Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians

What they do:

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

On the job, you would:

  • Design active direct or indirect, passive direct or indirect, or pool solar systems.
  • Perform routine maintenance or repairs to restore solar thermal systems to baseline operating conditions.
  • Apply operation or identification tags or labels to system components, as required.
  • Assess collector sites to ensure structural integrity of potential mounting surfaces or the best orientation and tilt for solar collectors.
  • Connect water heaters and storage tanks to power and water sources.
  • Determine locations for installing solar subsystem components, including piping, water heaters, valves, and ancillary equipment.
  • Fill water tanks and check tanks, pipes, and fittings for leaks.
  • Identify plumbing, electrical, environmental, or safety hazards associated with solar thermal installations.
  • Install circulating pumps using pipe, fittings, soldering equipment, electrical supplies, and hand tools.
  • Install copper or plastic plumbing using pipes, fittings, pipe cutters, acetylene torches, solder, wire brushes, sand cloths, flux, plastic pipe cleaners, or plastic glue.

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