary to install the system, ensure it works
  • Fault finding, preparing quotes and fixing systems
  • Weatherproofing of solar installation

 

Lifestyle Impact: Moderate

 

  • Part Time opportunities: Very low – only around 10% of Solar Technicians work part-time (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 45 hours a week, which is just above average (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Solar Technicians’ salary (average) $88,000* per year (source: indeed.com.au). *Salaries greatly vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Strong (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • You will be doing a lot of work outdoors, in all kinds of weather.
  • This job has high physical demands, so being fit and strong is a huge advantage.

 

Solar Technicians are most in demand in these locations:

 

There is no current estimate of people working as Solar Technicians in Australia. Demand for Solar Technicians is highest in Western Australia and Queensland. Most Solar Technicians work in the Construction industry.

 

How to become a Solar Technician in Australia

 

To become a Solar Technician, you will first need to train as an Electrician, then obtain further accreditation.

 

Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a focus on English and Maths.

 

Step 2 – Find an employer willing to take you on as an electrical apprentice, and complete a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.

 

Step 3 – Apply for an Electrical License in your state or territory, as well as completing a Working Safely at Heights qualification.

 

Step 4 – Complete additional relevant qualifications and apply for accreditation with the Clean Energy Council.

 

Step 5 – Start working as a fully qualified Solar Technician.

 

Find out more here –

https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

What options are there for career progression?

 

The Clean Energy Council offers lots of different types of accreditation – you might even like to look at moving into other renewable energy sources, such as wind, hydro and battery.

 

Do I need to go to university to become a Solar Technician?

 

No, you do not need to go to university to become a Solar Technician. However, you will need to complete VET training, as well as other accredited qualifications.

 

Where do Solar Technicians work?

 

Solar Technicians can work in a huge variety of environments. You might work for a private company or a government body, installing different systems such as for homes and businesses, to large-scale solar farms.

 

What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Solar Technician?

 

If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a Solar Technician is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. Start getting hands-on with a variety of different technologies, and learn about how solar energy works. See if you can work on some small (and safe) electrical projects at home.
  2. See if you can find work experience in construction or environment. This will help you see if you might enjoy the work, and can help you start building important contacts for the future.
  3. Talk to a Solar Technician to see what a day in their life is like. If you don’t know anyone, see if you can watch videos or documentaries about a career in renewable energy.

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