Solar Energy Systems Installer Career Profile and Job Duties

Career Profile for Solar Energy Systems Installer

Description

Program Description:

This 200-clock hour program requires the completion of 10 weeks of study.  This program will familiarize the student with the fundamentals of installing, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing solar energy systems, both photovoltaic and thermal, designed to collect and store energy from the sun for residential, commercial, or industrial use.

Physical Requirements:

Students planning to take this course will be required to: use hands to handle objects/tools, stand for long periods of time, climb ladders and scaffolds, kneel, stoop, crouch/crawl, bend/twist their body, use muscles to lift, push, pull or carry heavy objects (40+ lbs.), and balance/stay upright when in an unstable position.

 

Program Objectives
This program is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills and knowledge to perform the functions of a Solar Panel Systems Installer including basic installation design, solar energy systems installation, maintenance, and repair according to industry regulations and standards.
Occupational Objectives                 
Graduates of the program may qualify for entry-level positions as a Solar Energy Systems Installer in a residential, commercial, or industrial setting.   Licensure Goal/Requirements: None

Requirements for Graduation: Students must have at a minimum, an accumulative grade point average of 70% or “C” grade, along with a minimum of 70% of the total scheduled program hours attended in order to be considered for graduation. Pass tests at end of modules and pass final exam, Internship/externship not required.

Program Length/Class Hours
Day:  5 hours a day, 5 days a week, 200 total clock hours, 10 weeks of study

Module Title                                                                                             Clock Hours
Safety Basics and Electricity Basics                                                                  20
Solar Energy Fundamentals                                                                              20
Photovoltaic 
- PV Modules                                                                                                        20
- PV System Components                                                                                  20
Site Assessment                                                                                                   20
System Design: Mechanical and Electrical                                                    20                                                                                                         
Installation of the PV System                                                                           40
System check out and performance                                                                  20
Maintenance and Troubleshooting                                                                  20
Total Clock Hours                                                                                           200

Course Description
1. Safety Basics and Electricity Basics - Students will learn basic safety procedures regarding solar energy installation, thermal systems installation, and fundamental electricity safety protocols as well as Cal/OSHA safety regulations that govern the workplace. A passing score of 70% is required for written test taken at the end of this module.
2. Solar Energy Fundamentals – Students will learn basic theory and terminology regarding the solar energy field. Including professional communication, work ethic, and time management, Students will learn how to identify and use the correct tools when preparing to perform solar installation or repair tasks.  Students will also understand how to properly identify and use the required hand tools or power tools with strict regard to safety in accordance with Cal/OSHA regulations. A passing score of 70% is required for written test taken at the end of this module.
3. Photovoltaic: PV Modules and PV System Components – Students will learn Specific PV systems and it’s components; DC-AC power inverter, battery bank, system and battery controller, auxiliary energy sources, and sometimes the specified electrical load (appliances). In addition, students will learn about an assortment of balance-of-system hardware, including wiring, over-current, surge protection and disconnect devices, and other power processing equipment. A passing score of 70% is required on both the written and practical tests taken at the end of this module.

4. Site Assessment – Students will learn guidelines for the inspection of both solar energy and thermal systems; including model # matches plans and spec sheets, module quantity, wire management, PV array grounded properly, suitable connections, array properly fastened and sealed. Students will also learn specifics for ground mounted arrays, and equipment ratings are consistent with application and signs. A passing score of 70% is required on both the written and practical tests taken at the end of this module.

5. System Design: Mechanical and Electrical – Students will learn how to decide and then design which PV and Thermal systems to install based on whether the PV system is connected to local or remote utility grids, electrical needs of the project; residential, commercial, or industrial. Students will learn which size PV cells and mounts to use to optimize electrical input and best secure the install. Students will also be familiar with basic sketching of blue prints as is pertinent to the PV Installation; include coverage of views, plans, schedules and specifications. A passing score of 70% is required for the written test taken at the end of this module.
6. Installation of the PV System – Students will learn how to safely install a PV System, including identifying the approximate locations for the inverters, properly disconnecting switches, combiner and junction boxes, proper distance between each device. How to use PV system’s peak DC voltage and current output, inverters AC characteristics, and appropriate size wiring. Students will model safety procedures previously learned to avoid worksite accidents.  A passing score of 70% is required on both the written and practical tests taken at the end of this module.
7. System Checkout Performance– Students will learn how to checkout and test installed solar energy systems including electrical isolation and continuity, subsystem and whole system functionality testing as well as both solar energy and solar thermal system performance checkout procedures. A passing score of 70% is required on both the written and practical tests taken at the end of this module.
8. Maintenance and Troubleshooting – Students will learn how to identify components within the system that are faulty and in need of repair, perform required maintenance such as; faulty panels, worn wiring, damaged tanks, and both electrical and mechanical failures within the system in order to keep the system operating at peak performance. Students will also learn method s to troubleshoot and identify faulty/worn hardware and components to ensure that the installed systems function correctly and efficiently. A passing score of 70% is required on both the written and practical tests taken at the end of this module.
Final Examination                                                                                                                                                         A minimum passing score of 70%, or “C” grade, is required for the Final Comprehensive Examination taken at the end of this program, along with a minimum of 70% of the total scheduled program hours attended, in order to be considered for graduation.
Program Equipment List

  • 4 PV Module, 175W, 24V (owned)
  • 1 Inverter Line-Tie 700W (owned)
  • 8 Fast Jack (owned)
  • 8 Roof Flash (owned)
  • 4 Rails (owned)
  • 8 End Clamps (owned)
  • 4 Intermod Clamp (owned)
  • 12 Channel Slide Nut (owned)
  • 4 Ground Lug Outdoor Lay-in Style (owned)
  • 1 Cord Grip 4 Conductor (owned)
  • 1 Cord Grip 2 Conductor (owned)
  • 1 Cord Grip (owned)
  • 60 Wire 10ga 7 Strand 1 Conductor (owned)
  • 1 Quick connector pair for 10ga (owned)
  • 1 DC Disconnect 30A (owned)
  • 1 Disconnect 30A 2 Pole AC 3R (owned)
  • 1 Remote monitor for SB Inverter W/Bluetooth (needs BT Com Card) (owned)
  • 1 Com Card for Sunny Beam W/Bluetooth (owned)
  • 1 Performance Meter, Cyclometer Register 240V (owned)
  • 1 Data Logger & Control-Web enabled (owned)
  • 1 RS485 Module for all Sunny Boy Inverters (owned)
  • 100 wire 10ga (owned)
  • 1 Tile Trac (long studs) Single (owned)
  • 1 Fast Jack, 3” E-series, Single (owned)
  • 4 Kyocera KD260GX 20V Solar Panels (owned)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERFORMANCE FACT SHEET
2015 and 2016 Calendar Years
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS INSTALLER
(200 Total Clock Hours)
ON-TIME COMPLETION RATES (Graduation Rates)
Includes data for the two years prior to reporting


Calendar Year

Number of students who began program

Students available for graduation

Number of On-Time Graduates

On-Time Completion Rate

2016

0

0

0

0%

2015

0

0

0

0%

Student Initials:________     Date:___________
Initial only after you have had a sufficient time to read and understand the information

Students Completing Within 150% of Published Program Length


Calendar Year

Number of students who began program

Students available for graduation

150% Graduates

150%
Completion Rate

2016

0

0

0

0%

2015

0

0

0

0%

Student Initials:________     Date:___________
Initial only after you have had a sufficient time to read and understand the information

JOB PLACEMENT RATES
Includes data for the two years prior to reporting


Calendar Year

Number of students who began program

Number of Graduates

Graduates available for employment

Graduates employed in the field

Placement Rate % Employed in the field

2016

0

0

0

0

0%

2015

0

0

0

0

0%

Students are entitled to a list of the job classifications considered in the field of this educational program. To obtain this list, please request from your Sutech School Placement Services representative.


 

GAINFULLY EMPLOYED CATEGORIES
Includes data for the two years prior to reporting

Part Time vs. Full Time Employment


Calendar Year

Graduates Employed in the field 20-29 hours per week

Graduates Employed in the field at least 30 hours per week

Total Graduates Employed in the Field

2016

0

0

0

2015

0

0

0

Single Position vs. Concurrent Aggregated Positions


Calendar Year

Graduates Employed in the Field in a Single Position

Graduates Employed in the field in Concurrent Aggregated Positions

Total Graduates Employed in the Field

2016

0

0

0

2015

0

0

0

 

SELF-EMPLOYED / FREELANCE POSITIONS


Calendar Year

Graduates Employed who are Self-Employed or Working Freelance

Total Graduates Employed in the Field

2016

0

0

2015

0

0

 

INSTITUTIONAL EMPLOYMENT


Calendar Year

Graduates Employed in the Field who are Employed by the Institution, an Employer Owned by the Institution, or an Employer who Shares Ownership with the Institution

Total Graduates employed in the field

2016

0

0

2015

0

0

 

Student Initials:________     Date:___________
Initial only after you have had a sufficient time to read and understand the information


 

SALARY WAGE AND INFORMATION
Includes data for the two years prior to reporting


Calendar Year

Graduates Available for Employment

Graduates Employed in Field

Annual Salary and Wage Reported for
Graduates Employed in the Field

20,001 to 25,000

25,001 to 30,000

30,001 to 35,000

35,001 to 40,000

40,001 to 45,000

45,001 or more

No Salary Information Reported

2016

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2015

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

A list of sources used to substantiate salary disclosures is available from the school. To obtain this list, please request from your Sutech School Placement Services representative.
Student Initials:________     Date:___________
Initial only after you have had a sufficient time to read and understand the information
COST OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Total Charges for the program for students completing on-time in 2016: $5,550.00
Additional charges may be incurred if the program is not completed on-time.
Student Initials:________     Date:___________
Initial only after you have had a sufficient time to read and understand the information

Students at Sutech School of Vocational and Technical Training are not eligible for federal student loans. This institution does not meet the U.S. Department of Education criteria that would allow its students to participate in federal student aid programs.
Student Initials:________     Date:___________
Initial only after you have had a sufficient time to read and understand the information


 

This fact sheet is filed with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.  Regardless of any information you may have relating to completion rates, starting salaries, or license exam passage rates, this fact sheet contains information which is calculated pursuant to state law.
Any questions a student may have regarding this fact sheet that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento California, 95833, or calling 1-888-370-7589 or by fax (916)263-1897, or by visiting www.bppe.ca.gov

I have read and understand this School Performance Fact Sheet. The School Performance Fact Sheet was reviewed and discussed with a school official prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

Student Name: _________________________________    
(Print)

Student Signature: ______________________________     Date: _________________ 

 

School Official: _________________________________     Date: _________________


 

DEFINITIONS

 


 

STUDENT’S RIGHT TO CANCEL
In order to be eligible for a refund students attending Sutech School of Vocational and Technical Training must meet criteria that is outlined in our Refund Policy detailed below:

A student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund to the paying entity of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later.  If a student is rejected for training or if a course is canceled, the paying entity will receive a refund of all monies paid within 45 days.  A Student may withdraw from school at any time and the paying entity will receive a refund of any paid but unused tuition.  If a Student withdraws or is suspended or expelled after the aforementioned 7 day period for cancellation, all tuition and fees (i.e., educational costs), less a registration fee not to exceed $75 shall be refunded on a pro-rata basis. Cancellation shall occur when you provide notice to the institution. Notice must be provided in writing form in person or by mail at 3455 E. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023; or by fax (323) 262-0459; phone or email notice will not be accepted.

If the Student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.
The college shall refund 100 percent of the amount paid for institutional charges, less the registration fee or unreturned books/materials fee not to exceed seven hundred fifty dollars ($750), if notice of cancellation is made through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh class day after enrollment, whichever is later.

The college also provides a pro-rata refund policy for the return of unearned institutional charges if the student cancels an enrollment agreement or withdraws during a period of attendance and has completed 60 percent or less of the period of attendance in their program.

The pro rata refund shall be no less than the total amount owed by the student for the portion of the educational program provided subtracted from the amount paid by the student or the paying entity, calculated as follows:
(1) The amount owed equals the daily charge for the program (total institutional charge, divided by the number of days or hours in the program), multiplied by the number of days student attended, or was scheduled to attend, prior to withdrawal.
(2) Except as provided for in subdivision (3), all amounts paid by the student in excess of what is owed as calculated in subdivision (1) shall be refunded.
(3) Except as provided herein, all amounts that the student or the paying entity has paid shall be subject to refund excluding the seventy five dollar ($75.00) registration fee, Student Tuition Recovery Fund fee, and any unreturned/used books, supplies or equipment.  This non-refundable amount shall not total more than seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750.00).  Books, supplies and equipment are considered non-refundable once they have been opened or used.

 

 

If the school has collected money from a student for transmittal on the student's behalf to a third party for a bond, library usage, or fees for a license, application, or examination and the institution has not paid the money to the third party at the time of the student's withdrawal or cancellation, the institution shall refund the money to the student within 45 days of the student's withdrawal or cancellation.

The school shall refund any credit balance on the student's account within 45 days after the date of the student's completion of, or withdrawal from, their educational program in which they were enrolled.  For purposes of this section "day" means calendar day.

If you, the student, defaults on a federal or state loan, both of the following may occur:

 

“YOU MAY ASSERT AGAINST THE HOLDER OF THE PROMISSORY NOTE YOU SIGNED IN ORDER TO FINANCE THE COST OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ALL OF THE CLAIMS AND DEFENSES THAT YOU COULD ASSERT AGAINST THIS INSTITUTION, UP TO THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE ALREADY PAID UNDER THE PROMISSORY NOTE”

 

 

Student Signature: ____________________________________________   Date: _______________________