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Job Requirements

Photovoltaic (PV) Installers assemble and install photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics.

May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. Utility-scale installation requires a wider skill set related to high voltage interconnection and substation knowledge.

Educational requirements:
Most provinces in Canada regulate that the connection of the system to the grid MUST be completed by a certified electrician. Individuals with previous experience in construction and roofing are able to install the racking, panels and associated equipment, but cannot connect the system to the power grid.

Applicable transferrable sectors/occupations:
Industrial/Construction Electricians; Roofers; Carpenters

National Occupational Standard

NOS are a benchmark of the knowledge and abilities needed to be competent in a particular occupation. Developed by current job incumbents, NOS are a collection of the individual competencies that make up the whole picture of an occupation.

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Related NOC code:

  • 73200 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers

Working Conditions

Female Electrical employee inspecting a panel
  • Construction and installation occupations are typically physically demanding. Many equipment and system Installations take place outdoors and although work is completed during favourable weather conditions, workers may be required to deal with fluctuations in temperature, precipitation, and adverse weather conditions to complete their work.
  • Assembling and installing systems and equipment involves handling and moving objects. Some of this handling and moving is manual, but heavier loads are conducted using lifts and assistive devices.
  • Workers are on their feet and constantly moving when completing their installations.