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and loads on generators, lines and transformers. Operators use computers to report unusual incidents or malfunctioning equipment and to record maintenance performed during their shifts. Credentials : Power plant workers generally need a com- bination of education, on-the- job training and experience. Strong mechanical, technical and computer skills are needed to operate a power plant. Certi- fication by the North American Energy Reliability Corpora- tion (NERC) is necessary for positions that could affect the power grid. Companies also require a strong math and sci- ence background for workers seeking highly technical jobs. Knowledge of these subjects can be obtained through spe- cialized training courses. Annual Median Salary : $94,790
Roofers install and repair roofs, and they ensure that any cuts or holes made in the roof during the installation of solar panels and mounting racks are properly repaired and sealed. They may also assist with the installation of mounting systems and structural supports. Roofers typically work with a variety of materials, including tar, asphalt, gravel, rubber, thermoplastic, metal and shingles. Roofing work is very strenuous. It requires workers to be on hot roofs for long periods of time, and it carries the risk of falls and other injuries. Credentials : Roofers typically have on-the-job training and may participate in a three-year apprenticeship program. Many roofers in the solar industry educate themselves through additional training, or they gain experience to become solar photovoltaic installers. Annual Median Salary : $47,110
Solar Photovoltaic Installers
Solar photovoltaic installers are key to the process of solar panel installation and maintenance. They use specialized skills to install residential and commercial solar projects. They are responsible for safely attaching the panels to the roofs of houses or other buildings and ensuring that the systems work. Solar photovoltaic installers must be able to work with power tools and hand tools at great heights and possess in-depth knowledge of electrical wiring as well as basic math skills. When necessary, installers must be problem solvers, able to repair damaged systems or replace malfunctioning components. Safety is a priority when installing solar panels because installers run the risk of falling from a roof or being electrocuted by high voltage. Solar photovoltaic installers are often self-employed as general contractors or employed by solar panel manufacturers or installation companies. Credentials : Solar photovoltaic installers typically have a background in construction or as electricians. There is no formal training standard for installers, but courses are offered by a variety of institutions, such as trade schools, apprenticeship programs or by photovoltaic module manufacturers. Annual Median Salary : $47,670
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