Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Technician, Pre-Apprentice

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Technician, Pre-Apprentice

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you enjoy teamwork and physical tasks? Do you have a commitment to safety and have attention to detail? Enjoy being outside and active? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Technician, Pre-Apprentice training program. Pre-apprenticeships are focused on preparing students for a successful experience in a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). That means your hands-on training will be based on industry standards in order to prepare you for high-skill, quality employment.

On the job, you will ...

  • Assemble, set up and maintain rooftop or other systems that convert sunlight into energy 

  • Understand solar energy and system fundamentals, including electricity and energy basics 

  • Install solar thermal collectors, water heaters, storage tanks, piping and pipe insulation 

  • Connect system piping 

  • Perform solar thermal system checkouts 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Program graduates can go on to work in a variety of occupations in the new and growing green economy, including as a solar technician, mechanical assembler, HVAC technician with solar expertise, roofer with solar expertise, solar thermal installer (residential/small commercial) or solar PV installer (residential/small commercial). 

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Technician, Pre-Apprenticeship program, you can earn industry-recognized credentials from such organizations as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) upon completion of the program. Student will also have the opportunity to earn other industry-recognized credentials from such organizations as: 

  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

  • Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) 

  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program.  

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 

  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 

  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 

  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 

* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.